South Suburban College to Host Campus Cleanup Day

SOUTH HOLLAND, IL—(ENEWSPF)—October 7, 2013. The South Suburban College (SSC) Green Club, along with the Sustainability Committee, announce the 2nd annual Campus Cleanup Day on Wednesday, October 23, 2013.  Participants will meet in the Student Government Office near the Cafeteria at 2:00 p.m. The event will coincide with National Campus Sustainability Day, also on October 23rd

Additionally, the Sustainability Committee will be showcasing SSC’s first “Hydration Station” in the Cafeteria.  This station dispenses cold, filtered water and is designed to accommodate refillable bottles.  The Hydration Station promotes environmental responsibility, plastic bottle reduction, and access to cleaner water.  An E-waste Recycling Station will be set up in the Cafeteria on Campus Cleanup Day, and is also open to the public.

In other sustainability news at SSC, the Green Club recently delivered organic pumpkins (meeting USDA standard of organic) grown on campus to kids in the SSC Child Development Center.  The college’s Building Construction Technology program built above ground beds for the pumpkin patch to begin testing conditions for a future community garden.

The SSC Sustainability Committee was established in 2011 to coordinate the college’s efforts in sustainability leadership within its community.  SSC students also chartered the 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 Governor Pat Quinn and the Green Governments Coordinating Council as a “Bronze Level Compact School” within the Illinois Campus Sustainability Compact program. 

“South Suburban College takes sustainability very seriously, and we will continue to look for ways to implement green initiatives on campus,” said Don Manning, SSC president. 

SSC will also be participating in the 4th annual South Metropolitan Higher Education Consortium (SMHEC) Sustainability Conference on October 18, 2013.  For more information about sustainability at SSC, please call (708) 596-2000, ext. 2212.