Drexel Green

A Commitment Towards a More Sustainable Community

Moss Dragon Earth Day Block Party Farmer's Market Spring Blossoms on Korman Center Walk Tulips outside of the Law Building Students in front of Handschumacher Dining Center The Biowall in the Papadakis Integrated Sciences Building Drexel Park Flowers at Drexel Earth Day Celebrations Fitness Quad at the Drexel Recreation Center, Recycling Rainwater Race Street Walkway and Northside Dining Terrace Green Roof at the Millennium Residence Hall Rush Building Alumni Garden Autumn Leaves on Arch Street

News & Interests 2008 Archive

SEI Report Card

Drexel Awarded B- on SEI Report Card
September 30, 2008

The Sustainable Endowments Institute annually reviews campus and endowment policies at 300 leading institutions of higher education across the county. This year, Drexel improved a full letter grade, to B-, receiving A’s for its investment priorities and shareholder engagement, and B’s for transportation, food and recycling. The lowest grade it received was a C in any of the 9 categories. This year, the goal is to move “Student Involvement” from C to A.

Drexelink September 08

Drexel Green featured in September 2008 issue of Drexelink
September 16, 2008

Drexel University’s commitment to environmental sustainability and the University’s many campus projects and programs was featured in the September issue of the Drexelink. The monthly publication has a print circulation of 30,000 and is mailed to full-time students, faculty, and staff of Drexel University and Drexel University College of Medicine.

Drexel Biofuel

Campus Dining now Recycles 100% of Cooking Oils for Bio-Fuel
August 18, 2008

Drexel’s Campus Dining has contracted with a cooking waste oil vendor that recycles 100% of the collected oils converting them into bio-fuel. Cooking waste oil will be recycled from all of Campus Dining’s locations: Northside Market (34th and Race Streets), Ross Commons (34th Street and Powelton Avenue), Handschumacher Dining Center (32nd and Chestnut Streets) and the Queen Lane Medical Campus (2900 Queen Lane).

Princeton Review

Princeton Review Gives Drexel A+ In First Green Rating
July 28, 2008

The Princeton Review, on the newsstands on July 28, 2008, gave Drexel University a "Green Rating" of 98 on a scale of 60 – 99. Only 11 of the 368 colleges and universities included in the Princeton Review’s 2009 Guide to "THE BEST 368 COLLEGES" received a 99. (Only about 15% of America’s 2,500 four-year colleges and two Canadian colleges are identified as "THE BEST".) The Review did not make any specific findings about Drexel’s efforts, but the high rating clearly gives public recognition to the many efforts that have been occurring at Drexel since Jim Tucker became Senior Vice President for Student Life and Administrative Services, Tobey Oxholm became Executive Vice President, and Drexel Green got under way with purpose and energy in March 2008.

EVX Award

July 24, 2008

The West Philly Academy of Automotive and Mechanical Engineering Hybrid X Team was chosen by Ford Motor Company to participate in an international competition to design "a revolutionary global vehicle for today that shares the Model T's attributes.” The team received support from Drexel University, which has provided us with 3 amazing students who have been teaching EVX Team members CAD and assisting them in their research for the Challenge.

Contact Suzanne Rocheleau to learn more about the project.

I am not a plastic bag

July 24, 2008

Download a Powerpoint Presentation regarding the effects of plastic bags on the environment.

Big Belly Solar Trash Receptacles

July 9, 2008

As part of a campus improvements initiative being led by James R. Tucker, senior vice president for student life and administrative services, University Facilities installed 10 BigBelly® solar trash compactors with integrated recycling units for mixed paper and co-mingled aluminum, glass and plastic.

The BigBelly® Solar Compactor is a patented compacting trash receptacle that is completely self-powered. Instead of requiring a grid connection, BigBelly uses solar power for 100% of its energy needs.

The BigBelly® Solar Compactor with integrated recycling units is the world's only system that provides on-site compaction of solid waste and separation of recyclable materials. The unit takes up as much space as the "footprint" of an ordinary receptacle—but its capacity is five times greater. Increased capacity reduces collection trips and can cut fuel use and greenhouse gas emissions by 80%. BigBelly also provides cost efficiencies from labor savings, fuel cost and maintenance savings, as well as environmental benefits from reduced emissions of greenhouse gases and other pollutants.

BigBelly® Locations:

  • 32nd Street Plaza near the Paul Peck Alumni Center entrance
  • 32nd Street Plaza outside seating area next to Matheson Hall
  • Ludlow Street between 32nd and 31st behind the Bossone Research Enterprise Center
  • Creese Student Center at 32nd and Chestnut Streets
  • Hagerty Library on 33rd and Market Streets
  • Buckley Recreational Field at 33rd and Arch Streets
  • Buckley Green at 33rd and Arch Streets
  • Between Kelly Hall and Myers Hall on Race Street between 34th and 33rd Streets
  • Between Towers Hall and Calhoun Hall on Arch Street between 34th and 33rd Streets
  • Korman Center Quad

For more information on the BigBelly® and its environmental benefits, visit bigbellysolar.com

Recyclemania 2008

June 9, 2008

Drexel won two awards of excellence in the Environmental Protection Agency's "RecycleMania" 2008 program:
1st place in Pennsylvania for "Gorilla Prize" (Targeted Materials--Corrugated Cardboard and Targeted Materials--Bottles and Cans) for Partial Campuses
9th place in the nation in the category Waste Minimization for Partial Campuses
For more information, visit recyclemaniacs.org/results

Drexel Wins Biofuel Award

April 20, 2008

A team from Drexel is among the winners of the Environmental Protection Agency's “People, Prosperity and the Planet” (P3) Competition. The Drexel team presented a method of producing biodiesel from high free-fatty-acid oils. The winners were announced after the P3 Award competition held at EPA's 4th Annual National Sustainable Design Expo on April 20-22.

This national competition, sponsored by EPA's Office of Research and Development, encourages college students to create sustainable solutions to environmental problems through technological innovation. These sustainable solutions must be environmentally friendly, efficiently use natural resources and be economically competitive. Each P3 award winner receives funding up to $75,000 to further develop their designs and implement them in the field or move them to the marketplace.

Visit the EPA Multimedia site to learn more about the project and the winners.