SUST Symposium 2017 on Apr 26 (& other #EarthMonth Events @RooseveltU)

In celebration of #EarthMonth2017 at RU, please attend the Spring 2017 SUST Symposium, which will be held on Wednesday, April 26th, from 2-6pm at Roosevelt University’s Gage Gallery in Chicago (18 S. Michigan Ave.) and videoconferenced live via Zoom.

Students in ACP/SUST 250 The Sustainable University clean up the banks of Bubbly Creek on Chicago’s SW Side (photo: K. Fortina)

Symposium 4.1 (Spring 2017) will feature nine team presentations by RU undergraduate students in the first-ever section of ACP/SUST 250 The Sustainable University. From 2:15-4:45pm, teams will describe their campus sustainability projects on bottled water policy, environmental communication, energy conservation, fair trade, learning and living communities, recycling and composting, rooftop gardening, student orientation, and water conservation.

Dr. A. Zaragoza, Evergreen State College

Then at 5pm, we’ll welcome a special guest speaker, Professor Anthony Zaragoza from the Evergreen State College (Tacoma Campus) in Washington, who will present a dynamic talk on social justice and community development entitled “Neoliberalism in the Neighborhood.” Professor Zaragoza’s visit is co-sponsored by Roosevelt’s SUST Program as well as the new Resilience Studies Consortium of US colleges and universities, of which RU is a charter member.

Zoom videoconference info for off-campus attendees:

  • Join from PC, Mac, Linux, iOS or Android:
  • Or iPhone one-tap (US Toll):  +14086380968,867950205# or +16465588656,867950205#
  • Or Telephone: +1 855 880 1246 (US Toll Free)
  • Meeting ID: 867 950 205

Light refreshments will be provided, and the RU community as well as the general public are welcome. Click here for info on previous symposia, and check out some of the other great #RUEarthMonth2017 events planned at RU below! (We will update this list throughout the month.)

Through 5/6 — Rooftop: Second Nature (Gage Gallery, 18 S. Michigan Ave.): photography by Brad Temkin featuring ecoroofs from cities around the world, including several here in Chicago.

Fri 4/21 — Undergraduate Science and Math Symposium (9am-3:30pm, WB 6th floor): RU’s annual showcase of student research in biology, chemistry, math, and sustainability studies. Unbelievably fun as well as intellectually edifying!

Earth Day Sat 4/22March for Science in Chicago (10am, Grant Park and Museum Campus): national public event on #EarthDay2017 advocating for science’s important role in society; meet at 9am in the WB Lobby; rally starts at 10am, march at 11am from Grant Park to Museum Campus, science expo 12-3pm outside the Field Museum. Visitor and registration details here.

Mon 4/24 — Arbor Day Tree Planting (10am-noon, Schaumburg Campus): come to the East Side of the building (north of door 13) to help plant a tree in RU’s arboretum; contact Sumeet Singh ( for more info.

FairTradeRU2017SprWed 4/26 — De-Stress Event (11am-3pm, WB Lobby): Hosted by the RU Bookstore; featuring a partnered blindfolded coloring competition, with a Fair Trade-certified T-shirt as a prize; snacks provided!

Wed 4/26 — SUST Symposium (2-6pm, Gage Gallery): RSVP to Mike Bryson (; refreshments and convivial conversation provided! See above for more info.

Th 4/27 — SUST Faculty Seminar with Dr. Anthony Zaragoza (12-1:30pm, WB 1215): seminar luncheon for RU faculty with visiting Resilience Studies Consortium scholar, Anthony Zaragoza of the Evergreen State College’s Tacoma Program; RSVP to Mike Bryson ( by Mon 4/24.

Fri 4/28 — RU Honors Research Day (9am-3pm, AUD Congress Lounge and 232 series): honors students present their senior research projects on a wide range of fascinating topics.

Sat 4/29 — Talkin’ Green Rooftops (10-11am): photographer Brad Temkin and SUST prof Mike Bryson talk about the Gage Gallery photo exhibit Rooftop: Second Nature on the Mike Nowak Show (AM 1590 WCGO)

Sat 4/29 — Chicago Area Undergraduate Research Symposium (9am-5pm, RU Chicago Campus): one of the largest college research symposia in the US; observer registration info here.

Sat 4/29 — People’s Climate March in Chicago (12-4pm, Federal Plaza, downtown Chicago): organized by the People’s Climate Movement and sponsored by the Sierra Club; registration info here.

Sat 4/29 — Chicago Humanities Festival events (downtown Chicago): SUST co-founder Dr. Carl Zimring of the Pratt Institute (NY) gives at talk entitled “What We’re Throwing Away” (12-1pm, Feinberg Theater, 610 S. Michigan Ave.) and signs his new book, Aluminum Upcycled; Session on “Keeping Our Water Safe” (2-3pm, First United Methodist Church, 77 W. Washington). Tickets are $15 for the general public, $10 teachers and students.

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