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Earth Month in Chicago

Northwestern celebrates Earth Day throughout April with a wide variety of events designed to engage the University community in issues of environmental sustainability. Here are some of the events being planned for April 2017 in Chicago. Check back soon for details or visit the sustainNU Facebook page for regular updates. 

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Catch the Purple Unicorn

April 1 – 30
Last November, Northwestern worked with the Divvy bike share system to introduce a purple Northwestern-branded Divvy bike.  This unique "purple unicorn" bike was removed from circulation at the end of January, and it will be back for more adventures this April. Throughout the month, keep your eyes peeled for the purple unicorn, and share your photos with the hashtag “#NUDivvy” for a chance to win prizes.

ENERGY STAR® Photo Booth

11 a.m. to 1 p.m., April 14
Arthur Rubloff Building, Main Atrium, 375 E. Chicago Ave., Chicago
Stop by the ENERGY STAR photo booth to share what you do to save energy. Write down your energy saving tip, snap a photo, and have a cookie.

Reception for Art Inspired by the Science of Climate Change Exhibit

4 p.m. to 6 p.m., April 14
Arthur Rubloff Building, Main Atrium, 375 E. Chicago Ave., Chicago     
Join the Northwestern Pritzker School of Law and sustainNU at a reception for the opening of an exhibit of art inspired by the science of climate change. Meet the artist, Alisa Singer, a Northwestern Pritzker School of Law graduate who took up art after retiring from the practice of corporate law. The work featured in the exhibit was inspired by the aesthetic design elements of scientific charts and graphs.

Art Inspired by the Science of Climate Change, Chicago Exhibit      

8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Mondays to Fridays, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturdays, April 14 to 30 
Arthur Rubloff Building, Main Atrium, 375 E. Chicago Ave., Chicago    

Visit the main atrium of the Arthur Rubloff Building in downtown Chicago to view an exhibit of art inspired by the science of climate change. The works by artist and Northwestern Pritzker School of Law graduate Alisa Singer transform data into stunning illustrations that tell the story of our changing climate. 

March for Science, Chicago

10 a.m., April 22
Congress Parkway and Michigan Ave., Chicago
For one day only, Columbus Drive is becoming Science Drive. The goals of the event are: to show support for the scientific community; to safeguard the scientific process; and to publicly celebrate science, which helps us make sense of ourselves and our world. The rally starts at 10 a.m. and the march begins at 11 a.m. Enter through Congress Parkway and Michigan Avenue. Get the details here. 

Keep Streeterville Beautiful

9 a.m. – 11 a.m., April 22
Lake Shore Park, 808 N. Lake Shore Drive, Chicago
Join the Streeterville Organization of Active Residents (SOAR) for a spring clean-up event near Northwestern’s Chicago campus. All necessary supplies to help will be provided as well as refreshments. Meet at the tennis courts and pitch in to contribute to the Streeterville neighborhood.

Bike to Campus Week

April 21 to 28
During the week of April 21, Northwestern will compete with other Chicago-area colleges and universities in the Chicagoland Bike 2 Campus Week challenges. Ride your bike to campus and log your trips to help Northwestern claim the title of Bike 2 Campus Champions.  

Bike Tune-Up Station - Chicago 

11:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m., April 25
Courtyard between Wieboldt and Searle Buildings, Chicago 

Bring your bike for a quick tune-up, purchase a bike lock, or register your bike with University Police. A mechanic from local bike shop Village Cycle will pump up tires, oil chains, and make other quick adjustments to get you ready for spring cycling. 

Transportation Benefits Session, Chicago Campus 

Noon to 1 p.m., April 28
Wieboldt Hall, room 408, Chicago
Join sustainNU and HR Benefits to learn about the advantages that Northwestern employees can enjoy related to transportation, including pre-tax commuter benefits, Divvy discounts, and more! Each participant will receive a free 24-hour Divvy pass. Refreshments and snacks will be provided; please bring a bag lunch.

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