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Mod/God win Quad Energy Competition

Author: Rachel Novick

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Mod and God Quads are the winners of the first-ever Quad Energy Competition, finishing with an impressive 15.7% reduction in electricity usage over the course of the three-week competition.

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Goodbye Manila, Hello Green

Author: Sara Brown

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Since the beginning of the school year, a number of green inter-department envelopes have been making their way to mailboxes across campus. These Greenvelopes are a pilot program initiated by the Office of Sustainability and Mail Services to reduce office waste and save money.

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In Solidarity with the Earth

Author: Rachel Novick

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This weekend, Notre Dame will participate in Earth Hour by turning out the lights on the Golden Dome of the Main Building and the Word of Life mural on the Hesburgh Library. Earth Hour has become an international symbol of support for climate change action.

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Visionary of the Land to speak at ND

Author: Rachel Novick

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Wes Jackson, a visionary and pioneer in sustainable agriculture, will be speaking on campus at 7 p.m. on Wednesday, March 28, in Jordan 101. Jackson’s research spans 30 years and addresses a wide range of challenges, including soil erosion and pesticide resistance.

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May the best quad win

Author: Rachel Novick

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The Quad Energy Competition begins March 10th, and new state-of-the-art meters and a new online dashboard will now enable students to see how much energy their dorm is using and how they rank in the competition at any time.

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RecycleMania scores a goal

Author: Sara Brown

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Hockey fans can be maniacal about their teams, but during the February 24th ND vs. Michigan State hockey game, fans had another reason to be wild. GreeND, the Office of Sustainability and Athletics joined forces to make this hockey game a RecycleMania Gameday Recycling event.

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Bookstore promotes sustainable reading

Author: Rachel Novick

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Hammes Notre Dame Bookstore has made some exciting new additions to the already popular Sustainability Toolkit. The bookstore is contributing a reusable bag made out of 100% recycled bottles and a coupon for 15% off selected sustainability titles to each Toolkit.

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Perspective: ND Lights

Author: Sara Brown

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Shelly Fuhrman ’12 shares her experience working with ND LIGHTS, a Notre Dame program that takes working equipment and instrumentation from retired or upgraded campus laboratories and donates them to underfunded schools in the U.S. and abroad.

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We're on the map

Author: Sara Brown

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The interactive campus map now has a new “Green Tour” overlay. This layer allows students, staff, faculty, and guests to better understand where sustainability initiatives are happening on campus and to utilize the physical campus as a learning experience.

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Sun Come Up

Author: Rachel Novick

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On February 2nd, Geddes Hall will host a screening of the Academy Award-nominated documentary Sun Come Up. The film follows the experiences of the Carteret Islanders, a community living on a remote island chain off Papua New Guinea that is forced to relocate due to sea level rise.

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What's in your toolkit?

Author: Rachel Novick

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Over the past few weeks, you may have noticed friends and colleagues on campus sporting reusable shopping bags, sipping organic hot chocolate, and waxing eloquent on the subject of sustainable seafood. Here’s why:

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Notre Dame signs St. Francis Pledge

Author: Rachel Novick

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Fr. John Jenkins signed the St. Francis Pledge to Care for Creation and the Poor today, making Notre Dame a partner in a national movement to respond to Pope Benedict’s and the U.S. Catholic Bishops’ call for faithful action on climate change.

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Lights on Jesus

Author: Sara Brown

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Touchdown Jesus’ halo shines a bit brighter these days. High-efficiency LED lights now illuminate the Word of Life mural on Hesburgh Library. The lights replaced mercury vapor fixtures that previously illuminated the 134-foot tall mural.

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Who shrank my tray?

Author: Rachel Novick

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Notre Dame students in the two main campus dining halls waste nearly one ton of food and liquids a day. Two new initiatives in the dining halls, reducing the size of trays and Waste-Free Wednesdays, are actively addressing the issue of food waste.

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Taking charge

Author: Rachel Novick

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Two new electric vans have recently made their debut on campus. The compact zero-emissions utility vehicles replace two conventional pickup trucks previously used to make maintenance visits around campus.

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