The University unveiled several energy-related projects that are a part of its ambitious plan to discontinue the use of coal and cut its carbon footprint in half by 2030. The initiatives include the installation of three solar arrays, construction of a 30,000-square-foot East Plant for thermal energy production, the groundbreaking on a hydroelectric generation facility on the dam in the St. Joseph River in downtown South Bend, a new natural gas line into campus, two new combustion gas turbines, and green roofs on the Morris Inn, Duncan Student Center, Corbett Family Hall, O’Neill Hall, and Joyce Center, the latter of which is the largest in the state. The projects made it possible for Notre Dame to discontinue the use of coal in its power plant a year ahead of schedule. Despite the growth of campus, the University has decreased carbon dioxide emissions by 50 percent per gross square foot based on 2005 levels, and aspires to reduce emissions by 83% by 2050.
- 50% reduction in CO2 emissions per gross square foot