SAS Fall Celebration

On November 13th SAS had their staff Fall Celebration event at Houston Hall of Flags. Like last year this event was completely zero-waste with large beverage containers, compostable dishware, reuseable decorations and compost bins for all the waste to be collected in and sent to local farms....

REThink Your Footprint E-Waste Collection

On November 20th from 11-2pm for ReThink Your Footprint, SAS Sustainability will be hosting an E-Waste Collection Event outside Williams Hall alongside the Silfen Student Student Center. Stop on by with your electronics you would like recycled from your office or home!

3600 Green Office Certification Kick-Off

On October 2nd the 3600 Market Green Team hosted a Zero-Waste Potluck to kick off their pursuit of Level 2 Green Office Certification. All the attendants received free Reuseable mugs and CFL bulbs as well as lots of delicious food. A total of 5 lbs of waste was composted at the event and thanks...

Follow Up Waste Audit of Williams and Cohen Loading Dock

On September 23rd SAS Sustainability did a follow up waste audit of the Williams and Cohen Loading Dock. In conjuction with the procedure followed in 2013, Trash and Recycling was not collected at the loading dock for 48 hours prior to the audit. The streams were analyzed by content, weight, and...

SAS Sustainability Green Roof Tour

In celebration of Earth Day 2014 SAS Sustainability hosted a trip to the 45,000 square foot green roof at PECO headquarters in downtown Philadelphia. Attendees were able to paticipate in a tour of the green roof given by the the Pennsylvania Horticultural Society. The roof was completed in 2009...

Zero Waste Pot Luck

SAS at 3600 Market Street had it's very first Zero-Waste pot luck today! All plates, organic waste, napkins, bowls, and utensils were compostable. A total of 5.1 pounds of materials were composted and diverted from a landfill! Keep up the great work everyone and remember no event is too big or...

Zero-Waste Happy Hour

On March 12th the College Office at Cohen Hall had a sucessful Zero-Waste potluck happy hour where .5 lbs of compost was diverted away from a landfill. No matter how big or small you can always make your event Zero-Waste! Good job College Office!

Power Down at Williams

February 3rd 2014 marked the start of the Power Down Challenge that will last till March 2nd! Williams Hall is representing SAS this year in the competition. To track our progress against other buildings on campus please visit:...

Zero-Waste SAS Finance & Administration Holiday Party

On December 18th SAS Finance and Administration held a Zero-Waste Holiday Party at Bodek Lounge in Houston Hall. Guests were provided with compostable dishware that was diverted from landfills via compost and recycling stations. Simple signage guided them through the Zero-Waste process. Thanks...

Zero-Waste Staff Appreciation Event

On November 19th 2013 SAS hosted a music themed school wide staff appreciation event. As part of SAS' Commitment to the REthink Your Footprint campaign, the entire event was run as Zero-Waste. The decorations and catering were both beautiful and reusable. The SAS Eco-Reps...

ReThink Your Footprint

The ReThink Your Footprint campaign begins Nov. 4 and runs through Nov. 22. This waste-minimization campaign encourages the entire Penn Community to evaluate their waste-related footprint and Reduce, Reuse, Recycle! SAS Sustainability commitments during the campaign include expanding our...

SAS Visits the Dirt Factory

On January 29, the SAS Sustainability team came together at 4308 Market St for a tour of the Dirt Factory, University City’s newest community composting facility. While the Dirt Factory is still in its first year of production, its two reclaimed Earth Tubs, purchased from Penn, are already hard...

Jaffe and Stouffer Win the 2012 Power Down Challenge!

Jaffe and Stouffer celebrate winning the 2012 Penn Power Down Challenge. The annual Power Down Challenge is run by the Penn Green Campus Partnership.  Between October 31st and November 18th of 2012, faculty, staff, and students sought to decrease energy use within their college houses...

Environmental Tour at Mannington Commercial, Salem NJ

SAS' Facility's design team recently visited Mannington Commercial in Salem, New Jersey in order to get a better understanding of how their hard flooring products are manufactured. While there, an extensive environmental tour of the campus was given. The team was pleased to discover many...

SAS visits the Philadelphia Materials Recovery Facility

SAS recently took a trip to Waste Management's recycling center to see how our recyclables are being treated. The center's single-stream technology allows us to collect all recyclables in the same container, making recycling convenient and easy.

Penn Music Building, Photography © David Lamb
Music Building is LEED Gold

Given a goal of LEED Silver at the beginning of design, the Music Building project surpassed expectations and is the first LEED Gold building on campus. By exceeding targets set early in design, closely monitoring construction activities and the selection of materials and products, and with...

battery recycling box locations
Big Green Box

As part of their commitment to help increase the University recycling rate, Arts & Sciences has provided "Big Green Box" locations for alkaline battery recycling. Faculty, staff, and students are encouraged to bring used batteries from home, as well as deposit those from their labs or...

A Drink for Tomorrow, Sierra Leone
SSAB Fundraising Drive for A Drink for Tomorrow (ADFT), Philadelphia Global Water Initiative (PGWI), and the Year of Water

The SAS Student Sustainability Advisory Board (SAS SSAB) is hosting an event in conjunction with A Drink for Tomorrow (ADFT), Philadelphia Global Water Initiative (PGWI), and the Year of Water. It will be the kick off to a fund raising drive, with a goal of $5K to benefit the water...

University of Pennsylvania School of Arts & Sciences Music Building
Music Building LEED Certification

The magnificent renovation of the Music department’s historic home, combined with the construction of new contemporary space, celebrates both the distinguished traditions and the promising future of one of the most honored academic programs of the School of Arts and Sciences and the University....