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Sustainability Connections for Notre Dame's Staff
May, 2020

I hope this finds you well.  While most of us continue to work from home, I'd like to share with you a few sustainability announcements and fun ideas to do at home.

Please forward this to your office team members - as you see appropriate.  

Take care,
Greg Koehler, Associate Program Manager, Office of Sustainability
Forward Forward

In Case You Missed It

The State of Sustainability at ND

We had a great turnout for our State of Sustainability ZOOM presentation.  But if you were one of those not able to attend - please know that you can view it as you have the time by clicking here for the ZOOM recording.

Alternatively - and if you'd like access to the links we mentioned - please click here for a pdf of the presentation slides.

Procurement Partner Sustainability Award

Now Accepting Nominations

Our next Supplier Expo is scheduled for Fall, 2020, and the University of Notre Dame would like to award the second Procurement Partner Sustainability Award.  The selection committee is encouraging nominations for vendors that have helped advance sustainability initiatives on campus and those that have gone the extra mile to support ND during the COVID-19 crisis. Criteria for the award include: environmental impact, reach of influence, innovation, and commitment to efficiency. 

The Office of Sustainability and Procurement Services encourage employees to continue working with suppliers on sustainability initiatives. Your efforts will be honored during the FY 2020 Supplier Expo.  

To fulfill our commitment to fostering a culture of environmental responsibility, it is important that our faculty and staff communicate and are open to suppliers’ ideas to help drive innovation and identify new and sustainable offerings.  

Ready to Nominate? Click here!

For more information, please visit our website. Questions can be sent to Allison Mihalich at
Important: Deadline for nominations – September 1, 2020
Kimberly Clark receiving the 2019 Sustainability Procurement Partner Award
Kimberly Clark is the 2019 Sustainability Procurement Partner Award recipient.

Making Progress

Recycling Pilot Project Begins

I'm happy to let you all know that we're making sustainability progress even while most of us are at home.  Part of progress is trying new things - learning what works and what does not.  

Prior to the work from home mandate, the Office of Sustainability, along with Building Services and Recycling, planned a recycling pilot project for two floors of Grace Hall.  Initially, we postponed the project.  But, given that there are still some folks going to work (safely, of course), we decided to put things in motion.  

The pilot project is testing a slightly new way of recycling for Notre Dame offices.  We hope to take what we learn and expand it - learn more and soon, and get to a new way of recycling that will be more effective.  

For several reasons, we are needing to improve the rate of recycling by significantly reducing the contamination we all have seen in the recycling stream.  We'll be sure to keep you updated on this project and how it will eventually positively affect your office.  

Talk Sustainability

At your next office ZOOM meeting

Would you like me (Greg Koehler) to join your office's ZOOM meeting to talk about sustainability at Notre Dame?  Let me know by sending me an email (  I'll bet back with you to talk about a presentation/focus.  

I'd be happy to talk with your team about Green Ambassadors, forming a Green Team, Green Office Certification and/or any other ares of interest.  

My goal is to make sure there is at least one Green Ambassador in every office building and representing each department on campus.  And together, we can share ideas and solutions that will help the University reach its sustainability goals.

Environmental Films

An thoughtful choice

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Sick of Netflix and Hulu?  Try one of these environmentally focused films from our office's curated list:  They're all free and very thought-provoking.  
Just Eat ItCheck out Just Eat It: A Food Waste Story on Kanopy.  Perhaps dumpster diving is not the wisest thing to do during a pandemic.  But this sure does open eyes about food waste in affluent countries.  There are truly opportunities for improvement as we reevaluate how we treat food and people.   

Some Thoughts

Staying green during pandemic

"We can still purchase metal or silicone reusable straws to keep at home and decline straws in our carryout orders"
A few ideas from Grotto to help us not lose sight of the progress we have made.

Celebrate Earth Day with a Great Idea

The Earth Day 2020 Sustainable Office IDEA Award

NEW Information:  In case you missed the Green Ambassador gathering - we have postponed this application deadline into October (TBD) - to coincide with the rest of the Earth Day events that will now be held at that time.  Look for promotion later in the summer.

Experience Nature

Have You Seen?

Eyases! City of South Bend - Falcam
City of South Bend - Falcam
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