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April 28, 2009, Volume 55, No. 31

RecycleMania

The National RecycleMania Competition concluded on March 28 and Penn has a lot to be proud of!  In addition to the rankings below, Penn is working on several green initiatives.

Although RecycleMania is over, efforts to improve Penn’s waste reduction and recycling efforts will continue. Penn is researching e-waste and construction recycling, as well as expansions to the ink cartridge recycling program.  New recycling signs have been posted explaining what and where to recycle. There are new blue bag liners being used for recycling bins and new recycling locations that include BigBellies (BigBelly is a solar trash compaction system).  Penn is also currently collecting CFLs and batteries in the College Houses, in conjunction with staff training and education awareness information that is being developed.

The RecycleMania team—including Business Services (Housing, Dining), College Houses and Academic Services, Facilities and Real Estate Services, GAPSA, the Penn Environmental Group, the Residential Advisory Board and the UA—made the competition possible.

Per Capita Classic: Schools competed to see which collected the largest amount of acceptable recyclables per person—Penn’s cumulative recyclable lbs/person was 11.78, a drop from last year’s 14.25. Penn’s final ranking this year was 133 of 293. Though Penn dropped from its 2008 rank of 90, 113 additional schools were competing in 2009.

Gorilla Prize: Honors the school that recycled the highest gross tonnage of materials regardless of campus population—Penn’s cumulative recyclable lbs. was 480,396, down from last year’s 578,260.  With a final ranking of 24 out of 293, Penn’s rank fell from 2008’s 17 out of 200, but participation increased by almost 50%.

Waste Minimization: Schools competed to see which produced the least amount of municipal solid waste (including both recyclables and trash) per person—Penn’s cumulative waste lbs/person was 55.17, an improvement on 77.10 last year. Despite the improvement, Penn’s final ranking was 84 of 148, as compared to last year’s 50 out of 95.

Grand Champion: Recognized the school that, based on their combined results, demonstrates the greatest achievement in both source reduction and recycling—Penn’s cumulative recycling rate was 21.36%, marking a 2.86% increase from 2008. Penn’s rank was 140 out of 204, down from 59th last year, but with participation up 130%.

Ivy Competition:
Waste Minimization: Penn placed 1st among the Ivies for the least Cumulative Waste in lbs/person. Grand Champion: Penn placed 5th of 8, beating Yale, MIT and Brown.

RecycleMania at Penn

January 18-March 28, 2009
Penn Leads the Ivies in Waste Reduction!

Rank

School Name

Cumulative Waste

 

 

Pounds/Person

1

PENN

55.17

2

Cornell

69.50

3

Brown

76.14

4

Harvard

80.34

5

MIT

90.76

6

Yale

98.59

7

Princeton

99.28

8

Stanford

124.82

Penn Beats Yale in Recycling Rate!

Rank

School Name

Cumulative

 

 

Recycling Rate (%)

1

Cornell

34.27%

2

Harvard

29.63%

3

Princeton

28.82%

4

Stanford

28.62%

5

PENN

21.36%

6

Yale

20.92%

7

MIT

20.79%

8

Brown

18.06%

Related: Still #1: Top Green Power Purchaser in Higher Education

Almanac - April 28, 2009, Volume 55, No. 31