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February 23, 2010, Volume 56, No. 23


We’re close to the halfway point of RecycleMania, but need a strong push to reach our 30 percent goal for the competition. In Week 3 our campus recycling rate jumped to nearly 28 percent, but the record-setting snowstorm and University closure during Week 4 caused our numbers to slip a little. Let’s rebound in Week 5 and get back on track for 30 percent! Thank you for being a partner in our collaborative efforts to increase our recycling and minimize our waste on campus.

Standings: To see where Penn currently stands among its Ivy Plus, City Six, and Pennsylvania peers, please see the Green Campus Partnership website: www.upenn.edu/sustainability/recyclemania.html#rmstandings

Upcoming Events: Panel Discussion: The Business of Recycling: March 17, 4:30-6 p.m., Jon M. Huntsman Hall, G55. The Wharton School will host  the  discussion featuring representatives from waste management and recycling companies to provide an inside look at the recycled materials market and what it means to the national economy.

Recycling: A Slam Dunk at the Palestra

Penn Athletics and the Green Campus Partnership unveiled new recycling bins in the Palestra in an effort to begin greening the University’s athletic events. The Penn Cheerleading squad showed their sustainability pride by collecting plastic bottles during timeouts and Penn Eco-Reps were on hand to raise awareness of the new bins to fans in attendance. See the new bins for yourself during the basketball teams’ final homestands in the coming weeks.

On a related note, Penn Athletics and Business Services Division have partnered to offer fans of the Palestra a chance to own a piece of history while supporting sustainable design. When the floorboards in this historic facility were replaced in 2008, rather than simply discard it, the old hardwood was recycled and repurposed into commemorative items such as pens, picture frames, bottle openers, and cuff links. The products are available for purchase at the Palestra, in the Penn Bookstore, or online at www.upenn.edu/palestrawoodcraft.

—Dan Garofalo, Environmental Sustainability Coordinator

Almanac - February 23, 2010, Volume 56, No. 23