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Power Down 2019

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ReThink "Happenings"

Rethink your Footprint

Check out our events from ReThink Your Footprint 2018.

Monday, October 15


Drop off your disposable grocery bags at our plastic bag take-back, grab a free recycling bin to use in your dorm, apartment, or office, and learn more about which materials can be recycled and composted at Penn.

Tuesday, October 16


Stop by Penn Law's E-Waste Collection in Gittis Hall to recycle "anything with a plug," including keyboards, mice, and charging cords, as well as phones, cameras, and computer parts.

10AM-1PM  SAS zero waste day
(ronald o. perelman center for political science and economics)

Join the School of Arts and Sciences as they host Zero Waste Day! Leave your waste behind and gain new knowledge on how to contribute to Philly's zero waste goal. There will be collection drives for e-waste, eyeglasses, shoes, and towels & linens. Additionally, Nic Esposito from the City's Zero Waste and Litter Cabinet will present at 10:30am on Philadelphia's plan to be 90% zero-waste and litter free by 2035.

12pM-1PM  rethink your ecological FOOTPRINT

Penn’s campus is maintained as a beautiful urban forest, focused on providing environmental benefits and educational opportunities, as well as preserving the well-being of the Penn community. Meet us at the Penn Garden behind Harrison College House to learn about Penn’s efforts to grow a food forest on campus. From there, we’ll walk to Kaskey Park (the Biopond) to learn about the oldest green space on campus. 

Wednesday, October 17

11AM-4PM  Clothing Swap AT pENN cLOSET

Reduce landfill waste and encourage upcycling by taking part in a clothing swap at Penn Closet, a student-run thrift store located in Williams Hall. Clean out your closet and upgrade your wardrobe for free! If you are planning to take items, please bring at least one item to swap. Leftover items will be donated to Penn Closet.

12PM-1PM Wharton green tracker event

During the 2018 Spring term, the Wharton Student Sustainability Advisory Board managed a pilot to engage Wharton students in sustainability initiatives on campus as well as encourage them to make greener lifestyle choices that collectively add up to a greater, positive impact. A recipient of a Penn Green Fund grant, the team worked with Philadelphia based MilkCrate to create the Wharton Green Tracker app and engage students in activities, events and opportunities relative to Wharton’s sustainability initiatives. Please join us as we review the potential benefits a digital tool such as this can provide organizations.

12PM-3PM  Perelman School of Medicine E-Waste Collection
(Biomedical Research Building Lobby)

Stop by the Perelman School of Medicine's E-Waste Collection in the BRB Lobby to recycle "anything with a plug," including keyboards, mice, and charging cords, as well as phones, cameras, and computer parts.

11am-2pm  School of Nursing Recycling Fair
(Fagin hall Lobby)

Stop by the School of Nursing's Recycling Fair to recycle your e-waste, and donate your old nursing textbooks, used scrubs, and towels & linens for the Morris Animal Refuge.

Thursday, October 18



The School of Engineering and Applied Science (SEAS) will be hosting a "Back to Basics" Fair featuring water tasting, an e-waste sculpture, book swap, office supply swap, green office info table, and waste/recycling contamination table.

Friday, October 19

10am-2pm dental e-waste collection

(Schattner Building Lobby)

Stop by the Penn Dental Medicine's E-Waste Collection to recycle "anything with a plug," including keyboards, mice, and charging cords, as well as phones, cameras, and computer parts.

2PM-5PM  GreenFest
(College Green)

Join Penn Environmental Group and dozens of sustainable campus and city organizations for an afternoon of free music, games, and food. Come to College Green for fun activities and the opportunity to learn more about sustainability in Philadelphia.