News Archive : sustainability

November 15, 2012 - 10:47am
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.
November 8, 2012 - 12:35pm
The new “Ideas into Action” mini-grant program celebrates its official launch on Monday, November 12, 2012 with information tables in the University Center and the lobby of Basile. Visitors will receive free bookmarks, recyclable ballpoint pens, and lip balm during the weeklong awareness event, finishing on Thursday, November 15. Eight campus locations will feature posters through Sunday, November 25, and marketing efforts will continue through the fall semester.
October 30, 2012 - 3:17pm
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.
October 30, 2012 - 1:30pm
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.
September 27, 2012 - 3:54pm
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.
July 11, 2012 - 1:24pm
Mount Mercy's Professor of Biology and Department Chair Dr. Neil Bernstein led students in a grass planting in the spring of 2012 on the hill of Basile Hall. The environmentally friendly "no mow grass" will keep away erosion and doesn't requiring mowing in most circumstances. Dr. Bernstein shared with the group that the toxins and vapors released from 30 seconds of using a push mower equals roughly five minutes of driving a car.  Watch the video now >>>
May 7, 2012 - 1:19pm
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. Read more >>>
April 27, 2012 - 1:08pm
Mount Mercy continues to implement environmentally-conscious initiatives on campus, keeping with the spirit of its founders, the Sisters of Mercy. The institution has recently implemented a new initiative to cut down on the number of plastic water bottles used on campus by providing unique “water bottle friendly” water fountains.
April 10, 2012 - 9:16am
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 - 8:55am
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 - 11:46am
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 - 11:00am
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 - 11:22am
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 - 11:32am
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 - 3:37pm
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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