Join Us at the Annual SUST Symposium this Wed 5/1 @RooseveltU

Celebrate #EarthMonth2019 @RooseveltU by attending this week’s Spring 2019 SUST Symposium, which will be held on Wednesday, May 1st, from 2-5pm in Roosevelt University’s Wabash Building in Chicago (425 S. Wabash Ave.) and videoconferenced live via Zoom.

Symposium 6.1 (Spring 2019) will feature four team presentations by RU undergraduate students in SUST 250 The Sustainable University. From 2-4pm in WB 1214, teams will describe their work on campus sustainability projects on bottled water policy, food waste reduction, rooftop gardening, residence hall recycling, and solar energy production.

Then at 4pm, we’ll take a short break for refreshments and resume with two individual presentations by senior SUST major Bria Jerome and distinguished alum Yessenia Balcazar (BA ’18) on their recent internship and advocacy work. Bria will describe her adventures this spring as RU’s first-ever intern at Seven Generations Ahead in Oak Park and Chicago, where she’s been working on garden mapping, recycling, and food waste reduction initiatives. Yessenia will recount her path from working as a student intern last year with the Southeast Environmental Task Force to continuing that work after graduation on the front lines of the environmental justice movement on Chicago’s Far South Side.

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 these other cool #RUEarthMonth2018 events planned at Roosevelt!

Can’t Make It To Campus? Attend Virtually thru Zoom! (2-5pm)

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More Earth Month 2019 Events @RooseveltU

All Month — Participate in RU’s waste reduction efforts every day by using and promoting our new compost bins, which are now located literally everywhere. help us divert waste from the landfill and reduce our GHG emissions by rinsing out your recyclables and putting biodegradable waste in the compost. It’s easy and fun!

All Month — Environmental Justice and Policy online activism: Students, please take this 1-minute survey developed by the SUST 250 Sustainable University water team about bottled water usage here on campus. All, please read this environmental justice petition from our friends at the Southeast Environmental Task Force, where recent RU alum Yessenia Balcazar (BA ’18, Sustainability Studies) works as an EJ advocate; please sign and share as your conscience dictates.

Wed 5/8 — Bubbly Creek Clean-up: Join students in Prof. Mike Bryson’s SUST 250 Sustainable University class on the field trip to Canal Origins Park on Chicago’s Near Southwest Side, where we’ll continue our yearly tradition of picking up litter along the riverbanks of Bubbly Creek where it meets the South Branch of the Chicago River. Enjoy great views of the Chicago skyline, fresh air, and a gratifying sense of fun and companionship as we work together to clean up our adopted city park!

  • Meet at 3:30pm in the WB Lobby with this waiver form (pdf) filled out and signed
  • RSVP to Prof. Mike Bryson ( with questions and to confirm attendance
  • Dress for the weather and wear old/sturdy boots or shoes

A good day! SUST 240 Waste students clean up Canal Origins Park, Fall 2018 (photo: M. Bryson)

This event list will be updated throughout Earth Month and maybe a little bit beyond.

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