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Composting Big Time in Beantown: What MA is Doing with Their Leftovers and Other Stories

by Anna McColgan for SUST 240 Massachusetts is a state steeped in history. From sports teams to educational institutions, we pride ourselves largely on our past. Despite this persistent culture of nostalgia, some recent news may be placing Massachusetts closer … Continue reading

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Listen to the Worms! Getting Started with Vermicomposting

by Alyssa Carabez for SUST 240 A Facebook status post from a co-worker inquiring if any friends wanted a “free composting bin complete with worms and soil to get you started” prompted my curiosity. Sarah is a bartender at the … Continue reading

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Turn Waste into Resources by Playing the Recycle Game

by Shondra Watson for SUST 210 We all know that Chicago is a city full of people, businesses, and communities. Although its northwest neighbor of Schaumburg is not equally as large or busy, as a thriving city of about 75,000 … Continue reading

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Untapped Urban Land Resource: the Chicago Transit Authority

by Katie Budney for SUST 240 Most of us are familiar with the CTA as a method of transportation. Fewer of us are aware that the agency also operates in a landlord capacity. The CTA rents parking spaces, offices, and … Continue reading

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Cleaning Up Industrial Waste in Calumet Heights IL

by Danielle Cooperstock for SUST 240 The United States Department of Justice announced on September 3, 2014 on their Office of Public Affairs that a $26 settlement was agreed upon by the federal Department of Justice and Environmental Protection Agency … Continue reading

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RU Student/Faculty Team Give Presentation to the Schaumburg Community Garden Club

This past Wednesday at the monthly meeting of the 25-year-old Schaumburg Community Garden Club, SUST undergrad MaryBeth Radeck and professor Mike Bryson teamed up to give a presentation at the Spring Valley Nature Center about the sustainable landscape transformation at … Continue reading

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Cutting Back on Pollution (and Jobs) at Coal-Fired Power Plants in Joliet and Romeville

As reported in the Friday 8 Aug 2014 edition of the Joliet Herald-News, NRG Energy company is planning to reducing coal-fired power generation at its Romeoville IL station and convert the coal-fired plant in Joliet over time to natural gas. … Continue reading

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