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Sustainability Accomplishments and Pending Projects

Sustainability Accomplishments and Pending Projects

University Commitments and Memberships

  • Signatory of American College and University President’s Climate Commitment (ACU PCC) (2013).
  • Made commitment to carbon neutrality by 2050.
  • Charter Participant in Sustainability Tracking, Assessment and Rating System (STARS); achieved Bronze status in 2011, Silver status in 2013.
  • Selected one of Princeton Review’s 322 Green Colleges in 2012; one of 334 Green Colleges in 2014.
  • University membership in the US Green Building Council (USGBC) and the Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education (AASHE).
  • First Catholic university in the nation to begin to divest from fossil fuels as part of overall sustainability initiatives and in alignment with our social justice mission.
  • Participant in the Downtown Dayton Partnership Sustainability Sub-committee.
  • Member of Southwest Ohio Council on Higher Education (SOCHE) sustainability committee.
  • Several members of the Facilities Management department have LEED AP certification. 

Curriculum and Educational Opportunities

  • Ohio’s first Master’s degree in clean energy established in conjunction with other area schools Fall 2008.  Demand is 3 times projected enrollment.
  • Sustainability, Energy and the Environment (SEE) living-learning community established 2008; expansion into Minor.
  • Annual Stander Symposium 2009 focus on energy and sustainability issues.
  • New Student Orientation sustainability messaging for the first time, Fall 2009.
  • SEE Special Interest Houses created in 2011.
  • New comprehensive sustainability website and Green Guide in 2012.
  • Solar demonstration project installed summer 2013.
  • Rivermobile created in 2012.

Student Involvement

  • Sustainability Club represented UD in Washington D.C. at Powershift 2009.
  • Student Government Sustainability Committee has purchased reusable mugs for every member of the student senate as a way of modeling green behavior to other students.
  • Two students serve on the Committee on Environment, and the Student Government Association has two sustainability liaisons.
  • Students complete academic work each semester in sustainability. Projects are coordinated through professors and the Office of Sustainability.
  • Each October, students create programming and events for our annual Environmental Sustainability Week.  This usually includes films, discussions, creative or hands-on workshops, guest speakers, forums, or teach-ins.
  • Every spring, students organize Greensweep - a half-day neighborhood clean-up.

Energy Conservation

  • Utility Reporting program in student neighborhood results in ~$50k avoided cost per year.
  • Learn, Lead, Conserve initiative to reduce lighting and HVAC costs: saved over $600,000 in 2009.
  • A study of the alternative energy generation potential of campus resources was done 2009-10 to determine if UD could implement technologies like solar, wind, or geothermal. 
  • Policy requiring the purchase of EnergySTAR rated appliances and equipment.
  • Some campus parking spots have been designated for Low Emitting and Fuel Efficient Vehicles.
  • Infrastructure Improvements:
    • Continued installation of motion-occupancy sensors throughout campus, which reduce electricity demand by turning off lights in unoccupied spaces.
    • New energy efficient windows in many campus buildings.
    • Additional insulation added to Library and Science Center in 2012-13 renovations.
    • LED lighting pilots in LTC, Art dept. Raymond L. Fitz Hall 2nd floor, Cronin Athletics Center, KU, other areas.
    • Vending Misers installed 2012 on all Vending Machines.
    • Many flat roofs are being replaced with a highly reflective “white roofs” that significantly reduce heat absorption, helping reduce energy costs.
    • Daylight controls have been piloted in several areas to reduce electricity consumption on bright days.
    • Conversion to Compact Fluorescent Lighting in student neighborhood houses.
    • Thermostats in Neighborhood houses set range of 70-74 F. 
    • Washing machines in campus apartments are being replaced with front-loading, water-saving models.
    • Tankless hot water heaters are being installed in neighborhood houses.  30% more efficient than traditional.
  • Participation in a DP&L program of demand reduction on peak days.
  • Utilization of a DP&L rebate program for new efficient lighting ballast and HVAC components.
  • Utilization of a rebate program with Vectren for installing 92% efficient furnaces.

