Green teams at Notre Dame include the staff-focused Green Ambassadors and the student-focused Sustainability Commissioners. The Green Ambassador program is for individuals interested in implementing sustainable practices in their own offices and departments and features several brown-bag lunchtime discussions throughout the year.
Sustainability Commissioners are chosen within their residence hall and work closely with the Office of Sustainability to reduce the environmental impact of the University through programming and education initiatives in their dorm. Commissioners serve as the formal link between the student body and the Office of Sustainability.
The Green Office Certification helps offices and departments to adopt best practices and achieve greater sustainability engagement through a simple self-audit program.
Green Event Certification helps event planners on campus to make environmentally preferable choices for advertising, menu options, and much more.
The greeNDiscovery program reduces Notre Dame’s carbon footprint by promoting energy efficiency in research laboratories.
There are several funding opportunities for sustainability projects on campus. The green loan fund is a $2 million dollar fund for projects that demonstrate a positive impact on environmental sustainability in campus buildings and across operations. The Office of Sustainability also operates an EcoFund. Created by the Class of 2008 Senior Class Gift and growing thanks to alumni donations, the Eco-Fund provides small grants for programs that enhance sustainability at Notre Dame.
Many computers available today come with a sleep mode or power management feature. According to Energy Star, setting your computer to sleep or hibernate when you're not using it can save you up to $30 in energy a year.
There are several different types of thermostats on campus ranging from manually adjustable systems to fully automated systems. Use this page to determine your system and report any thermostat problems you have.
Megawatt Madness is the annual dorm energy competition which challenges all 29 dorms to reduce their energy as much as possible.
Old2Gold, Notre Dame’s year-end campus yard sale annually diverts over 76.3 tons of waste from landfills. Materials are donated by students during their end of the year move out.
At each home game, dozens of students circulate through the tailgate lots, distributing blue recycling bags to fans and answering questions about single stream recycling. Blue bags are also handed out to cars as they enter the tailgating lots.