Field trip to the Chicago Center for Green Technology

Students learn about the solar panels and green roof of the Chicago Center for Green Technology, April 2010.

Students in the first offering of SUST 210 had the opportunity to visit the Chicago Center for Green Technology this past spring.  The Chicago Center for Green Technology offers an example of sustainable redesign in the urban environment.  For decades, the site on Chicago’s West Side was contaminated by decades of construction and demolition waste dumping, but in the early 21st century, the city has remediated the pollution and transformed the existing structure and grounds into the first rehabilitated municipal building in the nation to receive the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design ™ (LEED) Platinum rating by the U.S. Green Building Council.

SUST 210 students explored how the site makes use of energy, water, and materials, toured the building, gardens and green roof.  As Roosevelt is currently building a LEED-standard skyscraper downtown for projected 2012 opening, the class discussed what aspects of the CCGT might be desirable on Roosevelt’s campus.

The CCGT tour is just one of the many field exploration opportunities SUST students have.  If you’d like to stand on a green roof, cultivate an urban farm, see where your recycables go, or investigate the regions waterways, you have plenty of opportunities in our program.  For more information about our courses and events, call 1-877-277-5978 (1-877-APPLY RU), email applyRU@roosevelt.edu, or sign up to attend our June 24 Info session.

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