Published on April 22nd, 2015 | by editor


Wright College: Sustainable on Earth Day and Every Day!

Wright College students, faculty and staff gather to celebrate Earth Day 2015 - and for being named a "Tree City USA" by the Arbor Day Foundation (fifth year in a row!).

Wright College students, faculty and staff gather to celebrate Earth Day 2015 – and Wright’s award as a “Tree Campus USA” from the Arbor Day Foundation (fifth year in a row!). Congrats, Mila Simeonovska and everyone who works to earn this distinction for Wright’s tree-friendly campus!

In recognition of Earth Day, we’re celebrating some of the many ways Wright College works to support a sustainable environment on campus and promote environmental education all year long.

Did you know?? …

  • Wright College offers a variety of environmental education programs, including an AAS Degree and Basic Certificate in Environmental Technology, a Building Energy Technologies certificate program and Urban Agro-ecology classes.
  • Wright College has been awarded the distinction of “Tree Campus USA” for the past five years by the Arbor Day Foundation.
  • Wright’s campus features 589 trees, with 40 species represented, including the Chinkapin Oak and Blue Beech, planted on Earth Day 2015!
  • Wright’s Student Environmental Club has been hosting Earth Day events for the past 15 years!
  • Wright College hosted a fueling stop during the June 2014 statewide Electric Vehicle Road Trip.
  • Wright’s sustainability initiatives were featured in the Spring 2014 issue of Chicagoland Buildings and Environments magazine.
  • Wright College also features:
    • A free electric vehicle charging station
    • A photovoltaic array (solar panels) on the parking garage
    • An apiary (beehives) that produces honey
    • A green roof and solar water heating system on the roof of the Science Building
    • 7 “Hydration Stations” throughout campus to discourage plastic water bottle waste (more than 200,000 bottles saved)
    • A community garden.

For more information about Wright’s environmental education programs or initiatives, please contact Dave Inman, Director of the Environmental Technology program.

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