SOUTH HOLLAND, IL The South Suburban College Sustainability Committee is pleased to announce its 4th annual Earth Awareness Day & Expo to be held on Wednesday, April 9, 2014, from 9:00 a.m. 3:00 p.m. at the Main Campus in South Holland. All of the Earth Awareness Day presentations and activities are completely free of charge and open to the public. The Cook County Environmental Control will also be hosting a prescription drug take-back throughout the day in the Atrium (including: liquids, inhalers and mercury thermometers; excluding: controlled substances, needles and syringes), and there will be an e-waste collection for used electronics and computers conducted by the Keeling Family Foundation and the VetTech.US Program.
The Earth Awareness Day & Expo schedule is as follows:
9:00 a.m. Urban AgricultureCreating a garden in a limited urban space.
Presented by: Blake Davis, Adjunct Professor of Sustainability and Urban Agriculture, Illinois Institute of Technology
10:00 a.m.Converting Biosolid Waste to FertilizerWhere it comes from, how it's treated for safe and beneficial uses, and examples of various applications.
Presented by: Dr. Lakwinder S. Hundal, CPSS, Metropolitan Water Reclamation District
11:00 a.m. The Little Calumet RiverIt was used for everything a river could be used for good and bad. The pollution has been stopped and nature has taken over with hardly any notice.
Presented by: Mike Echterling, Friends of the Little Calumet River
12:00 p.m. Building DeconstructionHow to recycle as much as possible from buildings that are being remodeled or razed.
Presented by: Alex Enarson, Assistant Manager, Rebuilding Exchange
1:00 p.m. Green Cleaning and Green Cleaning ProductsThe methods and products that are gentle on us and our environment.
Presented by: Representative from the American Federation of Teachers
2:00 p.m. SSC TreesWeather permitting, attendees will take a campus tour and see SSC's native trees.
Presented by: Eric Myers and Dave Shepard, SSC faculty
The Sustainability Committee was established in 2011 to coordinate SSC's efforts in sustainability leadership within its community, and has adopted the following vision statement:
South Suburban College strives to be a leader in sustainability efforts. This mission is achieved in several ways. College initiatives include, but are not limited to, renovating College buildings for energy efficiency, purchasing a percentage of renewable energy and eco-friendly products, encouraging campus programs that incorporate reducing, reusing and recycling, providing contemporary training for the green economy and supplying sustainability information and forums to the College district. Our most important goal is to educate our staff and students to practice environmental stewardship at home and in the community.