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A Greener Commute

Author: Rachel Novick

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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.

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Greener Pastures

Author: Rachel Novick

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Geddes Hall, the first Notre Dame building expected to earn LEED certification, welcomed the Center for Social Concerns as its first occupants this week.

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Recycled Paper Sweeps Campus

Author: Rachel Novick

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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.

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Energy Conservation Measures Update

Author: Rachel Novick

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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.

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April Surge in Energy Savings

Author: Rachel Novick

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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.

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Trees in the Service of Justice

Author: Rachel Novick

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On Friday, April 24th, nearly fifty students who participated in spring break seminars through the Center for Social Concerns planted forty Red Maples in Mishawaka parks to offset their travel-related carbon emissions.

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OIT gives heat to city waste treaters

Author: Rachel Novick

The University and its Center for Research Computing received a 2009 Green Enterprise IT Award, presented by the Uptime Institute and co-sponsored by the U.S. Department of Energy, for their innovative work with the South Bend Wastewater Treatment Plant, which is responsible for breaking down waste.

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Walsh Hall Hosts Tree-Sit

Author: Rachel Novick

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On April 7th, over sixty students participated in the Walsh Hall Tree Sit, taking turns sitting in trees outside Walsh in order to raise money for the Arbor Day Foundation.

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The Art of Recycling

Author: Rachel Novick

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On April 2nd the Dooley Room in LaFortune rivaled the Snite for exquisite artwork as Recyclemania concluded its campaign to increase recycling awareness with a Recyclable Art Show.

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Blue + Gold = Green

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The 80th annual Blue-Gold Football Game on Saturday, April 18th, piloted 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.

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Energy Challenge Performance Down in March

Author: Rachel Novick

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Energy Challenge performance was down in the Main Building and across the College of Science for the month of March. However, both entities have been putting significant efforts into long-term conservation measures that should yield increasing results as we head into the air conditioning season.

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Grab 'n Go Winner: Angela Ginocchio

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Angela says her reusable grab ’n go bag comes in handy all the time. In addition to using it for picking up breakfast at grab ’n go, she uses it instead of a plastic bag when shopping at the Huddle and getting a sandwich at Subway.

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Students Examine Green Building at ND

Author: Rachel Novick

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University Architect Doug Marsh recently discussed the LEED certification process for Notre Dame’s new buildings with about two dozen students and answered questions about the future of green building on campus.

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Bottles, bottles everywhere

Author: Rachel Novick

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Visiting anthropology professor Richard Wilk will address the environmental impacts of Americans’ addiction to bottled water on Wednesday March 25th in room C103 of the Hesburgh Center.

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St. Paddy's Goes Green

Author: Rachel Novick

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Recylemania 2009 kicked off with a hugely successful St. Patrick’s Day Party on the Fieldhouse Mall, and more great events are coming up in the next few days.

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