FRES Staff form Committee to Green Their Office

December 7, 2009

For Penn to achieve its goals of reducing our carbon footrprint and enhancing its overall sustainability practices engaging office staff in their workplaces is a critical component.  Over the summer of 2009, Facilities and Real Estate Services (FRES) created a sustainability working group to address environmental stewardship in its office at 3101 Walnut Street.

The group, comprised of 15 self-selected representatives from various FRES offices, meets twice a month to discuss opportunities for establishing new initiatives related to energy reduction, recycling practices, water conservation, purchasing decisions, and the department’s overall environmental footprint.  Projects underway include a drive to reduce office junk mail, default duplex printing on new printer release stations, and improved recycling coverage and signage throughout the office.

In addition, the Greening FRES Committee is researching the installation of electric hand-dryers in the restrooms to replace paper towels, the increased purchasing of recycled-content products, and an office lighting retrofit consultancy.

These initiatives will be promoted during staff meetings to motivate colleagues to be mindful of their environmental impact and serve as the model office for the whole University.

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