Progress Toward Sustainability

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Erin Blasko | April 25, 2020

The Office of Sustainability at the University of Notre Dame has released its annual report summarizing the University’s progress toward sustainability over the past year, including ongoing projects related to hydroelectric, geothermal and solar energy and food waste.

Among the highlights:

  • The University ceased burning coal Oct. 15, 2019, more than a year ahead of schedule. This marked a milestone in the University’s progress toward reducing Scope 1 and 2 emissions by 83 percent from 2005 levels by 2050 and eventually become carbon neutral.
  • The University commissioned the East Plant, which utilizes geothermal well fields underneath Ricci Fields to heat and cool Dunne, Flaherty and McCourtney Halls.
  • The University announced a large-scale solar facility partnership with Indiana Michigan Power. The University will receive 40 percent of the output from the facility when it is commissioned.
  • The University broke ground on a 2.5-megawatt hydroelectric generation facility at Seitz Park in South Bend.
  • The University partnered with Grind2Energy and Homestead Dairy to convert food waste to energy at North and South dining halls and the Center for Culinary Excellence.

Read more here. 

 by Daily Domer Staff

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