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ReThink Your Footprint

Penn's Waste Minimization Awareness Campaign Oct 16-20




Reduce, Reuse, Recycle...ReThink!
October 2017



Many thanks to everyone in the Penn Community who supported our events and programs during ReThink 2017. Read more about our outcomes on our News page.

The Penn Sustainability Office invites the Penn Community to come together for its annual ReThink Your Footprint campaign to promote waste minimization efforts. ReThink Your Footprint raises awareness of already-established waste minimization programs and initiatives in this area, inspires students, staff, and faculty to create new activities related to source reduction and recycling, and encourages everyone to rethink their footprint.

The goal of ReThink Your Footprint 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.  As a University, Penn has already made great strides in managing its trash, recycling, and other waste, and this year we continue to build upon this work.

Many University-wide waste minimization programs have already begun, and other scheduled events and initiatives will roll out as the campaign progresses. Students, staff, faculty and the larger community are invited to get involved by creating additional programs, planning activities, or coming together for educational events where reduce, reuse, recycle will be the focus.

Join the Campaign

  1. Reduce your consumption: check out our list of tips on how to ReThink Your Footprint.
  2. Get Involved: Attend one of our ReThink "Happenings", occurring throughout the campaign. 
  3. Host your own ReThink event. We will gladly add your event to our list of happenings! You can also apply for a ReThink Grant: we are offering $150 grants for students and $200 grants for schools, centers, and offices. Fill out this form to submit an idea for an event and apply for a ReThink Grant. 
  4. Raise awareness: Use our free marketing materials to promote ReThink Your Footprint in your office or college house. 
  5. Contact us with questions at
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Check back often for new ReThink Happenings and links to programs, events, and activities from across the Penn Community as part of ReThink Your Footprint 2017.

Download colorful, informative posters and other images to share the word about ReThink!

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