WB Residence Hall Greencycle Event Today at 4pm (& More Earth Month Events)

Students, do something sustainable with your extra/unwanted stuff! As our Residence Hall move-out day approaches, many students may have clothing and other things that they don’t use or need anymore. Instead of throwing these things away and adding to landfill waste, students may donate those things at the upcoming RU Greencycle Event, sponsored by the Residence Life project team of ACP/SUST 250 The Sustainable University and the WCC.

Drop-off bins will be installed for students to leave their donations on the WB 14th floor. No work or fees are required! Students participating are encouraged to sift through donations and take clothing or objects for reuse. Any leftover objects will be donated to a shelter.

Contact RA Claire Wilson (residencelife2018@yahoo.com) for more info and if you’d like to participate by staffing a donation table.

More Earth Month 2018 Events @RooseveltU

Wed 4/18 — Film Screening of Sustainable: A Documentary on the Local Food Movement in America: film + panel discussion, 4:30-6pm in WB 317. Contact Prof. Graham Pickren (gpickren@roosevelt.edu) for more info.

Thurs 4/19 — Guerilla Gardening: Make Your Own Seed Bomb! (10am-2pm AUD Fainman Lounge), sponsored by the student organization RU Green. Students can come to our table setup to make their own “seed bombs” — a combination of clay, compost, and native seeds. They can be thrown into yards or neglected areas to transform them into flowering wonderlands. Contact Yessenia Balcazar (ybalcazar@mail.roosevelt.edu) for more info.

Fri 4/20 — Undergraduate Science and Math Symposium (8:30am-4pm, WB 4th & 6th floors): RU’s annual showcase of student research in biology, chemistry, and math. Unbelievably fun as well as intellectually edifying! Free lunch with advance registration by 4/6.

Sat/Sun 4/21 and 4/22 — Earth Day Events throughout Chicago, sponsored by the Chicago Conservation Corps (C3) and other organizations. Check out the many events listed here by C3 as well as these by the Cook County Forest Preserves.

Mon 4/23 — SUST Student Symposium (WB 616 and 1315): Features ten team presentations by RU undergraduate students in ACP/SUST 250 The Sustainable University. From 2:00-4:45pm in WB 616, teams will describe their work on campus sustainability projects on bottled water policy, environmental communication, curriculum, purchasing, residence life, rooftop gardening, signage, transportation, and video production. Then at 5pm, we’ll head upstairs to WB 1315 for light refreshments and three individual presentations by senior SUST majors doing internships and independent study research this semester. RSVP to Prof. Mike Bryson (mbryson@roosevelt.edu).

Wed 4/25 — Careers in Sustainability (4:30-6pm, WB 1315): current students from all majors are invited to this first-ever interactive event in which a panel of alumni from RU’s Sustainability Studies program will discuss their current jobs, career pathways, and the impact of their RU education, as well as answer questions from the audience. Light refreshments provided; RSVP to Prof. Mike Bryson (mbryson@roosevelt.edu).

Thurs 4/26 — RU Green End-of-Year Meeting/Party (time/location TBA): Contact RU Green president Yessenia Balcazar (ybalcazar@mail.roosevelt.edu) for more info.

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Sustainable Living: Environmentally Clean

By: Breanna Gordon

Keeping a clean-living space can bring about an immense amount of stress relief. I understand that cleaning can be very overwhelming with all of isles of products claiming to do the same things. Which do you use?  None! It is not necessary to spend money on chemicals that can bring about harm to not only your health, but to the environment.

Recently, I moved into an apartment that needed a lot of TLC in the bathroom. Being that I am new to housekeeping I went straight to my aunt for advice. Surprisingly she suggested white vinegar to be one of my staple products.

This led me to investigate other safe cleaning products and implement them into my cleaning routine. Here’s how I get things environmentally clean.

After an old shirt is unwearable, I cut the shirt into squares and use the squares as towels. I fill a bowl with water and squeeze any excess water from my DIY towel into a sink. White vinegar is used to clean all the surfaces in my bathroom. I pour vinegar into a glass spray bottle and spray as needed. Once the vinegar sits for a minute or two, I take my DIY towel and wipe the vinegar away.

