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Image credits:  MaryBeth Radeck, John Damascus, CJ Granberg

Habitat Initiative

Biodiversity Support

In 2013, Roosevelt University launched its efforts in Schaumburg to become certified by the National Wildlife Federation to become a Schoolyard Habitat®. The University's Schaumburg campus provides food, water, cover and a place to raise young as demonstrated by the families of geese, ducks, birds and insects living and breeding on campus.

Native biodiversity is supported through a constant flow of water through a retention basin, which also serves to detain rain water and protect streams from erosion. Native wildflowers support insects which in turn feed birds and others up through the food chain. Many different species of deciduous and coniferous trees provide a place to raise young, as well as food, nuts and cover.

This year, students, faculty and administration are participating in certification by recording wildlife living on campus though photos and videos posted to the school’s blog and social media. In addition, Boy Scout Troop #392 will identify tree species on the Schaumburg campus. Surprisingly, Roosevelt University urban buildings in Chicago support biodiversity, too. Green roofs substitute for lost habitat by providing space for plants, related microbes, biota and insects to thrive. Birds find unexpected resting places and nesting support.

Even the mostly glass-exterior on the Wabash building warns birds to avoid windows with “visual noise” and transparency reduction.

Rooftop Garden - Wabash Building