The Good To Go Commuter Challenge is back!
May 16 – 22
Register and join the Illinois Wesleyan University group
Once registered, log in and record your daily commutes. Eligible modes include: biking, walking, taking the bus, telecommuting, and carpooling. It is easy and quick to find transit schedules, walking & biking routes, and find/create carpooling opportunities. Prizes will be awarded to the individual, the team and the employer with the most participation.
Friday, May 20, is National Bike to Work Day. The Illinois Wesleyan Bike Coop will hold their first-ever tune-up event all day in the garage behind the IT House. Sign up and bring your bike in after 7:30 a.m. and they’ll do all the basics – lubricating the chain, tightening the brakes, etc. while you’re at your desk.
The $20 fee will go to further develop the coop by allowing them to buy more tools, parts and accessories. Learn more and sign up here.
A group of Illinois Wesleyan students went to Springfield on April 7 to lobby on environmental issues as a part of the Illinois Environmental Council Lobby Day.
The effort was organized by Cameron McKee ’17, a double major in environmental studies and psychology who is an intern at the Illinois Environmental Council.
While in Springfield, the students met with Illinois Senator Bill Brady ’83 (who posed with the group).
The Illinois Sustainable Living and Wellness Expo, sponsored by Illinois Wesleyan University Wellness and the Ecology Action Center, will be Saturday, April 9 at the Shirk Center.
More information at islwe.org.
Monday, Nov. 2
202, State Farm Hall (*Note location change)
Eban Goodstein, director of Bard College’s Center for Environmental Policy and of Bard’s MBA in sustainability and the initiator of the Power Dialog, will speak. The Power Dialog is an effort to support 10,000 students in all 50 states to engage in dialog with state regulators in charge of implementation planning for the Clean Power Plan in April 2016. It is intended as an effective and fun way for students to be involved in a serious and critical policy conversation.
In his talk, Dr. Goodstein will discuss the upcoming climate conferences in Paris, the U.S. Clean Power Plan, and the Power Dialog.
Sponsored by the IWU Environmental Studies program.
The Wellness Office is partnering with Printing Services and the Sierra Student Coalition on campus to provide a centralized printer ink/toner cartridge recycling program through TerraCycle.
This program is an international upcycling and recycling company that collects difficult-to-recycle packaging and products and repurposes the material into affordable, innovative products. See more information.
As part of our campus mission toward sustainability, Printing Services (located on Franklin Street past TKE and toward BroMenn) has agreed to sign up for a printer cartridge collection brigade. This means that, if you or anyone you know drops off an accepted printer cartridge, Printing Services will collect, save and ship these to TerraCycle where they will be reused and repurposed. Additionally, IWU gets points for making donations, and these points can then be used toward charitable contributions.
So, check out this list of accepted donations and, if you or anyone you know are about to toss out a dried-up cartridge, bring it down to Printing Services, open all school year, and help out the environment!
Among the goals of Uber Bloomington-Normal is a less congested environment. To promote its service, starting at 11:00 a.m. on Friday, July 24, Uber users in BloNo can order ice cream right from their Uber app with the touch of a button. They can just select the ICE CREAM option in the app and a truck will come directly to them filled with frozen treats and Uber swag. t.uber.com/ILicecream2015
Saturday, June 27
The IWU Peace Garden will be one of the sites on the Ecology Action Center’s 13th annual Yard Smart Garden Walk on Saturday, June 27, 2015. (Full tour plan available to participants who register.)
Register now! This free event features beautiful and functional gardens in our community that protect the environment, create a healthy and inviting space for people and animals, and use little or no synthetic chemicals.
The morning tour is 9 am-12 pm. This year’s walk features ecological public spaces. Bill Davison, U of I Extension Educator, will speak about plants that attract beneficial insects, followed by a question and answer session. Lunch will be provided. Native Plants of Illinois Nursery will have native plants for sale after lunch. In addition, participants can bring plant and garden tools to exchange or donate.
The Yard Smart Garden Walk is free and open to the public; however, a $5 donation to offset the cost of lunch is appreciated. Registration is available online at www.ecologyactioncenter.org or over the phone at 309-454-3169. The registration deadline is Thursday, June 25.
Participants should bring reusable water bottles for the lunch and presentation. The lunch is a zero waste event. We encourage participants to carpool during the tour to reduce pollution and conserve energy.
For more information, contact Michael Brown, firstname.lastname@example.org, Ecology Action Center, 309-454-3169.
Have you signed up for the National Bike Challenge
? You totally should. Log your miles directly on their website or through one of their partner apps (Map My Ride, Endomondo, or – new this year! – Strava) and help Bike BloNo do even better than our sixth-in-the-country spot last year! nationalbikechallenge.org/
Sign up for the IWU team by selecting Illinois Wesleyan University as your workplace.
May – September
Sign up and join Illinois Wesleyan University’s team! If you sign up for the IWU team (by selecting Illinois Wesleyan University as your workplace) and accumulate 100 points between May 1st and the end of the day on May 15th, you are eligible to win free prizes–like free bike tune-ups donated by the three local bike shops – Bloomington Cycle & Fitness, Vitesse Cycle, and Wilson’s Cycle! Students who accumulate 100 points by that same time are also eligible to win one of five Bike BloNo memberships, which includes a free T-shirt and discounted registration at Bike BloNo events. The event goes all the way through September, though, so don’t stop peddling after IWU’s contest is over!
Points are accumulated by riding a bike. Every mile you ride counts as one point, and every day you ride at least one mile counts as 20 points. So, in theory, you can reach that 100-point threshold by riding one mile a day for five days, or four five-mile days, or three 15-mile days, or two 30-mile days, or one 80-mile day. Just about everyone can find a way to make it happen!
Last year, McLean County came in sixth in the country, per capita! Help us build on that and make it an ever bigger success!