Drexel Green

A Commitment Towards a More Sustainable Community

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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
Home Energy Efficiency
Clubs & Student Groups
Policies
Reports
Tips

Recycling

Drexel recycles about 600 tons of waste a year — a waste stream reduction of about 25%. 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. The Residence Hall Recycing Guide [PDF] has specific information on how to recycle items in University residence halls and the location of recycling receptacles in each hall. If you have any questions about Drexel’s recycling program or how to recycle materials on campus, e-mail 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 IRT Department of Online Learning and Collaboration.

Employee Home Energy Efficiency Services

Mark Group's Greening Your Workforce program for Drexel will help you reduce energy consumption, save money, and live more comfortably! Through education, analysis, and affordable energy efficiency home improvements, Mark Group has already helped over 2 million homeowners stop wasting energy. As a preferred partner, Mark Group is pleased to offer all Drexel University faculty, staff, students, and alumni its services at a discount:

  • Free home energy assessments
  • Up to $300 off energy efficiency improvements by Mark Group
  • Up to $500 off a Mark Group home solar power project

Further benefits are available if you purchased your home through the Drexel Home Purchasing Assistance Program.

Mark Group identifies where your home is wasting energy and the best first step to take to reduce your energy costs and improve home comfort. Mark Group technicians then install the energy saving improvements on your schedule to the utmost professional standards. Mark Group currently provides home energy analysis and upgrades in Southeastern Pennsylvania, Southern New Jersey, and Northern Delaware. Visit Mark Group’s Greening Drexel site to get started.

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 Entrepreneur Association

The Drexel Entrepreneur Association has developed numerous relationships with green startup leaders through the Philadelphia's Sustainable Business Network (SBN). DEA and SBN will co-sponsor events at Drexel University that will examine the workings of green entrepreneurial startups.

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.

Net Impact LeBow

Net Impact is a new generation of leaders who use our careers to tackle the world’s toughest problems. We put our business skills to work for good throughout every sector. By doing so, we show the world that it’s possible to make a net impact that benefits not just the bottom line, but people and planet too. For more information, contact drexel@netimpact.org.

Policies

Drexel University Sustainability Commitment

On February 24, 2010 the Drexel University Board of Trustees adopted an official Sustainability Commitment Statement to guide University policies, practices, and curricula.

Campus Planning, Design & Construction Policies

The campus policies of Planning Design and Construction express the aspirations of the President’s Council on Sustainable Development. They reflect the Council's understanding that it is essential to seek economic prosperity, environmental protection, and social equity together. Visit the University Facilities Planning, Design & Construction Standards page to read more about these policies.

Drexel Recycling

Drexel's Recycling Program, founded in 1997, recycles approximately 300 tons of waste annually. Visit the University Facilities Recycling page to learn more about Drexel's Recycling Program.
Drexel University 2008 Recycling Report [PDF]

Drexel Green Committee Reports and Recommendations Presentation for a Green Strategic Plan at Drexel University

Since October 2008, eight different Drexel Green Committees of students, faculty and staff have been researching what other colleges and universities are doing with respect to environmental sustainability, considering various national tests and criteria, and receiving “green ideas” sent to them via the Drexel Green website.
Drexel Green Committee Reports and Recommendations [PowerPoint]

Drexel Green First Report to the Drexel Community

From January - June 2008, Drexel Green examined the kinds of initiatives that were undertaken at Drexel University over the first six months of 2008.
Drexel Green First Six Months Report [PDF]

Drexel Green Community Presentations

In Spring 2008, Drexel University held a series of weekly presentations on the University's sustainability initiative known as: "Drexel Green Community Presentations Series."
Drexel Green Community Presentations Summary Report [PDF]

Reports

Sustainability Council Two-Year Activities Report

The Drexel Sustainability Council of Administrators and Staff was created in June 2008. This report submitted July 1, 2010 summarizes the accomplishments of the Sustainability Council during its first two years.
Sustainability Council Two-Year Activities Report [PDF]

Sustainability Council Dump the Junk, It's Nothing Personal Report

In October 2009, the "Junk" Mail Reduction team was formed as a subcommittee of the Sustainability Council to examine the issue of non-business related mail and its impact on the University.
October 2009 Report on Junk Mail Reduction [PDF]

Sustainability Council Bottled Water Reduction Report

In December 2008, the Drexel Sustainability Council of Administrators and Staff created the Water Wise Subcommittee to explore ways that Drexel staff can reduce or eliminate plastic water bottles on Drexel’s three campuses.
March 2009 Report on Bottled Water Reduction [PDF]

Tips

The following Green Tips were developed in celebration of Earth Month 2009.

What is a Carbon Footprint? A carbon footprint is the measure of greenhouse gas emissions caused by an individual or organization. Learn some easy ways to reduce your carbon footprint. [PDF]

Improve Recycling - at the office and in your home. [PDF]

Energy Saver Best Practices - easy low-cost and no-cost ways to save energy. [PDF]

Minimize Waste - at the office and in your home. [PDF]

Sustainable Purchasing - for personal and business needs. [PDF]