Reduce, Reuse, Recycle
The Penn Green Campus Partnership invites the Penn Community – students, staff, and faculty– to come together for three weeks this Fall to promote environmental sustainability by focusing on overall waste minimization.
The goal of the ReThink Your Footprint campaign is to raise the level of conversation about waste management beyond solely recycling and into a broader discussion of source reduction and reuse – resulting in greater diversion of campus waste from the landfill.
Some new, University-wide sustainability programs have already begun, and others will roll out as the Fall semester begins. ReThink Your Footprint will culminate November 4-22, 2013 with a three-week awareness campaign. Students, staff, faculty and the larger community are invited to create programs, plan activities, or come together for educational events where reduce, reuse, recycle will be the focus.
A listing of suggested activities to Get Involved  can be found on this website, as well as a calendar to Happenings  of scheduled activities or new initiatives for the November campaign. In addition:
Spreading the news and increasing awareness will be supported by the Green Campus Partnership, which will collect and share success stories and generate news items that cover the creative, innovative and team-building “happenings” on campus during ReThink Your Footprint.
Penn’s successful participation for the last few years in a spring recycling program and the overall increase in passion for environmental sustainability across our campus has prompted the Green Campus Partnership team to develop a new waste minimization awareness campaign. Rethink Your Footprint is a more comprehensive approach to our waste management practices, expanding the scope of the campaign to include more initiatives that effect our waste stream like composting and source reduction, along with recycling. We will go broader than recycling this year, calling upon campus groups and offices, schools and centers, individuals and the community to ReThink Your Footprint in Fall 2013.
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