Vote for your favorite piece of Reuse Art for Earth Month

The Reuse Art Competition is now open and available for viewing. To vote on your favorite piece of art, please follow the link below. Images of the art have been uploaded to the survey and are available for you to view. If you’d like to see the art in person, please visit the Murray-Green Library.

For questions please email Sarah Tag, Environmental Sustainability Student Associate at

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Earth Month 2016

eco-earthIt’s been decided, Earth Day —a single day dedicated to the importance of preserving our planet and the life it holds– is simply not enough! That’s why the entire month of April has been deemed Earth Month by a team of sustainability-focused students, faculty, and staff at Roosevelt University! Several events and competitions will be hosted during April, the month of Earth Day (22nd). We encourage you to show your support for preserving our planet and sustainability at Roosevelt by participating in the upcoming events and competitions. The majority of events and competitions will be held during the last two weeks of April and there will be prizes, giveaways, and/or food at the events!


Reuse Art Competition — April 18-22: Students, faculty, and staff will be able to collect items that would otherwise be thrown away, and use the items to create their own personal art piece. Your creativity will be on display in both the Downtown and Schaumburg libraries from April 18 through April 22. This is an opportunity for art minors, as well as students, faculty, and staff that are art-inclined and/or passionate about sustainability to show their talents to the RU community. Show us why the materials and items you utilize are not just trash, but worth much more! An online voting form will be available for the whole RU community from April 19 through April 30 to choose winners of the competition. Prizes will be awarded to the top three participants! Get started with collecting your items now, and contact Sarah Tag, Environmental Sustainability Student Associate, at to sign up. The last day to sign up will be April 14th.

Green Office Competition — April 25-29: This challenge is open to all Roosevelt faculty and staff at the Chicago and Schaumburg campuses. A sustainability tracking form will be provided to all competing offices. The goal of this competition is to get faculty and staff to think and act sustainably, and we hope for it to continue after the competition ends. All participating offices will be recognized for their participation with a Green Office Certificate, and the office in 1st place will be in for a treat! The competition concludes on April 29th. Please contact Sarah Tag, Environmental Sustainability Student Associate, at as soon as possible to get started.

Indoor Walking Course Competition – April 25-29: An out-of-your-office, interactive challenge, this competition encourages those at the Schaumburg campus to avoid the ‘2:00pm crash’ and instead get up to stretch a little throughout the day. The course (starting in the Licht Center) will have signage posted and 4 laps (in either direction) amounts to 1.13 miles. Each day you can mark your name, email, and distance you walked on the course on a slip of paper and put it in a box— the paper and box will be at the start of the course. You may also email the information to Nick Waskowski, Environmental Sustainability Student Associate, at The top 2-4 participants with the most miles walked, will receive a grand prize.


Safe Cycling Demo
Thursday, April 14
1:15-1:45pm, Wabash 1215
Katie Bowes, Special Projects and Enforcement Coordinator with the Chicago Department of Transportation, will be discussing safety while cycling – being visible and predictable, proper helmet use, bike locking, commuting, bike lane use, and more.  There will be time for questions as well.


Schaumburg Prairie

Outdoor Workday/Cleanup
Monday, April 18
9am-12pm, Schaumburg Campus
In an effort to get outside and work together as a community, an outdoor work/cleanup day will take place at the Schaumburg Campus. We will meet near the kiosk at the main entrance area of the building. Activities will include planting flowers, cleaning up any trash,and—best of all—getting some fresh air and having a lunch after, near the volleyball court.

Student Teach-Ins by SUST 340
Tuesday, April 19
2-5pm, WB Dining Center and AUD Congress & Fainman Lounges
Students in SUST 340: Policy, Law, & Ethics Class will be hosting multiple teach-ins on various applications of sustainability in the Dining Center, Fainman Lounge, and Congress Lounge. The event focuses on increasing awareness about positive sustainable action on campus and beyond. Students from SUST 340 will run interactive exhibits/activities and provide information about environmental justice, food waste, campus/community sustainability, and water quality. Free RU t-shirts and reusable water bottles will be available till they run out. Please stop by and engage in conversation and fun activities! Contact Professor Mike Bryson at with any questions or for more info.

