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Published on April 21st, 2015 | by editor


Get Ready for Earth Day 2015!

Earth Day Logo 2015Wednesday, April 22, is Earth Day, and Wright’s Student Environmental Club  will be hosting its 15th annual Earth Day extravaganza. Come celebrate Wright’s status as one of the greenest community colleges in Illinois! (Here are some images from last year’s event!)

(Note that April 20 – 24 is also Bike-to-Campus Week. Please pick up a flyer regarding citywide events at the Security Desk!)

9:30 am: This year’s annual Tree Planting, commemorating our Tree Campus USA designation (fifth year in a row!), will take place at 9:30 a.m., just to the east of the Learning Resources Center (near Narragansett Ave.).   Three trees – a Dogwood, Blue Beech, and Chinkapin Oak – will be planted this year. Each are flowering species and provide a food source to many species of birds. Join us if you are interested in volunteering or participating in the festivities!

10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.: Earth Day Displays and Presentations (in and around Campus Center).

Giveaways – provided by the Illinois Environmental Protection Agency, the Metropolitan Water Reclamation District, and the Student Government Association include:

  • Water bottles
  • Tote bags
  • Pens/pencils/note pads
  • Bird feeders (if you help build them!)
  • Basil plants (courtesy of the Environmental Biology and Urban Ag classes), and more!

Raffle – signing your participation card enters you in a raffle for bicycle goodies (locks, lights, pumps, carriers, etc.) provided by City Colleges of Chicago, and gift cards to Trader Joe’s and Whole Foods Market from the Environmental Club.

Recycling –  You will be able to recycle books and computer-related e-waste (through Wright’s partner PCRR,  a certified recycler and refurbisher of equipment), in the Science Building Lobby:

Items Accepted

  • Computers
  • Laptops
  • Monitors
  • Printers/Scanners
  • Computer Peripherals
  • Fax Machines
  • Copiers
  • TVs
  • VCRs
  • DVD Players
  • MP3 Players
  • Video Game Consoles
  • Cell Phones

 Items Not Accepted

  • Appliances
  • Salon Equipment
  • Household Hazardous Waste
  • Typewriters
  • Auto Stereo Systems

There will also be a Book Drive receptacle, with your book donations going to Open Books to help support literacy in Chicago.

Demonstrations and Displays –  Environmentally themed displays on GMOs,  shark-finning and illegal whaling, animal rights, organic gardening, climate change,  palm oil, renewable energy, fracking, and many other sustainability topics, presented by Wright students (including the American Chemical Society Student Chapter, Architecture, Business, Engineering, and other clubs).

Finally, to wrap up the Earth Week celebration at Wright, on Thursday, April 30, honored guest and Metropolitan Water Reclamation District President Mariyana T. Spyropoulos will present a lecture on water and wastewater issues in the Chicagoland area. This event will be held in S-247 from 2:30 to 3:30 pm, and is open to all.

Happy Earth Day!


Please direct questions to Environmental Tech Programs Director David R. Inman, .

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