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Embracing the eco-friendly at Sacred Heart University



When Sacred Heart University was founded in 1963 by Bishop Walter W. Curtis, part of its mission was to be a force for good. “The University advocates a very strong moral consciousness,” says Paul Healy, executive director of campus operations, emergency management, and public safety at Sacred Heart. Of late that moral consciousness has taken an environmentally friendly turn. 

“In the past six years the university has undertaken 19 projects that deal with everything from lighting to aged boiler infrastructure,” explains Healy. These reforms have ranged from high-tech new technology, like installing LED lights, and purchasing hybrid cars, to implementing simple but effective reforms like using green cleaning products.

These projects have cost the university $2.6 million but have resulted in an annual savings of $540,000. Those savings reflect the university’s greatly reduced energy consumption. Last June these environmental efforts were recognized when Sacred Heart was awarded the Santa Energy Green Business Award by Bridgeport-based Santa Fuel. 

“We’ve taken a comprehensive approach of looking at wherever we can make an investment in new technology that makes us more energy efficient,” Healy says. “Everyone knows that there hasn’t been a major power plant built in the Northeast, so the incentives are there to try and think smarter about energy conservation and energy usage, and create systems that reduce consumption by using newer technologies.”

Students have also been actively involved with these reforms. In 2011 freshman roommates Matt Cole and Edward Garrity decided to form an environmental club on campus called The Green SHUs (pronounced “green shoes” ). “We noticed that SHU was really poor at the time with handling certain issues such as recycling programs, and using unsafe and un-ecofriendly products, such as harmful plastics, and styrofoam,” says Garrity, a 20-year-old junior, double majoring in graphic design and studio arts. “So we wanted to start a group that could try to tackle these issues.” 

The club officially formed the next year and by that time Sacred Heart had already addressed many of the issues Garrity and Cole were concerned with. Currently the custodial department at the university uses environmentally clean products. Sacred Heart has also implemented a single-stream recycling system—in this system papers, plastics, and metals can all be placed in the same receptacle which has resulted in a dramatic increase in recycling on campus. 

Today, the Green SHUs functions as an awareness organization. Each semester the club hosts a talk or film screening about an environmental topic. Club members also work outside the campus on environmental projects with local organizations, and participate in the Housatonic River Clean Up each spring. “We hope to continue to work with outside organizations, to not only raise awareness, but to get our hands in on solving the problem,” Garrity says. 

Other steps Sacred Heart has taken to improve the environment include renovating buildings with more efficient boilers and effective insulation, promoting energy-usage awareness by publicizing gas and electric data usage through an Energy Dashboard, and using an online management system to control the temperatures and lighting at all campus facilities. 

Many of the university’s environmental reforms have been made possible through grants from Connecticut’s Clean Energy Finance and Investment Authority, and the Connecticut Energy Efficiency Fund. The university has received $670,000 from the Connecticut Energy Efficiency Fund for the 19 projects that were reviewed in advance by United Illuminating, and then inspected for post program compliance standards.

And the movement toward green practices at the university is still going forward. “We’ve studied the use of geothermal energy and fuel-cell technology,” he says. “We work diligently to always look for new technology, new and better ways of improving our efficiency here, as well as efficiencies environmentally within our region.” n

 

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Sponsor: Bellarmine Museum of Art
Telephone: 203-254-4046
Contact Name: Tiffany Davidson
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Step inside the Ogden House to experience life in 18th century Fairfield. David and Jane Sturges Ogden began their marriage here, settling into farm life and establishing a family legacy that...

Cost: $5, $3 Students & Seniors; Free for members

Where:
Fairfield Museum and History Center
370 Beach Road
Fairfield, CT  06824
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Sponsor: Fairfield Museum and History Center
Telephone: 203-259-1598
Contact Name: Visitor Services Manager
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Put on a happy face! Army-bound rock star Conrad Birdie's farewell appearance in Sweet Apple, Ohio is the talk of the town. But it's a teenage crisis for new "steadies" Hugo and...

Cost: $29 - $79

Where:
The Goodspeed
6 Main St
East Haddam, CT  06423
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Robert Lawson (1892–1957) had a long and distinguished career as an artist and children’s book illustrator and author. Perhaps best known for illustrations of Ferdinand the Bull and Mr....

Cost: Members: Free; Non-Members: $5

Where:
Fairfield Museum and History Center
370 Beach Road
Fairfield, CT  06824
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Telephone: 203-259-1598
Contact Name: Visitor Services Manager
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The exhibition Electric Paris is on view at the Bruce Museum from May 14 through September 4, 2016.  Nearly 50 paintings, drawings and photographs explore the use of artificial...

Cost: $7 adult, $6 student, member and under 5 free. Free to all on Tuesdays

Where:
Bruce Museum
1 Museum Drive
Greenwich, CT  06830
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Sponsor: Bruce Museum
Telephone: (203) 869-0376
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Calling all Black Crowes fans! You may have been upset from the group's latest break up but frontman Chris Robinson has a musical salve. The Chris Robinson Brotherhood is the singer's...