Environmental Justice Twitter Chat
Tuesday, April 19
12:30-1:30pm, online and WB 1214
RU Sustainability Studies professor Mike Bryson (@MikeBryson22) hosts an #RUjusticechat on Twitter about environmental justice (EJ) in Chicago. Share stories, photos, questions, and comments about #Environmental(In)Justice here in Chicago, the birthplace of the urban environmental justice movement. Tweet from where you are, or bring your laptop/device to the LEED-Gold Wabash Building (room 1214) at RU’s Chicago Campus to join Professor Bryson in person for some communal Earth Week tweeting and accompanying verbal conversation. All are welcome!

Garden Planting Day & Recyclable Sorting Contestewaste
Wednesday, April 20
2-5pm, Wabash 317
The 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, in WB 317, on 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.
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.

Earth Day Meal
Friday, April 22
Wabash Dining Center
The first 100 people to order an Earth Day Meal (all vegan and plant based) will receive a free tree seedling – White Fir or White Dogwood (1 per person, for the first 100 people). We look forward to celebrating Earth Day with you!

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Arbor Day Observance, 2015, with Bright Horizons

Arbor Day Observance & Tree Planting
Friday, April 22
10-11am, Schaumburg Campus
The History of Arbor Day can be traced back to 1872, when J. Sterling Morton first proposed the idea. In the 1870s, the tradition of this observance and celebration expanded and by 1882 schools nationwide participated.

In an effort to recognize this long-standing tradition, and to express the importance of trees to the community and environment, Roosevelt University, via the Physical Resources Department, will be holding an Arbor Day Observance at the Schaumburg Campus from about 10am-11am on Friday, April 22 (Earth Day). We will meet near the Torch and the tree planting will take place near the front entrance of the building—you won’t be able to miss seeing the location. Free give-a-ways will be available and we look forward to participation from the RU Community.

Sustainability Studies Student Symposium
Wednesday, April 27
2:30-5:30pm, Wabash 1214
This spring’s SUST Student Symposium is hosted by students of the SUST 390 Sustainable Campus honors seminar, and is the biggest symposium to date since this biannual event began in Fall 2013. Honors students will describe their campus sustainability/activism projects undertaken this semester starting at 2:30pm, then at 3:45pm senior SUST and BCPS majors will present findings from their internships and research projects from this past year. Join us for lively conversation and scrumptiously healthy refreshments, and be dazzled by the work of our students! Refreshments at 2pm; presentations begin at 2:30pm. Free and open to the public. Come late, leave early, stay for everything — all are welcome to attend! RSVP to Professor Mike Bryson (


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

Competition/Event Organizers and Contributors: Physical Resources, Sustainability ru green logo 2Studies Program, RU Green, and Wabash Dining Center
Prizes Contributors & Sponsors*: RU Admissions, RU CSI, RU Bookstore, Cafecito, Mark Vend*
Author: Reece Krishnan, SUST Student

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Upcoming Environmental Sustainability Committee Meeting

Roosevelt University’s next Environmental Sustainability Committee meeting will be held on Monday, April 4th, from 11 am-12 pm in the Wabash Building, Room 1214. We will be using Zoom to meet virtually with those who cannot be physically present.

The Environmental Sustainability Committee’s current focus is to implement RU’s 5-Year Strategic Sustainability Plan, which is broken up into four action groups: Climate & Energy, Education & Outreach, Waste & Natural Resources, and Economics & Governance. The link to the Plan can be found on our Green Campus Webpage:

If you are interested in attending our third meeting of the year, or learning more about our committee, please contact Rebecca Quesnell, RU’s Sustainable Operations Coordinator, at for more details.

All are welcome, so if you want to help improve sustainability at RU, please stop by. We would love to see more new faces from the RU community!

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Upcoming Earth Month Activities

This April, show off your Sustainability prowess with these awesome Earth Month competitions!

reuse artreuse art 2reuse artWe are seeking artists from the entire RU community to participate in a REUSE ART COMPETITION. We are asking that you dig deep into the creative side of your brain, and come up with art projects that utilize only reused items. Please don’t use new resources! These projects will be placed on display for the RU community to see, and cast their vote on their favorite piece of “Reuse Art” between Monday, April 18th and Friday, April 22nd. The winner’s art will be displayed on our blog, and a prize (soon to be announced) will be awarded. Get started collecting those reused items now!

