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Sustainability January 21, 2020
Brecha: Marie Curie fellowship with Climate Analytics a hands-on experience around the world
The year 2015 was remarkable for the series of agreements and pronouncements related to sustainability. First came Pope Francis’ encyclical Laudato Si’ released with great expectation and fanfare in June. Reaching out to an audience far beyond the Catholic Church, the Pope set a tone for thinking about sustainability in a holistic way and as a moral imperative. At then end of 2015, the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development was agreed to by United Nations members. Finally, the U.N. Paris Agreement was approved by nearly all members, with the goal of limiting and avoiding damages due to climate change.
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Sustainability January 17, 2020
2020 MVRPC Miami Valley Climate Change Seminar is Feb. 24
The 2020 Miami Valley Climate Change Seminar will include speakers from The Climate Reality Project, the Miami Conservancy District and Ohio State University. Registration is free. The Feb. 24 event, from 1 to 4 p.m. in the Dayton Realtors building at 1515 S. Main St, is presented by the Miami Valley Regional Planning Commission.
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Sustainability January 13, 2020
HSI grad assistants kick off office ecology project to help campus offices' sustainability
Hanley Sustainability Institute graduate students Tess Isemann and Lauren Wolford are working with the Center for Leadership on a pilot project to increase awareness of everyday habits in University of Dayton work spaces that they hope will lead to sustainability improvements.
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Sustainability January 03, 2020
Jan. 31 Gilvary Symposium to explore the Green New Deal in the Rust Belt

University of Dayton students, staff and faculty and surrounding community members are invited to attend a Jan. 31 symposium on the Green New Deal. The 2020 Gilvary Symposium sponsored by the Hanley Sustainability Institute, the University of Dayton School of Law and the UD Human Rights Center is entitled, “Building a Green New Deal in the Rust Belt: Legal, Policy and Democratic Challenges."

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Sustainability December 18, 2019
UD RE-volv aims for $3,000 by New Year's Eve for solar seed fund to help non-profits
The University of Dayton chapter of RE-volv has raised about $75,000 the past two years to allow two local non-profit organizations to switch to solar energy. This year, the group is hoping for many small contributions by Dec. 31 to attain their goal of $3,000 for its "Solar Seed Fund." To donate to the new fund, visit RE-volv's website.
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Sustainability December 16, 2019
Solar prairie signage team hopes designs soon turn into reality

The University of Dayton partners responsible for the solar array and pollinator prairie at Daniel J. Curran Place feel another element is needed to tie the project together: signage.

Thanks to students in professor John Clarke’s design-science synthesis course, a system of displays was developed and could just be a final push away from installation. The signs will tell the solar prairie’s tale of innovation, partnership and experiential learning.

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Sustainability December 03, 2019
Meeting sustainable development goals by gaining electricity access in poor countries
Until the fossil-fuel age started about 200 years ago, most people lived a bare existence; vulnerable to the whims of nature’s cycles. Beginning with the industrial revolution, but accelerating dramatically after World War II, the extraction and burning of fossil fuels for industry, heating, electricity and other applications helped raise people’s standard of living.
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Sustainability December 03, 2019
U.S. News lists UD in slideshow of "10 environmentally friendly" campuses

U.S. News & World Report named the University of Dayton as one of "10 Environmentally Friendly College Campuses" as part of their Best Colleges website section. "For college hopefuls who are passionate about the environment, an undergraduate institution's policies on sustainability may be a major factor they consider during their school search," the slideshow story reads. "The Sierra Club's "Cool Schools" ranking is a resource that prospective college students can use to find an environmentally conscious school. Here are 10 eco-friendly U.S. colleges and universities that placed in the top 50 of that ranking."

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Sustainability December 02, 2019
UD's first sustainability minor, now in Norway, has advice for first majors

The first 10 University of Dayton Sustainability Program majors begin classes in Spring 2020, about nine years after Mike Voellmecke became UD’s first student with a Sustainability, Energy and the Environment (SEE) minor. The 2011 graduate with a major in civil and environmental engineering got the sustainability minor by checking his finished courses against the requirements.

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Sustainability November 25, 2019
Register for MVRPC roundtable on UD's carbon neutrality pledge

The Dec. 4 edition of the Miami Valley Regional Planning Commission sustainability roundtable features an overview of the University of Dayton’s carbon neutrality pledge. Ben McCall, executive director of UD’s Hanley Sustainability Institute, and Matthew Worsham from UD’s facilities management will discuss the planning and projects behind the pledge, such as the university’s carbon neutrality feasibility study, the school’s potential power purchase agreement, and a geothermal assessment and potential for carbon-free thermal energy. 

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