South Suburban Chiselers, Illiana Woodturners and the Hickory Hills Woodworkers demonstrated art made from salvaged trees. | Supplied photo
Updated: June 27, 2013 6:07AM
South Suburban College recently hosted its second annual “SSC Earth Awareness Day,” featuring a variety of presentations and services related to sustainability.
Presentations included a speaker from the Rock Island Clean Line, the Southeast Environmental Task Force, and a session on “green” cleaning and products.
A tilapia farmer was a featured speaker of the afternoon.
Additional recycling services visited the campus for Earth Awareness Day. The one-day event resulted in the collection of 85 pounds of pills, 5 pounds of aerosols, a container of e-waste, 43 pairs of eyeglasses and 25 cell phones, all exceeding last year’s totals.
“South Suburban College takes sustainability very seriously, and we will continue to look for ways to implement green initiatives on campus,” SSC President Don Manning said. “Events such as Earth Awareness Day are an opportunity to educate in addition to being very productive in terms of recycling and networking green resources.”
The sustainability committee was established in 2011 to coordinate SSC’s efforts in sustainability leadership within its community.
Students chartered the SSC Green Club in 2012 behind the leadership of its president and student trustee, Rebecca Garcia. In 2013, the college’s growing activity earned recognition from Gov. Pat Quinn and the Green Governments Coordinating Council as a “Bronze Level Compact School” within the Illinois Campus Sustainability Compact program.
For more information, call (708) 596-2000, Ext. 2212.