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Material & Resource Conservation

Penn’s Sustainable Purchasing Initiative seeks to increase the purchase of products with a reduced or minimal (ideally zero) environmental impact as compared to other similar products/services that serve the same purpose.

Facilities Initiatives

  • Janitorial paper made from recycled paper
  • Trash bags made from recycled plastic
  • Housekeepers now use reusable towels which are washed in the laundry closet installed in Gittis Hall
  • Floors are scrubbed with a T5 Walk Behind Scrubber that uses 70% less water and no detergent

ITS Initiatives

  • All printing paper is 30% recycled
  • All black toner cartridges are refurbished and sent back to the manufacturer for reuse when emptied