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Dekalb Ewaste Pickup on April 14th

On April 14, 2012, the DeKalb County Solid Waste Management Program and the DeKalb County Farm Bureau will be sponsoring an Electronics Recycling Collection according to Jane Lux, Public Health Administrator at the DeKalb County Health Department. The event is funded by the DeKalb County Solid Waste fund and is offered at no charge to DeKalb County residents. Photo ID is required.

How Global Warming Works

Iteresting fact, 125 years ago, the high was 0 degrees, today it will be close to 80 degrees.

DeKalb begins new Electric Recycling Program

Tuesday at 12:00 PM at the DeKalb County Health Department, there will be a meeting to discuss a new electronics recycling program.

NIU gets new Zero Emissions Electric Truck

As NIU continues to become a more sustainable campus, Building Services is pleased to announce the recent purchase of an Electric Bobcat ZX40ST Zero Emmisions Truck. ZX40ST offers a viable, eco-friendly and cost-effective alternative to traditional internal combustion vehicles.

NIU 3R is on Facebook

The NIU 3R website now has it's own Facebook page. Stop by and Like Us.

Thursday, March 29, 2012

How Global Warming Works

 Iteresting fact, 125 years ago, the high was 0 degrees, today it will be close to 80 degrees.

Monday, March 26, 2012

DeKalb begins new Electrical Recycling Program

Tuesday at 12:00 PM at the DeKalb County Health Department, there will be a meeting to discuss a new electronics recycling program.  The meeting will be with an electronics recycling representative (ERC of Chicago) and Crystal Springmire from the DeKalb County Health Department.

Thursday, March 22, 2012

Daily Chronicle | NIU group to host Reuse-A-Palooza

Wednesday, March 21, 2012

NIU in top third of RecycleMania competition - Northern Star Online: News

Today is the 46th day NIU has been competing in RecycleMania, and the school is currently ranked in the top third of the competition.

NIU 3R Game Night Wednesday March 28th 7PM

Northern Illinois University 3R program will host a game night in the Stevenson South smart room starting at 7:00 pm on Wednesday. The event will be a fun way to promote 3R on campus, educate students on 3R initiatives and give one final push for RecycleMania.

This event is FREE to all students and staff. Eco-trivia, Bozo buckets, reused/recycled craft demonstration and more! Eco-friendly NIU swag will be given out for prizes, sponsored by NIU Building Services & Recycling Services and RecycleMania's sponsor, Keep America Beautiful.

Want to know more about NIU recycling? Do you have ideas of how NIU can improve their program? This will be a fun and informal way to accomplish these goals.

Would you like to get involved with this event or have suggestions for games/activities? Please contact Sarah Wawerski swawerski@niu.edu

Monday, March 19, 2012

Couple breaking into the art world with recycled glass mosaics | Yakima Herald-Republic

Recycled glass artwork will be displayed this weekend in Genoa, IL. 

Tuesday, March 13, 2012

NIU’s ‘Island Snake Lady’ wins award

Monday, March 12, 2012

Knowing the Lorax

 For the last two weeks, the moving, The Lorax, which based off the Dr. Seuss classic children's story has been the number one movie in America. The Lorax was first published in 1971. It chronicles the plight of the environment and the Lorax, who speaks for the trees against the greedy Once-ler. As in most Dr. Seuss works, most of the creatures mentioned are original to the book.
The book is commonly recognized as a fable concerning the danger corporate greed poses to nature, using the literary element of personification to give life to industry as the Once-ler (whose face is never shown in any of the story's illustrations or in the television special) and the environment as The Lorax.
A young boy residing in a polluted, grim world visits a strange creature called the Once-ler. He asks the Once-ler why the world is in such a run-down state. The Once-ler explains to the boy that he arrived in a beautiful, cheerful world containing happy, playful fauna that spent their days romping around blissfully among "Truffula trees." The Once-ler begins to cut down the truffula trees, thinking they will help him craft "Thneeds," his invention that he thinks everyone will need.
  The Lorax, a small orange creature, appears from the stump of a truffula tree. He "speaks for the trees" and warns the Once-ler of the consequences of cutting down the truffula trees, but the Once-ler ignores him. Soon the once beautiful land becomes polluted and the fauna flee to find more hospitable habitats. Eventually the final Truffula tree is cut down, leading to the closure of Once-Ler's factory and the disappearance of the Lorax. The book then returns to the present, ending on an ambiguous yet optimistic note where the Once-Ler gives the boy the last Truffula seed and encourages him to plant it so that Truffula trees can return.
  While considered a bit more "gloomy" than the regular Dr. Seuss books, the message remains the same that when a balance is found between progress and nature, there can be a peace and unity and that there is always  hope to preserve and rebuild the environment. It's a very clear and cut message, if you excuse the pun and that when we care for the environment and for ourselves, there can be a peaceful balance.

 Story summary provided by Wiki.

Thursday, March 1, 2012

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