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Hanley Sustainability Institute

Passion and Purpose

Through deepening existing partnerships and developing many new partnerships on and off campus, the Hanley Sustainability Institute is working with the University and Dayton community to make progress towards our goal of a more sustainable campus and community and becoming a leader in sustainability education. In 2019, the University added sustainability undergraduate degrees to go along with the existing sustainability minor and graduate certificate.
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UD ranks in the top 3 percent of all AASHE STARS-rated schools; first in Ohio and second among all U.S. Catholic colleges and universities

A 'SIERRA' COOL SCHOOL

UD for three straight years has been in the top 10 percent of Sierra Club's Cool Schools for sustainability and again is tops in the Midwest.

Sustainability 09.02.21
Hanley Sustainability Institute to hire 4 leaders, focus on 10 goals set in HSI’s new strategic plan

The Hanley Sustainability Institute will hire four part-time University of Dayton directors to oversee four strategic areas and help implement 10 goals named in HSI’s strategic planning initiative to confront today’s urgent global challenges. The four directors, to be selected from current faculty and staff, will devote their HSI work time to planning and implementing their respective strategic areas. The institute also is announcing a call for expressions of interest from interested parties.

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HSI releases 2018-2020 impact report, ‘A growing role at UD’

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By Mark Gokavi

The Hanley Sustainability Institute at the University of Dayton has released an impact report covering the calendar years of 2018 through 2020, which included a major expansion of HSI, which was founded in 2014.

“A growing role at UD” summarizes key events during the span which includes hiring of its executive director, adding faculty and staff, introducing a fast-growing sustainability major and graduate certificate, student leadership and experiential learning, national recognition as a sustainability leader and being part of an award-winning paper on the path to carbon neutrality at UD.

HSI Executive Director Ben McCall said the report provides a look back at successes with partners such as Facilities Management while HSI completes its first strategic planning process that will look ahead to HSI’s next phases.

“We’ve organized this report around the themes emerging from that process: Developing Leaders for a Just Future, Evolving the Institution, Building Relationships with the Community and Leaning into Research,” McCall writes. “The work of HSI and its sustainability partners at UD has been consistently gaining visibility, both in terms of media attention and campus sustainability recognitions. It seems clear HSI and UD are poised for continued success in the years to come.”

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Sustainability Program and HSI working through the pandemic

The work of the Sustainability Program and the Hanley Sustainability Institute is continuing despite challenges posed by COVID-19. Click the link to see a message from HSI Executive Director Ben McCall and for instructions on how to contact us.

Sustainability Program and HSI working through the pandemic

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The work of the Sustainability Program and the Hanley Sustainability Institute is continuing despite challenges posed by COVID-19. Click the link to see a message from HSI Executive Director Ben McCall and for instructions on how to contact us.

Our role is not just to help implement projects. I like to think of us as providing strategic leadership in how sustainability can be approached on campus.

Ben McCall

Executive Director, Hanley Sustainability Institute

Student Involvement

Sustainability Club

The student-driven club is not part of the Hanley Sustainability Institute, but there is crossover among HSI leaders and representatives.

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Rivers Institute

The Rivers Institute's goal is to work alongside the Greater Dayton community to promote, preserve and protect our watershed.

Rivers Institute website

MEEC

The Marianist Environmental Education Center slogan is Restoring Communities of Land and People and hopes people live in communion with the land.

MEEC website

STUDENT INVOLVEMENT

ETHOS

The ETHOS Center provides service-learning experiences through technical immersions, student activities, research and hands-on projects.

ETHOS website

Human Rights Center

The HRC recognizes the link between a sustainable climate and human rights. The two centers work together in many ways.

HRC website

Campus Projects

Student-involved initiatives include the solar prairie at Curran Place, the green roof at Kennedy Union plus the Lincoln Hill and River Campus gardens.

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In the News
Sustainability 02.01.21
Reusable takeout food container pilot program starts at UD’s Marycrest Hall

A pilot program offering reusable containers for takeout food from University of Dayton dining services has begun at Marycrest Hall. The containers - which can be returned unwashed and using the honor system - are one way UD students can take part in a zero waste initiative.  “The typical reduce, reuse, recycle motto should be a hierarchy,” HSi graduate assistant Christopher Baldasare said. “Reducing is better than reusing, and reusing is better than recycling. Since the containers reduce the need to produce more recyclable containers, they are more sustainable. Recyclable containers still have to be constantly made and recycled. The reusable containers do not need to be constantly made or constantly recycled.”

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Sustainability 12.03.20
Paper on carbon neutrality pathway for UD wins global campus sustainability research award

A University of Dayton research paper on the cost of carbon neutrality at the University earned an Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education 2020 Sustainability Research Award. Graduate assistant Ryan Shea was the lead author of the paper - “A life-cycle cost analysis of transitioning to a fully-electrified, renewably powered, and carbon-neutral campus at the University of Dayton,” - with co-authors Hanley Sustainability Institute Executive Director Ben McCall, UD energy efficiency and renewable energy manager Matthew Worsham, engineering professor Andrew Chiasson and former UD engineering professor Kelly Kissock.

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Sustainability 10.07.20
Summer 2020 HSI work: GAs completing UD’s resilience assessment for Second Nature climate commitment

Hanley Sustainability Institute graduate assistants Lauren Wolford and Meg Maloney are leading the University of Dayton’s resilience assessment as part of UD’s Second Nature climate commitment to plan for climate resilience. They talked to 50-60 community stakeholders about resilience planning in and around Dayton. “Because of what we’re all currently living in, it was really easy to have these conversations specifically around the pandemic,” Wolford said. “It was inspiring to hear from different organizations.”

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Sustainability 10.06.20
Reeb, Piso named HSI’s first faculty affiliates

Zachary Piso, an assistant professor in philosophy, and Roger Reeb, a professor of psychology and former Roesch Chair in the Social Sciences, were both recently named Hanley Sustainability Institute affiliates. Both already are HSI sustainability scholars.

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Sustainability 09.29.20
Summer 2020 HSI work: Temp setbacks implemented; savings being calculated

Hanley Sustainability Institute graduate assistant Jack Rees was part of a team that used temperature setbacks in most UD buildings this past summer to save energy. Along the way, he and UD energy efficiency and renewable energy manager Matthew Worsham learned things about the building systems that have made them more operate more efficiently.

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Sustainability 09.18.20
HSI graduate student Maloney helped craft Dayton's sustainability report

City of Dayton Sustainability Manager Mark Charles prefers the term sustainability specialist when it comes to Meg Maloney, a Hanley Sustainability Institute graduate assistant who is working with the city. “She’s not just following me around,” Charles said. “She’s actually got her own responsibilities and activities. She helped me with the final touches on the overall sustainability strategy.”

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Sustainability 09.09.20
Summer 2020 HSI work: Expanding composting education and practice

Before University of Dayton students migrated back to campus during a pandemic, Hanley Sustainability Institute graduate assistant Christopher Baldasare saw the need for more composting. “With the emphasis on not going out, I expect more students to be cooking in their residences,” Baldasare said. “This will also give us a chance to pilot online composting education, which was planned in the spring to potentially expand the composting program by making it easier to reach all students that would want to participate.”

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    UD Achieves STARS Gold

    The University of Dayton earned its first gold rating for its sustainability achievements in the Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education Sustainability Tracking, Assessment and Rating System (STARS).

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