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April 2021

Green Ambassador Spring Series

Notre Dame Moves Toward De-carbonization - Paul Kempf

Wednesday, April 7, noon-1pm - ZOOM

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Notre Dame has embarked on several renewable energy solutions to replace the need for coal and complement the use of natural gas and beyond. Join us as we learn about Notre Dame's sustainably-minded energy portfolio. 

Paul KempfPaul Kempf is the Assistant Vice President for the Utilities and Maintenance Departments.  He is responsible for the operation of the campus’s combined heat and power plant, distribution of all centrally produced utilities as well as the maintenance of over 11 million gross square feet of campus facilities.  Paul is a 1980 graduate of Notre Dame and has worked for his alma mater for over 29 years.  As part of the University's comprehensive sustainability strategy, he serves on the Sustainability Strategy Standing Committee, the Energy & Emissions, and Water small working groups.
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Shred Your Home Files at Work Day

 Friday Apr 16, 11:00 am - 1:00 pm
 Mason Services Center Parking Lot 

Do you have old bank statements, checks, copies of bills, or other confidential papers piling up at home?  The University's shred provider, Shred-it, in conjunction with the Office of Sustainability is offering a free, secure, confidential documentation shredding for all University faculty, staff, and students on Friday, April 16th from 11:00 am - 1:00 pm.  

A Shred-it truck will be parked in the parking lot of the Mason Services Center, which is located off of St. Joseph Drive behind the Notre Dame Federal Credit Union.  The truck accepts paper only, so please be sure to remove all binders before dropping off your documents for shredding (staples are acceptable).  For the courtesy of others, we ask everyone to limit their shred materials to no more than five file-size boxes so that everyone has a chance to go through the line.  We also ask that you stay until your documents are on the shred truck as Notre Dame cannot be responsible for papers left unattended.  As in years past, you can also leave your empty cardboard boxes behind for recycling.

The event will be held "Rain or Shine"

For more information, please email the Office of Sustainability at

Earth Day Outdoor Activity

Garlic Mustard Pull

Tentative meeting location (check here closer to the date): The Grotto area closest to St. Mary's Lake.

Help us fight one of Indiana’s most common and invasive weeds during this year’s Earth Day weekend.  Garlic Mustard is known for taking over areas very quickly, limiting our native biodiversity.  Eliminating this aggressive plant around Notre Dame’s lakes will allow room for native wildflowers to flourish and become more established. 

Gardening/work gloves will be provided.  We ask that you wear long sleeves and long pants to avoid exposure to poison ivy.  Please bring a reusable bottle of water and a mask.  This is a great opportunity for you to enjoy the natural beauty of the campus, and all students, staff, and faculty are welcome. 

We'll start off with a little "how-to" and point you in the right direction.  
Rain or shine (dress appropriately).

For planning purposes: Please let us know you're coming.

We will still be following all COVID protocols.

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