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Lenten Carbon Fast 2017

Lenten Carbon Fast 2017

Author: Anna Gorman

By Ethan Muehlstein, Office of Sustainability Intern 

Sweets, carbohydrates, social media, cursing, and even warm showers are familiar sacrifices during the season of Lent. This year how about you choose your sacrifice to be one that will benefit both you and the world? With Pope Francis’s recent call to action to make climate change a priority, reducing your carbon footprint with a Lenten Carbon Fast is a great way to participate in a global cause by focusing on the actions you choose to take daily.…

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28% Reduction in Student Printing Results in Numerous Environmental Benefits

28% Reduction in Student Printing Results in Numerous Environmental Benefits

Author: Dana Bakirtjy

Since the adjustment of student printing quotas in 2014, the amount of paper used by students through the PrintND program has decreased by 28% - almost 3.1 million sheets of paper.

This reduction, largely unnoticed by users, has had a significant impact on Notre Dame’s environmental footprint. In five measured areas: wood use, net energy, greenhouse gases, water consumption, and solid waste, the university has made strides in decreasing its impact on the environment.

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McWell Renovations Spotlight Sustainable Practices

McWell Renovations Spotlight Sustainable Practices

Author: Dana Bakirtjy

The Rev. James E. McDonald Center for Student Well-Being, better known as “McWell”, underwent a renovation over the summer that transformed the traditional clinical office space in Saint Liam Hall into a sustainable wellness oasis for use by all university students, which parallels the scope of their department.b

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LeanPath Program helps Campus Dining Reduce Food Waste by 30%

LeanPath Program helps Campus Dining Reduce Food Waste by 30%

Author: Dana Bakirtjy

As for Campus Dining’s next steps? “We would like to start measuring post-consumer waste, and make our students aware of their waste habits in regards to dining.” Said Cheryl Bauer, Associate Director of Sourcing and Sustainability. “We’ve come a long way but we look forward to continued opportunities.” 

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Old2Gold diverts 119 tons of waste from landfill

Old2Gold diverts 119 tons of waste from landfill

Author: Dana Bakirtjy

In its second year at the St. Joseph County 4H Fairgrounds, the 2016 Old2Gold sale saw continued success. The sale this year brought in 1,755 shoppers, made over $33,489 for participating local organizations, and diverted over 60 tons of waste from the landfill.

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New main quad oaks chosen for appearance and resilience

New main quad oaks chosen for appearance and resilience

Author: Dana Bakirtjy

Two young Swamp White Oaks have replaced the two European Copper Beech trees on Main Quad between Washington Hall and the Basilica of the Sacred Heart. The Oaks, chosen for their stately appearance and resilience to environmental factors, join an arboretum on Notre Dame’s main quad.  

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Plant it for the Planet this Earth Day

Plant it for the Planet this Earth Day

Author: Dana Bakirtjy

On Friday, April 22, the University of Notre Dame will celebrate the 46th anniversary of Earth Day with events and activities to engage the campus community in celebrating the natural world and being good stewards of our common home.

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