Improved Recycling and Resource Conservation

  • ‘Move Out’ program diverts thousands of pounds of donations to local organizations each year.
  • Asphalt is recycled during parking lot resurfacing projects.
  • Pilot neighborhood in City of Dayon program bringing 96 gal. recycling containers to each residence.  City has increased recycling by 200%+.
  • Implementation of battery, toner cartridge, scrap metal, and electronics recycling program.
    • Collection containers purchased for VWK and RecPlex fall 2013.
  • Quality reusable materials are donated to local charities during renovations.
  • Composting program diverts more than 200 tons of food and organic waste from landfills every year. 
    • Successful grant application in 2011 for Ecovim equipment ($28k).
    • Replacement of all disposable products in Dining Services with biodegradable products.
  • A computerized work order system has been implemented in Facilities Management saving thousands of sheets of paper each semester.
  • Hundreds of pounds of carpet samples from our design process are returned to manufacturers and kept out of the landfill.
  • Mailing Services sells all waste paper to a local chip board manufacturer.
  • Over $5,000 of usable equipment was salvaged from the ME Building prior to demolition.
  • Over 80% of the waste from elevator renovations is recycled. 

Campus Planning and Sustainability

  • Sustainability Manager hired November 2008.
  • President Curran established the first Committee on Environment Fall 2008.
  • The University’s carbon footprint was first measured in 2008; results drive carbon reduction efforts and the study is repeated yearly to measure progress.
  • The Campus Master Plan establishes the guideline that all major new projects and renovations will be designed per LEED standards.  (Silver or equivalent commitment – Aug 2013)
  • Sustainability policy reviewed and updated by Committee on Environment 2012. (pending approval)

Land and Water Management 

  • On-demand hot water heaters and low flow toilets/ urinals have become the standard on all renovations and construction projects.
  • Rain gardens have been completed at 3 locations around campus.
  • Pervious pavers have been installed along University Circle to minimize runoff.
  • Campus landscaping is maintained largely with mulch produced by our grounds department.
  • Recent acquisitions of campus property are formerly developed industrial sites, ensuring reuse for future expansion and reducing the use of green space.
  • Central irrigation control system will drastically reduce water used in landscaping.

Contracts, Services and Purchasing

  • Campus cleaning service is Green Clean Institute Certified.
  • Use of environmentally friendly paper towels, tissue and soap products.
  • Construction and renovation waste is recycled according to provisions in our contracts.
  • Purchase of a hybrid vehicle for Facilities Management.
  • Office Depot program eliminating packaging, use of reusable totes and paper shopping bags.
  • The University also worked with Office Depot to identify a greener option for copier paper and now all copier paper University-wide will be 30 percent recycled paper.

Construction and Renovation

  • The renovation of the chapel, completed in 2015, has achieved LEED Gold certification..
  • Ten houses recently built in the student neighborhoods are certified as green buildings under National Association of Homebuilders standards.
  • GE EPISCENTER completed in Fall 2013 with LEED Gold certification:
    • 200+ components from <500 miles
    • Heat recovery chiller to reuse heat from research space to heat office space
    • 90%+ construction waste was recycled
    • 40% water savings through fixtures, aerators, urinals, etc.
  • Several buildings designed according to LEED standards but not certified: Marianist, Recplex, Caldwell Apartments. 
  • LEED principles used in major renovations, but projects not certified:  Stuart, Marycrest, Founders, Raymond L. Fitz Hall, 1700, Science Center, Library, etc.
  • Dayton Regional Green 3:  working toward green building certification for all campus buildings.
    • 7 buildings, including the Arena, are already certified.  (Only NCAA arena with this kind of certification.) 

Additional Initiatives / Accomplishments

  • RecBikes bike sharing program initiated 2011.
  • Enrollment Management Bike giveaway fall 2013 – 100 bikes to incoming students who pledged to not bring a car for 2 years. 
  • New bike path along S2 parking lot, Brown St. through neighborhood connecting downtown to Kettering/Oakwood/Centerville.
  • New bike path extension past Stewart St. to Arena, Baseball Stadium.


Steve Kendig
Executive Director Energy Utilization and Environmental Sustainability
(937) 229-3769


Facilities Management

300 College Park
Dayton, Ohio 45469 - 2904