Where:
Fairfield Theatre Company
70 Sanford St
Fairfield, CT
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His ransom is set at ten million dollars. When Nick Bright, an American futures trader, finds himself kidnapped and held hostage in Pakistan, he knows the only way to get home is to do what he does...

Cost: $50, $40, $30

Where:
Westport Playhouse
25 Powers Ct
, CT
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Telephone: 203 227 4177
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Up to 2000 riders ride a 10, 25, 50, 75, or 100 mile route starting and finishing at the Fairfield county Hunt Club in Westport. Registration is required and ranges from $10 to $95.

Where:
Fairfield County Hunt Club
174 Long Lots Rd
Westport, CT
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Telephone: 203 256 3000
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The Society’s newest exhibit honors the men and women from New Canaan who served in World War II.  Lt. Henry Maitland’s Navy White Dress Jumper and hats, Sgt. Benjamin Charles...

Cost: Free

Where:
The New Canaan Historical Society
13 Oenoke Ridge
New Canaan, CT  06840
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Sponsor: The New Canaan Historical Socoiety
Telephone: 203-966-1776
Contact Name: Janet Lindstrom
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The Society’s newest exhibit honors the men and women from New Canaan who served in World War II.  Lt. Henry Maitland’s Navy White Dress Jumper and hats, Sgt. Benjamin Charles...

Cost: Free

Where:
The New Canaan Historical Society
13 Oenoke Ridge
New Canaan, CT  06840
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Sponsor: The New Canaan Historical Socoiety
Telephone: 203-966-1776
Contact Name: Janet Lindstrom
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In 1940 and ‘41, photographer Jack Delano (1914–1997) documented farm and city life in CT for the Farm Security Administration. In rare early color photographs and black & white,...

Cost: Members: Free; Non-Members: $5

Where:
Fairfield Museum and History Center
370 Beach Road
Fairfield, CT  06824
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Telephone: 203-259-1598
Contact Name: Visitor Services Manager
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Features items from Pequot Library's Special Collections. The exhibition will run from June 4 - August 8, 2016. It is open during normal library hours, admission is free. Opening Reception:...

Cost: free

Where:
Pequot Library
720 Pequot Avenue
Southport, CT  06890
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Sponsor: Pequot Library
Telephone: 203_259-0346
Contact Name: Front Desk
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Sheffield Island with its historic 148-year-old lighthouse, beaches and wildlife refuge offers abundant summer fun for visitors.  From May through September, visitors can board the Seaport...

Cost: $22.00

Where:
Norwalk Seaport Association Dock
4 N Water Street
Norwalk, CT  06854
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Sponsor: Norwalk Seaport Association
Telephone: 203-838-9444
Contact Name: Ray A. Cooke
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The splendor of Byzantine sacred art, preserved in early Christian churches in both Constantinople, the capital of the Byzantine Empire, and the Cappadocia region of Turkey, is the subject of this...

Cost: Free and open to the public

Where:
Bellarmine Museum of Art
200 Barlow Road
Fairfield, CT  06824
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Sponsor: Bellarmine Museum of Art
Telephone: 203-254-4046
Contact Name: Tiffany Davidson
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New Photography Exhibit Opens at the Gores Pavilion It’s in the Details, a photography exhibit by Matthew Blaine, opened Sunday, July 17 and runs through the end of October.  The...

Cost: $5 per person

Where:
Gores Pavilion
Irwin Park
848 Weed Street
New Canaan, CT  06840
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Sponsor: The New Canaan Historical Socoiety
Telephone: 203-966-1776
Contact Name: Janet Lindstrom
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Step inside the Ogden House to experience life in 18th century Fairfield. David and Jane Sturges Ogden began their marriage here, settling into farm life and establishing a family legacy that...

Cost: $5, $3 Students & Seniors; Free for members

Where:
Fairfield Museum and History Center
370 Beach Road
Fairfield, CT  06824
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Sponsor: Fairfield Museum and History Center
Telephone: 203-259-1598
Contact Name: Visitor Services Manager
Website »

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Put on a happy face! Army-bound rock star Conrad Birdie's farewell appearance in Sweet Apple, Ohio is the talk of the town. But it's a teenage crisis for new "steadies" Hugo and...

Cost: $29 - $79

Where:
The Goodspeed
6 Main St
East Haddam, CT  06423
View map »

More information

Show More...
Show Less...

Robert Lawson (1892–1957) had a long and distinguished career as an artist and children’s book illustrator and author. Perhaps best known for illustrations of Ferdinand the Bull and Mr....

Cost: Members: Free; Non-Members: $5

Where:
Fairfield Museum and History Center
370 Beach Road
Fairfield, CT  06824
View map »


Telephone: 203-259-1598
Contact Name: Visitor Services Manager
Website »

More information

The exhibition Electric Paris is on view at the Bruce Museum from May 14 through September 4, 2016.  Nearly 50 paintings, drawings and photographs explore the use of artificial...

