Most of us know that Earth Week (April 21st-25th) is approaching. However, not all of us may know that this same week marks the first time ever that the Chicago Network of Sustainability in Higher Education (CNSHE) is hosting the Chicagoland Bike2Campus Week!
CNSHE “is a network of higher education institutions working to advance sustainability and accelerate climate action.”
As a part of this week, and to help in overall environmental consciousness-rising, Roosevelt University, along with many other colleges and universities in Chicago, is encouraging students to bike to campus. This five-day “alternative transit challenge” aims to get students thinking about reducing emissions, encourages students to practice a healthy lifestyle, and it teaches students, or gives them the tools to learn, about bike safety issues.
Aside from being a challenge, the event is also very competitive! Why, you may ask? While the rider tracks their trips to and from campus, their campus also tracks their activity (through the use of online surveys and other social media platforms). At the end of the week the school with the most participation will be deemed the “WINNER”! The grand prize will be a 4-year DIVVY membership, while there will also be additional prizes that students can win throughout the week.
This event is supported by Roosevelt University, City Colleges of Chicago, Columbia College Chicago, University of Chicago, University of Illinois-Chicago, Loyola University Chicago, Dominican University, Northwestern University, Illinois Institute of Technology, the School of the Art Institute Chicago, DIVVY Bikes, Chipotle, and the Chicago Department of Transportation, and yours truly and you should support/show your support too!
Monday, April 21st-Friday, April 24th marks Earth Week/Bike2Campus Week! All week students, faculty, and staff are encouraged- strongly encouraged- to get involved in many events! On the 14th floor of Wabash, all week long, there will be a box for EWaste (for any electronics, batteries, etc. that you would like to get rid of). By putting any EWaste in here, versus throwing it out as trash, students help to bring down pollution and divert that waste from landfills. Students are also encouraged to Bike2Campus all week! In order to prove that you are doing so, get onto www.bike2campus.com and fill out a sheet to show you have biked, and then, by proving it, you can earn some sweet rewards!
More daily events for Bike2Campus Week/Earth Week are listed below:
Thursday, April 17th: Water Conservation Day. This event will be in Fainman Lounge from 3-5pm. It will mark the introduction of Earth Week/Bike2Campus Week, April 21st- 24th. Students will receive ideas on how they can conserve water, as well as learn of why it is so important. There will also be reusable water bottles being handed out for FREE! Be sure to stop on by and get an introduction to Earth Week/Bike2Campus Week! Students are encouraged to Bike2Campus! You will also be able to receive free prizes for doing so throughout the week!
Monday, April 21st: Alternative Transportation Day. This event will be from 2-5pm in the Wabash Lobby. It will include more information on Bike2Campus week and alternative transportation!
Tuesday, April 22nd: Rooftop Garden Planting Day. Students can help to start the rooftop garden on the 5th floor of Wabash from 2-5pm! We will be meeting up on the 5th floor by the workout facility. The weather (looking ahead) is supposed to be nice! Come join in on this and get some fresh air, get your hands dirty, and also receive some free goodies!
Wednesday, April 23rd: EWaste donations are welcomed all week, but this day will mark the actual event to dispose of any of your electronics! You will also be able to learn more about why this is beneficial to our environment! The event will be 2-3:30pm on the 14th floor of Wabash!
Thursday, April 24th: Rooftop Garden Planting Day from 2-5pm on the 5th floor of Wabash (meet by the workout facility)!