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You can never have an impact on society, if you have not changed yourself.” – Nelson Mandela
Every day, Drexel University strives to change itself, in order to be a leader in the efforts to create a more sustainable world. We really believe that change begins with us, and with that change we can inspire our neighbors to do the same.
This was no more evident than during Earth Week 2011.

Drexel kicked off Earth Week on Monday, April 18 with the announcement of Drexel's partnership with the City of Philadelphia's Department of Parks and Recreation, aimed at greening the West Philadelphia community surrounding Drexel University. You can read the press release here.

On Wednesday, April 20th, the Drexel University Sustainability Council sponsored our annual Earth Day Festival at the Rec Center. Read more about the event below.

children with tree

Finally, on Friday, April 22 we paid tribute to a beloved member of the Drexel University community, Dorothy Colflesh (Schwartz), with a tree dedication outside the W.W. Hagerty Library. Click here to see a photo gallery of the event.

We look forward to coordinating more events throughout the summer and fall months. Look for us out and about on campus and stay up to date by visiting Drexel Green!

Tara M. McLoone
Drexel Green Sustainability Council Chair

Earth Day Celebration at the Rec Center

The 2011 Earth Day Celebration at Drexel was held Wednesday, April 20, in the Rec Center lobby. There were over 30 exhibitors from the Drexel community and the Philadelphia area whose products and services are focused on sustainability.

zipcarblood drivedrexel urban growers

A recycling contest for students, faculty and professional staff was an important part of the event. A record number of recyclables were collected. A special thank you to Tom Ernst, from Drexel Parking Services, for being a huge contributor to this success!


Tom Ernst

Total recyclables collected:
• 1,545 plastic bags
• 538 pens
• 3,082 batteries
• 25,707 bottle caps
• 115 light bulbs
• 343 pair of shoes
• 59 cellphones
• 68 books


Mike Smith

All attendees were eligible to win a long list of raffle prizes. Be sure to congratulate the following happy winners! 

iPad2: Carol Catto
Whole Foods Health Starts Here pantry kit: Colleen Boyle
6 month memberships to the Drexel Rec Center: Carol Easling and Mary Price
2 tickets to a Phillies game: Kevin Montgomery and Tim Chamberlain
2 tickets to the Philadelphia Zoo: Joseph Ferreri and Raha Dastgheyb
$50 Gift Certificated to American Picture Framing: Karissa Demi and Phuong Nguyen
T-shirt made from recycled soda bottles: Parimal Jobanputra and Michelle Wells Kennedy
SEPTA Tokens – 1 week Round Trip fare: Maryann FitzPatrick, Charlene Rice, Li Hao Jian
and Ross Hewitt
Zipcar Water Bottles: Fan Zhang, Bryan Ford, Kathy Le, Ming Louie and Stephania Joseph
Drexel Drawstring Back Sack: Bryan Kulp
Drexel Umbrella: Valentine Anyiam
Drexel Reusable Water Bottle: Mike Smith (pictured above)
Bobble Filtered Water Bottle: Veronica Byrd
Drexel Green Reusable Coffee Mugs: Niki Ververelli, Chris Koneski, Ellen Furxhi and Peggy Savidge

Check out the photos from the event by clicking here!

We hope to see you next year!

Sacramento Park Clean-up

On April 16, the Center for Graduate Studies in Sacramento, Calif., celebrated Earth Week with a special city park clean-up event in partnership with Sacramento’s Parks and Recreation Department and co-sponsored by the Drexel Alumni Association’s CAN-DU (Community Alumni Network at Drexel University) program and Drexel Green.

Approximately 90 students and recent alumni and their families participated in three hours of service, followed by a picnic. This was the biggest public service event in the history of Drexel Sacramento.

Sacramento group

Click here to see a photo gallery of the event.