Steinberg Conference Center Steps Up Sustainability Initiatives

April 6, 2011

Over the last year, Steinberg Conference Center, home to Wharton’s Executive Education program and managed by Aramark, has implemented a portfolio of sustainability initiatives that have increased recycling, reduced waste, lowered carbon emissions, saved energy and improved occupant experience.

Congratulations to Wendy Sparks, Patrick Dolan, Mike Ryan and the entire Steinberg Conference Center team for their work on these impressive initiatives:

Waste and Recycling

  • Added recycling cans in all offices and guest rooms
  • All used carpet is now recycled rather than sent to a landfill
  • When new furniture was installed in all guest rooms, all old furniture was donated to various non-profit organizations.
  • Supplemental Recycling now available for batteries and all writing utensils.
  • Rather than providing bottled water in guest rooms, all guests now receive a stainless steel reusable water bottle that can be filled at any of our Quench purified water stations.  Bottled water use has been reduced from 600 cases/month to 160 cases/month, saving $32,000 per year.
  • All guest room amenities are now biodegradable.
  • Replaced disposable cups in the guest rooms with glass mugs.
  • Trash compactor pick-up reduced from weekly to bi-weekly creating approximately $4,000/year in savings as well as reducing carbon emission from the pick-up.
  • Clean the World partnership: Steinberg Conference Center donates all of its partially-used shampoos and soaps to Clean the World.  Clean the World distributes recycled soap products, along with appropriate educational materials, to impoverished countries worldwide, and to domestic homeless shelters, helping to reduce the spread of disease.

Energy Efficiency

  • Installed 20 light occupancy sensors in public restrooms and all breakout rooms.
  • Installed wireless electronic thermostats to replace pneumatic thermostats in 5 classrooms.
  • Ran a pilot program to test HVAC occupancy sensors in guest rooms and Case Study rooms.
  • Installed over 900 CFL bulbs throughout the conference center and received $4,000 in PECO rebates.
  • Converting approximately 400 light fixtures from T12 to T8, a more efficient lamp. $25,000 was invested up front and $4,500 was received in a rebate from the PECO Act 129 program.

Water Use

  • Guests are informed about ways to reduce water and detergent use by reusing their sheets and towels.

The Steinberg Conference Center is a world class executive training center housing 103 guest hotel rooms, a variety of classrooms, conference rooms and study rooms, gourmet executive dining facilities, a gym, lounges and more.


Penn’s Perelman Center for Advanced Medicine was the first health facility to achieve LEED certification in Philadelphia and in the entire Delaware Valley.

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