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Innovative Sustainability Courses Break New Ground

Innovative Sustainability Courses Break New Ground

Author: Carly Hubers

Four new courses being offered this Spring highlight the breadth and innovative nature of Sustainability Studies at Notre Dame.  From the English department to Biological Sciences and from the Arctic to American cities adapting to climate change, these courses expand the breadth of topics being offered as well as the disciplinary perspectives being brought to bear on current global challenges.…

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New recycling program requires team effort to keep recyclables out of landfills

New recycling program requires team effort to keep recyclables out of landfills

Author: Allison Mihalich

Due to changes in the global market, recycling haulers have implemented stricter requirements for what they will accept as recyclable.

As a result, the University has changed campus recycling procedures to ensure the recycling stream is clean and items are actually recovered and recycled. Leaders ask faculty, staff, students and visitors to be vigilant and sort and clean recyclables before throwing them into a recycling bin, and when in doubt to throw them out.…

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Sustainable Lighting Project illuminates campus

Sustainable Lighting Project illuminates campus

Author: Donnetta McClellan

In 2018, the Basilica of the Sacred Heart and Stepan Center received light fixture makeovers in 2018 that are more than cosmetic. These upgrades are part of the Sustainable Lighting Project, which supports the University’s ongoing Energy Conservation Measures Program to reduce its environmental impact and increase economic savings.…

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Lamberti honored as a Fellow of the Society for Freshwater Science

Lamberti honored as a Fellow of the Society for Freshwater Science

Author: Kathy Jonas

Ask Gary A. Lamberti, professor in the Department of Biological Sciences, to name his favorite creature, and it takes him only a few seconds to think before saying, “a caddisfly larva” or, as it is known in science circles, Helicopsyche borealis. He not only mounted a drawing of this common but extraordinary bug on his office wall in the Galvin Life Science Center, but also had it embroidered on baseball caps worn by his students.

 

His enthusiasm hasn’t gone unnoticed by his peers. Lamberti recently was elected as a fellow of the Society for Freshwater Science, the leading international freshwater organization. The distinction recognizes sustained excellence in contributions to freshwater science, research, policy, or management. Lamberti, a member of the society for 35 years and president in 1998, said it is very rewarding and a particular honor to be recognized for his work.

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Smoothing Your Way to ND for the Environment

Smoothing Your Way to ND for the Environment

Author: Barbara Villarosa


A perspective on partnering with others to quench more than a thirst for sustainability at Notre Dame. 

I always wondered what ND for the Environment was all about. Then, I had the chance to experience it first-hand. It was Alumni Reunion Weekend in early June during the “ND Explores STEM” event in McCourtney Hall. I and my colleagues Ginger Sigmon and Anne Berges Pillai were manning the ND Energy table with the ND Energy smoothie bike, front and center. Nearby were our colleagues from the Office of Sustainability and the Sustainability Minor. We had our informational brochures and posters laid out on our main table. Next to it was another table that held a large bowl of mixed berries, bunches of fresh bananas, bottles of fruit juice, containers of yogurt, a cutting board, utensils, and plastic gloves. My role was to make the smoothie ‘brew’ while Ginger secured the blender to the back of the bike, and Anne welcomed visitors who were waiting for their turn on the smoothie bike. 

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A bright idea with lasting power

A bright idea with lasting power

Author: Ken Bradford '76

For Emily Clements ’18, reality set in one summer evening in 2017 when she heard a theology professor talking about the benefits of solar power. Our Lady of the Road didn’t need her advice. It needed cheaper electricity.

A mission supported by South Bend Catholic Worker and Notre Dame's Center for Social Concerns, OLR is a place near downtown South Bend where street folks are welcome to take a shower, do their laundry, and get a meal.…

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Partnering to capture and preserve the University's natural beauty

Partnering to capture and preserve the University's natural beauty

Author: Marissa Gebhard

LtPhoto of the plaque at Tim and Lauren Carey’s tree and the message in the handmade album Lauren presented to Tim on their wedding day.

When Lauren Carey planned her December 2015 wedding to her husband, Tim, she wanted to commemorate the occasion with something that would last through the years. Being quite the planner, Lauren began her search for a special gift about eight months before their big day.…

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Notre Dame president praises energy executives for meeting with pope

Notre Dame president praises energy executives for meeting with pope

Author: Notre Dame News

University of Notre Dame President Rev. John I. Jenkins, C.S.C., on Monday (June 11) commended the world’s leading energy executives for joining Pope Francis over the weekend in a serious exploration of how to transition from fossil fuels while providing new sources of energy for the additional 2.4 billion people expected to inhabit the planet by mid-century.

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Flaherty and Dunne halls earn LEED Gold certification

Flaherty and Dunne halls earn LEED Gold certification

Author: Marissa Gebhard

In recognition for achieving a high level of sustainability, the U.S. Green Building Council has awarded LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) Gold certification to Notre Dame for the construction of undergraduate residences Flaherty Hall and Dunne Hall.

When the University designed and constructed Flaherty and Dunne halls, it carefully planned and implemented green methods for saving energy, water and other resources and generating less waste in both the construction and operation of the two buildings. Compared to other newly constructed buildings, Flaherty Hall and Dunne Hall each consume 28 percent less energy for heating and cooling, which contributes to a healthier, more sustainable environment.

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A Movement that Unites: Youth Power Indiana

A Movement that Unites: Youth Power Indiana

Author: Natalie Ambrosio '17

On February 27 the Executive Director of nonprofit Earth Charter Indiana, South Bend’s Director of Sustainability and a South Bend Council Member shared the stage at Notre Dame, discussing a film that chronicles the passing of a Climate Recovery Resolution in Indianapolis. This event fostered the connection between Notre Dame and the wider South Bend community – a connection that has helped propel the youth-initiated effort to pass a Climate Recovery Ordinance in the city.…

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NIPSCO installs natural gas service improvements from February to June

NIPSCO installs natural gas service improvements from February to June

Author: Mark Hummel

As part of the Utilities Long Range Plan for the University, the natural gas service pipeline to the Power Plant will be improved.   NIPSCO (Northern Indiana Public Service Company) has begun the process of installing a new natural gas pipeline as well as a metering and regulating station. The station will be located north of Mason Services Center. The pipeline will be installed adjacent to the Warren Golf Course along the west and north boundaries. Additionally, the University will install a pipeline from the metering and regulating station to the Power Plant later this spring. …

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