ISU vs. IWU Sustainability Challenge

November 14th, 2014 by

The Illinois Green Business Association is hosting an intercollegiate sustainability challenge.

Tweet photos of green actions using the hashtag #SustainBloNo for a chance to win prizes.

Possible actions (11 actions for the 11th month) include:

1) Donate your clothes

2) Recycle

3) Post a tip or trick on a sustainability education bulletin board

4) Upcycle an item for a purpose different than its original use

5) Give a high five to a stranger or perform a random act of kindness

6) Use recycling bins on campus

7) Use CFL lightbulbs

8) Bike or walk to your destination

9) Brainstorm – think of a sustainable practice not listed. The most creative will receive a prize.

10) Pick up litter (hashtag #litterati) for exposure

11) Find and count reusable bottles vs. disposable water bottles

America Recycles Day – MEGA Recycling Event

October 31st, 2014 by

Saturday, Nov. 15
8 a.m.- 1 p.m.
Hansen Student Center Parking Lot

One Day, One Time, One Place ‐ recycle many things at once!

– Electronics (Computers, VCRs, phones, small kitchen appliances, etc.) NO CRT (older style) TVs or monitors accepted
– Household Batteries (alkaline, watch batteries, rechargeables)
– Clothing and textiles (usable or not)
– Shoes (usable or not)
– Compact Fluorescent Bulbs (CFLs)
– Plastic Garden Pots Terracycle items

And as an added bonus ‐ FREE confidental paper shredding

Residential waste only.

Learn more or volunteer.

Illinois Wesleyan Named a Bicycle Friendly University

October 27th, 2014 by


Illinois Wesleyan received a BRONZE designation as a Bicycle-Friendly University from the League of American Bicyclists.

This application process took almost a full year and everyone on the bike committee deserves a big pat on the back for the time they put into researching everything and working to get awesome programs like the bike share and the Harriett storage space up and running.

The League is still putting together a feedback report for us, which we’ll be able to use as a roadmap for future improvements.

Sustainability Report

October 20th, 2014 by

The 2014 Report on Sustainability at Illinois Wesleyan, which summarizes campus efforts during the previous academic year, is now online.

Topics include: water conservation and bottled water; energy conservation; sustainable transportation; green cleaning and other custodial practices; environmental health and safety; Peace Garden; campus building construction and renovations; campus grounds and University farms; and education, communications and outreach.

Hydration Stations

October 13th, 2014 by

A total of 10 hydration stations have been installed on campus, continuing to improve access to filtered water and help reduce single-use water bottles.

Sodexo provided a hydration station with the renovation of the DugOut area; three of these same units were installed in the new State Farm Hall; two were installed in The Ames Library and Hansen Student Center thanks to Student Senate and Sierra Student Coalition; one was installed in the Shirk Center thanks to the Athletic Department; and in Holmes Hall, a new station was added and the three offices supporting the installation costs dropped the use of Culligan water stations in their offices.

I Don’t Know How to Compost!

October 6th, 2014 by

Sustainability Educators for the Office of Residential Life developed this video to help demystify composting in the Dugout and single-stream recycling on campus.

Exploring the Nature of Illinois

October 2nd, 2014 by

Dr. Michael Jeffords and Ms. Susan Post
Tuesday, October 7, 2014
7 pm
Center for Natural Sciences (CNS) C101

Dr. Michael Jeffords and Ms Susan Post will present their explorations of the stunning landscapes of the prairies, lakesides, river bottoms, and woodlands of Illinois.  These findings were highlighted in their recently published book,Exploring Nature in Illinois: A Field Guide to the Prairie State.  Dr. Jeffords is the retired education/outreach director for the Illinois Natural History Survey (INHS) and was staff photographer for The Illinois Steward magazine.  Ms. Post is a retired INHS research scientist and staff writer for The Illinois Steward magazine, and author of Hiking Illinois. They are co-authors of Illinois Wilds.
Sponsored by the JWP Audubon, the IWU Biology Department, and the IWU Environmental Studies Program.


People’s Climate March

September 26th, 2014 by

Tuesday, Sept. 30, 4 p.m.
103, State Farm Hall

Join Professor of History Tom Lutze and local high school students Nate Jahiel and Christian Prenzler, who just returned from the People’s Climate March in NYC, the largest climate march in history — 400,000 strong! They will share their first-hand experiences, share photos and videos, have discussion about the political significance of this march, and compare the People’s Climate March to other massive demonstrations since the 1960s.

Sponsor: Sierra Student Coalition, Environmental Studies, and the Center for Human Rights and Social Justice.

Bike Repair Station at Hansen

September 22nd, 2014 by

The Tool Library donated a bike repair stand, which has been installed outside the Hansen Student Center.

Bike Share Now at Ames

September 15th, 2014 by

Much like books in a library, 10 bikes are available for checkout for 24 hours at a time at the Help@Ames desk or the Hansen Student Center Information Desk by anyone with an Illinois Wesleyan ID card, free of charge.

A few helmets are also available for checkout at the Hansen desk.

Questions about the bike share program can be directed to Michael Gorman, IWU Bike Committee Chair, at or 309-556-3262.

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