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The Duncan Student Center, O'Neill Hall and Corbett Family Hall, each surrounding Notre Dame Stadium at the University of Notre Dame in Notre Dame, Indiana, were designed and constructed with the goal of seeking the U.S. Green Building Council’s (USGBC’s) Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Silver certification.

Throughout their construction and during their operation, Duncan Student Center, O'Neill Hall and Corbett Family Hall will use resources sustainably, the university says. More than 20 percent of the construction materials were sourced locally, within 500 miles of the construction site, and more than 75 percent of the construction waste was recycled including materials such as concrete, metals and wood.

Occupancy sensors are designed to work in tandem with heating and cooling systems and LED lighting, which is anticipated to reduce energy consumption by 30 to 50 percent compared to conventional lighting. Faucets and toilets will use 35 percent less water compared to conventional new construction.

The university architects, engineers and planners also incorporated sustainable practices in Notre Dame Stadium, although it will not be part of the LEED certification process. New LED lighting installed last year in the stadium will reduce power consumption by 60 percent and are designed to up to 20 years. In addition, all the replaced seating from the lower bowl has been repurposed.

A living roof covering nearly all of the flat roof surfaces of the three facilities are designed to reduce heating and cooling energy loads. The green roof is designed to provide insulation, mitigate storm water run-off, improve air quality, reduce noise, conserve rainwater and release it back into the atmosphere.

Designated recycling bags and mobile recycling carts will be made available to tailgaters, along with single-stream recycling in the stadium. Through the efforts of Notre Dame Public Affairs and Levy Restaurants concessions, food waste in Notre Dame Stadium will be donated to non-profit organizations. Low emitting vehicle priority parking spaces and 90 bicycle racks are designed to promote efficient transportation.    

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