Green Thumb? Volunteer at the IWU Peace Garden!

July 2nd, 2014 by

Have an interest in gardening? Ready to do some planting but don’t have the space? 

Consider volunteering at the IWU Peace Garden, located on Francis Street in Normal just west of the Immanuel Bible Foundation tower.

Visit the July volunteer calendar to sign up.

Reducing Printing (and Costs) on Campus 

June 9th, 2014 by

A print management solution called PaperCut is being deployed this summer to help reduce print costs and the environmental impact of printing. 

As a user prepares a print job, PaperCut shows the environmental impact of printing in three statistics – trees, greenhouse gases and energy. 

One of the primary aims of PaperCut is to reduce printing levels by reminding users to pay attention to their printing behavior. Giving individuals a tool to monitor and adjust their printing habits typically reduces printing by 10 percent. 

Options for filters and restrictions, such as stopping mistakes like printing a 100-page document instead of the one interesting page, and forcing double-sided printing, can reduce printing by another 10-30 percent.

Textile Recycling At IWU

May 21st, 2014 by

From Matthew J. Drat ’84
Development and Community Relations Manager,
Home Sweet Home Ministries

Even though May Term is not yet complete, Home Sweet Home Ministries is again pleased to share the results of our textile recycling program on the IWU campus. The program, in its third year, places collection containers at various locations on campus where students, faculty and staff can drop off their textiles (clothing, etc) and then Home Sweet Home’s HSHRenew program repurposes those items. The resource dollars generated by HSHRenew supports individuals struggling with homelessness and poverty via the services at Home Sweet Home Ministries.

For this school year, HSHRenew at Home Sweet Home Ministries collected nearly 5,000 pounds of textiles on the campus of IWU. That is a tremendous impact on the environment and on the men, women and children at Home Sweet Home. For example, the resources generated can help pay for any entire day of meals at our soup kitchen, meals that affect not only the body, but the mind and spirit as well.

As an alumnus of IWU (Class of ’84) I am particularly happy to see how my alma mater is engaging our local community AND changing lives of our neighbors.

 

Vegetarians & Vegans, Victorious!

May 12th, 2014 by

The student organization Vegetarians & Vegans, Victorious! hosted a food tasting event at the Hansen Student Center in April, with funding support from Student Senate. 

The group provided recipes that were prepared by Sodexo, some of which have been adopted as new options for the vegetarian section at Bertholf Commons. 

Stop Paying to Truck Water to Campus

April 28th, 2014 by

Offices in Holmes Hall and The Ames Library will be ending contracts for Culligan bottled water and will instead make use of hydration stations. A station is already installed in Ames, while savings from the terminated contract will be used to install one or two stations for filtered drinking water in Holmes Hall.

The GREENetwork and Sierra Student Coalition urge other campus offices to consider conserving both costs and environmental resources by making use of filtered tap water.

Students Raise Funds and Awareness for Safe Water

April 25th, 2014 by

Students in an Illinois Wesleyan University global health course have raised more than $1,000 for clean water and sanitation initiatives in developing countries.  Read more

Tap into WaterAid 

April 21st, 2014 by

Monday-Tuesday, April 21-22

Memorial Center Dugout and Lobby, State Farm Hall

Wednesday, April 23
The Ames Library

Students from Health 280: Perspectives in International Health are raising money and awareness to bring safe water and sanitation to millions of people in need through the organization WaterAid. 

To donate and learn more about WaterAid, visit their tables in the Dugout from 11 a.m.-1 p.m. or the State Farm Hall Lobby from 1-3 p.m. on Monday or Tuesday, April 21-22, or at The Ames Library from 2-6 p.m. on Wednesday, April 23.

Students Attend Environmental Lobby Day

April 4th, 2014 by
Nine Illinois Wesleyan students attended the Lobby Day sponsored by Illinois Environmental Council (IEC)  on Thursday, April 3. Students attended a training prior to the event and lobbied their representatives and senators on select environmental bills.
Ellen Cornelius ’14an ES intern with the IEC this semester, helped organize the group from IWU. Other attendees were:
Mackenzie Rivkin ’14
Hannah Scatterday ’17
Kahri Jung ’16
Nicole Chlebek ’16
Dana Rotz ’14
Cameron McKee ’17
Amanda King ’15
Kirsten Slaughter ’16
Environmental Studies Coordinator Laurine Brown 
Director of Government and Community Relations Carl Teichman

Invitation to Lobby Day for Environmental Issues – April 3 in Springfield

March 5th, 2014 by

Ellen Cornelius is a senior Environmental Studies major who is currently interning with Illinois Environmental Council and is helping to organize the following event (including helping organize transportation). See contact information below and consider attending.

Illinois Environmental Council (IEC) is holding its
Lobby day on 
Thursday, April 3 in Springfield

Hello! I’d like to tell you about an exciting opportunity for those of you passionate about environmental issues and public policy. The Illinois Environmental Council (IEC) is holding their Lobby day on Thursday, April 3 in Springfield. Lobby day is a chance for constituents to come to the Capitol and tell legislators you want your environment protected. It is the IEC’s biggest day of the year because they make the largest gains on environmental legislation.

If you want to meet legislators and experience first-hand environmental policy happening RIGHT NOW in Illinois, you should definitely go. This is an all day event, but I am sure your professors would understand you missing one class to fulfill your civic duty! Even if you do not have experience with lobbying, the IEC trains you on what to say and how to say it. The IEC will also reimburse you for transportation costs to Springfield. If we get enough students, we may take a bus down.

If you want to learn about the issues we will be lobbying for, or know more about IEC, go to this link: http://ilenviro.org/register-for-lobby-day-2014/Please feel free to contact me, Ellen Cornelius (IWU Environmental Studies Intern for  Illinois Environmental Council) for more information: ecorneli@iwu.edu

This will be a fun, action-packed day where you will be able to meet so many important players in the environmental arena.

Thanks everyone!
Ellen Cornelius

Campus Sustainability Report

February 3rd, 2014 by

The GREENetwork compiles an annual accounting of sustainability initiatives that have occurred on the IWU campus. The 2012-13 report, now available on Digital Commons, highlights some key actions by multiple campus groups.

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