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At Purdue, Did You Know... Green Week 2010


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An informational program about sustainability related initiatives on campus.

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At Purdue, Did You Know... Green Week 2010

  1. 1. …that there are known records of over 24,000 trees and woody shrubs on , y campus… In 2009, Purdue was named 2009 “Tree Campus USA” by the Arbor Day Foundation For more information:
  2. 2. …that a voluntary hour of powering down non- essential equipment on campus resulted in a noticeable decrease in power consumption… …individual actions have an impact! For more information:
  3. 3. …that Purdue students, staff and faculty can use the City Bus system for free… y y City Bus has several loops around campus, and also connects to the greater Lafayette area with 16 hybrid L f tt ith h b id buses in its fleet. For more information:
  4. 4. …that Purdue has several green campus features currently in place… •Porous asphalt (allows water through) paving at Hort service drive •Bioswale (stormwater retention) near Pao and Mann Halls •Soy-based hydraulic oil used in elevators on campus For more information:
  5. 5. …that a student group was responsible for bringing a green roof to campus campus… In 2009, the Boiler Green Initiative (BGI) installed a green roof on g Schleman Hall. For more information: or
  6. 6. … that Purdue implemented a Green Cleaning p g g program in August 2009… The program improved indoor air quality by not using conventional chemicals and also reduced the amount of chemicals released into wastewater. For more information:
  7. 7. …two buildings under construction on campus will be LEED Gold Certified… p Marriott Hall will be the first free standing building on Purdue’s main campus to apply for LEED Gold Certification. Roger Gatewood Wing of Mechanical Engineering will be completed in Summer 2011. Also in design: Recreational Sports Center (Summer 2012) and Herrick Lab (Dec. 2012), both LEED Gold. For more information:
  8. 8. …that University Residences increased recycling from 500 tons in 08-09 to 710 y g tons in 09-10… …which is a 43% increase! For more information:
  9. 9. …that over six hundred universities p participated in a friendly nationwide p y recycling challenge… Purdue ranked 106th... P d k d … but at least we beat IU (126th)! For more information:
  10. 10. …that University Residences, with assistance from University Grounds, has a partnership with the West Lafayette Wastewater Plant to digest leftover food from the dining halls… e o e ood o ed g a s In the first full year of operation 178 tons of food waste was digested!!! For more information:
  11. 11. …that Purdue has a diverse fleet of alternative vehicles…. 75% Flex fuel cars 25% Hybrid cars Plus two (2) smart cars! ( ) For more information:
  12. 12. …that by installing flow reduction devices in restroom facilities, water consumption was reduced by up to 1 gallon per flush... … This reduced sanitary waste by more than 2 million gallons y g in the first six months (a $11,000 utility savings!) . For more information:
  13. 13. …that Wade Utility Plant avoided emitting 43,000 tons of CO2 to the atmosphere due to the fact that it is a combined heat and power facility. You can also see the energy outputs in real time online! For more information:
  14. 14. Due to a variety of successful programs our recycling rate on campus has increased from 48% to 65% in the past year! concrete and asphalt Additionally Purdue reduced the amount going to landfill by 4.6% grease and oil (225 tons) though we have more people on campus. food waste For more information:
  15. 15. … that you can do your part by pledging to help Purdue become more sustainable through your actions… I pledge to turn off the lights when they are not in use. I pledge to unplug all appliances I don't need. I l d  pledge to consider which appliances are most needed. d h h l d d I pledge to use the stairs instead of the elevator when it is convenient. I pledge to encourage all my peers to take this Pledge! I Sign-up to take the pledge at:
  16. 16. … frying oil from campus dining facilities is sold to produce biodiesel. For more information:
  17. 17. …that 59% of Purdue’s hazardous waste is used as fuel in a local cement manufacturing facility… Majority of the waste is from teaching and research labs on campus campus. For more information:
  18. 18. …Purdue has recycled approximately 1 600 tons this year! 1,600 That is equal to: 142 male African elephants…. Or nine blue whales… For more information:
  19. 19. …that Purdue is Green YEAR ROUND… In April 2010 the 2010, first Sustainability Strategic Plan was g developed. To access the Strategic Plan:
  20. 20. …that IT@P recently implemented printing release stations that will decrease paper usage by 2 million sheets a year… … which is the equivalent to about 240 trees! For more information:
  21. 21. … that Purdue is educating others to show how simple actions can make a difference. Closing chemical fume hoods in labs sa es both oods abs saves bot energy and money. Each energy sticker is unique to a h k specific fume hood. This is a fume hood in Bindley Bioscience Center. For more information:
  22. 22. … that overflow from the stadium parking lot and surrounding areas g g goes into an infiltration basin below the football practice fields… … allows 300,000 300 000 gallons to be diverted away from the sewers during major rain d i j i events… For more information:
  23. 23. …that Purdue is looking at the efficiency of older buildings on campus to see what can be improved upon for energy, heat and cooling… Already have completed retro-commissioning in g over 3.5 million ft2 For more information: