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Connecting our campus, community and environment



Waterless Urinals 

DePauw has installed around 23-24 waterless urinals in the Tennis and Track Center, Lily Athletic Center, Memorial Student Union and Administration building. Facilities Management will continue replacing traditional urinals with waterless urinals.


There are native plants and some native landscaping in the Nature Park. Around campus we do utilize some native plants and drought-resistant plants whenever possible.

Weather-Informed Irrigation

DePauw employs irrigation monitoring technology from ET Waterto test for conditions like humidity and soil conditions in order to prevent unnecessary watering around campus.

hazardous waste

DePauw has gone to a campus-wide chemical inventory system, which limits the amount purchased (and likewise the amount disposed of). Our chemical waste is at a minimum through this process. Universal and non-regulated waste is minimized simply by good management practices. We recycle a large amount of material (boxes, etc.), which also reduces our overall campus waste.

All hazardous waste is consolidated and handled through the Chemistry Department. Waste is bulked and handled per EPA rules and guidelines. Universal waste is handled through physical plant. Fluorescent bulbs, batteries, rags, etc. are all collected and disposed of through a contracted vendor. We are a Conditionally Exempt Small Quantity Generator (CESQG). This means that we make less than 200 pounds of hazardous waste per month. CESQG is the lowest hazardous waste status.

The chemical inventory is a campus-wide process. We share chemicals when possible throughout the University, cutting down on overall purchasing and disposal of unused and unneeded items.  


We currently have motion-sensored lighting in the Green Center for the Performing Arts (GCPA), the LEED Gold Bartlett Reflection Center, the LEED Gold Janet Prindle Institute for Ethics and Facilities Management Plant. Whenever we have new construction projects or undertake renovations we are installing motion-sensored lights.


Nearly 96 percent of Indiana's electricity comes from coal-fired power plants. DePauw has begun the pursuit of a lower energy and emissions footprint with the challenges of a nearly completely fossil fuel electricity grid and energy prices so low that efficiency and alternative energy projects are difficult to justify economically, even when they are justified ecologically. That's where we start at DePauw when we consider how to make responsible energy choices.

Campus Conservation Nationals

DePauw winning the competition!

Energy Wars is a project focused on promoting conservation. It is a competition to reduce electricity and water usage among living units and Greek chapters. Since 2010, the project has grown through partnership with Campus Conservation Nationals, a first-of-its-kind national conservation competition.

In November 2010, DePauw won first place among 40 colleges in the pilot round of Campus Conservation Nationals by reducing electricity usage by 26 percent in nine residence halls. In Spring 2012, DePauw returned to the playing field to defend its championship against 170+ colleges and universities.

History of DePauw Energy Competitions

SemesterParticipating buildingsAvoided utility costs
Spring 2012 Campus Conservation Nationals
9 residence halls
10 Greek chapters
Fall 2010 Campus Conservation Nationals Pilot
9 residence halls
Spring 2010 10 residence halls $221
Fall 2009 10 residence halls
12 Greek chapters
Spring 2009 9 Greek chapters  $4,794
Fall 2008 DePauw's inaugural 'Energy Wars'
10 residence halls
4 Greek chapters

Energy Research

Students are researching alternative energy futures for DePauw through regularly offered courses and independent studies. 

Courses on energy include GEOS 197SB Energy for the 21st Century, PHIL 232A Environmental Ethics, PHYS 110 Physics and Society, and all courses offered through the DePauw Environmental Policy Project.

Students interested in pursuing independent study projects on energy can partner with the Office for Sustainability and faculty members from the appropriate field. Independent study contracts for Winter Term, a semester or summer are available through the Registrar.

Winter Shutdowns

Between Christmas and New Year's, DePauw offers employees three extra days of vacation and makes an effort to significantly reduce heating, cooling and electrical loads across campus. These efforts saved $50,000 in utility costs in 2010.