Earth Week and Bike2Campus Week, 2015


With the smell of Spring in the air, and finals nearing, Earth Week / Bike2Campus Week offers a great opportunity for everyone in the RU community to take a break, get some fresh air, delve into interesting conversations, and even get their hands dirty if they choose to!

In addition to two week-long competitions, daily events will take place Monday, April 20th-Friday, April 24th. Please see the details below. *Also note that there will be free food and give-a-ways at most events (YES, FREE)! You can also receive 50% off coffee in the Wabash Dining Center if you bring your re-usable coffee mug!

Bike2Campus: Ride, Record, Reward! Competitively participate in this week-long event by biking anywhere in Chicago and recording your trips at Top participants will be able to win an array of prizes, and will receive a free complementary coffee from the Wabash Dining Center if they bring in their helmet to show they have biked. Don’t forget to #chibike2Campus on Instagram!

Sustainable Action Competition: Show us how you are being green! Go green this week and track your efforts: you can take pictures and/or make posts showing what you have done. You can take a picture of you using your reusable water bottle and/or  coffee mug, your efforts of recycling, biking, taking the train, and more—Record what you feel is green in your life. Keep track of being green by using the hashtag #RUEARTHWEEK2015. Participants’ efforts will be tracked, and top participants will win prizes!

Monday, April 20th: Plastic Paradise Film Screening and Discussion; 5-7pm, Wabash 1017. Screening and faculty-led discussion of the environmental documentary Plastic Paradise: The Great Pacific Garbage Patch <>. Join RU students, staff, and faculty members Bethany Barratt (Political Science), Kim Ruffin (English / Grad Studies), and Mike Bryson (Sustainability Studies) for conversation about this independent film.

Tuesday, April 21st: Kramer’s Health Foods Free Tastings & Seminar; Leave WB Lobby @ 3pm. Join us in a free food/juice tasting at Kramer’s Health Foods & Vegetarian Café (230 S. Wabash). Learn about the benefits of juicing as well as cutting (at least some) meat out of one’s diet, and learn about the benefits of biking.

Chicago Bike Ambassadors Workshop; 4:15-5:45pm, SAIC 37 S. Wabash, Room 327.After the Kramer’s Health Foods Free Tastings & Seminar, walk over to School of the Art Institute (37 S. Wabash) with us for a bike repair and maintenance workshop led by the Chicago Bike Ambassadors. Please bring your state I.D.

Wednesday, April 22nd: SUST Student Symposium; 3-5:30pm, Wabash 616. Open to all from the RU community, the 3rd SUST Student Symposium will be held at the Chicago Campus on Wednesday, April 22, 3-5:30p.m., in Wabash room 616. With the theme of Earth Day in the air, join us to learn more about the research and internship experiences of students in RU’S Sustainability Studies Program.  Indulge in stimulating conversation, pleasant hobnobbing, and free refreshments courtesy of RU’s Physical Resources department. Enjoy lively presentations by SUST majors Melanie Blume, Rebecca Quesnell, Mary Rasic, and Emily Rhea as they reflect on their internships and make noteworthy connections to sustainability themes. Please RSVP to Prof. Mike Bryson at our past symposia at .

Thursday, April 23rd: Rooftop Garden Workday; 10am-5pm, Wabash 5th Floor. Join us for a Rooftop Garden Workday on the 5th floor of Wabash. Volunteers can stay for as long as they would like, sign up for a ½ hour timeslot in the Wabash lobby, or just stop by to check things out. Take a break from finals, and get some fresh air!

RU Reforesting Garden & Games5-7pm, Auditorium 426. Later, from 5-7pm, the student organization RU Reforesting will be hosting a Garden & Games event. There will be free food, games, and other fun activities, open to all!

Friday, April 24th: Arbor Day & Garden Kickoff Event; 8am-12pm, Schaumburg Campus. Roosevelt has much to celebrate this year! We obtained level I Arboretum accreditation from the Morton Arboretum/ArbNet last August AND, for this year’s Arbor Day, we are planting a Food Forest consisting of 13 fruit trees. We are thankful to have the help of a jubilant group from Bright Horizons and Bill Bedrossian from Bedrock Earthscapes too! Everyone is welcome to attend this event anytime between 8am and 12pm (we will be in or near the gardens) as we celebrate accomplishments and have a kickoff for the Schaumburg Campus Community Garden!

If you have questions about any of these events or competitions, please email Rebecca Quesnell at

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