For any grout that builds up on tile I use baking soda and water. I place baking soda and water in a bowl and mix it with an old toothbrush until it becomes a paste. I apply the paste to the grout and use the toothbrush to scrub in between the tile. Once the scrubbing is complete I wipe the tile down with my DIY towel.

To clean my mirrors and windows I also use white vinegar. I spray the vinegar onto my mirrors and windows and use old papers to wipe the vinegar away.  This leaves the mirrors and windows sparkling clean.

If the smell of vinegar is not to your liking, place orange peels in the spray bottle. After two weeks the vinegar will adopt a citrus flavor. You may also use your favorite essential oil to satisfy your smell preference.

To learn more uses for white vinegar click here.

Breanna Gordon is a member of the student Communications Team in ACP/SUST 250 The Sustainable University class at Roosevelt University in Chicago. This spring 2018 semester, the Communications Team is writing for and editing the RU Green Campus blog and social media channels.

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The Problem with Palm Oil – Deforestation & Beyond

In grocery stores around the world, consumers are able to purchase a very controversial product that directly contributes to global climate change. Palm oil, which is used by many indigenous cultures around the world, can also be found in nearly half of all supermarket products. In a recent Global Citizen article published earlier this week, Chris Gelardi explains that because palm oil is in such high demand across the globe, top producers in Southeast Asia have been deliberately clearing their tropical forests by setting fire to them in order to make room for palm oil plantations.
This illicit deforestation decimates the habitats of countless species, including the orangutan, which has lost 80% of its habitat over the past 20 years according to the Orangutan Project.

Til next time,


Nina Osagie-Egbon is a member of the student Communications Team in ACP/SUST 250 “The Sustainable University” class at Roosevelt University in Chicago. This spring 2018 semester, the Communications Team is writing for and editing the RU Green Campus blog and social media channels.

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Volunteer for Chicago’s Clean & Green Day of Service – 4/21/18

Hey Everyone! On Saturday, April 21st, you and your friends can make an immediate difference in your community by participating in Chicago’s citywide ‘Clean & Green Day of Service’.

‘Clean and Green’ is a great opportunity for residents, school groups and community organizations to team up and beautify areas in their neighborhoods. The city will provide brooms, rakes, shovels and bags needed for clean-up projects.

Since the entire month of April is designated as “Earth Month”, people around the world will be showing their appreciation for our precious planet on Earth Day, April 22, while also helping raise awareness of its increasing fragility and pledging to do our part to protect it.

So, if you’re interested in helping make our planet a little cleaner, consider gathering your friends on the 21st so you can be a part of the world-wide effort to clean up our planet and make it a better place for everyone!

The deadline to register for this event is Monday, April 16th.

For more information, or to register, call 311. You can also visit: http://www.cityofchicago.org/dss

Happy Earth Month! 🌎

Nina Osagie-Egbon







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How much has the sea level risen? How can we stop climate change?

By: Selena Rodriguez

It could be scary to think about how much our sea level has risen over the years, but it is important to be aware so we all realize that change needs to happen.

To answer this question, I did a little research and was able to get information from NASA. According to NASA, our global average sea level has risen about 7″ over the past 100 years. Now this might not seem like a big deal, but let me be the one to tell you that it is. And the reason that this is happening is because of climate change. I really do believe there is climate change and that it has been happening and will continue to happen if not taken seriously. Of course there are those that believe it is unreal or just not possible, but one thing is for sure; numbers don’t lie.

As noted by NASA, sea level rise is based on two main factors that relate to global warming; the expansion of seawater as it warms and the added water from melting ice sheets. Climate change, which is also known as global warming, is nothing new but the question is what can we do to stop climate change?

This question is a littler harder to answer not because there aren’t solutions, but we need the support from those who have the “power” to hear our voices and make our concerns known to those who can set better solutions or ones that we have not tried.

