Departments and organizations across NDSU participate in environmental sustainability in many unique and exciting ways. As a way to provide all of these initiatives in one central location, the Environmental Sustainability Committee will use this page to promote sustainability initiatives offered by all campus departments and organizations. If your department or organization has sustainability initiatives not listed here, please contact the Environmental Sustainability Committee.
Energy Services Agreement
In 2011, NDSU entered an energy services agreement with Energy Services Group. The program invested over $10 million in funding to address energy improvements, deferred maintenance and operational enhancements. The program was implemented in the fall of 2012 and is expected to save over $13 million in utility and operational savings over the next 15 years.
Initial Investment - $10.1 million
Expected Savings - $13.4 million
Three years into the program, NDSU was 2.7% ahead of the anticipated savings, having saved a total of $817,742.
Facility Improvement Measures
As a part of the energy services agreement, NDSU made the following changes:
- Plumbing improvements (water, steam and electric heat savings)
- Sealing the building envelope to prevent air leakage (steam)
Ladd, Hultz, Stevens, Q.B.B., Van Es, Morrill, Ag & Bio. Engineering, Waldron, Loftsgard, Walster, K.K.B. Family Life, E.M.L.
- Energy management system and controls, and pneumatic/electric control system recommissioning (reducing energy use and steam)
- Motor efficiency improvements and fan/pump variable speed drives (energy, steam, electric heat)
- Lighting improvements and lighting system controls (energy)
- Steam trap repair and replacements (steam)
- Mechanical system improvements (energy, water)
- Vending machine controls (energy)
- Other control system improvements (energy, steam)
- Miscellaneous operations and maintenance repairs
Hultz, Waldron, Lord & Burnham Greenhouses
- Replaced walk-in cooler compressor (energy)
Closed Condensate Loop
The NDSU Heating Plant has the responsibility of a 24 hour, 365 days per year operation. The plant continuously generates and distributes high pressure saturated steam (100psi) for heating, cooling, hot water and cooking to all campus facilities in addition to serving external customers such as state, city, and federal government buildings located on the NDSU campus.
Prior to 2011, 3.2 million gallons of water used per year to cool the boilers was released down the drain. In 2011-2012 the heating plant closed the condensate loop to capture this water, cool it and reuse it to cool the boilers again. This improvement reduces not only water consumption but also the amount of chemicals needed to treat the water because it is being reused.
Move In Weekend Cardboard Collection
Cardboard is collected throughout Move In Weekend. In 2017 residence life had eight – six yard containers and one – twenty yard container placed around campus for students and families to dispose of their cardboard boxes. Residence Life partnered with the City of Fargo and Minnkota to offer this program. In 2019, residence life increased the number of containers to eight – six yard containers and four – twenty yard containers which enabled them to capture more cardboard from Move In Weekend.
FINAL CARDBOARD COLLECTION NUMBERS:
Residence Life tracks the residence hall kilowatt hours on a weekly basis and posts signs in the residence halls that shows the monthly energy usage.
FEBRUARY 2017 KILOWATT HOURS:
|Hall||January 26 - February 16||Total Energy Used - ALL YEAR|
|Living & Learning Center||-||-|
The goal of the program is to reduce food and liquid waste in the Residence Dining Center (RDC). This program is facilitated twice a semester.
The current numbers are below:
Tuesday, February 6 (Lunch 10:30am-2:30pm and dinner 4:00pm-7:30pm)
Food: 225.24 lbs
Liquid: 133.84 lbs
Total: 359.08 lbs
Total number of students that ate during these times: 1,489
Wednesday, February 7 (Lunch 10:30am-2:30pm and dinner 4:00pm-7:30pm)
Food: 233.98 lbs
Liquid: 127.94 lbs
Total: 361.92 lbs
Total number of students that ate during these times: 1,396
Total Waste for both days: 721 lbs
Total Food Waste Reduction between February and November: 46.11 lbs
Residence Life sorts and weighs trash and recycled items collected from one residence hall and one academic building and compares waste versus recycling for each building. The buildings used in these waste audits are Stockbridge Hall (residence hall) and the Music Building (academic building).
Our final numbers, in pounds, from the past few years are below:
COMPARISON OF SOLID WASTE WEEK OF 4/19/17:
|Stockbridge Hall 2016||Music Building 2016||Stockbridge Hall 2017||Music Building 2017|
|Trash in Trash Bins||62.6||51.4||36.8||52.8|
Recyclable Material in Trash
|Material in Recycle Bins||64.6||-||36.8||1.0|
Donate, Don’t Dispose
Students bring gently used clothing, other unwanted belongings, and/or food to Residence Life, which donates them to a community organization(s).
NDSU DONATE, DON'T DISPOSE POUNDS OF ITEMS COLLECTED:
|2014-2015||1,940||The New Life Center|
|2015-2016||4,240||The New Life Center|
|2016-2017||3,980||Dakota Boys and Girls Ranch|
|2017-2018||3,600||Dakota Boys and Girls Ranch|
|2018-2019||5,000||The New Life Center|
NDSU Donate, Don't Dispose Pounds of Food Collected:
|2016-2017||929||The Emergency Food Bank|
|2017-2018||820||The Emergency Food Bank|
|2018-2019||700||The Emergency Food Bank|