Overall Rating Gold
Overall Score 66.31
Liaison Natalie Walker
Submission Date Aug. 9, 2021

STARS v2.2

University of Pennsylvania
OP-19: Construction and Demolition Waste Diversion

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 0.70 / 1.00 Natalie Walker
Sustainability Manager
Penn Sustainability
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Construction and demolition materials recycled, donated, or otherwise recovered:
185 Tons

Construction and demolition materials landfilled or incinerated:
79 Tons

Percentage of construction and demolition materials diverted from the landfill or incinerator through recycling, donation and/or other forms of recovery:
70.08

A brief description of programs, policies, infrastructure investments, outreach efforts, and/or other factors that contributed to the diversion rate for construction and demolition waste:

All new buildings and major renovations at Penn must be LEED Silver minimum, and are required to engage in construction and demolition waste recycling. In addition, every capital project with a budget of greater than $100,000, must abide by the Penn "Green Guidelines for Renovations", which require construction and demolition waste recycling.


Website URL where information about the institution’s C&D waste diversion efforts is available:
Additional documentation to support the submission:
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The University of Pennsylvania is a major research institution, with over 3,000 degrees granted annually from twelve professional and academic schools at the Bachelor's, Master's, and Doctorate levels. Penn is committed to reducing emissions and energy use, as stated in the 2019 ""Climate and Sustainability Action Plan 3.0"". This submission documents Penn's efforts during the FY19/20 year and compares them to the FY09 baseline year which corresponds with the University's ""Climate and Sustainability Action Plan. 3.0"". The submission relies on information related to the main, academic, West Philadelphia campus, but to more fully document efforts across the Penn system, information related to the Morris Arboretum and New Bolton has also been referenced and noted as outside the boundary in descriptions. The information is used to enrich examples of University efforts and is not intended to be the primary justification for credits. The responses for each of the questions and sub-questions are drawn from University materials, both internal and public documents. Each section notes the website where the information can be found.

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