Cost: $7 adult, $6 student, member and under 5 free. Free to all on Tuesdays

Where:
Bruce Museum
1 Museum Drive
Greenwich, CT  06830
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Sponsor: Bruce Museum
Telephone: (203) 869-0376
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Beau Bolero * The World’s #1 Steely Dan Tribute Saturday, July 30th 7:30 PM Beau Bolero is a Connecticut based musical group formed in late 1980 by four close friends who are dedicated...

Cost: General Admission $20, Children 12 and under $10

Where:
Ives Concert Park
43 Lake Avenue Extension
Danbury, CT  06811
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Sponsor: Newtown Savings Bank Fine Arts & Family Series
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Harry Potter is taking over the Westport Library. Celebrate Harry's birthday and the release of the new play and book, Harry Potter and the Cursed Child. Hogwarts classes will be...

Cost: Free

Where:
Westport Library
20 Jesup Road
Westport, CT
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Telephone: 203-291-4800
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His ransom is set at ten million dollars. When Nick Bright, an American futures trader, finds himself kidnapped and held hostage in Pakistan, he knows the only way to get home is to do what he does...

Cost: $50, $40, $30

Where:
Westport Playhouse
25 Powers Ct
, CT
View map »


Telephone: 203 227 4177
Website »

More information

Up to 2000 riders ride a 10, 25, 50, 75, or 100 mile route starting and finishing at the Fairfield county Hunt Club in Westport. Registration is required and ranges from $10 to $95.

Where:
Fairfield County Hunt Club
174 Long Lots Rd
Westport, CT
View map »


Telephone: 203 256 3000
Website »

More information

The Society’s newest exhibit honors the men and women from New Canaan who served in World War II.  Lt. Henry Maitland’s Navy White Dress Jumper and hats, Sgt. Benjamin Charles...

Cost: Free

Where:
The New Canaan Historical Society
13 Oenoke Ridge
New Canaan, CT  06840
View map »


Sponsor: The New Canaan Historical Socoiety
Telephone: 203-966-1776
Contact Name: Janet Lindstrom
Website »

More information

The Society’s newest exhibit honors the men and women from New Canaan who served in World War II.  Lt. Henry Maitland’s Navy White Dress Jumper and hats, Sgt. Benjamin Charles...

Cost: Free

Where:
The New Canaan Historical Society
13 Oenoke Ridge
New Canaan, CT  06840
View map »


Sponsor: The New Canaan Historical Socoiety
Telephone: 203-966-1776
Contact Name: Janet Lindstrom
Website »

More information

In 1940 and ‘41, photographer Jack Delano (1914–1997) documented farm and city life in CT for the Farm Security Administration. In rare early color photographs and black & white,...

Cost: Members: Free; Non-Members: $5

Where:
Fairfield Museum and History Center
370 Beach Road
Fairfield, CT  06824
View map »


Telephone: 203-259-1598
Contact Name: Visitor Services Manager
Website »

More information

Features items from Pequot Library's Special Collections. The exhibition will run from June 4 - August 8, 2016. It is open during normal library hours, admission is free. Opening Reception:...

Cost: free

Where:
Pequot Library
720 Pequot Avenue
Southport, CT  06890
View map »


Sponsor: Pequot Library
Telephone: 203_259-0346
Contact Name: Front Desk
Website »

More information

Sheffield Island with its historic 148-year-old lighthouse, beaches and wildlife refuge offers abundant summer fun for visitors.  From May through September, visitors can board the Seaport...

Cost: $22.00

Where:
Norwalk Seaport Association Dock
4 N Water Street
Norwalk, CT  06854
View map »


Sponsor: Norwalk Seaport Association
Telephone: 203-838-9444
Contact Name: Ray A. Cooke
Website »

More information

New Photography Exhibit Opens at the Gores Pavilion It’s in the Details, a photography exhibit by Matthew Blaine, opened Sunday, July 17 and runs through the end of October.  The...

Cost: $5 per person

Where:
Gores Pavilion
Irwin Park
848 Weed Street
New Canaan, CT  06840
View map »


Sponsor: The New Canaan Historical Socoiety
Telephone: 203-966-1776
Contact Name: Janet Lindstrom
Website »

More information

Step inside the Ogden House to experience life in 18th century Fairfield. David and Jane Sturges Ogden began their marriage here, settling into farm life and establishing a family legacy that...

Cost: $5, $3 Students & Seniors; Free for members

Where:
Fairfield Museum and History Center
370 Beach Road
Fairfield, CT  06824
View map »


Sponsor: Fairfield Museum and History Center
Telephone: 203-259-1598
Contact Name: Visitor Services Manager
Website »

More information

Put on a happy face! Army-bound rock star Conrad Birdie's farewell appearance in Sweet Apple, Ohio is the talk of the town. But it's a teenage crisis for new "steadies" Hugo and...

Cost: $29 - $79

Where:
The Goodspeed
6 Main St
East Haddam, CT  06423
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