graphic displaying 13% decrease in carbon emissions on Penn's Campus

Progress In Reducing Carbon Emissions

CAP 2.0 Goal: Achieve Total Carbon Reduction in Buildings (absolute)

  • 7% reduction by 2019 in comparison to the FY14 baseline
  • 18% reduction by 2042 in comparison to the FY14 baseline

2017 Annual Report Progress:

Carbon emissions from campus buildings decreased by over 13 percent since the 2014 baseline.



Reusable Sharps Now a Campus-wide Program

August 14, 2014

Purchasing Services in collaboration with the Office of Environmental Health & Radiation Safety (EHRS) has now expanded its pilot program to recycle reusable sharps (needles, blades and similar) containers campus-wide. Previously, during EHRS audits of labs, one of the most common problems noted was the improper disposal of infectious sharps. Establishing a reusable container program helps to improve safety by reducing exposure risks and eliminating inventory problems and multiple handling of containers.

In addition, the program has:

•          Saved lab space and research dollars as principal investigators do not have to purchase and store the large disposable sharps containers. The containers are provided by Curtis Bay, the vendor selected to administer the program.    

•          Offered an environmentally sustainable disposal method, as Curtis Bay will only dispose of the container's contents (the sharps). The container itself is cleaned and sterilized prior to being returned to our labs. According to Curtis Bay Energy's data, one reusable container can replace up to 150 disposable containers each year. 

If you should have any questions or would like to participate in this program, please contact Dr. Andrew B. Maksymowych, Institutional Biosafety Officer at 215-898-6236, or Dave Staskin, Purchasing Services Strategic Sourcing Manager at 215-898-2482.

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