By Lauren Grimaldi
As a subdued Chicago winter finally came to close on March 20, everyone’s minds immediately turned to the prospect of spring. With nicer weather comes a great desire to spend more time outdoors and be one with nature.
Roosevelt’s sustainability program is in the stages of planning many events centered on Earth Month coming in April that hope to bring about more awareness to issues within sustainability as well as the environment.
Sustainability professor Mike Bryson teaches a course entitled Policy, Law, and Ethics in which students will conduct a series of “teach-ins” during Earth Week to educate a greater majority of the Roosevelt community on issues within the environment.
“(This is) a way to engage the Roosevelt community on various sustainability issues,” Bryson said. “Major themes that will be covered include environmental justice, food, sustainability, and water.”
Bryson’s other course, SUST 390, features students working to create further advancement in the University’s Strategic Sustainability Plan through their work in various projects, all of which Bryson notes, will cumulate at the Sustainability Studies Student Symposium on April 27.
In addition to the work being done in the courses he teaches, Professor Bryson will also host a RU Twitter chat on Environmental Justice on April 20.
Environmental Sustainability student associate, Sarah Tag noted that the department is also sponsoring a series of contests as well. From April 18 to the 22, according to Tag, there will be a reusable art competition in which anyone within the Roosevelt community can participate.
“We really want to give people a taste of how you can reuse items and what you can do with them,” Tag said. The contest will take place in the libraries of both the Chicago and Schaumburg campuses and feature the chance to vote for the best art project.
The Sustainability program will also be sponsoring a contest specifically for Roosevelt faculty as well starting April 25. In what is being called the Green Office Challenge, worksheets will be given out to the different offices around RU and are to be used to track their sustainability. The office that receives the most points throughout the duration of this contest will receive a prize for their efforts.
In the end, the department hopes that these events help members of the RU community realize just how easy it can be to practice more sustainable actions and leave less of a footprint on our environment as a whole.
“The goal of these events is to promote sustainability and bring awareness,” Tag said. “We want people to become aware of their practices and realize how sustainable you can be.”