ReThink Your Footprint: Reduce, Reuse, Recycle Re-imagines Penn’s Sustainability Practices

October 24, 2013

ReThink Your Footprint is Penn’s Fall 2013 waste minimization initiative. It culminates during three weeks, November 4 – 22, with an awareness campaign designed to engage the entire Penn Community. In support of our Climate Action Plan’s goals in the area of waste minimization, an assortment of initiatives, events, presentations, and other forms of outreach will take place during this period to share information about environmentally sustainable practices in source reduction, reuse, and recycling.

Every school and center across the University, as well as the student community, is invited to participate.

College Houses, Greek organizations, student clubs, entire classes, and all Penn departments, large and small, can do something to reduce the amount of waste they generate, re-use items instead of throwing them away, or find new ways to recycle waste items and other used goods. Need ideas? Visit the ReThink:Get Involved website page. Here are just a few:

  • Ban the Bottle – get refillable bottles and use filtered water stations for drinking water
  • Consider Composting – we’re here to help you learn what to do
  • Make Your Meeting or Event Zero-Waste – use compostable or re-usable plates, utensils and napkins
  • Pack it Up – organize an office clean-out or a charity drive.

Think about your actions as points towards your office’s Green Office Certification or your student Green Living Certification!

Looking for more ideas or some inspiration? Seek out your Eco-Rep, sustainability coordinator, or email us at


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