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Huntsman Hall Doubles Recycling Rate

August 9, 2011

In celebration of Earth Day 2011, Wharton conducted its second annual Huntsman Hall waste audit – a comprehensive waste sort that analyzes waste diversion rates, potential and waste composition. This year’s audit showed substantial progress in both reducing the building’s overall waste and increasing its diversion rate, as Huntsman Hall’s recycling rate doubled from 15% in 2010 to 30% in 2011.

The primary hub of Wharton’s MBA and undergraduate programs, Huntsman Hall serves as home base to 1600 MBAs, 2400 undergraduates, 200 executive MBAs, and over 200 faculty, staff, and PhDs.  It hosts 30,000 events each year and is open 24/7 during the academic year, making it one of Penn’s most utilized buildings.

Thanks to the hard work of Staff Eco-Reps and green teams, the Wharton Student Sustainability Advisory Board, the Wharton housekeeping team and the folks at Wharton Operations, Wharton has been able to dramatically shift the way it handles waste.

Click here to download the complete waste audit report.

Fact

By installing water filtration machines and stopping bottled water purchases, Penn has saved tens of thousands of dollars.

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