For over 35 years, The Refinishing Touch has been dedicated to providing universities nationwide with our environmentally-friendly, cost-effective furniture asset management services to improve campus-wide sustainability and decrease carbon footprints. As a company who has immersed itself within the higher education industry, we are always happy to see institutions implement initiatives that succeed and serve as inspiration for other universities looking to do the same.
One such university is Drexel University, located in Philadelphia, PA, which has achieved top-tier success in the arena of green building. The ‘Drexel Smart House’ initiative has received significant, ongoing praise for its innovative lightweight green roof, grey water reclamation project and intelligent agricultural structure working together to optimize on-campus sustainability.
David Orr, a highly regarded sustainable development leader, caught wind of the project which made such an impression, he promptly booked a plane ticket to tour the Smart House. On April 18th, Orr headed to Philadelphia to visit the Drexel campus, explore the development and engage with students, faculty and community members on the importance of going green.
Similarly, when a college campus is looking to replace existing furniture assets, such as those in dormitories and community spaces, campus administrators and decision-makers need to consider more cost-efficient, sustainable solutions that purchasing new. The eco-friendly process of on-site refinishing, remanufacturing and re-upholstering can reduce landfill waste and carbon emissions, saves trees, and protect our air and water resources. By implementing furniture asset management, universities can also save up to 80 percent in budget, when compared to buying new furniture, which allows remaining budgets to be allocated to more important endeavors.