Energy Use
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Energy Use

LED Pilot for JMHH restrooms

We are currently testing two LED types to replace all the 64 watt wall sconces in the JMHH restrooms. The existing wall sconces are on 24/7 and consume a lot of energy. The proposed LEDs will consume 78% less energy.

Colonial Penn Center & Lauder-Fischer Hall Lighting Projects

Lighting surveys are currenly in progress at CPC and LFH to upgrade the existing T12 lamps with more energy efficient T8s with electronic smart ballasts or LEDs.

Adjusting Set Points for Minimum Outdoor Air Flow on Air Handlers

Air handlers consume more energy than any other source at Huntsman Hall, so even small changes can have a big impact. We are currently testing the changes to determine whether we can safely reduce the set points without affecting other critical functions or comfort.



Zero Waste Events @ Wharton

Wharton held its annual summer staff lunch in July 2013 for 500 plus employees and made it a Zero Waste Event. This was the first time Zero Waste had been attemtepted at a large scale event and the results were promising. Over 81% of the waste from this event was diverted from landfill. Since the July event, many of Wharton's event organizers have requested to make their events zero waste.

Restroom Hand Dryer Evaluation

Electric hand dryers typically cost significantly less to operate than purchasing paper towels, and significantly reduce the overall footprint of restroom supplies. Noise levels and convenience to the user are important considerations, so we are currently searching for dryers with decibel ratings below 80 db (so as not to disturb classrooms or study rooms) and with acceptable electric requirements and dry time.

Trash & Recycling Bin Audit

Wharton recently completed a detailed audit of all trash and recycling bins in use. Every bin and sign was cataloged and mapped out on floor plans. Thanks to this survey we know that Wharton has a total of 423 bins of which 277 are for trash and 146 are for recycling.  The goal is to use this information to develop bin standards for Wharton.  Another goal will be to replace every trash bin with a recycling bin once our standards have been developed. 

Solid Waste Management Plan

The University of Pennsylvania, with the help of various schools and centers, is currently developing its first Solid Waste Management Plan. Wharton is contributing to the development of this plan with its experience and insight from piloting various recycling programs.

Green Cleaning

Washer/Dryer Installation Could Reduce Housekeeping Waste

Wharton is considering installing a washer and dryer in our 9th floor mechanical room that would allow housekeeping staff to switch from disposable rags, mops and paper towels to reusable microfiber rags and pulse mopping.

Feasibility Study of Eliminating Disinfectant Chemicals

Wharton Housekeeping is currently in the testing phase of a new green product called ActiveIon. ActiveIon is a spray bottle that sanitizes and disinfects using ionized water, replacing standard cleaning chemicals with a completely non-toxic, environmentally-friendly alternative. Over 75% of Wharton’s cleaning supplies already have a green certification. We are in the process of testing for performance and cost effectiveness.

Sustainable Resources

2013 /2014 Student Sustainability Advisory Board

Many of last years board members returned so only two seats were available. Final selection is currently in progress and will be completed in mid October. The first meeting of the Wharton Student Sustainability Advisory Board will take place shortly after the final two members are selected.

The board is comprised of both graduate and undergraduate students and will serve as our primary conduit for student feedback, action and communication regarding sustainability issues. This board will meet regularly with Wharton’s Associate Director of Sustainability, Rafael de Luna, and will interface with student clubs and organizations. We hope to work with this group to ensure that we are engaging student stakeholders and balancing our environmental goals with the needs of our facilities’ users.