News Archive : sustainability

April 23, 2013 - 10:59am
Mount Mercy University was recognized by GreenRU for a successful food diversion project on Tuesday, April 23. In just three months, Mount Mercy diverted 15 tons of waste from local landfills. The project is in partnership with Linn County Solid Waste Agency and GreenRU. The project was funded through grant money made available by the Solid Waste Agency's Commercial Food Scraps Recycling Pilot Project, which is open to all Linn County businesses interested in recycling food waste.
April 16, 2013 - 4:16pm
Mount Mercy University will welcome activist, author and environmentalist Julia Butterfly Hill for a special lecture: "Leading Lives of Passion, Purpose, and Power: Turning Compassion into Action," on Monday, April 22, at 1:00 p.m. in the Chapel of Mercy. The event is free and open to the public; seating may be limited.
November 15, 2012 - 11:47am
Mount Mercy University and OPN Architects were awarded 2012 Excellence in Energy Efficient Design at the Iowa American Institute of Architects Convention in Des Moines. The award recognizes outstanding efforts to reduce energy use. Alliant Energy recognized OPN Architects, Inc. for renovations at Mount Mercy's new University Center, which achieved a 65 percent kBTU savings. The University Center opened in the fall of 2011.
October 30, 2012 - 4:17pm
The award-winning Cedar Rapids Eco Film Festival will kick of its sixth year on Saturday, November 10, at Mount Mercy University. It is the first year for the festival to be held on Mount Mercy's campus. Events will take place in Donnelly Hall 300. Event organizers hope moving the event from Coe College to Mount Mercy will draw more people.
September 27, 2012 - 4:54pm
Mount Mercy University has been awarded a $5,330 grant that will help bring over 20 new trees on campus as part of a project to enhance the university's sustainability efforts. Made possible by the Branching Out program through Alliant Energy and Trees Forever, 10 of the new trees will replace storm-damaged trees. A tree planting ceremony will be held on campus Thursday, October 4, at 2:30 p.m. on the Basile Hall patio.
April 10, 2012 - 10:16am
Mount Mercy University will celebrate Earth Week in a spirit dedicated to sustainability and environmentalism – observing the April 22 holiday with a variety of activities throughout the month.
March 29, 2012 - 9:55am
The new University Center at Mount Mercy University is a model of what energy-efficient buildings can look like and offer in energy savings in Eastern Iowa. The university recently worked with Interstate Power and Light Company (IPL), an Alliant Energy company, to design the latest and best energy-savings techniques and technologies into the building from the start of construction.
March 6, 2012 - 12:46pm
As a campus that celebrates and cherishes its mission to foster environmentally-conscious individuals, Mount Mercy continues to go green through a variety of earth-friendly campaigns. The campus is currently competing to be the greenest campus in the nation through the RecycleMania challenge, in which colleges and universities across the country participate over an eight-week period to see which campus is able to decrease the amount of waste and recycle the most material.
March 6, 2012 - 12:00pm
A special taskforce at Mount Mercy University has been designated to celebrate campus pride and enhance beautification, unifying efforts among students, faculty and staff through a variety of campaigns.
October 6, 2011 - 12:22pm
Mount Mercy University, in continuing its commitment to sustainability, has become a member of the Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education (AASHE) to further campus efforts toward building a healthy and just world. Through membership in AASHE, Mount Mercy will receive continued support in advancing its sustainability initiatives throughout the institution and in the community.
May 13, 2011 - 12:32pm
Mount Mercy University earned second place among more than 200 colleges and universities competing in the waste minimization category for corrugated cardboard during the national RecycleMania challenge.
February 15, 2011 - 4:37pm
Mount Mercy University has announced that Gary Hirshberg, President and CEO of Stonyfield Farm and Chairman of Climate Counts, will serve as the University's Commencement speaker during the graduation ceremony on Sunday, May 22 at 1:00 p.m. at the U.S. Cellular Center.

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