Sustainability – Green Events & News

Upcoming Events

Behind the Scenes of “Making Waves: Battle for the Great Lakes”
Thursday, April 20, 2017 | 6 p.m. | University of St. Francis, San Damiano Hall | Free Admission
Join us for a captivating evening with USF alumni and filmmakers Brendan ‘05 & Jessica (Saraga ’05) Walsh, and composer Gabe Jaskowiak ‘16, as they discuss their moving documentary, “Making Waves: Battle for the Great Lakes.” The Walshes and Jaskowiak will share their personal ties to this project and their technical process. “Making Waves” is an eco-documentary recently broadcast on PBS stations in Chicago, Buffalo/Toronto, Michigan and New York about the effects of the invasive species threatening the Great Lakes ecosystem and the efforts underway to control and prevent them. Members of the community are welcome to attend. This event is presented by the USF Sustainability Committee in partnership with USF Alumni Association, University Ministry, Department of Natural Science, Digital Audio Recording Arts, and Communications & Media Arts. For more information on the documentary, please visit makingwavesdocumentary.com. To RSVP, please click here.

 

Special Showing of “Making Waves: Battle for the Great Lakes”
Friday, April 21, 2017 | 12:30-2:30 p.m. | University of St. Francis, Turk Theatre | Free Admission
Join us for a special showing of “Making Waves: Battle for the Great Lakes” on the USF main campus. Members of the community are welcome to attend. The documentary is shown in two, one-hour parts. A 15-minute intermission will be held in-between parts. Members of the community are welcome to attend. This event is presented by the USF Sustainability Committee in partnership with USF Alumni Association, University Ministry, Department of Natural Science, Digital Audio Recording Arts, and Communications & Media Arts. For more information on the documentary, please visit makingwavesdocumentary.com. To RSVP, please click here.

 

USF Green Week
April 16-22, 2017 | University of St. Francis
A week of events and activities on campus, focused on sustainability and “going green!” For more information, contact sustainability@stfrancis.edu.

Monday, April 17
“101 Ways to go Green” Raffle from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. (Outside the Three Oaks Bistro)

Tuesday, April 18
Plarn Party! Join us anytime between 12-3 p.m. (The Abbey)

Wednesday, April 19
Big Run Wolf Ranch Animal Showing from 12:10-1:40 p.m. (Quad Pavilion)

Thursday, April 20
* Make your own bird feeder from 11 a.m.-2 p.m. (Uno Lounge)
* Passport Event: Behind the Scenes of Making Waves: Battle for the Great Lakes Presentation & Reception from 6-7:30 p.m. (San Damiano Hall)

Friday, April 21
Passport Event: Making Waves: Battle for the Great Lakes documentary viewing from 12:30-2:30 p.m. Students who RSVP to jhicks@stfrancis.edu will receive a boxed lunch! (Turk Theater) 

 

Blue Stem Earth Festival
May 20, 2017 | 10 a.m.-3 p.m. | University of St. Francis | Free Admission
Get ready for an exciting day featuring over 80 eco-conscious exhibits and vendors, earth-friendly activities, workshops, live demos, entertainment, local food and children’s activities. Bluestem is partnering with Will County and ShareFest to offer a collection event. You can find more information as the event nears at bluestemearthfestival.com.

 

Past Events
Waste Management Event – March 29, 2017
Candice Rosen, “Healing the Health Care Professional” – August 17, 2016
2016 Green Week – April 25-29, 2016
Jean-Michel Cousteau “The Great Ocean Adventure” – October 15, 2015
2015 Green Week – April 13-16, 2015
Bill Kurtis, “Can the Prairie Save Us from Global Warming” – February 6, 2014

 

News

  • USF Students Trained To Do Water Audits: Students from USF and Joliet Junior College received training from the Illinois Sustainability Center on Feb. 10 (photo at right). The training was sponsored by the South Metropolitan Regional Higher Education Consortium. USF students will now conduct a water audit of several USF buildings to determine cost saving measures. (Feb. 2017)

 

  • USF Announces Support of Clean Power Plan: USF will support the Clean Power Plan (CPP) as organized by the Catholic Climate Covenant. The Covenant, established in 2006 by the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB), addresses growing ecological awareness and inspires and equips people and institutions to care for both creation and the poor. USF President Arvid C. Johnson joined 125 U.S. Catholic leaders in signing a letter urging the new Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) administrator, President Trump, Congressional leaders and state governors to adopt the CPP. Read the full press release here. (Feb. 2017)

 

  • USF to Participate in Northern Illinois Food Bank Food Recovery Program: USF is now participating in a food recovery program with assistance from Northern Illinois Food Bank. To begin, Sodexo (USF’s food provider) met with the students from the Enactus club on campus. That meeting was followed up by another one with Colin Mossup from Northern Illinois Food Bank, who was able to coordinate the weekly pickup with the local recipient: Daybreak Center homeless Shelter in Joliet. Says Janine Hicks of the USF Sustainability Committee, “It’s important to note that careful thought goes into our daily food production and we are only donating product that we cannot use at the university. If we all reduced food waste by 15% it would help cut hunger in half!” (Jan. 2017)

 

  • Students Selected for SMHEC EcoLeaders Summit: Grace Ball, Cathy Gende and Taylor Ranney (pictured at right) attended the South Metropolitan Higher Education Consortium’s sixth annual Student Sustainability Summit: “Becoming EcoLeaders.” The summit is an exciting event for a very select group of students who are interested in growing their career potential through sustainability-related projects. Students who attend receive a professional and nationally-recognized certification. SMHEC has partnered with the National Wildlife Federation and its existing EcoLeader program to offer training and development on student projects. The summit equips students with leadership skills, project development and management strategies and a plan for implementation when projects are complete. Gende and Ranney, who are both studying environmental science and biology, are focusing on a water usage study to be implemented next semester. Ball is designing a project for the reuse of plastic bags and studies recreation and sport management. (Oct. 2016)