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Green Purchasing - Supporting a Green Campus Partnership

Penn - Green Campus Partnership Purchasing Services is committed to environmental stewardship through green purchasing, conservation, and construction designed to conserve natural resources and preserving the environment in support of the President's commitment to American College & University Presidents Climate Commitment. Environmental stewardship initiatives include the purchase of recycled content products, environmentally preferable products and services, bio-based products, energy and water-efficient products, alternate fuel vehicles, products using renewable energy, and disposal of solid waste.

General Information

Listed below is general information regarding sustainable initiatives at Penn including specific Purchasing Services related information.

Each of the supply management business partners listed below contributes to Penn's Green Campus Partnership.

Purchasing Services

Purchasing Services encourages the University community to purchase environmentally friendly products that are made with post-consumer recycled content, recyclable, energy efficient, and/or bio-based products from Penn Marketplace participating suppliers.

Please direct all questions regarding green purchasing opportunities to Mark Mills in Purchasing Services.

Travel Services

Travel Services supports the University's commitment to sustainability in its management of travel services and related service providers.

Please direct all questions regarding sustainable travel services opportunities to Monica Kinney in the Travel Services.

Publication Services

Publication Services is committed to sustainable print purchasing practices by promoting earth-friendly, recycled-fiber paper stock for the Penn branded stationery contract and other printing requirements.

Please direct all questions regarding sustainable print purchasing opportunities to Aiasha Graham in Publication Services.

Mail Services

Mail Services supports the University's commitment to sustainability by recycling no-value mail (advertisements, magazines, postcards, etc.) at the rate of approximately 400 pounds per month.

Tracking Spend

Purchasing Services created a new annual performance metric for green purchases that have been incorporated into the Procure-to-Pay (P2P) Performance Metrics. Purchase activity for FY2008 will be tracked and used as a baseline to measure performance in future fiscal years.

Purchasing Services is always looking to promote new or improved environmentally friendly products and we welcome feedback regarding our program. Please let us know if you become aware of a new environmentally friendly product that works well, and has a market here at Penn.

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