Purchasing Services Encourages Minimum Order Amount

September 23, 2010

Penn Purchasing Services has announced an important initiative that the University, together with Telrose and Office Depot, is undertaking. Effective September 1, 2010, all purchase orders issued to Telrose/Office Depot should have a minimum order value of $25. 

This simple change will eliminate over 6,000 purchase orders annually, and supports the University’s Climate Action Plan by reducing waste and lowering Penn’s carbon footprint.

By eliminating purchase orders for office suppliers under $25, and thereby potentially eliminating over 3,000 packages annually, the environmental benefits yielded would be a reduction of over 17,000 lbs. of CO2 and more than 8,500 lbs. of packaging waste.

Please send any questions or comments to Rich Beynon in Purchasing Services at

For more information on Penn’s green purchasing initiatives, visit Purchasing Services’ Green Purchasing website.


A zero waste event is one in which at least 90% of the waste is diverted from the landfill through enhanced recycling and/or composting efforts.

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