RU Garden Gnomes Hosting Rooftop Garden Workdays Today and Next Tuesday

Moses Viveros sowing seeds in the rooftop garden, August 2017 (D. Ramirez)

Hello RU Lakers! The Rooftop Garden Gnomes from ACP/SUST 250 Sustainable University are here to update you on the status of your garden on the WB’s 5th story.

We are currently in one of the most crucial periods of gardening. We have begun germinating over 52 seeds that include 12 different types of herbs, vegetables, and native plants — including but not limited to Strawberries, Onions, Tomatoes, Parsley, and Sage. We have even included beautiful mixed flower and coreopsis plant seeds to add much needed color to our rooftop!

With so many seeds, where do they go right? That’s where you come in! We are tilling over 75 plots to prepare the soil to receive the seeds we’ve so worked hard to sprout. Since it is such a big job, we are asking our fellow RU students, faculty, and staff to volunteer some time to help us out. There are two upcoming days set aside specifically to get the plots cleared.

Rooftop Gnomes will be meeting today and next Tuesday, weather permitting:

April 10th, 2018: 10 A.M until 1-1:30 P.M

April 17th, 2018: 10 A.M until 1-1:30 P.M

Please R.S.V.P. via email to; or via text message: (312) 659-9518.

We will provide equipment but if you have a rake, shovel, or gloves at home – please feel free to bring them along. We do ask that you are mindful of the temperature on the day you choose to volunteer, and wear closed-toed shoes for your safety and comfort.

So what do you say, RU ready to plant a garden!?!

Earth Month 2018 Events @RooseveltU

Fri 4/13 — Honors Research Day (9am-4pm, WB 418), featuring presentations by twelve graduating Honors students on their thesis projects. All are welcome!

Mon 4/16 — RU Housing Greencycle Event (4pm, WB 14th floor): As the Residence Hall move-out day approaches, many students may have clothing and other things that they don’t use or need anymore. Instead of throwing these things away and adding to landfill waste, students may donate those things to the RU Greencycle event, sponsored by the Residence Life project team of ACP/SUST 250 The Sustainable University. Drop-off bins will be installed for students to leave their donations on the WB 14th floor. You are not required to do any work or pay any fee. Students participating are encouraged to sift through donations and take clothing or objects for reuse. Any leftover objects will be donated to a shelter. Contact Claire Wilson ( for more info.

Tue 4/17 — WB Rooftop Garden Workday (10am-1:30pm, Fitness Center, WB 5th floor): Getting some fresh air and exercise with the ACP/SUST 250 Garden Gnomes team by helping out with our rooftop garden! RSVP via email to; or via text message: (312) 659-9518.

Wed 4/18 — Film Screening of Sustainable: A Documentary on the Local Food Movement in America: film + panel discussion, 4:30-6pm in WB 317. Contact Prof. Graham Pickren ( for more info.

Thurs 4/19 — Guerilla Gardening: Make Your Own Seed Bomb! (10am-2pm AUD Fainman Lounge), sponsored by the student organization RU Green. Students can come to our table setup to make their own “seed bombs” — a combination of clay, compost, and native seeds. They can be thrown into yards or neglected areas to transform them into flowering wonderlands. Contact Yessenia Balcazar ( for more info.

Fri 4/20 — Undergraduate Science and Math Symposium (8:30am-4pm, WB 4th & 6th floors): RU’s annual showcase of student research in biology, chemistry, and math. Unbelievably fun as well as intellectually edifying! Free lunch with advance registration by 4/6.

Sat/Sun 4/21 and 4/22 — Earth Day Events throughout Chicago, sponsored by the Chicago Conservation Corps (C3) and other organizations. Check out the many events listed here by C3 as well as these by the Cook County Forest Preserves.

Mon 4/23 — SUST Student Symposium (WB 616 and 1315): Features ten team presentations by RU undergraduate students in ACP/SUST 250 The Sustainable University. From 2:00-4:45pm in WB 616, teams will describe their work on campus sustainability projects on bottled water policy, environmental communication, curriculum, purchasing, residence life, rooftop gardening, signage, transportation, and video production. Then at 5pm, we’ll head upstairs to WB 1315 for light refreshments and three individual presentations by senior SUST majors doing internships and independent study research this semester. RSVP to Prof. Mike Bryson (

Wed 4/25 — Careers in Sustainability (4:30-6pm, WB 1315): current students from all majors are invited to this first-ever interactive event in which a panel of alumni from RU’s Sustainability Studies program will discuss their current jobs, career pathways, and the impact of their RU education, as well as answer questions from the audience. Light refreshments provided; RSVP to Prof. Mike Bryson (

Thurs 4/26 — RU Green End-of-Year Meeting/Party (time/location TBA): Contact RU Green president Yessenia Balcazar ( for more info.

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