Big Plans to Go Green for Earth Week 2015 at Roosevelt University, April 20-24

Earth Week / Bike2Campus Week is coming up at Roosevelt University in Chicago and Schaumburg! All week from April 20 through 24, students, faculty, and staff are encouraged to get involved in many sustainability-related events.

Get On Your Bikes!

Bike and ManStudents, faculty, and staff are also encouraged to Bike2Campus all week! In order to prove that you are doing so, get onto and fill out a sheet to show you have biked, and then, by proving it, you can earn some cool prizes. Let’s make a great showing for RU among all the colleges and universities participating in Chicago!

Track Your Sustainability!

All week long RU is sponsoring a Sustainable Action Competition (hashtag #RUEARTHWEEK2015) in which students, faculty, and staff and keep track of their sustainability efforts (i.e. recycling, reusing, reducing, service work, etc) by taking pictures and posting to the RU Green Campus Facebook, Twitter, and/or Instagram pages. Top winners will receive give-a-ways (those included for the Bike2Campus prizes, free large organic pizza from WB dining services, a DIVVY membership, or Kramer’s Gift Card, as well as some small give-a-ways (if there are any left at the end of the week).

electronics-recycling2Recycle Your E-Waste!

On the 14th floor of Wabash, all week long, there will be a box for EWaste (for any electronics, batteries, etc. that you would like to get rid of).

By putting any EWaste in here, versus throwing it out as trash, students help to bring down pollution and divert that waste from landfills.

Earth Week Event Schedule at Roosevelt

Monday, April 20: Screening and faculty-led discussion of the environmental documentary Plastic Paradise: The Great Pacific Garbage Patch. Join RU students, staff, and faculty members Bethany Barratt (Political Science), Kim Ruffin (English / Grad Studies), and Mike Bryson (Sustainability Studies) for conversation about this independent film (5pm in WB 1017, refreshments courtesy of the student organization RU Reforesting).

Tuesday, April 21: Food/juice tasting at Kramer’s Health Food Store and Café, 230 S. Wabash. Learn about the benefits of juicing as well as cutting (at least some) meat out of one’s diet, and stay for a demo on bike safety and basic maintenance. 3pm; meet in WB Lobby at 2:45pm, or just come over). Also, the School of the Art Institute will host a bike repair and safety workshop from 4-6pm on their campus (location TBA).

MaryBeth, Jordan, and Colleen at the Spring 2014 SUST Student Symposium (photo: M. Bryson)

MaryBeth, Jordan, and Colleen at the Spring 2014 SUST Student Symposium (M. Bryson)

Wednesday, April 22: Learn about the research and internships experiences of students in RU’s Sustainability Studies Program at the 3rd SUST Student Symposium at the Chicago Campus, 3-5:30pm. Enjoy stimulating conversation, pleasant hobnobbing, and free refreshments courtesy of RU’s Physical Resources department. Enjoy lively presentations by SUST majors Melanie Blume, Rebecca Quesnell, Mary Rasic, and Emily Rhea, and check our our past symposia here. RSVP to Prof. Mike Bryson at (WB 616).

Thursday, April 23: WB Rooftop Garden workday at the Chicago Campus, 10am-5pm. Contribute a little time this day to prepping the growing plots for our rooftop garden! Volunteers can get their hands dirty for 1/2-hour time slots throughout the day by contacting Rebecca Quesnell ( Everyone at RU is invited to a reception from 5-7pm (room TBA), with RU Reforesting providing food, games, and give-a-ways.

Friday, April 24: In the works for Arbor Day — RUrbanPioneers Community Garden workday (contact Mary Rasic at for more info) at the Schaumburg Campus; student sustainable living (friendly) competition, both campuses. More info on this coming soon!

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