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Roosevelt University’s Sustainability Awards & Recognition

Over the last year, Roosevelt University has been recognized by industry leaders and national standards organizations for continuously working to integrate measurable sustainability efforts throughout its campuses and provides advice and leadership to the community.

Campus Sustainability

Gold Level, Illinois Campus Sustainability Compact

First recognized with Bronze status in 2012 by Illinois Governor Pat Quinn and the state’s Green Government Coordinating Council, Roosevelt University was one of the first 21 higher-education institutions in Illinois to be honored in recognition of its leadership in college-campus sustainability. Roosevelt achieved Gold status in December, 2014.

 Society of Environmentally Responsible Facilities

Certified by the Society of Environmentally Responsible Facilities (SERF)

The Wabash academic building has been certified by the Society of Environmentally Responsible Facilities (SERF), which provides an affordable, streamlined and accessible path to green building certification. Joe Maguire, President and co-founder of SERF stated, “The vertical campus provides the Chicago skyline with both environmental sustainability as well as practical institutional resources.”

 National Wildlife Federation

Certified Wildlife Habitat by the National Wildlife Federation

By providing food, water, cover and places for wildlife to raise their young, Roosevelt University’s tall grass prairie has earned recognition from the National Wildlife Federation as a Certified Wildlife Habitat. Located in Schaumburg, one of the largest urban centers near Chicago, the campus is surrounded by shopping malls and commercial buildings, which are unfriendly to wildlife. Roosevelt’s green campus, on the other hand, is literally bursting with life this summer. It now serves as an important oasis for migrating birds, insects and animals of all types.

2013 Emerald Award - Green Building Council

2013 Emerald Award from the USGBC for Green Initiatives

Honored in May, 2013 as the only higher-education recipient in Illinois out of 70 nominees, Roosevelt was selected for the “Green Innovation Award: Green Schools” for holistic approach to pursuing environmental sustainability at both the Chicago and Schaumburg campuses.
2013 Princeton Review Guide

Inclusion in 2013 Princeton Review Guide to 322 Green Colleges

Only those universities and colleges scoring 83 or above and offering “notable commitments to sustainability in academic offerings, campus infrastructure, activities and career preparation” were chosen for inclusion according to the Princeton Review and the USGBC partnership.

Tree Campus USA Designation

Tree Campus USA designation

One of only eleven higher education institutions in the state. The designation was earned through active stewardship of trees on the Schaumburg campus from the National Arbor Foundation and State of Illinois Department of Natural Resources.

Urban Land Institute

Roosevelt Accepts Vision Award for Wabash Building

Roosevelt’s LEED Gold Wabash Building was recognized a 2013 Vision Award winner in the Project category for its inventiveness, quality, and commitment to community and land use by the Urban Land Institute of Chicago.

Vision Awards are determined by the innovative characteristics contributing to the success of the facility, not the size of the project or its budget. Winners were selected by a jury of peers.

The 1,000-member Urban Land Institute of Chicago provides expertise and guidance on land use and development issues to local communities through comprehensive technical assistance services and infrastructure initiatives.
LEED Silver Award

USGBC LEED Silver-certified Chicago’s Lillian and Larry Goodman Center

A new, two-floor athletic facility adjacent to the Wabash “vertical” campus sports a 3500 square foot green roof planted in natives reduces the heat island effect and supports biodiversity in Chicago’s loop.
LEED Gold Award

USGBC LEED Gold-certified Chicago’s Wabash “vertical” campus

Opened in 2012, the 413,000 SF “vertical” campus earned Gold-certification. Features include, 30% energy savings over standard Chicago building codes, recycled materials and recycling construction waste, automated recycling chutes, conversion of 80% of food waste and recycled packaging to compost reused in the community garden in Schaumburg, mattress recycling system, daylighting, indoor bike parking, “visual noise” glass to protect migrating birds and 4,000 SF of green roof and on-site roof top farming.
Illinois Food Scrap Coalition

Gold Partner, Illinois Food Scrap Coalition

Roosevelt University has been recognized by the Illinois Food Scrap Coalition (IFSC) as a Gold Partner by “demonstrating the highest level of commitment to food scrap diversion by composting both pre- and post-consumer food scrap.” Additionally, it strives to analyze supply vs. waste and continuously adjust its waste reduction methods accordingly.
Conservation Foundation Recipient 2012

Conservation Foundation “Conservation@Work” Recipient 2012

Roosevelt’s Schaumburg campus meets stringent requirements for native plants, water conservation and wildlife benefit. Water is managed to reduce runoff, erosion and pollutants.