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Does what we put in the recycling bins really get recycled?
As long as the bin only contains clean recyclables, it is recycled. We sometimes have issues with people putting trash (e.g. leftover pizza) in recycling bins. When this happens, the contents of the bins are contaminated and can’t be recycled.
What is a green roof?
A green roof contains soil and plants either as a full planted partial roof (like McGowan South) or an elevated rack and tray system (like DePaul Center). The plants used are native to the area and require little or no watering. The plantings improve air quality and absorb heat and rain, lessening the heat load of the building.
Can we have more local control of temperature?
Modern HVAC systems require a lot of equipment. In order to accommodate this equipment, we have to use zones in large buildings. These zones are designed for the expected usage of the area. If you are experiencing temperature problems, please contact Facility Operations; some adjustments or corrections can be made.
What is DePaul doing to encourage healthy eating?
We are working with our food service company to increase the use of local produce and organic items. We are providing more vegetarian and vegan choices. Our chicken and eggs are free-range. Our fish is certified as sustainably harvested.