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National RecycleMania Competition
January 20, 2009, Volume 55, No. 18


The University of Pennsylvania has joined more than 400 colleges and universities nationwide participating in RecycleMania, a competition for faculty, staff and students designed to encourage both recycling and waste minimization. Over a 10-week period (January 18 to March 28), campuses will compete in different contests to see which institution can collect the largest amount of recyclables per person, the largest amount of total recyclables, the least amount of trash per person, and have the highest recycling rate. Penn currently recycles approximately 18-20 percent of its waste with the goal of reaching 30 percent in waste diversion this year.   

During the competition, there will be events for the Penn community aimed at increasing awareness and educating members about recycling and waste management. Beginning with a kickoff lecture and discussion in collaboration with the Penn Environmental Group on January 29 at 6 p.m. in the Class of ’49 Auditorium of Houston Hall, the Philadelphia Mayor’s Office of Sustainability Director, Mark Alan Hughes, will speak on how Penn and Philly are working towards a sustainable future. Additional events will include art and video contests, a panel discussion, film nights, and green giveaways.

At Penn, RecycleMania is a collaborative effort between many University groups under the Green Campus Partnership, including Business Services, College Houses and Academic Services, Facilities and Real Estate Services, the Graduate and Professional Student Assembly, the Penn Environmental Group, and the Undergraduate Assembly.

For information on RecycleMania events, to track weekly recycling totals and to find out about recycling at Penn, visit Penn’s RecycleMania at www.upenn.edu/recyclemania or e-mail recyclemania@pobox.upenn.edu. The national RecycleMania program (www.recyclemania.org) is supported by the US Environmental Protection Agency’s WasteWise program and the National Recycling Coalition and is coordinated as a project of NRC’s College and University Recycling Council. To learn more about Penn’s plans for a sustainable future, go to the Green Campus Partnership website at www.upenn.edu/sustainability.

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Almanac - January 20, 2009, Volume 55, No. 18