US and 170+ other Countries Sign Paris Climate Agreement on Earth Day 2016


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Where We Live: Earth Day, 22 April 2016

Source: NASA

Source: NASA

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Voting Open for Reuse Art Competition at RU during Earth Month

Reading Room at RU's Auditorium Library

Reading Room at RU’s Auditorium Library

As part of our campus Earth Week events, Roosevelt’s Reuse Art Competition is now open and available for viewing! To vote on your favorite piece of art, please follow this link. Images of the art have been uploaded to the survey and are available for you to view. Voting runs through April 30th.

If you’d like to see the art in person, please visit the Murray-Green Library at the Chicago Campus, which will be on display through Friday, Earth Day, April 22nd. Students, faculty, and staff collected items that would otherwise be thrown away, and used the items to create their own personal art piece. These art objects show us why the materials and items we utilize are not just “trash,” but worth much more. Prizes will be awarded to the top three participants!

For more information, contact Sarah Tag, Environmental Sustainability Student Associate, Physical Resources (

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Travel Course Interest Meeting Tomorrow at RU

FLYER - Faculty-Led Travel Course Interest Meeting Spr16The College of Arts and Sciences at Roosevelt University invites all students to come learn about upcoming faculty-led trips, the benefits of studying abroad or taking a faculty-led travel course at Roosevelt, and the experiences of students who have previously taken faculty-led courses at the Faculty-Led Travel Course Interest Meeting.

The meeting will be held on Thursday, April 21st from 4:45pm to 6:00pm in AUD 720 (flyer here) on the Chicago Campus. Light refreshments will be served. We hope to see you there!

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Garden Planting Day & Recyclable Sorting Contest Tomorrow at RU

ewasteThe RU community will be able to start seedlings for the rooftop garden, create and decorate personal, potted plants to take home, and compete in a recyclable sorting and jump-shooting contest. All three activities will be hosted by RU Green (student organization) and Physical Resources, with help from RU Reforesting, at RU’s Chicago Campus in WB 317, on Wed., April 20, 2-5pm — there will be prize giveaways and free food! This is an opportunity to take part in the expanding rooftop garden in the Wabash building, learn more about sustainability on campus, and much more.

Garden Harvest as of June 11th, 2014, from the Wabash Building rooftop gardens at RU's Chicago Campus (over ten pounds in two weeks); pictured here are RU sustainability interns MaryBeth Radeck and Kevin Markowski

Garden Harvest as of June 11th, 2014, from the Wabash Building rooftop gardens at RU’s Chicago Campus (over ten pounds in two weeks); pictured here are RU sustainability interns MaryBeth Radeck and Kevin Markowski

The recyclable sorting and jump-shooting contest will allow you to show off both your sustainability knowledge and jump shot! Participants will sort through (thoroughly-cleaned) dry waste, and determine what is recyclable and what is not. After the recyclables are sorted out, the items will be shot into their respective bins. 1st and 2nd place winners of the contest will receive $25 gift cards to Cafecito! Please join us at any time during the event from 2-5pm.

Questions or comments on any of RU’s Earth Month events/competitions? Contact Rebecca Quesnell, RU’s Sustainable Operations Coordinator at or 312-341-3673, and you will be directed to the right person.

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Dig It! Earth Week Teach-Ins Today at RU’s Chicago Campus, 2-4:30pm

Roosevelt's Wabash Building (background) and Auditorium Building (foreground); source: Roosevelt UniversityStudents in Prof. Mike Bryson’s SUST 340 Policy, Law, & Ethics class are hosting multiple teach-ins today on various applications of sustainability in the Dining Center (WB 2nd floor), Fainman Lounge, and Congress Lounge (both on AUD 2nd floor, Michigan Ave. side) at Roosevelt’s Chicago Campus from 2-4:30pm. The event focuses on increasing awareness about positive sustainable action on campus and beyond.

Undergraduate students from a range of majors will run interactive exhibits/activities and provide information about environmental justice, food waste and healthy eating, campus/community sustainability, and water quality. Free RU t-shirts and reusable water bottles will be available till they run out, courtesy of RU’s Physical Resources Department. Please stop by and engage in conversation and fun activities!

Contact Professor Mike Bryson at with any questions or for more info, and check out all the other great Earth Month events planned at RU below!

Earth Month Flyer RU 2016

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RU Reforesting: Fundraiser This Thursday

RU Reforesting Fundraiser
Nando’s Peri-Peri Restaurant
Thursday, April 21st, 2016
6:00pm – 10:00pm
953 W. Randolph St., Chicago, IL 60607  
(West Loop location)

One of our very own student organizations, RU Reforesting, is gearing up for a travel-abroad biology course in Tanzania, Africa this May. Students will be led by Dr. Norbert Cordiero and Dr. Kelly Wentz-Hunter as they plant 2,000 – 3,000 tree seedlings with local communities in the East Usambara Mountains. Deforestation is a major contributor of increased atmospheric carbon dioxide, habitat loss, and decreased biodiversity. Reforestation efforts not only help the wildlife that call this rainforest home, but also improves the lives of nearby villagers who rely on these trees to support their families.

Nando’s Peri-Peri restaurant in the West Loop will be hosting this Thursday’s fundraiser, donating 40% of proceeds to RU Reforesting. Enjoy Portuguese-inspired cuisine, support RU students, and help the Tanzanian rainforest! The West Loop Nando’s Peri-Peri is an easy ride on the CTA Pink Line from campus – Just one block away from the Morgan Station.

For more information, contact RU Reforesting at and/or get in touch with Dr. Norbert Cordeiro, Associate Professor of Biology, at

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