National Bike Challenge 2015

April 27th, 2015 by

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!


April 22 is Earth Day

April 20th, 2015 by

First celebrated in 1970, Earth Day is now coordinated globally by the Earth Day Network, whose year-round mission is to broaden, diversify and activate the environmental movement worldwide.

In light of Earth Day and its commitment to sustainability, Student Senate arranged to have trees planted on the Eckley Quad and organized a tree planting picnic on April 19. Rain moved the picnic indoors, but the picnic menu was catered in the Joslin Atrium – burgers, hot dogs, chips, brownies, lemonade, and potato salad.

Environmentally Friendly Snow and Ice Removal

January 19th, 2015 by

The salt products used for ice and snow removal on campus property are coated with a corn-based product. This increases the residual effectiveness of the product, resulting in a reduced need to reapply and, therefore, less product use. Salt is bought in bulk, resulting in the reduction of packaging waste to be disposed of, and a smaller environmental footprint.
Read more campus efforts in the Report on Sustainability at Illinois Wesleyan University.

Access to Bus Transportation

January 5th, 2015 by

The Sierra Student Coalition and GREENetwork have been investigating the feasibility of universal access to bus transportation for IWU students, a sustainable alternative to car-based transportation. This was also the topic of an Environmental Studies Senior Seminar paper written by Liz Kuehn ’14. Her work is posted on Digital Commons.

Clean Water

December 15th, 2014 by

Illinois Wesleyan students in the Environmental Studies course, War on Cancer: Does Environment Matter? prepared an informational video, War on Cancer: Drink Up, Drink Safe, with tips for fellow students.

Energy Efficient Lighting in the Shirk Center

December 1st, 2014 by

With Donnocker Innovation grant funding, the University has installed new energy-efficient T5 fixtures replacing the original metal halide bay fixtures in the Shirk Center Performance Gym, Practice Gym and Activity Center.

It is conservatively estimated that these fixtures will produce $6,800 in annual electrical savings.

T5 fixtures have a nearly 10-year life expectancy while the previously existing metal halide fixtures have a four-year life expectancy, which will save the University approximately $5,500 over the next 10 years.

In addition, the metal halide lamps run about 1,000 degrees Fahrenheit, adding to the cooling load of the building. T5’s run only about 200 degrees Fahrenheit by comparison, potentially saving the University about $1,700 annually in cooling costs.

Read other highlights of campus initiatives in the 2014 Sustainability Report.


MEGA Recycling Event a Success

November 24th, 2014 by

Thank you to the hard-working volunteers who braved the cold to make the Nov. 15 MEGA Recycling event a success. Over 500 households took advantage of one-stop recycling at the Hansen Student Center lot.

See The Pantagraph story, which includes a photo of alum volunteer Nick Nichols ’13.

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.

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.

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