Author Archives: futureofschaumburg

Waste and the Single (K) Cup

by Sarah Tag for SUST 240 If you are a coffee drinker, you almost certainly know what Keurig machines are: single-serve coffee brewing systems produced for home and commercial use. They function using small, air-tight plastic containers, called K-cups, that are … Continue reading

Posted in Economics, Education, Food, News, Recycling, Students, Sustainability, Waste

Recycling as a Carrot (Not a Stick)

by MaryBeth Radeck for SUST 240 Over the last five years around the country, cities have been penalizing households for ignoring their civic duty to recycle through fines for not recycling. $100 fines to households in Cleveland and whopping $500 fines … Continue reading

Posted in Economics, Education, Recycling, Students, Sustainability, Waste

Plots Still Available for the RU Community Garden at the Schaumburg Campus!

Roosevelt University’s Physical Resources Department is coordinating the Schaumburg campus’ RUrbanPioneer Community Garden for the 2015 growing season. This is the garden’s fourth year and its leadership team, led by senior SUST major and Environmental Sustainability Associate Mary Rasic, is excited to get … Continue reading

Posted in Agriculture, Education, Food, Gardening, Roosevelt, Schaumburg, Schaumburg Campus, Students, Sustainability

Setting a Sustainable Example: Local Businesses Strive to Reduce Food Waste

by Michelle Trispel for SUST 240 In an average American trash can, one is likely to find a combination of two things: food and packaging. When mixed together, these otherwise useful materials become trash. “Together, food and packaging/containers account for almost … Continue reading

Posted in Business, Chicago, Food, Recycling, Students, Sustainability, Waste

Oak Park and River Forest Sustainability Plan: PlanItGreen

by Akilah Mitchell for SUST 240 Oak Park and River Forest are two of many western suburbs in the Chicago area on the rise toward becoming a sustainable community. They’ve currently have set in stone a 10-year plan to make their … Continue reading

Posted in Communities, Oak Park, Planning, Recycling, Students, Sustainability, Waste

Smog, Pollution, and Improving the Chicago Region’s Air Quality

by Melanie Blume for SUST 240 Ever wondered where that smog we see hanging over the city in the morning actually comes from? And what happens when we breathe it in? The collective cloud is referred to as particle pollution. It’s … Continue reading

Posted in Chicago, Pollution, Science, Students, Sustainability, Waste

Hope for Illinois’ Jeopardized Electronics Recycling Programs

by Tiffany Mucci for SUST 240 Last week brought a glimmer of hope for Illinois’ electronic waste recycling program. Lauren Leone-Cross reported in the Joliet Herald-News on Tuesday, February 10th, of the filing of House Bill 1455, which has local governments … Continue reading

Posted in Economics, News, Recycling, Students, Sustainability, Waste, Will County