Water is used in all sorts of operations on campus. Some of which include: day-to-day living in the residence halls, cooling campus buildings in warmer months (A/C), food preparation and sanitation in the dining halls, landscaping for campus beautification, and sanitation and drinking water in every building across campus.
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One way to reduce both the university’s carbon footprint and our personal carbon footprints is through alternative transportation. The conventional system is aligned with the personal vehicle, often resulting in single-occupancy vehicles. This exacerbates traffic congestion and increases pollution.
Marquette has been recycling since the early 1990s, making it one of the earlier recycling programs on a university campus. Beginning as a co-mingled recycling program, Marquette switched to single-stream recycling in 2009.
Marquette uses three types of energy on campus: electricity, steam and gas. Electricity is used to power buildings while steam and gas are used to heat the buildings. While all campus buildings consume electricity, not all buildings use gas and/or steam.
Marquette is no stranger to “green” building practices. The Office of the University Architect has been utilizing sustainable and green building practices for years. Their efforts take the form of installing more efficient energy and water systems and fixtures to keep operating costs down.