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A Note from the Chair

As summer winds down, we look back on the Sustainability Council's many successes in the past year. We held recycling events; supported Drexel University's partnership with the Philadelphia Department of Parks and Recreation through the first-ever Drexel Tree Giveaway; recognized a beloved member of the Drexel Community and Council member with a campus tree dedication; and hosted the biggest Earth Day event ever held on campus, just to name a few.

Our plan for the coming year is to invite all Drexel faculty, professional staff and students to participate in the Drexel Green Sustainability Council. During the summer we solicited new membership and the response was astounding! Ninety members of the Drexel community registered to join our Council. With the help of these enthusiastic individuals, the Council Leadership Team looks forward to a year spent focusing on community partnerships, education, and making sustainability a personal commitment for everyone on campus. So keep an eye out for information on upcoming events starting this fall.

As always, if you have any questions, comments or suggestions, you're welcome to contact me!

-Tara McLoone


It's Easier than Ever to Bike to Work
Help Our New Partner by Recycling Toner Cartridges
The Surplus Exchange: A Growing Sustainable Resource
Farmers Market Still Bringing the Fresh
Free Plant Giveaway
Hydration Stations at Buckley Field and Buckley Green
Take the Plunge, Take the Green Pledge
Contact Us

It's Easier than Ever to Bike to Work

Thanks to Drexel Athletics, employees who commute to work by bicycle can use locker room and shower facilities at the Daskalakis Athletic Center for free.

bike commuters

Registered bike commuters can use designated "day lockers" in the DAC. The commuter must provide his or her own lock and remove all belongings at the end of each day.

Locker room use does not include use of the Recreation Center or other DAC facilities (e.g., pool, squash, gym). Access to the locker rooms for employees who are not members of the Recreation Center is through the DAC entrance off Lancaster Walk and requires a University ID.

Drexel Athletics and Drexel Green are proud to support this healthy and environmentally friendly benefit for all University City Main Campus faculty and professional staff.

Sign up for commuter locker access
Get tips on biking from the Bicycle Coalition of Greater Philadelphia


Google Maps now provides
biking directions
, including dedicated
bike trails, for regions around the nation
including Greater Philadelphia.

Help Our New Partner by Recycling
Toner Cartridges


Building on Drexel's recent historic affiliation, the Sustainability Council is partnering with the Academy of Natural Sciences of Philadelphia to support their green effort and recycle toner cartridges. Each cartridge recycled through the Academy's participation in the Funding Factory program results in cash or merchandise for the Academy, the nation's oldest natural sciences research organization.

If your department or college is interested in collecting laser-printer toner cartridges for this effort, send an email to Arlene Anderson at Arlene@drexel.edu. She will send you a collection box along with a postage-paid shipping label for easy returns. There is also a collection box in the Korman Center lobby for ink-jet cartridge recycling.

The Surplus Exchange:
A Growing Sustainable Resource

surplus logo

Employees continue to discover the Drexel Surplus Exchange, University Procurement's online marketplace where departments can list or look for surplus computer equipment, lab equipment, furniture and office supplies. Reusing surplus items helps Drexel's green goals as well as its bottom line.

Even in the slower summer season, a recent day found 25 items listed for exchange—from scanners to lab tables to coat racks.

The Surplus Exchange is easy to use, and you can sign up for e-mail updates when new items are added. You'll also find links to the asset disposition form (if you're getting rid of capital equipment) and Yardi (to arrange moving large items via Facilities Management).

Get familiar with the Drexel Surplus Exchange by logging in with your Drexel ID and password. For more information, contact Anna Rivera.

green tip

Consider buying a laptop for
your next computer upgrade;
they use much less energy
than desktop computers.

Farmers Market Still Bringing the Fresh

farmers market

The Tuesday farmer's market in front of MacAlister Hall (33rd and Chestnut Streets) continues through November 22, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., rain or shine. The farmer's market offers fresh and locally grown food from King's Dutch Country Goods, as well as a variety of fruits, vegetables, baked goods, canned and preserved fruits and vegetables.

The market is a Drexel Business Services initiative, and more information can be requested by emailing dbs@drexel.edu.

green tip

Urban farms provide fresh, local, seasonal
food while reducing the environmental impact
of food transportation. Check out this
Inquirer article on Philadelphia’s urban farming movement

Free Plant Giveaway

With preparations beginning for construction in front of the Creese Student Center and on the site of Matheson Hall, Drexel Green recently partnered with Drexel Facilities to save the plants growing in those locations by offering them on a first-come, first-served basis to faculty and professional staff. There was an incredible response, with close to 300 requests for these plants. We will keep you informed as additional plants become available.

free plants

Hydration Stations at Buckley Field
and Buckley Green

hydration station

Two new outdoor Hydration Stations have been installed at Buckley Recreational Field and Buckley Green to encourage members of the Drexel community to fill reusable containers instead of using bottled water. The dual stations include both a traditional drinking fountain and a push-button Hydration Station that dispenses water into a container.

The new Buckley Field Hydration Station is located closer to the 33rd and Arch Street side, inside the fenced area on the sidewalk between the grass and Astroturf. The Buckley Green station is located in front of the volleyball courts and approximately 15 feet from the grill location.

Take the Plunge, Make the Green Pledge

If you haven't already, you can demonstrate your commitment to green practices and environmental responsibility, on campus and at home, by signing the University's Environmental Responsibility Pledge. Visit the Go Green! Pledge Form.

Contact Us

Drexel Green and the Sustainability Council continue to grow, and we want to hear from you with ideas or offers of expertise, or if you'd like to join the Council. Contact the Sustainability Committee:

Chair: Tara McLoone, Director, EM Training and HR Support
Vice Chair: Kyle Kephart, Director of Quality Services, Student Life and Administrative Services
Recorder: Lisa Unruh, Assistant Director of Operations, LeBow College of Business Communications

Visit the Drexel Green website for more information on how to get involved.

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Email Lisa Unruh, for more information.