With our campuses comprising over 100 acres in Philadelphia, Drexel University is committed to being a responsible steward of our land and buildings and to minimizing our impact on the environment. Drexel Real Estate and Facilities' sustainable practices include: promoting proper recycling methods, installing the latest energy-efficient equipment and building automation systems, fostering organic and native landscaping, and ensuring that new construction meets local, state and nationally recognized building codes and green-building best practices. Learn more about Drexel’s sustainable operations.
CAMPUS SUSTAINABILITY INITIATIVES
Buildings and Grounds
- Drexel buildings and grounds have several projects and initiatives, including rainwater reuse, brownfield redevelopment, public realm improvements, and more.
- Drexel is a property partner of Philadelphia 2030 District, a voluntary effort to achieve deep reductions in energy use, water use, transportation emissions, and to improve stormwater management.
- Drexel students committed to a sustainable campus worked with Drexel Business Services to install a BioHiTech digester in the Hans Dining Hall. This digester diverts food waste from the landfill by using enzymes to liquify food waste and sending it to Philadelphia’s wastewater treatment plant where it is captured as an energy source.
- Aramark, Drexel’s on-campus dining and catering partner, has a variety of sustainability initiatives underway, including locally sourcing fresh produce and creating plant-forward menu options.
Procurement and Purchasing
- Drexel’s Equipment Surplus Program gives used equipment a new life by auctioning or donating these items to diverse and local community businesses.
- The Drexel Computer Recycling Program helps University departments guarantee data security on existing computers that have reached the end-of-life stage for departments and allows these computers to be refurbished for reuse.
- Drexel University's Supplier Inclusion Initiative broadens Drexel's pool of suppliers by developing business relationships with minority, women, veteran, service-disabled, LGBT and small businesses. Drexel is committed to retaining business with diverse suppliers to foster economic impact within local Philadelphia communities.
Programs & Services
- Drexel is a pick-up site for boxes of local produce through the Common Market Farmshare.
- Drexel has a free Bike Share program open to all students and employees.
Tracking and Benchmarking
Drexel is a member of the Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education (AASHE) and is participating in the STARS sustainability tracking system,
EarthFest is Drexel’s annual block party celebrating the University’s commitment to environmental sustainability.