Current and Past Projects & Practices:
While a number of these entries can be found in
the text under “What DePaul is Doing Green” this somewhat randomly generated
list is intended to provide a more all-inclusive or comprehensive snapshot of
the many things that DePaul has actively engaged in as past or current projects
or practices related to sustainability efforts. This list will be updated on a
regular basis as we continue our efforts to make DePaul an even more
eco-friendly place to learn, live and work.
- DePaul is committed to designing all of its
future new construction projects to be LEED certified. Design features may
include but not be limited to some of the following:
Introducing native vegetation that require no
irrigation, following xeriscaping techniques (e.g., using grass clippings as
mulch, purchasing organic materials to supplement soil and prevent pests,
and properly designing plant areas)
Implementing a storm water management plan to
Installing a partial green roof with highly
reflective surfaces to reduce heat island effect
Limiting exterior lighting and controlling
interior lights with time clocks and occupancy sensors
Specifying and installing energy-efficient heat
and cooling plant equipment
Using dual flush toilets and low flow showers,
sinks and urinals
Incorporating recycled products and locally
harvested and manufactured building materials with construction waste
recycled; and specifying Forest Stewardship Council certified wood
Specifying low-emitting materials
Specifying and installing building automation systems that will help to improve efficiencies of operation and therefore save on energy expended
Implementing green housekeeping program and chemical resource management plan
DePaul has engaged in numerous existing building
retro-commissioning projects at both Loop and Lincoln Park Campuses,
with many projects partially funded via incentive funding providing by
Commonwealth Edison. DePaul is committed to continuing
DePaul is engaging in several efforts to support
alternative forms of transportation, such as:
Purchasing hybrid vehicles for the Public Safety
Participating in the Chicago Transit Authority’s
U-Pass program, which provides a financial incentive to students to use
Studying and monitoring student, faculty and staff
transportation and parking habits
Contracting with the “I-Go” program to place
several hybrid program vehicles on campus for students, faculty, staff
and local community members to part take of. We are considering adding
several more of these cars in the coming year.
- Installing secure bike corrals on campus, as well as additional bike racks…and promoting biking to, from, and around campus
- Establishing and continuing the bike intern position to promote biking to and around campus
- Renting bikes on campus now to those who do not own one
DePaul is a member of the U.S. Environmental
Protection Agency’s Energy Star Challenge and has completed in excess of
$6 million in energy related projects
in the new millennium, focusing mainly on lighting and hvac system
DePaul has recently installed solar lighting at two locations on Lincoln
Park Campus. Solar arrays and collectors are powering a significant number
of exterior security light fixtures. DePaul is committed to additional solar
installations in the future.
DePaul Center building and will be considering other existing building locations in the
Currently finished several mechanical equipment
upgrades- with new equipment in place that uses less energy and reduces
carbon footprint. Achieved this with rebate funding for Commonwealth Edison.
DePaul has installed numerous water bottle refill
stations at key locations across Loop and LPC in an effort to reduce the
number of plastic water bottles in the waste stream.
DePaul has installed water saver shower heads at
all residence halls, significantly decreasing the amount of fresh water
consumed on campus. We have also revised (reduced) campus landscape watering
schedules to reduce fresh water consumption.
DePaul has revised all materials used in its
landscape maintenance operation to organic product that is free of toxic
DePaul has modified the cleaning product schedule
for all existing buildings with the goal of eliminating all volatile and
toxic product. All bulk chemicals are now environmentally friendly or
DePaul has revised its paint and carpet
specifications toward using low VOC products on an on-going basis.
DePaul has established numerous battery and cell
phone recycling collection points on campus to assist the university
community in the proper disposal/recycling of these products.
DePaul’s operations and maintenance programs are
developed and performed in a manner that assures optimum efficiency of all
primary plant equipment, particularly heating plant equipment- as part of an
effort to help reduce carbon emissions.
DePaul has been recycling using its waste and
recycling services partner for in excess of 20 years now. An average month
diverts 30% to 40% of our overall waste stream to recycling. We engage in a
separate process, via our same vendor partner, for book recycling with
DePaul’s libraries. Books are boxed and stored for a period of time and then
picked up via special pick up by our vendor and taken to the recycling
center for processing.
DePaul supplements the in-plant sorting with the
placement of recycling containers across the campus that help to improve quantities of materials recycled while
helping to educate the campus community. $50,000 was recently spent to add
even more containers across all buildings.
DePaul has already registered the new academic
building and art gallery projects with the USGBC for LEED rating.
In the 2010/2011 fiscal year DePaul changed its
Sheffield parking structure lighting to high efficiency LED throughout in
order to reduce overall electrical consumption as well as CO2 emmissions.
2010/2011 routine capital projects at both campuses will include additional building automation system upgrades to
promote operational efficiencies, as well as other energy saving projects
such as furthering the installation of variable frequency drives and energy
efficient heat and cooling plant components.
DePaul is purchasing five percent of its
electrical energy requirement from renewable resources for the five three
DePaul purchases bathroom paper products and copier paper made of recycled product, and utilizes recyclable materials whenever
possible during renovation projects.
With the renovation of 8 floors at 14 East Jackson we included a number of energy saving components, such as motion
activated light switching in offices, classrooms and other areas, energy
saving light fixtures and lamps, CFL’s at all specialty lighting locations,
and the installation of VFD’s on new ventilation systems.
DePaul purchases chilled water for 14 East
Jackson from a central generating plant in the Loop. There is great benefit
to purchasing central plant services- especially when the primary operating
equipment is all high efficiency.
DePaul’s food service provider is active in sustainable practices throughout the entire food operation.
DePaul has replaced all washers and dryers in its student residential facilities with high efficiency Energy Star rated
Recently completed an agreement with our Energy Consultant to fund the purchase of CFL’s for distribution to low income
grammar school students as part of an educational program that we now
support. CFL’s distributed after the students learn how to help “heal” the
planet through sustainable efforts.
DePaul’s food service operation engages in numerous sustainability activities to include: trayless Tuesday’s;
refillable coffee mug Monday’s; changing from disposable to china and
silverware service at eat in facilities; purchasing additional quantities of
locally grown produce; utilizing additional recycled products; donating
leftover food to local food pantries; and increasing vegetarian and vegan
offerings. There is much more being done and more on the way.
DePaul’s Housing Services Department engages the residential community on a regular basis toward educating students on the
merits of recycling and energy conservation. Housing Services has also
developed a number of sustainable programs in its operation to include
donating used furniture to shelters and other not for profit operations.