Posts Tagged ‘green’

Holy Cross Donates Used Furniture to Those in Need

April 2nd, 2014 by

Holy Cross employees collect used furniture for donation to Institutional Recycling Network (IRN).

The furniture will be sent to schools and clinics in the Dominican Republic.

Joan Anderson, purchasing  manager at Holy Cross, and Joel Bradford, of IRN, stand behind the loading truck. The program was a coordinated effort between Anderson, Thad Whitcher, inventory, and Brian Griffin, assistant director for environmental services and sustainability. Physical Plant staff helped load the truck.

Photography by Darien Henry ’14

Free Tree Giveaway Brings Hundreds to Holy Cross Campus

September 24th, 2011 by kmmalone

College of the Holy Cross students Zach Burdeau ’13 (left) and Dave Cardaropoli ’13 (right) carry a tree to a Worcester resident’s car on Sept. 24, during the College’s free tree giveaway with the Worcester Tree Initiative, a nonprofit organization dedicated to restoring the region’s urban trees which have been lost to insects and other forces.

Hundreds of people attended the event—including Worcester Mayor Joseph O’Brien and Holy Cross President Michael McFarland, S.J., —to pick up a free tree and receive instructions on how to plant and care for them. Representatives of the SADER (Student Ambassadors Developing External Relationships) Good Neighbor Committee volunteered to help transport trees to residents’ cars.

Photograph by Matt Kennis

One Man’s Trash …

May 18th, 2011 by

Hannah McCormick ’14, left, and Kelly Dyer ’14 are surrounded with leftover items that students left behind after moving out of the residence halls for the summer. McCormick and Dyer are members of Eco-Action, a student-run environmental group at Holy Cross, which is holding its annual “Trash or Treasure” drive in which all unwanted belongings are collected and redistributed to Worcester-area organizations including the Salvation Army and Plumley Village.

A staffer tosses a bag of gently used clothing that was collected through “Trash or Treasure” into the Salvation Army truck. Last year, the discarded items filled up over three Salvation Army trucks and other smaller vehicles.

Photography by Nick Markantonatos

Students Take Advantage of New Loyola Fitness Studio

January 28th, 2011 by

The Loyola Fitness Studio in the basement of Loyola Hall has been used more than 850 times since it opened earlier in the week. The studio features 21 pieces of cardiovascular machines, in addition to a 17-piece Nautilus system.

Photography by Nick Markantonatos

Water Fountain in Loyola Fitness Studio Reduces Need for Bottled Water

January 28th, 2011 by

An environmentally-friendly water cooler and bubbler combination unit in the new Loyola Fitness Studio offers filtered water. The fountain eliminates the need for students to purchase bottled water, and reduces plastic bottle waste. The unit includes an electronic sensor for no-touch activation.

A green ticker shows that the unit has eliminated the equivalent of 766 disposable plastic water bottles in less than one week of use.

LEED Gold Plaque Installed in Science Complex

January 20th, 2011 by

A Physical Plant employee hangs a plaque in the newly constructed Park B. and Linda Smith Laboratories signifying the Integrated Science Complex as environmentally sustainable. The U.S. Green Building Council awarded the construction of the science complex, which opened last January, with a LEED Gold certification. LEED, which stands for “Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design,” serves as a third-party evaluation of the sustainability of construction projects. Learn more about the science complex’s LEED Gold certification here, and about Holy Cross’ sustainability efforts here.

Photography by Nick Markantonatos

Solar Powered Light is Latest in Holy Cross’ Sustainability Efforts

January 19th, 2011 by

A solar powered parking lot light recently went up behind the Hogan Campus Center. The zero-carbon light uses no electricity, and remains illuminated even through several days of inclement weather. Learn more about Holy Cross’ sustainability efforts.

Photography by Nick Markantonatos

Holy Cross Hosts Lighting Fair

November 22nd, 2010 by

Holy Cross’ Presidential Task Force on the Environment will host an Energy Saving Lighting Fair, in which students, faculty and staff can purchase a variety of high-quality energy-efficient lighting products at deep discounts from an Energy Star certified vendor. Here, students view a sample display of the lights in the Swords Atrium a week before the fair.

Photograph by Sean Hager ’11

Biology Professor, Student Spend Summer in Siberian Arctic

July 3rd, 2010 by

William Sobczak, associate professor of biology, and Andrew Crowley ’11, a biology and Russian double major from Danvers, Mass., en route to Siberia made a stop in Moscow. Here they are seen in Moscow’s Red Square. Sobczak is one of the principal investigators and Crowley is one of 14 students participating in the Polaris Project, a National Science Foundation-funded program to enhance undergraduate research and education at several U.S. and Russian institutions. The project involves development of new undergraduate courses in Arctic System Science and a field course in the Siberian Arctic. Track their progress, and read posts by Crowley, at

Thermal Imager Helps Identify Heat Loss in Buildings Throughout Campus

April 5th, 2010 by


Before and after photos show how a newly-purchased infrared camera, which measures surface temperatures, is helping Physical Plant workers identify heat loss in buildings.

An energy leak is seen on the top of O’Kane Hall’s south wall.

The building after the leak was repaired by Holy Cross carpenters.

Images by John Cannon