Earth Month kicked off yesterday, and according to Dr. Darryl Pendleton, the COD has a full slate of events celebrating new initiatives for helping the college achieve its goal of “going from lilac to green.”
Ranking high in recyclable waste (medical and general office waste) the COD wants to find innovative ways to reduce its environmental footprint. The COD's Jacqueline Kalan has coordinated with UIC’s Office of Sustainability to assess how the college can continue in its mission to go green. Some of the first results of the assessment are new signage above the recycling bins and a new pipette recycling program. Eventually there will be new recycling bins that will better facilitate recycling on the consumer end and easier pick up of the recycled goods on the janitorial end.
There will also be several exciting events going on throughout the month. Friday, April 11th Dr. Knight is presenting on “Our Green Future.” Wednesday, April 16th, Drs. Wu and Colvard are co-presenting on “Plants in Oral Health.” Both lunch and learns will be held in lecture hall south. The month of events culminates Tuesday, April 22nd with an Earth Day Celebration and a tree tagging event.
Additionally, there will be weekly tips going out to the COD on ways to reduce our environmental impact. For example, the college currently goes through 30-40 boxes of paper a month (approximately 5000 sheets at $31/box). By utilizing email (and not printing them out!), tablets and other technological advances, the college is trying to reduce the amount of paper consumed. Keep an eye on your inbox for more facts and figures and find out how you can make a difference.