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The number of average-sized power plants that could be eliminated if everyone in the U.S. used energy efficient lighting is 90.



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The University has many projects with green implications underway. Not all projects are delineated here.


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  • Recycling: The University has pursued responsible recycling for a long time. To learn more, please click here. For more general information on recycling, please visit the Indiana Recycling Coalition home page (
  • Scrape Your Plate: The Office of Volunteer Services (OVS) has recently kicked off a new program on campus that involves students, Chartwells and the community in a cycle of “green” actions that are designed to minimize food waste. “Project Clean Plate” consists of asking those who eat in Haist Commons to simply scrape the food left on their plates into specially marked bins before depositing their tray and dishes onto the racks for cleaning. The scrapings taken from the bins will be donated to local farmers who will use the discarded food to feed livestock (pigs & goats).

    The volume of food waste collected will be measured, and as food waste declines Chartwells will contribute the cost savings to OVS, who will use the money to support food banks, soup kitchens and others in need. Hopefully, diners at the Commons will also become more aware and ultimately minimize the amount of food they waste when they take food they don’t eat.
  • Take a Bike...Leave a Bike: The Green Campus Initiative task force (with significant help from OVS) has initiated a program called Take-a-Bike…Leave-a-Bike. It is intended to provide free access to bicycles for MU students, and to encourage sustainable transportation on campus and around town.

    We will start with a dozen old Schwinn bikes that had a former (and more glamorous) life in MU May-day races. They have been distinctively painted (thank you Jena Oke and her art students) and are gradually being put into riding condition by staff and student volunteers (thank you too). As they are restored, they will be put into service. If you would like to volunteer some time to help restore the bike fleet, please contact the office of volunteer services (OVS).

    Bicycles in the program will have a black and yellow vinyl tag on them that identifies them as Take-a-Bike bikes (So obviously, a bike without such a tag is not a take-a-Bike bike).

    The only rules for their use are these:
    • You ride them at your own risk, please be careful and dress appropriately for bicycling
    • Do not abuse them
    • If a bike is not being ridden, it is available
    • Return the bicycles to campus when you are done
    We hope to grow the number of bikes available. So, if you are aware of unwanted or unused bicycles, please encourage their donation to this program.
  • Green Cleaning: The University has transformed its cleaning products to account for their impact on the environment. To view information on these changes, please clicking here.
  • A New Energy Infrastructure: Installing a new energy infrastructure will reduce Manchester’s carbon footprint in a big way. The University is seeking funds to replace two central boilers with smaller boilers in individual buildings. It also wants to replace the chiller and add a leading-edge monitoring system that will ensure energy is used only where and when it’s needed. The current chiller and boilers are more than 30 years old. Once installed, the new system is expected to increase efficiency by at least 30 percent. Consuming less energy will save money and help Manchester contain costs for students.
  • Middle Eel River Watershed Initiative: This is a four-year, $1 million grant through the 319 nonpoint source pollution program of the Indiana Department of Environmental Management. It is a multi agency effort, led by MU, to write a watershed management plan for the watershed, monitor stream water quality and remediate high priority nonpoint source pollution in the watershed).  You can link to the project's web site at

    To watch a video about this great project, please click on this link.
  • Redside Dace Recovery Grant: This is a four-year grant from the Indiana Department of Natural Resources to design a regional recovery plan for this state endangered minnow species.
  • Participation in Earth Day ceremonies in Indianapolis. To learn more about Earth Day in Indiana, please visit the Earth Day Indiana site at
  • Collaboration of Peace Week and Earth Day – MU Campus activities.
  • Construction of new wetland on our Koinonia property this past fall.
  • Water quality study of Pony Creek.

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