The Penn Bookstore and Computer Connection along with Penn Dining have initiated several green processes to help reduce the carbon footprint at Penn.
GREEN PRODUCTS AT THE BOOKSTORE
The Penn Bookstore and Computer Connection offer many options for waste-conscious purchasing, including recycled-content school supplies, recycling bins for dorm rooms (smart power strips, EnergyStar laptops and appliances, and sustainably-produced apparel), as well as maintaining a recycling drop-off for printer ink and toner cartridges.
MINIMIZING WASTE IN DINING HALLS
Penn Dining sells reusable tote bags and reusable water bottles in the retail dining locations. Our dining services have also gone tray-less in residential dining halls; this both reduces food waste and conserves water and energy by eliminating the need to wash trays and reducing the volume of heated water required water for washing. Tray-less dining also reduces the use of chemicals that are found in detergents, and rinsing and drying agents needed to wash trays. Other waste management initiatives at Penn’s dining facilities include eliminating the use of plastic bags for to-go meals, introducing compostable takeout containers, and recycling used cooking oil.