Being a green graduate student has just gotten easier with the addition of new recycling dumpsters at Fischer O’Hara-Grace Graduate Residences. The new recycling dumpsters are part of a broader sustainability effort at FOG.
Cavanaugh Hall is the winner of the 2009 Dorm Energy Competition, having reduced electricity consumption by 34% compared to previous years.
This holiday season, members of the Office of Sustainability will be visiting departments across the campus, bearing timers and green office tips.
The Green Dorm Room, created with 3D rendering techniques, is fully outfitted with everything a student needs to be sustainable, from a drying rack for clothes to a reusable water bottle. Students can pan around the room and mouse-over the “green” items to learn more.
“One of the most powerful ways we can affect our environment and our personal wellness, for better or worse, is the act of eating,” said Executive Chef Don Miller, who recently taught a class at North Dining Hall on how to plan, purchase and prepare a healthy sustainable meal.
PE has taken an early lead in the 2009 Dorm Energy Competition. Zahm is in second place, followed by Howard, Walsh, and Pangborn. Sr. Cynthia Broderick, Rector of PE, attributes their success to “being intentional about the little things, like turning lights off and unplugging electronics”.
The weather for a football game in November couldn’t have been warmer, but a group of students on campus were still “freezing.” With hundreds of families on campus for the Navy game, members of GreeND took the opportunity to raise support for climate change legislation.
In response to requests by many faculty and staff, the University has adopted a policy to limit the distribution of mass mailings through Campus Mail Services. Under the new policy, Campus Mail will only accept up to 300 of the same item within a one month period.
Notre Dame received a B on the College Sustainability Report Card, improving over last year’s B-. The higher grade came in response to a reduction in the University’s carbon emissions and a number of resource-saving policies.
The first game of the season featured some key changes to the Game Day Recycling program in an effort to improve upon last season’s success of 73 tons of avoided landfill waste.
The Hydration Station, an alternative to a traditional drinking fountain, was installed last week between the men’s and women’s restrooms on the first floor of the LaFortune Student Center.
Notre Dame will soon host Renewing the Campus: Sustainability and the Catholic University. The conference on October 9th-11th will bring together 250 faculty, students, administrators, and clergy from over 40 Catholic universities across the country.
Notre Dame is introducing a new program designed to encourage more eco-friendly commuting: preferred parking spots will now be available in five lots on campus for qualifying low emissions vehicles.
Geddes Hall, the first Notre Dame building expected to earn LEED certification, welcomed the Center for Social Concerns as its first occupants this week.
Since early May, when a new paper pricing agreement made Green Top 30% recycled paper less expensive than Red Top non-recycled paper, recycled-content paper has skyrocketed from 10% to almost 80% of total paper purchases across the campus.
The Energy Conservation Measures program is a multi-year commitment by the University to retrofit our most energy inefficient buildings. Phase one, being implemented this year in 24 buildings, is expected to reduce campus annual electricity usage by over 5.5 million kWh.
Most buildings participating in the Energy Challenge demonstrated significant energy conservation in April. Hurley and Hayes-Healy were the top-performing buildings due to a combination of efficiency renovations, reduced heating and cooling hours, and education of building users.
The results are in, and the University of Notre Dame finished near the top of the class among the 510 schools participating in the 2009 RecycleMania competition.