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Pinwheels on the back lawn of Ambrose Hall in Fall 2010 represented each person's pledge to Bee Green

St. Ambrose University administration, faculty, staff, alumni, and students act daily to sustain the environment and reduce its carbon footprint. An important part of this effort is a commitment to increase environmentally sustainable practices. Read what the Catholic Coalition on Climate Change has to say about Sustainability.

Current campus initiatives include:

  • Library: Double-sided printing; limiting number of free pages printed per student, per semester
  • Physical Plant: Biodiesel fueled vehicles; green space relocation; storm water retention tanks holding 45,000 gallons; weatherization of buildings; green cleaning supplies; Energy consumption monitoring and zone controls via computer; LEED certification standard use as guidelines for building projects; purchase products made from recycled materials as well as those following fair trade practices
  • Sodexo: Trayless dining (read why this cuts cost and saves water); buying locally-grown food; composting; providing reusable to-go containers thereby eliminating styrofoam.
  • Campus (various buildings): Recycling bins in residence halls and offices; low-energy lightbulbs; low-flow showerheads, several buildings constructed with resource conservation practices; automatic light switches; replaced some old windows with energy-efficient windows.


In addition to the above initiatives, conservation practices currently are being conducted in the following areas:

Land Use

Porous pavement, prairie grass, experimenting with slow-growing grass, use storm water for watering, harvest from a community garden

Transportation

Free bus passes and bus stops located close to campus; bike racks; sidewalks in neighborhood to encourage walking to and from campus

Water

Storm water detention tanks capture 45,000 gallons of water at Franklin Hall, Rogalski Center and New Hall; a water retention pond captures 150,000 gallons of water and slowly releases it; irrigation using storm water; low-flow showerheads in residence halls; installed some automatic water faucets.

Contact Us

We welcome anyone's ideas, suggestions or feedback at BeeGreen@sau.edu

 



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GREENLIFE TIP: Unplug chargers and electronics when not in use.