Last week, a group of lab managers from across the City Colleges of Chicago met at Olive-Harvey College to attend a lab safety training meeting and discussion. Dr. Oliver Pergams of Olive-Harvey led them out on a tour of the beautiful wetland on campus, a 10-acre space that is home to white-tailed deer, coyotes, red-winged blackbirds, prairie crayfish, butterflies, dragonflies, and many native plants.
One of the images features a rare, native orchid species that is popping up all over the wetland. Can you spot it?
Happy trails to Bob Tamillo, known to his friends and coworkers as “Bobby T.” Today marks his last day at the City Colleges of Chicago, where he completed 401 planning and construction projects over the last 28 years. He has been a facilities planner for the past 50 years, and has found his work exciting, challenging and fulfilling.
Best wishes in retirement to him and his wife Bonnie (also retiring today from the UIC Medical Center).
In just a few minutes, power down! CCC is participating in a District-wide energy curtailment exercise to test our energy reduction capabilities. The goal is to establish and maintain the ability to meet energy grid reduction requirement in times of peak energy usage.
This will help the city of Chicago avoid “brownouts” which are caused by increased demand for electricity, often in the summer when thousands of homes are running their AC’s.
Sustainability at CCC would like to congratulate our 2014 Bike2Campus week winner Nestor Zavala, a student at Harold Washington College! Nestor was a top participant during the annual, city-wide Bike2Campus week which took place during Earth Week last month.
For his participation Nestor was awarded a one year Divvy Bikes membership to use for easy, fast and fun commuting around town. A big thanks to Nestor and all who participated!
Today, we celebrated Earth Day at City Colleges of Chicago! The Harold Washington College community took a #GlobalSelfie this afternoon, Commissioner Mariyana Spyropolous of the Metropolitan Water Reclamation District presented at Truman College, and students planted three trees at Wright College.
Spyropolous talked about the Chicago region’s impact on the environment and how the Stickney Water Reclamation Plant is the largest wastewater treatment plant in the world, serving 2.38 million people over 260 square miles.
Click here to learn more about how what CCC is doing every day to be green.
If you’re interested in helping out, tomorrow is the annual Olive-Harvey College Spring Wetland Cleanup. Contact Professor Oliver Pergams at email@example.com and learn more about the Wetland here: http://www.cccwetland.org/.
At City Colleges of Chicago, we are continuously working to improve our recycling numbers. In 2013 we transitioned to a single-stream recycling effort, which means we can put all recyclable items into one blue bin instead of in separate recycle bins. District-wide, this change has reduced the amount of recyclable goods that end up in landfills and has resulted in a 20-percent increase in City Colleges’ recycling rate (compared to 2012).
In 2013, City Colleges of Chicago recycled a total of 212.18 tons of waste, which is about 16% of the total waste district-wide. This waste reduction is equivalent to 566.5 metric tons of carbon dioxide emissions. It also means that the amount recycled by City Colleges of Chicago in 2013 had the green house gas equivalent of 63,511 gallons of gasoline being burned and also equals the amount of carbon dioxide sequestered in one year by 464 acres of U.S. forests.
*For more detailed information/data on waste and recycling at City Colleges of Chicago, visit our website or contact our Sustainability Manager John Brophy via email at firstname.lastname@example.org.