Grounds and Landscaping

  • 2,000,000 square feet NDSU parking lots plowed and maintained by our team
  • 45,000 annual flowers propagated each year
    • The 36 annual floral display beds consume about 35,000 of these annual plants.
    • 4,000 annuals are sent to Mayville State University and 6,000 annuals are sent to Valley City State University for display.
  • Annual flowers grown by NDSU include:
    • Ageratu
    • Alyssum
    • Begonia
    • Canna
    • Celosia
    • Coleus
    • Dianthus
    • Dusty Miller
    • Gazania
    • Geranium
    • Ornamental Grasses
    • Impatiens
    • Marigold
    • Pansy
    • Petunia
    • Rudbeckia
    • Salvia
    • Vinca
    • Zinnia
  • 180 hanging baskets are grown each year
    • Almost all the baskets are Wave Petunias however, there are a few with Pansies and Impatiens.
  • 40 acres of sports field maintained
  • Campus Arboretum crew plant 50-75 trees per year

Heating Plant

  • Two coal fired boilers with a total steaming capacity of 150,000 pounds per hour
  • Two natural gas/fuel oil boilers with a total steaming capacity of 160,000 pounds per hour
  • Generates 540 million pounds of steam a year
  • Raw fuel usage
    • 35,000 tons of subbituminous coal or 350 rail cars of coal
    • 50,000 MDF or Dth of natural gas
  • 8 miles of steam/condensate lines that delivers the steam for usage by our users/customers
  • 13 full-time employees

Maintenance and Repair

The NDSU Maintenance and Repair Staff maintain over 100 buildings encompassing approximately 258 acres.

  • Change approximately 5,500 air filters/year
  • Replace over 350 lighting ballasts/year
  • Maintain over 200 walkway lights
  • Maintain 29 emergency power generators
  • Maintain 7 steam absorption chillers, 25 screw and scroll chillers, and over 50 condensing units for cooling
  • Maintain and monitor approximately 10,500 fire alarm devices including panels, smoke detectors, pull stations, duct detectors, and audible visual devices


NDSU Six-Year Recycled Materials History (in pounds)
Total 2017 Recyclables
Paper Recycling
  • The manufacture of recycled paper requires 7,000 less gallons of water per ton compared to non-recycled paper.
  • Recycling a four-foot stack of newspapers saves the equivalent of one 40-foot fir tree.
  • The United States throws away enough office and writing paper annually to build a 12 foot wall across the country
  • Americans throw away more than 600 pounds of paper products per person per year.
  • Paper is recycled into new products such as tar paper, asphalt shingles, cereal boxes, and of course, new paper.
  • Energy saved: Each ton of recycled paper produced requires 4,102 kwh less energy than virgin paper.
Recycling One Ton of Paper Saves:
  • 17 mature trees
  • 3.3 cubic yards (2.5 cubic meters) of landfill space
  • 7000 gallons (27,000 liters) of water
  • 30 gallons (1440 liters) of oil
  • 4100 kilowatt hours (147000 megajoules) of energy
  • 60 pounds (27 kilograms) of pollutants
Glass Recycling
  • Every glass bottle recycled saves enough energy to light a 100-watt light bulb for 4 hours.
  • Melting used glass saves 35 percent of the energy required to make glass from raw materials.
Plastic Recycling
  • Americans use 2.5 million plastic bottles every hour!
  • The average American car contains 300 pounds of plastic made from about 60 different resins.
  • Every year, we make enough plastic film to shrink-wrap the state of Texas. 10% of the average grocery bill pays for product packaging (mostly paper and plastics). That’s more than what goes to farmers.
  • Products made from recovered plastic bottles include drainage pipes, toys, carpet, filler for pillows and sleeping bags and cassette casings.
  • PET bottles (soda, water) and HDPE bottles (milk, laundry detergent) are by far the most commonly collected plastic materials in community recycling programs.
  • 10% of all households have the ability to recycle all types of plastic bottles in their community.
  • 63% of U.S. communities have access to a recycling program that collects plastic.
Tin/Steel Recycling
  • Every ton of steel recycled saves 2,500 pounds of iron ore, 1,400 pounds of coal, and 120 pounds of limestone
  • Steel is one of the world's most recycled products. In fact, steel is 100% recyclable, which means its lifecycle is potentially continuous
  • Making steel from recycled cans uses 75% less energy than when producing steel from raw materials.
Aluminum Recycling
  • Making cans from recycled aluminum saves 95% of the energy required to produce cans from virgin material.
  • Recycling one aluminum can saves enough energy to run a television, or operate a computer for three hours.
  • 99% of all beer cans and 97% of all soft drink cans are made of aluminum.
  • The average aluminum can in the U.S. contains 40% post-consumer recycled aluminum.
  • It requires only 5% of the energy needed to make a can of recycled aluminum as compared to virgin ore.
  • Americans throw away enough aluminum to rebuild the entire U.S. commercial air fleet every 3 months.
  • In 1994, 3.1 million tons of aluminum waste was generated. 2.1 million tons came from soft drink and beer cans.
  • Aluminum made up 1.5% of the total municipal solid waste stream generated in the U.S. in 1994.
  • Approximately 65.5% of aluminum containers are recycled in the U.S.
  • Most aluminum recovered from the waste stream is used to manufacture new cans.
  • The lifespan of an aluminum can is about six weeks. That means it takes only six weeks for a beverage can to be manufactured, filled, sold, used, recycled and remanufactured.
  • Recycling aluminum cans saves 95 percent of the energy required to produce aluminum from ore.
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