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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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Notre Dame Continues its Commitment to Sustainability

Notre Dame Continues its Commitment to Sustainability

Author: Donnetta McClellan

A key component of the University’s Comprehensive Sustainability Strategy includes reducing its carbon dioxide emissions in part through increasing its use of renewable and recoverable energy sources. A new energy plant, located in the small wooded area northeast of campus, will help do that.

The East Plant will house mechanical equipment for the new geothermal well fields located beneath the Ricci Fields; two 2,000-ton electric-driven chillers; and a thermal energy storage tank with the capacity to store 2 million gallons of chilled water.…

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ND Energy Announces New Leadership Role in International Sustainable Development

ND Energy Announces New Leadership Role in International Sustainable Development

Author: Barbara Villarosa

The Center for Sustainable Energy at Notre Dame (ND Energy) has taken another leap toward broadening its presence internationally and in particular with Low to Middle Income Countries (LMICs). Abigail Mechtenberg, Assistant Teaching Professor in the Department of Physics, will spend three months of the year during the summer engaged in international sustainable development research on behalf of ND Energy.…

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Notre Dame Athletics, Levy partnering with local organization to reduce food waste at Notre Dame Stadium

Notre Dame Athletics, Levy partnering with local organization to reduce food waste at Notre Dame Stadium

Author: Erin Blasko

The University of Notre Dame Athletics Department and Levy, the food service provider for Notre Dame Stadium, are partnering with a local nonprofit to reduce food waste, contribute to food security and support job training this football season — part of a broader focus on sustainability campuswide.

With every home game this season, Levy will donate leftover food from the stadium to Cultivate Culinary School & Catering, a local organization that prepares at-risk high school students and adults for jobs in the food service industry.…

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Three new buildings surrounding stadium will seek LEED Silver certification

Three new buildings surrounding stadium will seek LEED Silver certification

Author: Marissa Gebhard

Duncan Student Center, O’Neill Hall, and Corbett Family Hall — flanking the west, south and east sides of Notre Dame Stadium — were designed and constructed with the goal of seeking LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) Silver certification from the U.S. Green Building Council.

With an approximate total of 800,000 square feet, Duncan Student Center, O’Neill Hall, and Corbett Family Hall were built to use less water, reduce greenhouse gas emissions and be resource efficient. At least 20 percent of all of the building materials contain post-consumer and pre-consumer recycled content, including structural steel and reinforcement, concrete, metal studs, insulation, aluminum window framing, gypsum wallboard, terrazzo, spray fireproofing and ceiling tiles. Additionally, more than 20 percent of the construction materials were harvested or manufactured regionally, within 500 miles of the construction site.…

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Notre Dame Continues to Rank Among Most Beautiful College Campuses

Notre Dame Continues to Rank Among Most Beautiful College Campuses

Author: Donnetta McClellan

With a crew of approximately 45 employees strong, Landscape Services maintains more than 1,250 acres of campus property by using several sustainable practices and plantings.  While they do spend a fair amount of time keeping the lawns treated and trimmed, they also have the responsibility of landscaping new and re-landscaping existing buildings on campus, all while keeping sustainability in mind. …

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Annual Notre Dame Free Shred Event

Annual Notre Dame Free Shred Event

Author: Donnetta McClellan

Do you have unwanted personal or confidential papers piling up at home you need to dispose of? On Wednesday, August 9th from 11:00 am – 1:00 pm, the University’s shred provider, Shred-it, in conjunction with University Archives at the Hesburgh Library, is offering free and secure confidential document destruction for all University faculty, staff, and students. This event will be held rain or shine.…

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