If you would like to participate, please email Sarah Tag, Environmental Sustainability Student Associate, at to ensure that we prepare space to display your project! Stay tuned for more information on RU’s Reuse Art Competition, coming soon.

This coming Earth Week we are asking RU faculty and staff to participate in a campus-wide Green Office Challenge. The challenge will be taking place both downtown and in Schaumburg. We will be providing a sustainability tracking form for offices to complete over the course of one week – Monday, April 25th through Friday, April 29th.

The GREENEST OFFICE gets bragging rights, and a very awesome prize – soon to be announced. If you are interested in participating, please email Sarah Tag, Environmental Sustainability Student Associate at to receive your Green Office Challenge worksheet. Please email before April 11.

Be on the lookout for more information on this coming soon!

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Wabash Bike Room Revamp

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Are you considering biking to school? Roosevelt University has a bike room located near the Wabash building entrance for you to utilize.  It is currently being updated to improve efficiency of registering for access, and to allow for more bikes to be parked/stored. Additionally, digitizing the registration form will eliminate the need to print paper, which was the case with the old system. Current and new users must register online to receive a space in the room. It is open to students, faculty, and staff. The updated bike program will fully launch on Monday, March 28, 2016.

Biking is a great way to stay fit, save money, and reduce your carbon footprint. The majority of carbon emissions worldwide come from fossil fuels used for transportation. Biking and using public transportation reduces carbon emissions significantly. Including manufacturing, a medium sized car emits 191 grams of CO2e per km, while riding a bicycle emits 17 grams of CO2e per km. Roosevelt wants to encourage your sustainable living by offering a space for your bicycle. Be sure to sign up soon, before the room fills, and be a part of Roosevelt’s commitment to sustainability.Bike Room Picture_1

Other updates to the bike room include a communal bike pump and reserved spots for Wabash resident students.

Questions or concerns? Contact Rebecca Quesnell, RU’s Sustainable Operations Coordinator at


Author: Reece Krishnan, SUST Student

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Earth Hour 2016



An illuminated globe is placed in front of the Brandenburger Gate in Berlin ahead of the the global climate change awareness campaign “Earth Hour” on March 28, 2015. (Photo credit John MacDougall/AFP/Getty Images)

If you’re looking for a simple way to make an environmental impact, you can start with participating in Earth Hour on March 19th! Around the world, between 8:30-9:30 PM, 172 countries will participate and turn their lights off consecutively (based on local time). It’s a global movement to raise awareness about climate change, and to demonstrate support for protecting the environment. Since its inception in 2007, by the World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF), Earth Hour has served as a platform to push for environmental legislation. Following Earth Hour in 2015, policy was enacted that: fought deforestation in Uganda, stopped oil drilling in the Artic of Russia, created a new national park in Malaysia, and formed strong climate change legislation in Switzerland and Scotland (source).


Join Roosevelt University and millions around the world during Earth Hour, and turn off your lights between 8:30-9:30 PM on March 19th.  Turning off your lights is an act of solidarity that shows the importance of preserving our environment and reversing global warming. It’s a small act that goes a long way to promote a more sustainable world. This request applies whether you are on campus, or at home during Earth Hour. See more pictures of blacked-out cities that participated in 2015, and detailed statistics in the Earth Hour Report.

Earth Hour is also a precursor for many Earth Month events and contests coming up in April. Please be on the lookout for more ways to participate!

Questions or comments? Contact Rebecca Quesnell, RU’s Sustainable Operations Coordinator at


Author: Reece Krishnan, SUST Student

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Sustainability Social Media @ RU

Want to know what the sustainability team is up to at RU?

Check out our social media pages:

  • RUGreenCampus – Twitter
  • @GreenCampusRU – Instagram
  • Roosevelt University Green Campus – Facebook
  • Sustainability Studies at RU – Facebook

And webpages:


For any questions on how to get involved or learn more, please contact Rebecca Quesnell, RU’s Sustainable Operations Coordinator, at


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