Dominican University’s bike-share program –bikeDU – allows students, staff and faculty access to a bike at the [Ride for a Day] or [Ride for a Semester] level. The program is a free 1st generation bike-sharing system for recreation and transportation purposes powered by the best alternative fuel: You!
Second Friday of every October – 10 day campus cycle celebration.
Part challenge, part competition, Dominican University rivals other Chicagoland colleges/institutions to earn ‘Top Cycle Campus’ and ultimate bragging rights. Throughout the week, DU hosts safe, fun and engaging bicycle events where the campus can earn goodies and giveaways from some supporting sponsors. Every ride counts and DU participants can log their trips at www.bike2campus.com.
DU Bike Fix-It Station
A self-service or DIY bicycle repair station located at the first floor of the parking garage, main campus. Manufactured by Dero, the new fix-it station is equipped with all the tools to perform the most basic repairs and maintenance, from changing a flat tire to adjusting brakes and derailleurs. Bicycles can be suspended from the stations hanger arms, allowing pedals and wheels to spin freely while making repairs. A QR code on the front of the station enables users to view detailed repair instructions on a smartphone.
Cistern and irrigation
The university uses an existing cistern, a large water tank that was built in the 1920s, to collect rainwater from the buildings. The water is used for the irrigation of campus and in the air conditioning system in Parmer Hall.
The cistern also gathers water that is pumped out of the basement of one of the residence halls.
Because of the cistern system, Dominican has reduced the amount of potable water purchased by 4-6 million gallons per year.
Energy saving initiatives
A building automation system controls the energy settings on campus.
Other energy saving features include occupancy sensors, solar power lights, borrowed lighting, day lighting and heat recovery.
Energy efficient boilers save 100,000 therms per year.
Energy efficient lighting was installed on campus, saving 148,000 watts per year.
Geothermal and Solar
Dominican completed a feasibility study on the use of geothermal and solar energy on campus. Analysis of the study and grant funding opportunities are in process.
If you would like more information or have an idea about a way to help, please contact the sustainability coordinator, at firstname.lastname@example.org or (708) 524-6897.