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Drexel Resources

The Drexel Resources page contains links to Drexel policies and procedures, reports, organizations, and programs that promote sustainable principles and practices.

Sections

- Recycling
- Surplus Exchange
- Clubs & Student Groups

Recycling

Drexel recycles about 900 tons of waste a year — a waste stream reduction of about 30%. We recycle mixed paper, glass, plastic, aluminum, cardboard, scrap metal and hazardous-type materials such as fluorescent lamps, motor oil, printer toner cartridges, paint, industrial batteries, computers, electrical equipment and tires. The recycling program also operates a composting center to aid in the removal of cut grass, leaves and tree limbs from the waste stream. About 20-30 tons of compost are made each year at the Vidas Athletic Complex. Drexel also participates in the annual RecycleMania competition.

This Recycling Guide [PDF] explains where and how to recycle all the materials listed above. Feel free to print it out and post in your work area or on your office bulletin board for all to use as a reference. Drexel Green and University Facilities have also produced a Drexel Recycling Infographic [PDF] to explain what the University recycles and how. If you have any questions about Drexel’s recycling program or how to recycle materials on campus, email recycle@drexel.edu.

Drexel Surplus Exchange

The Drexel Surplus Exchange is a free-cycle website which helps departments find new homes for no-longer needed computer equipment, office supplies, lab equipment and furniture by providing a centralized virtual location where one department can find another department in need of unwanted items. The Surplus Exchange reduces waste, saves precious resources, and eases the burden on landfills, while enabling University departments to save money in procuring new and disposing of old equipment. Visit the Drexel Surplus Exchange and login using your domain credentials (User = “drexel\abc123” or “abc123@drexel.edu”).

The Drexel Surplus Exchange has been developed by Drexel Green in collaboration with University Procurement and the Drexel IT Department of Online Learning and Collaboration.

Environmental Clubs & Student Groups

Animal Welfare Association of Drexel

The Animal Welfare Association aims to increase students' awareness of the issues surrounding animal welfare in modern society. We take action by prompting individuals and groups to live an animal-friendly lifestyle.

Drexel Sierra Club

The Drexel Sierra Club is for environmentally conscious individuals interested in creating a more sustainable Drexel and holding up the Sierra Club motto to explore, enjoy, and protect the planet, as well as strengthening community and social ties. For more information, contact drexelsierraclub@gmail.com.

Drexel Smart House

Drexel Smart House is a multidisciplinary group of students working to construct an urban home to serve as a "living laboratory". Smart House will explore the research and design of environmental interactions, health, efficiency, entertainment, and communication with the ultimate goal of improving life. Visit their website for more information.

Drexel TechServ

TechServ is a student organization, founded in March 2002, whose mission is to help bridge the Digital Divide in the Philadelphia area by refurbishing computers and donating them to non-profit organizations in need. By refurbishing computers that would otherwise be disposed of, TechServ makes a positive impact on the environment. All Drexel students are welcome to join TechServ, regardless of prior technical knowledge or major. For more information feel free to explore their website. When upgrading your computers or peripherals, consider donating them to TechServ.

Drexel Urban Growers

The mission of Drexel Urban Growers (DUG) is to provide and promote local urban food production, distribution and education, made accessible to all students and neighborhood residents using the principles of sustainability and community involvement. If you’re interested in learning more or joining DUG, please e-mail drexelgrows@gmail.com.