2013 QuakerFest Achieves 94% Diversion Rate

November 11, 2013

Think about how much waste a picnic with more than 1,400 people could generate, and then think about how amazing it is that 94% of that waste was diverted from the landfill. That’s just what happened at this year’s QuakerFest, the alumni event held before the Homecoming football game.

Penn’s Green Campus Partnership coordinated with Alumni Relations to hold the 2013 QuakerFest as a Zero-Waste event. To this end, all service ware and flatware was compostable, as was all food waste. About 10 student volunteers were on hand to guide attendees about what waste was placed in which bin. Abundant signage also helped steer alumni in the right direction.

According to the onsite team, 65% of the waste was composted, and 29% was recycled, leaving just 6% headed to the landfill.

To learn more about holding a zero-waste event, visit the Green Campus Partnership website.


Penn’s Climate Action Plan 2.0 includes a goal to increase the University’s recycling rate to 30% by 2019.

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