If you click here, you will see that NASA explains that they are not trying to set up a climate policy, but rather provide scientific data to make sure that we, as well as the world, understands climate change that way we can figure out how to fight back.

If we all become aware of what is happening not just within our region but all regions, then we can all work together to save our precious Earth.

Selena Rodriguez is a member of the Student Communications Team in ACP/SUST 250, The Sustainable University class at Roosevelt University in Chicago. This Spring 2018 semester, the Communications Team is writing for and editing the RU Green Campus blog and social media channels.


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Take the ACP/SUST 250 Sustainable University Surveys!

Two student teams (Curriculum and Transportation) in this spring’s ACP/SUST 250 Sustainable University class have developed surveys as part of their campus sustainability projects. In the quest for good data (i.e., sufficiently large sample size), we’d appreciate it if members of the RU community would take 5 minutes to complete these short but incredibly fascinating surveys!

Transportation (for students, faculty, and staff):

Curriculum (for students only):

Thank you for your participation and for helping our students with their projects! You can see the results of these surveys at this spring’s SUST Symposium, scheduled for 2pm on Monday 4/23 in WB 616. Hope to see you there!

For more information on these projects, email Prof. Mike Bryson (mbryson@roosevelt.edu).

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Sustainable Living: Love the Skin You’re in

By: Breanna Gordon

One of the most important parts of my self-care routine is healthy skin care. I was the teenager who was glued to commercials glamorizing what acne products did to improve the appearance of skin. No matter how much I begged my mother to buy me the products, she forbid me from putting chemicals on my face. Teen aged Breanna did not have the capacity to appreciate the lesson her mother was teaching.

Now, a bit older and a bit wiser, I only use natural, organic, and affordable products in my daily and weekly routines. I will list some of the products that are staples in my natural skin care regimen.

The most important and prominent item in my routine is coconut oil. There was a time where I began getting recommended coconut oil to address what seemed like every issue imaginable. Furnisher polish… coconut oil, bath tub cleaner… coconut oil, congestion… coconut oil, so it’s no surprise that coconut oil would be the solution to my skin care problems.


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Organic unrefined coconut oil can be purchased at any grocery store. Keep in mind that its main function is a cooking aid.



Make up is a part of my everyday routine, but I make it a priority, no a duty, to remove makeup before going to sleep. It should come as no surprise that I use coconut oil to do the job.

  1. Rub the oil in between hands,
  2. Massage the oil into face for at least one minute.
  3. Fill a bowl with very warm water
  4. Take a washcloth submerge in warm water and squeeze out any excess water
  5. Place warm and damp towel over face for 30 seconds
  6. Repeat until face feels clear of makeup

To check out the many uses of coconut oil please click here.

To clean my face, raw honey does the trick. I use honey as both a cleanser and exfoliant but switch off uses daily. To cleanse I use raw honey and to exfoliate I used raw honey and brown sugar.

To Cleanse:

  1. Wet face with warm water
  2. Take a small amount of honey and place it all over face massaging in a gentle circular motion
  3. Leave on face for about 10 minutes
  4. Wash off with warm water

To Exfoliate:

  1. Mix raw honey with brown sugar
  2. Wet face with warm water
  3. Take honey and sugar and rub on to face in a circular motion for a few minutes
  4. Wash off with warm water

The last staple in my skin care routine is apple cider vinegar. I use apple cider vinegar to tone my face or to restore the PH in my skin.BRA-00132-1 To tone, I take a spray bottle and fill it with one-part water, and one-part Bragg’s organic, raw, unfiltered apple cider vinegar. When my wash routine is done, I finish my routine off by misting my face with my homemade toner.



If you are compelled to try any of these items, please do a patch test before using items on your face. Take a small section of your arm and apply the product for at least 3 days to ensure there is no reaction.

Breanna Gordon is a member of the student Communications Team in ACP/SUST 250 The Sustainable University class at Roosevelt University in Chicago. This spring 2018 semester, the Communications Team is writing for and editing the RU Green Campus blog and social media channels.

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