Marquette's 60-plus buildings house the university's operations. Their functions include: residential, office, classroom/academic, sports and recreation, clinics, research, and more. Although serving many functions, all of these buildings have one thing in common: they require significant financial resources to build, operate and maintain. In an effort to save on those financial resources, the university's Facilities Services, project managers, architectural contractors and sub-contractors have been adopting sustainable building practices in existing, new and renovated buildings. Such practices lend to lower costs of ownership.
Marquette contracts with Sodexo for its food service needs. As a corporation, Sodexo has made several commitments worldwide to become a more sustainable partner. Several of these commitments and efforts are evident at Marquette and include what they purchase, how they purchase, and where they purchase from. Some examples are:
Marquette requires a continuous supply of energy to meet its operating needs to support student and faculty needs and endeavors. For Marquette, energy comes in the form electricity, steam and gas. Electricity is used to power buildings while steam and gas are used to heat buildings in colder months.
The university does not create its own energy. Energy is purchased from We Energies. This purchased energy comes at a significant operating cost, and therefore affects student tuition. We aim to reduce these costs, and several projects and practices have been implemented to help reduce energy use on campus.