Students, faculty and staff can check out a bike for free from the main desks at the Main and Priory campuses. Visit the Welcome and Information Desk at either the Main or Priory campuses to sign up for BikeDU. Call (708) 366-2490 or email firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
Cistern and irrigation
The university uses an existing cistern, a large water tank that was built in the 1920s, to collect rainwater from the buildings. The water is used for the irrigation of campus and in the air conditioning system in Parmer Hall.
The cistern also gathers water that is pumped out of the basement of one of the residence halls.
Because of the cistern system, Dominican has reduced the amount of potable water purchased by 4-6 million gallons per year.
Dominican’s community garden is located on the east side of the Priory Campus, 7200 W. Division Street. Dominican volunteers maintain the garden throughout the summer and a portion of the harvest is donated to the local food pantry in the fall. For more information or to help in the garden, contact Monica Halloran at email@example.com.
Energy saving initiatives
A building automation system controls the energy settings on campus.
Other energy saving features include occupancy sensors, solar power lights, borrowed lighting, day lighting and heat recovery.
Energy efficient boilers save 100,000 therms per year.
Energy efficient lighting was installed on campus, saving 148,000 watts per year.
Geothermal and Solar
Dominican completed a feasibility study on the use of geothermal and solar energy on campus. Analysis of the study and grant funding opportunities are in process.
If you would like more information or have an idea about a way to help, please contact Elena Maans, the sustainability coordinator, at firstname.lastname@example.org or (708) 524-6897.