Take a Walk through Our Prairie

Interested in some exercise or a great outdoor spot for lunch? Take an on-campus stroll and admire the beautiful native flora and fauna now thriving on the restored prairie at the Schaumburg campus.  Keep your eye out for American Goldlfinch, damsel flies and flying grasshoppers!

Blooming in June on the Schaumburg campus prairie

See what’s blooming and thriving at the Roosevelt Campus Schamburg Prairie Walk

At just over ½ mile, the entire trek takes one through the restored prairie and the RUrbanPioneers Community Garden. If you bring your lunch, you’ll find picnic tables in the shade along the way.

Let us know what you find!

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Schaumburg Campus Community Gardeners Enjoy a Potluck Dinner to End the Season

potluck dinnerLast week, on Tuesday November 17, many of Roosevelt University’s community gardeners were able to come together to partake in a potluck dinner at the Schaumburg campus. About ten gardeners were able to participate, providing delicious dishes like spicy Mexican soup, caprese toast bites, pecan-sweet potato casserole, sticky buns, and more!

This event was a fun opportunity for me and the community gardeners to learn from each other as we reviewed best practices, considered means of improvement, and recapped a lovely season of gardening. Although we’ve all been tending the garden regularly all summer long, some of us still got to meet other members for the very first time. Most importantly, this was a chance for everyone to connect and reflect.potluck 1

(And for all the sustainability minded readers, we used real dishes. No paper or plastic!)

Thank you to everyone who participated in the dinner! For those who were not able to make it, thank you for a beautiful gardening season! We look forward to seeing you again next year.

potluck 2 To learn more about this and other sustainability initiatives at Roosevelt University’s Schaumburg campus, contact Sarah Tag, Environmental Sustainability Student Associate, at sfisher@roosevelt.edu

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Sustainable Sanitation at Roosevelt: Electrically Activated Water Technologies

We as the Roosevelt University community have a strong consideration for practicing sustainability efforts in our daily lives. This includes being conscientious of the water we use, of what we throw away, of how much energy we consume, and other ways we can make “greener” choices. However, not many of us think about being sustainable with what we use to disinfect our surroundings.hydris

Sanitizing public areas, especially in educational institutions, is extremely important for eliminating the spread of harmful microorganisms. Epidemics like H1N1 (the flu) have made us more aware of the significant role that disinfecting communal spaces has. Diseases and viruses would spread without the cleaning mechanisms we use. However, the major drawback of using disinfectants is their high levels of toxicity and harmful chemical makeups. Though cleaning keeps us free from illnesses, humans should not be exposed to disinfectants as often as we are. Fortunately, Roosevelt University has recently adopted a strategy that cleans surfaces and eliminates harmful microorganisms in a safe way.

Electrically Activated Water Technologies is a way of disinfecting areas without using harsh toxins, but by simply using different water technologies. The Hydris is an on-site generation cleaning system that refills cleaning products on the spot. This means no shipping, shipping materials, or storage space is required for cleaning products because it is an all-in-one system. The Hydris mixes salt tablets and tap water in its three-chambered electrolytic cell system to produce three different cleaning products. These products include a single-step disinfector, an all- purpose sanitizer and glass cleaner, and a daily floor cleaner. This system will revolutionize our green cleaning future by eliminating the majority of green cleaning products we previously used at both campuses.

For more information about the Hydris System contact Rebecca Quesnell, Sustainable Operations Coordinator, at rquesnell@roosevelt.edu.

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Electronic Waste Recycling During November

Don’t know what to do with your cracked iPod? What about those broken and tangled headphones? Or your unwanted electric razor (no-shave November is now upon us)? Luckily, November is not only for growing beards, but also for responsibly disposing your electronic waste!

E-waste contains precious metals and other materials that can be reused for future electronic devices, so it is important we retrieve them before they go into a landfill. Besides the materials we can salvage, there are many other components of E-waste that are undesirable and health-threatening. E-waste has been wreaking havoc on our environment by polluting the land, water, and air, mainly in developing countries, where we typically trash our unwanted electronics. Toxins such as mercury, chlorofluorocarbons (CFC’s), cadmium, and chromium can all be found in electronic waste, which are all harmful to us and the environment.

Though there are designated areas in the Wabash building to dispose of electronics properly throughout the year, we will be focusing on e-waste specifically during the month of November. For that reason, the Physical Resources Department will be providing more electronic recycling areas. Bins will be located in the following places:

  • AUD (Wabash Ave.) Lobbyewaste
  • AUD (Michigan Ave.) Lobby
  • Wabash Res Life, 14th Floor
  • Wabash Loading Dock
  • Schaumburg Campus Loading Dock

Please play your part by recycling your electronic waste responsibly, because throwing it “away” doesn’t actually mean it disappears!

If you would like to know more about Roosevelt University’s recycling programs, email Rebecca at rquesnell@roosevelt.edu and check out our recycling vendors, VetTech.

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Produce Donations at the Schaumburg Community Garden

food wasteFood waste across America is rampant.  40% of all food in the U.S. goes uneaten.  31% of available food at the retail and consumer level gets wasted.  This food waste also increases methane gas emissions in our landfills.  With an increased interest in sustainability, there is a big push to reduce waste globally, but there is a ton of work to be done – literally.

