RUrbanPioneers Harvest Season Ends with the First Frost

The RUrbanPioneers Community Garden wrapped its second season this week with the first frost. Gardens tended by Food2You were particularly successful, with vegetables served on campus in soups and recipes all summer long. The garden also provided rich learning experiences for preschoolers attending Bright Horizons Early Childhood Education Center on campus, and for adults who tended container gardens at the Institute for Continue Learning at Roosevelt University (ICLRU).

Individual gardeners simply enjoyed the flavor of fresh tomatoes, herbs, squash, cucumbers, zucchini and peppers. They spread the wealth, too, with a generous October donation of 120 pounds of fresh veggies to the Hanover Township Food Pantry, which serves 1,000 area families per month.

See you next year gardeners!

Mary Jo Imperato, Director of Hanover Township Food Pantry accepts RUrbanPioneers donation in October, 2013

Mary Jo Imperato, Director of Hanover Township Food Pantry accepts RUrbanPioneers donation in October, 2013

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Roosevelt’s Environmental Sustainability Committee Welcomes New Members

Eight new members of the University community joined RU’s Environmental Sustainability Committee this month. Hailing from faculty, staff and administration, these new members will help RU advance its sustainable agenda including improving waste diversion via recycling, reducing energy use, expanding sustainable land use and water management, supporting green transportation options and continuing green building guidelines.  Look for news of their impact soon!
  • Diana Zak Beaton, Assistant to the Chair, Department of Psychology
  • John Damascus, Senior Manager, A&S Science Lab, College of Arts & Sciences, Biology, Chemistry & Physical Science
  • Sofia Dermisi, Pasquinelli Professional Real Estate, Heller College of Business, Real Estate
  • Susan J. Johnston, Administration Clerk, Schaumburg Campus, Advising and Assessment
  • Sean Kelly, Assistant VP, Infrastructure
  • Ruth Moser, Adjunct Instructor, Environmental Science
  • Noe Villagomez, Jr., Food & Beverage Manager, Auditorium Theatre
  • Dr. Thea Wilson, Department of Biological, Chemical and Physical Sciences
Tiger Swallowtail Butterfly, compliments of new member, John Damascus

Tiger Swallowtail Butterfly, compliments of new member, John Damascus

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Wabash Building Honored Again for Sustainability

Roosevelt University’s Wabash vertical campus building will receive an Honor Award for SustainABILITY from the American Institute of Architects at 2013 DESIGNIGHT. Described as the “premier architecture and urban design awards program” by William Leddy, FAIA, the award is a public expression of the Institute’s standards for design excellence. Architects VOA Associates and Roosevelt University will accept this prestigious honor together at Navy Pier tonight.South_Elevation_2

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Join the Great Lakes Bioneers at Roosevelt’s Wabash campus Nov 1-3

Join the Great Lakes Bioneers at Roosevelt’s Wabash campus for its second annual conference over three days Nov 1-3. The theme, Creating Resilient Communities will feature innovators addressing environmental and social justice issues. Thought leaders will attend for a lively learning opportunity at Roosevelt University’s LEED gold building.

For more information or to sign up, visit

Bioneers poster

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RU Recognized by IL Sustainability Compact Program

This week Roosevelt University achieved silver-level recognition under the Illinois Governor’s Sustainability Compact Program for Higher Education. Governor Pat Quinn will present Roosevelt University with the Governor’s Sustainability Award on October 29.


Roosevelt received this distinct honor for its ongoing commitment to sustainability as demonstrated by meeting the Compact’s goals required to earn silver: 1) fostered student involvement in guiding sustainability efforts, 2) set measurable sustainability  goals and targets along a time frame, 3) established a system to monitor and assess progress, and 4) implemented at least three sustainability best practices.

The University is on track to pursue gold level recognition by 2015.

Special credit goes to Paul Matthews, Asst Vice President Campus Planning and Operations, Tom Shelton, Sustainability Coordinator, and Mary Beth Radeck, Sustainability Associate and Sustainability Major, for putting together the comprehensive application to the Governor’s office this fall.

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SUST Students Share Internship/Research Experiences on Oct 17 at RU in Chicago

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Please join the Sustainability Studies Program at Roosevelt University next week for a special afternoon symposium on Thursday, Oct. 17th, from 4-5:30pm in RU’s LEED Gold-certified Wabash Building at 425 S. Wabash Ave. in downtown Chicago (room 1016). Three students in Roosevelt’s SUST program will share their recent internship and research fellowship experiences in a forum that is open to all RU students, faculty, and staff as well as the general public.

Featured Student Speakers

Allison Breeding is a senior SUST major at Roosevelt who was awarded a prestigious research fellowship this past summer through a National Science Foundation-funded Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU) program at Southern IL University. This summer she wrote about her work in agroecology and water quality monitoring as a guest writer for this blog.

Kyle Huff is a SUST major at Roosevelt with a strong interest in urban farming and sustainable agricultural practices. This summer he worked at the Iron Street Farm in the Bridgeport neighborhood (pictured at right) as an intern with Growing Power, one of the most high profile urban farming and community development organizations in Chicago.

Ron Taylor  is a senior SUST major at Roosevelt with keen interests in sustainable business practices, public transportation, and environmental law. For the past year his internship has focused on transportation policy initiatives and funding proposals for Cook County at the key urban sustainability organization, the Center for Neighborhood Technology. Ron is a dynamic and engaging speaker and last year gave a well-received presentation at the Chicago River Student Congress (pictured here).

Come join us to learn about and celebrate these students’ work! This event is free — but kindly RSVP to SUST Program Director Mike Bryson ( your plans to attend. Hope to see you there!

  • Date:  Thursday, Oct. 17th, 2013
  • Time:  4:00-5:30pm
  • Place:  RU’s Wabash Building, 425 S. Wabash Ave., Chicago IL, room 1016
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RUrbanPioneers Community Gardeners donate 120 lbs of produce to local food pantry

20 lbs of organic, vine-ripened tomatoes, zucchini, Swiss chard, and basil was grown and donated by the RUrbanPIoneers Community Gardeners Amusa Adebayo, James Feezor, Sean Keating, MaryBeth Radeck, and the Institute of Continued Learning at Roosevelt University. The group also collected and delivered three bags of groceries and an additional 100 lbs of produce including broccoli, green beans, potatoes, onions, cucumbers, and some well-timed pumpkins.

According to Mary Jo Imperato, Director of Welfare Services at Hanover Township and head of the program, those her pantry serves “very much appreciate fresh produce because we receive very little fresh fruits and veggies”. Imperato’s son also happens to be a student at Roosevelt University.
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Mary Jo Imperato accepts donation from gardeners.
2013-10-10 13.37.36101113Clients shop at this food pantry, taking what they need.

2013-10-10 13.46.10101113Student lunches are big part of feeding the community with healthy, fresh food.

2013-10-10 14.26.12101113The pantry adjoins a welcoming space for the community.

The pantry serves 1,000 families per month and up to 40 families on Saturdays alone. They are supported through generous community donations, with much of what stocks their shelves and refrigerators donated by the Northern Illinois Food Bank and Jewel Food Stores.

If you are interested in donating, visit the Hanover Township Food Pantry, open Tuesdays from 1 – 6pm, Wednesdays – Fridays from 11 – 3pm. and Saturdays from 9 – noon. They accept all types of food, and are particularly interested in fresh produce. Feel free to contact Mary Jo if you’re interested in volunteering as well. Contact Mary Jo Imperato, 7431 Astor Avenue, Hanover Park, IL 60133, 630-540-9085.

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