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Monthly Newsletter - March 2020
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The Earth Day 2020 Sustainable Office IDEA Award

Your office* could be awarded $1000 in order to implement a great sustainability idea.   It is the 50th anniversary of Earth Day and the 5th anniversary of Laudato Si'.

Step 1: Gather your office colleagues and decide upon an idea that will help make your office more sustainable - one that could use a little funding to make it happen.  Download the Application details.

Step 2: Submit your idea by April 10, 2020

Step 3: Come to the Earth Day Take 10 for the Planet festivities at the Duncan Student Center on April 22 - the awards will be announcement at this time.  

*For this contest, "office" is a Department in a single building (Departments can have multiple entries if they occupy multiple buildings)

April 1st, noon-1pm  

Location: Notre Dame Room (rm 202) in the LaFortune Center
Speaker: Greg Koehler, Associate Program Manager, Notre Dame Office of Sustainability

Bring your lunch
A light dessert provided

  • Meet Greg Koehler
  • Updates on the Green Ambassador and Green Office Certification Programs
  • Update on Recycling
  • Earth Day 2020 Sustainable Office Idea Award - a brief explanation
  • Other Office of Sustainability updates
  • Share a sustainability idea that is working in your office
  • Guest Speaker: Brian Kelly (April Fool!)

Earthrise: How Earth Became a Planet and Why It Matters

March 20, 12:00 - 1:00 p.m.
Location:  B101 Jenkins Nanovic Hall

“Earthrise: How Earth Became a Planet and Why It Matters," featuring Dr. Laura Dassow Walls.  Walls is a professor of English literature and currently the William P. and Hazel B. White Professor of English at the University of Notre Dame.  

State of ND Sustainability

April 17, 2019, 12”00 - 1:00 p.m.
Location:  B101 Jenkins Nanovic Hall

“State of ND Sustainability,” featuring members of the Office of Sustainability staff.  Sustainability staff will give updates respective to their areas of involvement on campus.

For more information about these seminars, Follow this link to the Sustainability website.

Shred Your Home Files at Work Day

Friday, April 24, 2020, 11:00 am - 1:00 pm
Location: Mason Services Center Parking Lot  Map

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.

For more information, Follow this link to the Sustainability website.

Start a Green Team

  • Find others in your office area that have an interest in sustainability.  
  • With the support of your office leadership, find a good time to have the team talk about problems and solutions in your office. Meet regularly.
  • Start with encouraging changes in individual behaviors.
  • Set goals for what the representative team members have control over.
  • Then, with a good understanding for your office, make recommendations to office leaders.
  • Celebrate successes.  Have fun. 

Meet Stu!

For fun sustainability tips - Follow on Instagram @sustainable.stu on your mobile device or in your browser.

Stu is the coolest squirrel on campus. Ya gotta follow him.

Casual Catering

Have you held a meeting or event lately and ended up using disposable dining ware because the Dining Services china was beyond your budget?  Check out their new service - Casual Catering - a collaboration with GrubHub.  

If you order from Garbanzo (a 3 Star Certified Green Restaurant), you can request that your food be delivered in the OZZI containers - a reusable option.  You'll need to take the containers back to any of the restaurants that use the OZZIs - includes the Dining Halls, Garbanzo, Café de Grasta and Decio Café. Campus Dining will clean and sanitize them.  
Earth Day - April 22. We'll be celebrating the 50th anniversary of Earth Day and the 5th anniversary of Laudato Si'.  More information coming soon!
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