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First Annual Green Purchasing Awards Presentation

Tuesday, October 6, 2015

Penn's first Green Purchasing Awards were bestowed at the annual Purchasing Services Supplier Show on September 30. This new award honors the leading actions of any individual and/or team that significantly advance the development of sustainable purchasing practices at Penn. These first honorees are exemplary champions committed to sustainability across campus.

The first Green Purchasing Award was presented to the team of Sarah Fisher, Sustainability Strategic Planning Associate (FRES) , Eric Weckel; Executive Director, Space Planning and Operations (PSOM) and Andrew Zarynow, Energy Planning Engineer (FRES) for their work on the "Bright Green Idea" that established the -80 ULT (ultra-low temperature) Freezer Efficiency Program. This program works with labs to replace electrically inefficient freezers with high-efficiency freezers, using financial incentives from the Green Fund to offset thecost of the replacements, particularly in those areas where the equipment in place has not reached their useful life expectancy.

Another Green Purchasing Award recipient was David Roush; Director, ITS Operations from Penn Law. This award was presented for achieving the highest percentage of green office products purchased in the previous fiscal year.

To learn more about the Green Purchasing Award and the nomination process go to