A talented interior designer, Danielle Cavalcanto instills sustainable factors in her designs, frequently matching inventory in storage to newly configured workspaces. In the 2022 fiscal year, her reuse of Penn Medicine furniture saved more than $230,000. She also participated in specifying $3 million in sustainable furniture selections as well as approximately $1 million of sustainable finishes within most of the $28 million budget for capital projects in the 2022 fiscal year.
“Whether it’s a capital project or a small-scale one, I work to ensure these projects meet or exceed the sustainability standards we’ve set at the Perelman School of Medicine,” says Cavalcanto, an associate director, interiors, at the Perelman School of Medicine. “For example, if I’m asked to reconfigure a space such as a lab, I will identify which components can be repurposed or reused and which can be recycled. No day is the same—there’s a new, exciting challenge to tackle each day.”
Her work has led to sustainably sourced products for more than 14% of Penn Medicine’s total capital purchases in the 2022 fiscal year.