Solar Bloomington-Normal Group Purchasing Program – Educational Session

Thursday, Sept. 8
12 p.m.
Davidson Room, Memorial Center

 

Home and business owners in McLean County have an opportunity to take advantage of record low solar pricing through a limited-time solar group purchase program. Solar Bloomington-Normal is a solar group buy program that can help residents invest in lower cost solar installations through the power of volume purchasing. This free one-hour seminar educates homeowners, small business owners, and farmers on the benefits of solar energy and is the first step to participate in the program.

Talking Trash in the Dugout – New Year! New System!

There is a new, simpler waste-sorting system in the Dugout this year.

What’s changed? We are still composting food scraps, but can no longer accept soiled plates and other compostable materials together with food scraps due to a change in the disposal system.

The good news is that it’s easier to know what goes in each waste bin: Food Waste (food only),Recycling (same as across campus), and Trash (anything that is soiled or is not food waste or recyclable).

Not sure where to toss your waste? When in doubt, throw it out (in TRASH) to avoid accidentally contaminating the Food Waste and Recycling bins.

Good to Go Commuter Challenge

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.

Bike to Work Day Tune-Ups

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.

Illinois Environmental Council Lobby Day

Lobby DayA 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).

“New Rules for Climate Protection: Student and Citizen Action to Change the Future”

Monday, Nov. 2

7 p.m.

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.

 

 

Printer Cartridge Recycling

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!

Register now! Yard Smart Walk including IWU Peace Garden – Sat, June 27

Saturday, June 27
9 a.m.

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, mbrown@ecologyactioncenter.org, Ecology Action Center, 309-454-3169.