It’s Earth Week / Bike2Campus Week 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, track your sustainability efforts, and take a timeout during this busy time of the academic semester for stewardship of our environment.
Get On Your Bikes!
Students, faculty, and staff are also encouraged to Bike2Campus all week. In order to document your trips, get onto www.bike2campus.com 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).
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).
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 email@example.com (WB 616).
As a prelude to the Symposium, join Prof. Bryson (@MikeBryson22) on the @RooseveltU Twitter feed from 1-2pm for an #RUJusticechat on sustainability and social justice. You can tweet from wherever you are . . . or get a little F2F action in WB 1317!
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 (firstname.lastname@example.org). 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 celebration of Arbor Day, get down and dirty with the RUrbanPioneers Community Garden team for a garden and treeplanting workday at the Schaumburg Campus from 8am to noon. Help prepare the garden’s soil for upcoming spring planting season, and then plant fruit trees adjacent to the garden as part of our “Food Forest” project to increase edible plant biodiversity on the campus grounds. Contact Garden Manager Mary Rasic at email@example.com for more info.
And don’t forget to finish up your sustainability tracking for the Sustainable Action Competition (hashtag #RUEARTHWEEK2015) by taking pictures and posting to the RU Green Campus Facebook, Twitter, and/or Instagram pages.