Energy Efficiency Jobs at Verde

Sustainability Studies @ Roosevelt University

by Sarah Tag, SUST alum

Verde logoHello Roosevelt SUST majors and alumni!  Sarah Tag here, RU Sustainability Studies graduate (BA ’15), with a couple of job opportunities that I want to share.  I work at an incredible company called Verde, and we have two full time job openings.  Below is a bit about Verde and the positions open, and I’m also hyperlinking our website so you can take a look at a more complete job description.

The positions are Quality Control Specialist – Comed Program and Quality Control Specialist – Installations.

ComEd Program Quality Control Specialist:

As a ComEd trade ally, Verde provides energy efficiency solutions to businesses around the Chicagoland area.  The ComEd Program Quality Control Specialist will act as a bridge between our sales and operations team, developing a holistic understanding of our customers and our product offerings.  This person will be responsible for taking our analysts’…

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Sustainable Living: Springtime Finds

By: Breanna Gordon

Let’s explore kitchen habits that promote sustainability and longevity. Before we jump into the kitchen and start cooking up a deliciously cruelty free meal, we must first find the food. We are fortunate to have a campus in the heart of downtown Chicago, that allows us access to a limitless array of communities and their diverse foods. With the springtime approaching, farmers markets are beginning to start up in almost every neighborhood in the city. Farmers markets are outdoor events where local farmers and local businesses gather to sell their products to the community. Not only does this bring Chicago communities together, it provides support for a piece of our local economy that is not always emphasized, agriculture.

I have created many amazing dishes because of exploring farmers markets in the city. Here are a few of my many delicious and amazing finds. The first farmers market I ever stumbled upon was Glenwood Sunday Markets in Rogers Park. This is where I look forward to purchasing my favorite tofu. You can find raw, fried, steamed, and spicy tofu… honestly, the tofu possibilities are endless. Next, I faithfully pass the Edgewater farmers markets on Saturday mornings, it is so close that I can smell the well-known empanadas from my window. This is where I treat myself to vegan handmade cosmetics that always smell just right and work well with my sensitive skin. I enjoy the idea of knowing that the meat I purchase is humanely raised. Green City Market in Lincoln Park is where I get the freshest meat from friendly people. Not only can you find quality meat at this market, but they have an exotic selection of tomato, cauliflower and mushrooms.

The Chicago Tribune has compiled a list of the many markets throughout the city. All of which are accessible through public transportation. I have shared my secret to food finds so next time I will explore how to cook in the most sustainable way.


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Environmental Sustainability Committee Meeting December 6, 2017

This Wednesday, Roosevelt’s Environmental Sustainability Committee (ESC) will be holding a meeting from 12:30-1:30pm in WB 1021. This meeting is open to all Roosevelt students, faculty and staff to discuss sustainability-related activities, goals and challenges faced this year. If joining the meeting in person, please RSVP today to Professor Mike Bryson at to ensure the room reserved is large enough for attendees. There is also the option of attending the meeting through ZOOM, with the login information below. Please feel free to bring a lunch or snack for the meeting, and we look forward to seeing everyone on Wednesday.


Mike Bryson is inviting you to a scheduled Zoom meeting.

Topic: ESC Meeting
Time: Dec 6, 2017 12:30 PM Central Time (US and Canada)

Join from PC, Mac, Linux, iOS or Android:

Or iPhone one-tap :
US: +16699006833,,435375325#  or +14086380968,,435375325#
Or Telephone: +1 877 853 5247  (Toll Free) or +1 877 369 0926 (Toll Free)
Meeting ID: 435 375 325

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Roosevelt University Sustainability Initiative Community Garden Request Form

2017 RU plot request form

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Wabash Rooftop Garden: Fall Season Update

WB Rooftop Garden: Fall 2016 Final Season Update:

On October 27th, garden volunteers have teamed up for one last harvest on Roosevelt University’s Wabash Rooftop Garden. We were able to collect 6.6 lbs. of produce to send to the Wabash Dining Center. The last harvest consisted of lacianto kale, rainbow and green chard, Italian basil, rosemary, sage, mint and much more.

This season the garden has been in full swing this year with the help of many students and faculty members of Roosevelt community. With the helpful hand of everyone we were able to bring a total of 30.32 pounds of produce in!

The cold has crept up, the snow has landed and winter is finally here and the garden is official closed for the season. If you’d like to get involved for next season in all aspects of the garden involving the designing of the garden, profiling plants or starting seeds indoor please contact:

Akilah Mitchell, Environmental Sustainability Student Associate, at


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The Princeton Review Guide: 2016 Green College Recognition

As of Novemeber 8th, 2016, we have been recognized by The Princeton Review Guide as a Green College and University in the United States.

The Princeton Review Guide tallies the amount of sustainability institutional data obtained from colleges. The green system rating considers the percentage of sustainable  food expenditures, transportation program for students and faculty members, sustainability committee that’s devoted to advance sustainability issues and programs on campus and the schools overall waste diversion rate.

Since last year’s review, our efforts for sustainability has increased drastically. This year RU’s most recognizable accomplishment is our waste diversion percentage has increased from 23% in 2015 to 34% in 2016. That’s an increase by 11% within a year. We have available transportation programs for all students and faculty, our food budget that’s spent on local/organic food is 20%. Lastly, the programs offered at Roosevelt to get students and faculty involved in campus sustainability such as the Environmental Sustainable Committee that dedicates its efforts in the development of sustainability at Roosevelt.


Author: Akilah Mitchell, Environmental Sustainability Intern

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Roosevelt Medicinal Plant Garden

Garden Planting

Volunteers in action, planting the Medicinal Plant Garden (Photo: N. Waskowski, 2016).

On June 23rd Roosevelt broke ground on its newest addition to the Schaumburg Campus, as part of using the campus as a learning and living laboratory. Roosevelt’s College of Pharmacy, in conjunction with Campus Planning & Operations and with support from Complete Landscaping LLC., repurposed the F quad courtyard to create the Roosevelt Medicinal Plant Garden.

The mission of the project is to provide the College of Pharmacy with high quality medicinal plants to be used in lab experiments. The long term goal is to produce new homeopathic treatments and the next generation of pharmaceuticals. This project was made possible with the generous help from Complete Landscaping LLC., as they donated time and the plants to RU; plants which run the gambit from classic old world medicinal plants, such as St. John’s Wort, to new world ones such as the iconic Echinacea (Purple Coneflower).  The garden was planted with support by volunteers from the College of Pharmacy, Campus Planning & Operations and Paul Gange of Complete Landscaping LLC.  We are very excited to start utilizing the Medicinal Plant Garden as a ‘Living Lab’ experience.


~Author, Nicholas Waskowski, Environmental Sustainability Student Associate| Roosevelt University, Schaumburg Campus Planning and Operations. ~

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