Speaker Event: Howard Lerner -
Raffle and Recycling Celebration
- 4 pm in the Lobby
Includes all you can eat &
The purpose of this
event will be to unveil the new Paper/ Bottle&Can/ Garbage
recycling bins and to kick off Chicago-Kent/ IIT Downtown
Campus' new Paper Recycling Program! Although the school
has been recycling paper through a passive recycling program,
the new program should recycle more than 90% of all our paper
waste. But, the success of this paper recycling
program will depend to a large extent on whether students
actually use the bins. If we contaminate the paper waste
by more than 10%, we'll have to pay the firm for every pound
of garbage they pick up. Right now they'll be picking it
up for free, so contamination will basically destroy this
Coming Very Soon to a Hallway,
Library, and Classroom Near You …
Introducing IIT’s Downtown Campus’ New Paper Recycling
Looking for the perfect place to throw that used,
uncontaminated piece of paper? This Earth Day, look no further
than the cool new paper recycling bins located around campus –
it’s all part of IIT’s new Paper Recycling Program.
The new program was the brainchild of the Recycling
Committee, a crew made up of environmental law, business,
management and design students – and the result of a
productive partnership between the committee and the building
management folks. Its unveiling during this year’s Earth Day
celebration is the culmination of a year’s worth of blood,
sweat and tears on behalf of this dedicated team. So make sure
you come out to the Earth Day celebration on April 22 from 4
to 7 in the main lobby to shake hands with the new bins.
You’ll also enjoy free food, drinks, great speakers – and
folks dressed up as their favorite plants and animals. It
doesn't get better than this!
But back to the Paper Recycling Program. To ensure that the
whole program is a smashing long-term success, we all have to
use the bins properly. That means the paper has got to be
clean – so the piece that caught the ketchup while you
were eating your veggie burger won’t do.
Whether you’re a rabid recycler or just luke-warm on the
idea, please lend the program your unwavering support. Use the
bins. And feel really good – since we’re running out of both –
about saving the trees and landfill space.
Your Green Scene
Ever wonder how IIT keeps the planet in mind when we make
decisions about the place where you spend all your time?
Here’s some of the green thinking that goes on behind the
scenes of the downtown campus:
We participate in a passive recycling program. This
means our scavenger service does most of the trash sorting
for recyclables. To make this more effective, you’ll
notice there are separate receptacles on site for cans,
bottles and plastic containers. Please use them! (Soon
you’ll be seeing separate receptacles for our new paper
recycling program. More information on the program coming
All toner cartridges in our printers and photocopiers
are either picked up by a recycler or sent back to the
manufacturer for recycling.
Not to worry about the grease from your burger and
fries. That too gets picked up for recycling.
We’ve recycled the rugs right out from under your feet.
Old carpets from our re-carpeting efforts over the past
two years have found useful second lives.
Eucalyptus, it’s not just for clearing stuffy noses
anymore. Our high-quality paper, though not recycled, is
made from eucalyptus trees grown on a eucalyptus tree farm
in Brazil. The trees, once felled, can sprout three more
times, and mature in a minimum seven years. The
by-products from the manufacturing of the paper are also
reused for power generation, organic forest fertilizer,
and the production of forest seedlings. Our paper is made
from 100 percent chlorine-free pulp and can be
When we can, and when the equipment is not too
obsolete, we give out-dated computer equipment to groups
or not-for-profit organizations.
The hard-working wooden pallets and skids used to cart
stuff to and from IIT are given to small vendors who
either recycle them, or rebuild them to resell to pallet
We work with a number of companies to maximize our
energy and cost savings, and continue to look for
opportunities to do more. We also participate in ComEd’s
curtailment program, which means we reduce our electricity
consumption upon ComEd’s request during peak summer season
and receive a financial incentive in return. This saves us
energy and money.
Bottom line – we’re committed to improving the
environmental performance of the downtown campus. We’ll
continue making decisions that take it easier on the planet
and make good business sense for the campus.
Fellowship applications are due today!
If you need an application or have a question, email firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Environmental Law Society will hold
elections at the end of April. We have had a very successful
year due to the dedication and hard work of our board and
membership. Please help us ensure that ELS continues to be a
voice for environmental protection and education at
Chicago-Kent and elsewhere. Run for office!!
Below you will find a description of the
various board positions. If interested, please submit a short
(1-2 paragraph) statement to Josh Basofin
(email@example.com) by April 30th.
PRESIDENT: Oversees the general logistics of
ELS, including financial affairs and general activity
planning, by communicating with the board and the school's
administration. Presides over board and membership meetings.
Delegates responsibilities to the board and general
membership. Provides support to the vice presidents in
planning the Fall Speaker Event and Earth Day Celebration.
Assists in fundraising efforts.
VICE PRESIDENT FOR EXTERNAL AFFAIRS: Oversees
the planning for the Fall Speaker Event. Serves as liaison to
the National Association of Environmental Law Societies. Plans
programs that occur outside the school, including beach
clean-ups and educational field trips. Coordinates outreach
efforts and ELS participation in external programs, such as
purchasing pollution emissions credits.
VICE PRESIDENT FOR INTERNAL AFFAIRS: Oversees
the planning for the Earth Day Celebration. Coordinates
"campus greening" efforts, including persuading Chicago-Kent
to increase its recycling program, urging the cafeteria to use
sustainable foods and utensils, and generally promoting
environmental stewardship at the school.
SECRETARY: Coordinates membership
participation in activities and fundraising events, including
maintaining sign-up lists. Takes minutes at board and
membership meetings. Communicates with the board and general
membership via the ELS list serve. Submits notices of ELS
programs to The Record and The Commentator.
TREASURER: Oversees ELS's financial affairs.
Keeps records of bank statements. Withdraws and deposits funds
as needed. Maintains the checkbook and reimburses members as
PLANNING COMMITTEE CHAIRPERSON: Brainstorms
new activities for ELS, including fundraisers. Works closely
with VP for External Affairs to implement such
Comments? Suggestions? E-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.