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.
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.
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 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.
DREXEL STUDENTS SUPPORT WEST PHILLY HYBRID X TEAM IN FORD COMPETITION
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.
ENVIRONMENTAL IMPACT OF PLASTIC BAGS
July 24, 2008
Download a Powerpoint Presentation regarding the effects of plastic bags on the environment.
DREXEL INSTALLS 10 SOLAR TRASH COMPACTORS WITH RECYCLING 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.
For more information on the BigBelly® and its environmental benefits, visit bigbellysolar.com
DREXEL WINS EPA RECYCLEMANIA AWARDS
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 TEAM WINS EPA AWARD FOR BIOFUEL PRODUCTION
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.