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: http://www.roosevelt.edu/GreenCampus/StrategicSustainPlan.aspx

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 rquesnell@roosevelt.edu 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 sfisher@roosevelt.edu 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 sfisher@roosevelt.edu 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 rquesnell@roosevelt.edu.


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 rquesnell@roosevelt.edu.


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:

  • Roosevelt.edu/GreenCampus.aspx
  • RooseveltGreenCampus.wordpress.com
  • RUSustain.wordpress.com
  • FutureOfSchaumburg.wordpress.com

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


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E-Waste Recycling at Roosevelt

E-Waste is a growing problem. With more aspects of our daily lives being conducted through electronic devices and more people using devices like cell phones and computers every day, the issue of e-waste disposal requires our immediate attention.

E-waste of every shape and size–from batteries to cellphones and plasma screen TVs–contains a myriad of components that need to be disposed of and recycled properly to ensure that no resource is lost or squandered and to keep unwholesome toxic components–such as lead, cadmium and mercury–from being released into the environment. E-Waste also contains valuable precious metals and rare earth minerals that can be salvaged from old electronics to be used in the next generation of electronics.

So remember the old proverb “one person’s trash is another’s treasure” and recycle your old unwanted electronics properly.

Drop off locations are as follows:

  • Chicago Physical Resources Office: Wabash B16
  • Schaumburg Campus Mail Room
  • For larger items (or if you have a lot), please contact Physical Resources at (312)-341-3600

Information related technology should have all data erased prior to drop off. Roosevelt University is not liable for stolen information.

E-Waste may include:

  • Cell phones, iPods, laptops, TVs, desktop computers, batteries, and more.

E-waste recycling, from on or off campus, is free to all RU students, faculty, and staff, so please take advantage of this service and help keep electronic waste out of landfills.

If you have any questions and/or for guidelines on recycling e-waste, toner cartridges and batteries, please contact Rebecca Quesnell, RU’s Sustainable Operations Coordinator, at rquesnell@roosevelt.edu.

~Author, Nicholas Waskowski~

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Roosevelt University Renews Membership with AASHE

This January, Roosevelt University renewed its membership with AASHE (Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education), strengthening its commitment to sustainability yet again.  The membership renewal, led by RU’s Physical Resources team, reconfirms our goal to remain a leader among sustainable campuses.

AASHE is home to STARS (Sustainability Tracking, Assessment & Rating System) for which RU received a Bronze rating in December.  Find the full STARS report at stars.aashe.org/institutions/roosevelt-university-il/report.

Membership with AASHE gains us access to online resources and discussion forums for professional development.  Membership benefits are also free to anyone in the RU community with a Roosevelt University email address at www.aashe.org.  Go to the upper right hand side of the screen and click on the “Create an Account” link.  Then, fill out the required information using your RU email address.

For this and other sustainability news at Roosevelt University, contact Rebecca Quesnell, Sustainable Operations Coordinator at rquesnell@roosevelt.edu.

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