Waste reduction initiatives on campus fall into two categories: reducing resource use and recycling. The Office of Sustainability works with academic and administrative departments across campus to find ways to reduce the unnecessary use of materials. Waste reduction relies to a great extent on individual behaviors and choices like recycling, double-sided printing, reusing furniture and choosing paperless forms of communication.
The process of furnishing Notre Dame workspaces has been consolidated into a single program called FurnishND. Managed by Warehouse and Delivery Services, the program assists faculty and staff with day-to-day workspace furnishing requests including the acquisition, repair, and removal of workspace furnishings. For all workspace furnishing removal or repair requests, submit an AiM work order, selecting surplus as the problem code.
Specialty Item Recycling
End of year move-out
From 2004 to 2019, the University held its annual Old2Gold sale, diverting more than 130 tons of waste from landfills in the area.
In the spring of 2020, the University began a new tradition by partnering with Goodwill Industries of Michiana for its annual collection of items from students they no longer need. Previously, the University collected donations to sell to community members during the one-day event. Goodwill then collected unsold remaining items to sell at its retail outlets.
This change allows additional individuals in the region to benefit from the student donations. Students are still encouraged to leave their donations at the designated areas in front of their residence hall where Goodwill collects all year-end Notre Dame student items for resale at some of their 23 locations in the greater Michiana area. In the past, University Warehouse, Delivery & Transportation services collected the items for transport to the specified location for the sale.
Many volunteers from several local nonprofits assisted with the University single-day sale, and also shared in the proceeds from the sale. Notre Dame continues to support those partnerships.
Goodwill Industries of Michiana estimates it serves more than 1,930,000 customers each year at its retail locations and assists nearly 14,000 individuals with education and workforce skills development programs.
This program replaced the former Old2Gold community event.
Since 2004, Notre Dame’s year-end campus yard sale annually diverted over 130 tons of waste from landfills.
At the end of the school year, students would leave behind many items they no longer needed. In the past, most of it would end up in landfills, but with the introduction of the Old2Gold sale, students were able to put those unwanted items to good use.
As students moved out, they were encouraged to separate donations into two groups: furniture (chairs, couches, futons, desks, shelving, etc.) and other donations (clothing, carpet, books, refrigerators, etc.). These items were then placed by the matching yard sign in front of their residence hall. University Campus, Warehouse & Delivery Services collected the items and transported them to a warehouse where individuals from local charities gave of their time sorting. Once sorting was complete, everything was transported to the specified location for the sale. Proceeds from the sale helped support the local charities who volunteered.
The sale, which was open to the general public allowed the University to work towards its waste diversion goal as well as supporting several charitable organizations in the area.
The 2019 Old2Gold diverted more than 60 tons of waste from the landfill (including more than 500 bikes), brought in approximately 1,300 shoppers, and raised more than $27,000 for the local charities that operated the sale.