Here at the Schaumburg community garden, we are working hard to do our part.  With the cooler weather pushing in, it is now time to clean and winterize our community garden.  As part of the process, many of the Schaumburg community gardeners have offered the last of their harvest to those in need, where the fresh vegetables have been greatly appreciated.  Some of our gardeners have been generously donating all summer long.  This season  we have donated over 31 pounds of fresh produce.  Last week, donations went to the Food Pantry at the Schaumburg Township .  Their food pantry provides groceries to any resident of Schaumburg that is in need.

produce donationIf you would like to participate in efforts to reduce food waste in your home, it’s as simple as finding the nearest food pantry.  Many have regular drop off hours.  We also encourage residents of the university to minimize their food waste as much as possible.  For more information on this and other sustainability efforts at Roosevelt University, contact Sarah Tag, Environmental Sustainability Student Associate for the Schaumburg campus at sfisher@roosevelt.edu.

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RU Wabash Rooftop Garden Fall Harvest

RU Rooftop Garden Fall Harvest

On October 16, Garden Group members teamed up for one last harvest on Roosevelt Fall 2015 harvestUniversity’s Wabash Rooftop Garden. We were able to collect 3.5 pounds of produce to send to the Wabash Dining Center! The harvest consisted of Swiss chard, kale, nasturtium, arugula, leeks, carrots, rosemary, and sage.

The rooftop garden has been in full swing this year with the help of many diligent Roosevelt students and staff members throughout the season. Thanks to them and a long summer, we were able to exceed the amount produce harvested from the previous season by 4.5 pounds, with a total of 37.5 pounds!

Though winter is creeping up on us quickly, there is still some work to be done in the garden. This includes pulling weeds, removing dead plants, and taking down the trellis before it gets too cold outside. If you would like to contribute to the garden and help prep for winter it would be gladly appreciated! As for other aspects of the garden, you can always get involved with designing the garden, profiling plants, or starting seeds indoors. We will also give class or group tours upon request!

To get involved with the Rooftop Garden or to find out more information, please contact:

Shannon Conway, Environmental Sustainability Student Associate, at sconway01@roosevelt.edu.

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Tree Tagging Event at the Schaumburg Campus

Tree Tagging GroupRebecca Quesnell at Tagging EventRoosevelt University’s Schaumburg campus is a certified arboretum, and we work hard to maintain accreditation. As part of our efforts, we have been labeling every tree on campus with a round numbered aluminum tag. Last Tuesday, Rebecca Quesnell, Sustainable Operations Coordinator for the university, hosted a tree tagging event with local Boy Scout troop #392, who joined us specially to assist with this enormous project. The event was organized by Sarah Tag, Environmental Sustainability Student Associate.

There are over 400 trees on campus in Schaumburg, including 13 young fruit trees that were planted earlier this year to make up our edible forest. Every one of our trees is accounted for, with a number on our Schaumburg campus landscape map. As they worked their way through the campus tagging trees, the scouts followed this map every step of the way. We expect to have one more tagging event before the temperatures drop much more. Please take a look at this beautiful work next time you’re at the Schaumburg campus!

Tree Tagging 2Tree tagging is significant because it communicates the importance of trees to the local community. Trees benefit us in so many ways, and our Schaumburg campus tree community is a major part of our sustainable landscape. Trees filter air pollutants, thus enhancing and preserving air quality. They also reduce erosion and sedimentation, which helps to stabilize the soil, and provide wind breaking and shade effects, which reduces energy consumption. Additionally, trees provide nesting areas for birds and other wildlife, which help control insects, and they reduce stormwater runoff, thus replenishing groundwater supplies. Finally, trees reduce the spread of noise. These benefits are gained not just by those visiting the Schaumburg campus, but also for those living in and visiting the village of Schaumburg.

tagged tree #236If you are interested in getting involved in tree tagging, please contact Sarah Tag, Environmental Sustainability Student Associate at sfisher@roosevelt.edu. It will be a very proud day when each of these trees’ numbers is displayed for students, faculty, and visitors of the university to see!

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Roosevelt University Recognized by the National Wildlife Federation in “The Campus Wild”

Schaumburg Prairie

Schaumburg Campus Prairie Grasses

Roosevelt University is extremely proud to be recognized by the National Wildlife Federation for creating and maintaining a beautiful and functional landscape that is teeming with flora and fauna.  In their report entitled “The Campus Wild,” the National Wildlife Federation focuses on campuses across the country that create green spaces that restore habitats and protect wildlife.

The landscape at the Schaumburg campus is thriving as prairie grasses and flowers mature.  The 27-acre campus has converted vast amounts of turf grass into a diverse wildlife habitat.  We also have a rain garden, butterfly garden, community vegetable garden, edible food forest, herb garden, and arboretum.


(Did you know that Roosevelt University’s Schaumburg campus was once headquarters for the Pure Oil Company’s offices?  We have taken repurposing to a fantastic new level!)

Flying Grasshopper on Sunflower

Flying Grasshopper on Sunflower

The NWF report highlights green roofs, food-producing gardens, arboretums and botanical gardens, the carbon sequestration value of trees, stormwater mitigation, NWF certified wildlife habitats, and LEED and wildlife-friendly design.  Roosevelt University is one of 85 colleges and campuses across the nation recognized in the report, and one of only three in Illinois.

To see the report, visit http://www.nwf.org/Campus-Ecology/Resources/Reports/The-Campus-Wild.aspx

Willow Leaf Beetle on Butterfly Weed 06-25-2015

Willow Leaf Beetle on Butterfly Weed

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