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May 2021

From Invasion to Energy

Garlic MustardThank you to those that helped!  On Saturday, April 24th, as a part of Earth Week, 11 volunteers pulled over 500 pounds of the invasive plant garlic mustard from St. Mary's Road. The plants were then processed through the Grind2Energy system, and will be converted to natural gas for fuel. Find out more in this article!

We're planning on more opportunities like this in the future. Please reach out if your office/department has an interest in developing a volunteer event.

Nominations now being accepted - Procurement Partner Sustainability Award

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.

We are currently accepting nominations for the 2021 Procurement Partner Sustainability Award, which will be presented in the fall.  

Selection criteria:
The Procurement Partner Sustainability Award is presented to a supplier that supports the University in its goal of increasing the purchase of sustainable items through identification of green product offerings in catalogs through new and/or innovative goods or services it provides.

  • Does the product/program reflect a significant change in environmental impact?
  • Does the product/program support the University of Notre Dame Licensing Code of Conduct?
  • Is there tangible data to support the impacts of the product/program?
  • What is the reach of the product/program (e.g. departmental, campus-wide, broader community, etc.)?
  • Does the success inspire behavioral change or influence peers to replicate?

Achieving Carbon Neutrality
Register for the Annual ND Energy Research Symposium with a very relevant subject - especially with University's recent announcement on this year's Forum topic - ‘Care for Our Common Home: Just Transition to a Sustainable Future’.

Notre Dame's Environmental Change Initiative (ECI)

Notre Dame Environmental Change InitiativeDid you know that the ECI website has some nice videos on some of their work?  Their "goal is to provide solutions that minimize the trade-offs between human welfare and environmental health where trade-offs are unavoidable, and to discover win-win solutions where they are possible."

They also host some events in which you might be interested.

CCL's Call to Action to Care for Our Common Home

Call to Action to Care for Our Common HomeCCL's Catholic Action Team invites you to the first virtual CCL Catholic Conference on May 15th from 12-4PM. Connect with Catholics in your congressional district, learn about grassroots Catholic movements, and hear from prominent Catholics about how their faith impacts their decisions. Registration required.  Read More.

End of Year Wrap-up for Students

The Office of Sustainability will say goodbye to four graduating interns this month - Daniel Rottenborn, Cassondra Kronenberg, Emily Groth, and Rachel Hughes (l-r below). Thank you so much, seniors, for all that you have done for the Office. We will miss  you, and we wish you the best of luck with all of your future endeavors! We know that you will do great things.

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