Viterbo Green Initiatives


  • Replaced water heaters in McDonald Terrace with tankless natural gas units 
  • Added a 2012 Ford Fusion hybrid to the fleet which replaced an older, less fuel efficient vehicle. 5 total hybrids in the fleet 
  • Replaced lighting in the Fine Arts Center with more energy efficient T8 lights. This is an ongoing project. 
  • We are in the process of obtaining LEED Silver Certification for the School of Nursing Installed four outdoor recycling containers  
  • Upgraded the building controls in Rose Terrace which has allowed better control and monitoring of the building temperatures 


  • Added a variable frequency drive and heat sensing controls to the kitchen exhaust fans to save electrical consumption
  • Replaced the commercial dishwasher in the cafeteria to reduce water and energy consumption
  • Replaced T12 lights in Marian Hall with T8 lights reducing electrical consumption
  • Upgraded the heating and cooling controls in Brophy Nursing Center to reduce energy consumption
  • Virtualized over ten computer servers to save electrical consumption (Estimated savings of $5,000 per year)
  • Installed additional bike racks around campus top provide students with an additional transportation option
  • Converted the weekly Connections newsletter to an electronic format to reduce printing and paper costs
  • Set all computer labs to turn off monitors after 20 minutes and hard drives after 1 hour.  Computers now go into sleep mode after 2 hours.  This will save hundreds of dollars annually in electrical costs
  • Computer lab printers will enter a sleep mode after 20 minutes


  • Viterbo University's Environmental Responsibility Committee voted to adopt the framework of the S.T.A.R.S. program which was develop by the Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education to recognize the unique mission, challenges, obligations, constraints and opportunities of colleges and universities.

  • Installed LED lights in EXIT signs around campus to reduce electricity consumptions
  • Installed a variable frequency drive for the air handler in the Mathy Center to reduce electrical consumption (Estimated savings of $1,300 per year)
  • Replace four vehicles within the campus auto fleet with Civic Hybrids to reduce gasoline consumption (Estimated savings of $5,000 per year)
  • Changed to clean cleaning products for use around campus to reduce toxins
  • Migrated to electronic data processing within the administrative office around campus eliminating the printing, mailing and handling of tens of thousands of documents annually saving well over $10,000 annually
  • Converted the Lumen newspaper to electronic format to reduce the quantity of printed material


  • Viterbo began a recycling program to collect and recycle paper products, aluminum cans, and plastic bottles. Sets of three containers were placed around campus to collect these items. To view the complete policy and to see what is acceptable to recycle click on recycling policy. Encourage everyone to recycle. Recycling one aluminum soda can save enough energy to run a television set for up to three hours.
  • Replaced steam traps throughout the campus heating system to eliminate lost energy
  • Installed low flow showerheads and faucets in residence halls and kitchen to save water and reduce heating costs
  • Installed a chemical free water treatment system for the Reinhart Cooling Tower to save energy and water consumption
  • Replaces lighting in the Varsity Athletic Center to reduce electrical consumption
  • Implemented a recycling program to recycle cans, plastic bottles and paper
  • Discontinued the use of trays in the cafeteria to reduce water and energy consumption


  • Implemented a printing software control to reduce the number of printed documents on campus wide printers reducing printing and paper costs