North Central College - Naperville, IL

Recycling, collection results from Move Out 2012

The North Central College campus did a great job during June's Move Out in helping reduce waste, electronics and more from going to a landfill.

The North Central College campus did a great job during Move Out in June 2012 in helping reduce waste, electronics, used carpet and more from going to a landfill.

Recycling/donation options during resident student move-out

Through June 8, North Central provides options for electronics and carpet recycling, furniture and food donations and more for students, faculty, staff.

As part of the resident student year-end move-out, North Central College is providing several options to students, faculty and staff to recycle unwanted, nonworking electronics and used carpet; donate furniture, clothing and food; collect medications; and dispose of household hazardous waste. These services are available on campus through Friday, June 8.
 
Electronics recycling
The College will provide recycling bins for unwanted, nonworking electronics located next to each designated residence hall dumpster at these locations:

North Central partners with Lowe’s to create garden for needy residents

Students work to clear the land before building garden beds
North Central College’s SIFE and employee volunteers at Lowe’s join forces to create a self-sustaining, organic community garden for immigrant residents.

North Central College’s Students In Free Enterprise (SIFE) joined forces with employee volunteers at Lowe’s Naperville home improvement retail store to create a self-sustaining, organic garden for immigrant residents associated with the nonprofit Emmanuel House CDC.

College installs new bike racks

College installs new bike racks

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A recent bike audit determined that in addition to the 150 red bikes on campus, an additional 191 personal bikes are being used on campus. To increase parking locations for these bikes, staff in the maintenance department recently installed bike racks at the front entrance of Merner Field House, Student Village, Championship Plaza, and Kimmel, Seybert and Schneller residence halls. Soon, racks will be installed near Carnegie Hall. These new locations are in addition to the bike racks installed at Seager and Rall residence halls this summer.  



Green Cleaning system gives new life to old things

Green Cleaning system gives new life to old things

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This fall North Central College announced it was shifting to a Green Cleaning system. This change brought not only new cleaning products that use fewer chemicals, but also new dispensers to accommodate eco-friendly products. All old cleaning products and dispensers around campus were removed and replaced with new greener products and dispensers.



North Central College offers new course in green chemistry

New this fall, a green chemistry course will focus on the design of chemical products and processes that eliminate the use of hazardous substances.

This fall North Central is offering a green chemistry course for the first time. Paul Brandt, professor of chemistry and chair of chemistry and physics, will be teaching the CHM 430 Special Topics: Green Chemistry course, which focuses on the design of chemical products and processes that eliminate the use or generation of hazardous substances.

North Central College Residence Hall/Recreation Center earns design awards

North Central College’s Residence Hall/Recreation Center has earned two construction awards for its sustainable design.

Sept. 15, 2011—North Central College’s innovative and environmentally friendly Residence Hall/Recreation Center has earned two construction awards for its sustainable design.

The Precast/Prestressed Concrete Institute (PCI) awarded the facility the 2011 honor for Best Sustainable Design. The Res/Rec Center also received an honorable mention in the Harry H. Edwards Industry Advancement Award category.

College receives grant to start composting program fall term

College receives grant to start composting program fall term

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North Central College was awarded a grant through the Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity Illinois Food Scrap Composting grants program to begin a composting program in Kaufman Dining Hall.



Students’ outdoor assignment for environmental studies class changes their view

Students in the Environmental Studies 120, People and Nature class, tend campus garden and landscaping as part of class work and learn more than gardening.

Two columns of rectangular black plots of dirt along the pedestrian spine produce a variety of vegetables the campus community can eat at Kaufman Dining Hall.

Several students have helped tend these plots as part of Environmental Studies 120, People and Nature, taught by Martha Bohrer (photo, below), associate professor of English.

Carpet from Kroehler Field is repurposed, recycled

Carpet from Kroehler Field is repurposed, recycled

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As work on the Kroehler Field resurfacing project in Benedetti-Wehrli Stadium continues, the College has arranged for the disposal of the rubber field or “carpet” that was removed. FieldTurf Corporation, the company installing and supplying the new field, has told North Central it will try to either recycle or reuse the removed carpet. In addition, a percentage of the carpet has been repurposed by the Cardinal baseball team for several batting practice locations. 



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