Funded Projects

Green Loan Fund

House Vacuum: The house vacuum system in the Chemistry Department was decommissioned and 20 table-top vacuum pumps were purchased to provide vacuum on an as-need basis.

Cold Room: A cold room in the Chemistry Department was permanently decommissioned and replaced with two refrigerators.

Laboratory Ovens: Four ovens used for drying glassware and reagents in chemistry research labs have been replaced by modern high-efficiency models.

Laboratory Refrigerators: Four laboratory refrigerators have been replaced with high-efficiency models.

Laboratory Freezers: Four laboratory freezers have been replaced with high-efficiency models.

Christmas Light Exchange: Strands of incandescent Christmas lights were collected by students from dorms across campus and exchanged for LED light strands.

Real Time Metering: In Fall 2011, the Utilities Department installed real time electricity meters in Notre Dame’s 29 undergraduate residence halls. Data from the meters are accessible to students through an online dashboard.

Server Replacement: Twenty computational servers at the Center for Research Computing were replaced with five new and more efficient servers which provide the same computational power. This project has less than a one year payback and will save the University over $5,900 in electricity annually.

Environmentally Friendly Dry Cleaning: In January of 2011, St. Michael’s Laundry replaced a 1990’s model dry cleaning machine with a state-of-the-art wet cleaning machine. The machine uses only soap and water to effectively clean dry clean-only clothing, avoiding the need for toxic perchloroethylene.

Autoclave Water Economizers: In September 2010, the purchase of water economizers for two new autoclaves being installed in Stepan Chemistry was subsidized, resulting in a savings of over 350,000 gallons of water per year.

LED Light Standards: During 2009-2010, 157 outdoor light standards were retrofitted with LED technology.

Compact Fluorescent Lightbulb Exchanges: During each exchange, CFLs are distributed to students in exchange for incandescents in dorm rooms and public areas of the residence halls.

Eco-Fund

The Eco-Fund has provided co-funding for the following programs:

BikeFest: This annual event offers free tune-ups and bike safety information and encourages biking as a sustainable form of transportation.

Power Shift: An environmental/clean energy support weekend in April 2011 where over 10,000 college students travel to D.C. The students heard speakers (Lisa Jackson, Bill McKibben, Van Jones), participated in a lobby day, networked and collaborated. Students also attended workshops and panels to learn how to lead and participate in the environmental/clean energy movement.

Food for Thought: A lecture and film series on food and sustainability, scheduled for Earth Week 2010.

Dillon Hall Light Show: An LED Christmas light show in December 2009 organized by the residents of Dillon Hall educated students about the efficiency of LED lighting.

Marketing’s Role in a Sustainable Society: The third annual Marketing Symposium at the Mendoza College of Business took place March 26th – 27th, 2009 and focused on the relationship between marketing and sustainability.

Sustainable Seafood Certification: Notre Dame Food Services became the first major U.S. university dining program to earn chain-of-custody certification from the Marine Stewardship Council, the world’s leading environmental standard for sustainable and well-managed wild capture fisheries.

Green Fashion Show: The fashion show educated Notre Dame students and community members about resource conservation.