Sustainability has been a part of the fabric of Dominican University since its founding and it will continue to move the university forward. Caring for the Earth’s resources and people throughout the world is part of Dominican’s mission statement to “participate in the creation of a more just and humane world.” Students, faculty and staff are involved in sustainability when they recycle, ride their bike to work, reuse items and conserve resources. The university has taken larger steps to reduce its carbon footprint, conserve water and energy, and educate students on ecology and sustainability.
In the spring of 2011, the university launched 4Rfuture: A Sustainability Plan for Dominican University. This page details some of the elements of the plan as well as some of the initiatives that Dominican has already completed, such as the water cistern, energy management, a bike share program, recycling and the community garden. Sustainability involves the whole community, and the hope is that this site serves as a resource for students, faculty and staff who are looking for ways to be more involved in the conservation efforts on campus.
If you would like more information or have an idea about a way to help, please contact Cathy Nichin, the sustainability coordinator, at email@example.com or (708) 524-6897.
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.
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.
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.
The 1931 ventilation system in Lewis Hall was altered to air condition the building, allowing the university to remove the inefficient window air conditioners. The retrofit of the system provides better air movement and is more energy efficient.