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Sustainability

Drexel Business Services continuously develops and implements sustainable, environmentally friendly initiatives on all three University campuses structured around three guiding principles: Reduce. Reuse. Recycle.

April 2013 - Drexel Blackout Competition

Drexel Blackout begins April 1st for students living in the residence halls and in 34th Street Greek Houses. This year, the campaign is supporting Drexel University in the Campus Conservation Nationals competition!  The electricity usage will be measured during the entire month of April and the residence hall and house with the highest percentage decrease will win a trophy and party at the beginning of May! Thanks to our Drexel Business Services and University Facilities teams, in partnership with the Drexel University Sustainability Council, we are able to host this month-long campaign to save energy!

Reduce

  • Printing and Mailing Services routinely reviews external mailing lists to eliminate duplicates and undeliverable addresses in order to lower wasted materials and resources.
  • Printing and Mailing Services developed and began utilizing an online stationery ordering system.
  • Event Services Request for Reservation and Drexel University Student Technicians (DUST) forms are submitted electronically via email or Event Services website, reducing the amount of paper waste.
  • Event Services worked with external vendors and joined email invoicing (E*Notice) in order to be able to receive online invoices rather than paper copies.
  • Retail Management and Drexel Campus Dining collaborated to replace the Styrofoam cups used by Freshens in Creese Café with Eco ones.
  • Retail Management and Drexel Campus Dining collaborated to replace the Styrofoam boats used in Creese Café, NorthSide Market and Ross Commons with Paper ones.
  • Eco-friendly dish detergent, APEX, is being used at all retail dining locations.
  • Campus Dining Services provides corn take out containers in Creese Café.
  • “Car Pool” option is offered by Parking Services that permits holders to share parking and list 3 vehicles to be used with a single permit.
  • Parking Services completed the Garage Lighting Project that reduces electricity usage by 75 watts on each of 100 fixtures for a savings of 32,000 kWh/yr.
  • The Drexel Bike Share program was implemented on March 31, 2008. It allows Drexel students, faculty and staff to borrow bikes for free. The program is managed by Parking Services and promotes recreation and alternate transportation. As of October, 2009 the program has 420 members and 20 bikes to share.
  • The Drexel Bike Share program was implemented on March 31, 2008. It allows Drexel students, faculty and staff to borrow bikes for free. The program is managed by Parking Services and promotes recreation and alternate transportation. As of December, 2008 Drexel Bike Share program has 249 members, which is an increase of 35% compared to June, 2008.
  • University Housing transitioned its Standard Operating Procedures to an online format. All decentralized staff can log into the Inside Housing portal and view categorized Standard Operating Procedures.
  • University Housing created a section in MyHousing for students to acknowledge the University’s alcohol policy, which will reduce the amount of paperwork and paper.
  • Negotiated with PhillyCarShare to have three additional vehicles on University City Main Campus in residential areas for easy access to a vehicle without the need to own one. Vehicles have low emissions and high fuel efficiency.
  • Improvements are continuously made to the University Housing services available online. University Housing applications, room change requests, term break signups, and closing operational manual are currently online.
  • Implemented the first annual Drexel BlackOut in May, 2009 , an energy saving battle between the residence halls and between the Greek houses, which encouraged residents to reduce electric consumption and increase energy conservation awareness, thereby preserving natural resources. Residence halls reduced electric consumption an average of 12% as compared to May 2008.
  • Organized and presented the first Farmer’s Market at Drexel for the members of the community to purchase locally grown produce. The market will be conducted annually from April until November every Tuesday between 11:00am and 3:00pm in front of MacAlister Hall.
  • Trayless Tuesdays is organized annually by Retail Management and Drexel Campus Dining during Earth Month. Trayless Tuesday program for Earth Month 2009 included a “weigh the waste” aspect. In just four (4) Tuesdays 3,550 pounds of food waste was avoided and 3,236 gallons of water were saved.
  • The DragonCard Office has implemented an e-statement program that has significantly reduced the amount of paper used and received by the Drexel Community. This program eliminates printing by about 5,000 pages and 4,000 envelopes per month as well as postage expense.

Reuse

  • Promoted and encouraged the use of NorthSide Market and Drexel Green reusable bags by giving customers a $0.05 discount when brought back.
  • University Housing utilized the old garbage cans at the start of the 2008 winter season as salt containers.
  • University Housing received unused furniture from College of Medicine that will be utilized to supplement its existing furniture in 34th Street Housing (Greek Life Properties).
  • Drexel Business Services collaborated with Drexel Green to design and supply reusable mugs that are currently sold in retail dining locations.
  • Presented Drexel’s first Yard Sale, which gave students the opportunity to donate unwanted furniture, clothing, and books rather than discarding these items as they move from the residence halls and enable the Drexel community to purchase these items. Proceeds went toward University Housing sustainability initiatives and unsold items were donated to local charities.

Recycle

  • Instituted a new recycling program for all residence halls involving installation of 200 recycling containers for mixed paper and comingled aluminum, plastic and glass containers. Recycling containers were installed on each residential floor in the common trash rooms or common kitchens.
  • New containers were received for 34th Street Housing (Greek Life properties) to begin collecting recyclables in each fraternity/sorority house. Built an outdoor fenced-in recycling location to serve all the Greek Life properties, which is then serviced by University Facilities waste management.
  • Under the direction and guidance of the Executive Director of Printing and Mailing Services special recycled paper was milled for three major LeBow College of Business publications, the Lead Magazines and the LeBow Annual Report. The direct result of this is “key” as the Winter Lead Magazine featured articles on saving of water, solid waste, trees preserved, greenhouse gases prevented and BTUs of energy not consumed.
  • Printing and Mailing Services continues to promote recycled paper to its print buyers and assists Drexel community to make sustainable choices for publications.
  • Campus Dining Services began recycling aluminum cans in residential dining locations and catering kitchens.
  • Barnes & Noble Drexel University Bookstores sell 30% post consumer waste printed paper and recycled pens.
  • Student Union Operations placed additional 12 co-mingling recycling bins (cans and bottles) throughout the Creese Student Center and Ross Commons.
  • Student Union Operations is working with the Recyclemania committee to bring the program to the Creese Student Center, which will involve counting daily recyclables and benchmarking with other colleges and universities.
  • 90% of paper used for print jobs now has 10% to 30% recycled content and all university stationery is printed on recycled paper.
  • • Many of the print vendors used by Printing and Mailing Services are Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) certified, or in the process of acquiring the certification. The FSC works to conserve biological diversity and old growth forests. The FSC chain-of –custody tracks products from FSC certified forests all the way through to finished materials, thereby providing consumers with the confidence that the printed product is made following the most sustainable practices currently available.