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.
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.
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.
The Office of Sustainability recently decided to poll the Class of 2015 on their sustainable (or unsustainable) habits, and almost 800 students responded within the first week, with eye-opening results.
For the second year in a row, Notre Dame will participate in the EPA Game Day Challenge during this weekend’s USC game.
The quest for sustainable energy and resource use has been called the preeminent challenge of the 21st century. First year students get a taste of the issues involved during the required First Year seminar, Contemporary Topics.
Starting this November, Notre Dame letterhead, envelopes, and business cards will be printed on 100% recycled content paper.
Andy Boes, a junior political science major from Seattle and president of Dillon Hall, initiated a partnership with the Morris Inn to donate unused shampoo and soap to local food pantries.
On Tuesday October 4th, the Notre Dame community will celebrate the Feast of St. Francis of Assisi, patron saint of the environment, with festivities and opportunities to follow in the footsteps of St. Francis, who was known for his love for nature and the poor.
Dropping off the dry cleaning – it seems just like another item on the “to-do” list, but here on campus, it has recently become another opportunity to make a decision to live more sustainably.
ND LIGHTS– Notre Dame Laboratory Instrumentation Giving Hope To Students – recently completed its first year of collecting and sending donated laboratory equipment to limited-resource schools across the country.
On the evening of Sunday August 28th, student volunteers once again went door-to-door in their dorms, switching out inefficient incandescent light bulbs for Compact Fluorescent bulbs (CFLs).
Notre Dame has received a STARS Silver Rating from the Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education. STARS is a new program that measures and encourages sustainability in all aspects of higher education.
An efficiency retrofit currently being installed in the Jordan Hall teaching labs will enable faculty to save $45,000 annually, simply by pressing a button.
The University of Notre Dame recently received a Certificate of Recognition from the state of Indiana’s Department of Environmental Management (IDEM) for its storm water management program on campus.
In mid-July, the Office of Sustainability took up permanent residence in Brownson Hall, located behind the Main Building.
Inovateus Solar recently completed the installation of a 10kW flexible thin-film solar array and monitoring system on the roof of Fitzpatrick Hall of Engineering.