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Butterfly TaggingGoing green comes with responsibility. It means a shift in mentality, daily habits, and it means making a personal commitment. But it also means a healthy planet and body and it means saving money! For many, change is hard, but the good news is: green changes can be simple. Just by making a few small changes to your daily routine, you can help make a big difference in reducing our environmental impact (and you will also begin to notice some other side effects, such as health benefits and money savings!).

All it takes is that one extra step to throw your plastics in the recycle bin, or remembering to bring a refillable water bottle to cut down on waste and your grocery bill. Once you decide to make the commitment and you start to see the benefits - environmental, economic and health - going green will become a no-brainer. Find out ways you can start living (and saving) green today! 




 Summer Planting Activites:

Try one of these easy planting activities with materials found at home! Celery

Plantable Pots: 

Make your own earth-friendly pot from recycled materials found at home. Grow plants from seeds and when the plants are ready, plant them in the ground - pot and all! Plantable Pot Instructions

Grass Heads: 

Create a silly face pot and watch its hair grow! Cut and style the hair as it gets longer. Keep growing the grass and style it again and again.
Grass Heads Instructions

Scrap Gardening: 

Scrap gardening is a great way to rethink kitchen "trash" and reduce food waste. Regrowing food from kitchen scraps also saves money and the best part is - no gardening skills required!

Next time you cut up an onion, celery, romaine lettuce, garlic, potatoes or even pineapple, keep the scraps! Learn how to regrow these healthy foods with this infographic.


Recycling Tips: 

Become a Recycling Expert!Recycle

Did you know? If it's smaller than a credit card, it shouldn't go in the recycle bin?

Knowing the proper way to sort out recyclables from trash has a major impact on preventing items from ending up in the landfill. RecyclingSimplified.com has easy to follow recycling tips to turn you into a recycling pro! 


  • Try the 2-minute recycling QUIZ from Recycle By City Chicago
  • Virtual Field Trip! Wonder where your recyclables go after they're picked up? Watch this video of a modern recycle facility to find out.
  • Download the recycling flyer from Republic Services for use on campus or at home.



Help us reduce waste! Choose to fill up your own bottle at one of Harper’s bottle filling station to help eliminate waste from single use bottles.

Download a BYOBottle poster to display at your next campus event.

Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) is a system of local food distribution. Members of the community partner with a farmer and purchase shares in return for regular deliveries of fresh food throughout the growing season. Harper College is currently a CSA drop off site where fresh food deliveries are brought right to campus - directly from the farm! Sign up and become part of the local food movement to enjoy the freshest, healthiest food, support the local economy and promote a healthy environment. Learn more by following the links below.

Troggs Hollow Vegetable CSA
- Pickups weekly, Harper College

Cedar Valley Sustainable Meat CSA
- Pickups Monthly, Harper College

Band of Farmers
- Chicagoland's Local Farm Coalition

For interested students to bring ideas on improving and maintaining the natural environment of the campus and community. 

  • Meeting Time/Place: TBD
  • Activities Include: Discussions about the environment, hands-on activities, outdoor activities, habitat restoration opportunities.
  • Facebook Page

Contact Biology Department for more info. Advisor: Nellie Khalil, 847.925.6197, nkhalil1@harpercollege.edu

Harper offers a variety of credit and noncredit classes related to sustainability:

Credit Classes

BIO 103 Man and the Environment
BIO 104 Environmental Lab Biology
IND 281 Environmental Design
PHI 170 Environmental Ethics
PLS 206 Environmental Law

Continuing Education Classes

For current semester offerings, visit Harper Continuing Education.

Student Clubs and Organizations are invited to help green Harper's campus go green by incorporating sustainability initiatives into events and activities. See the guide below to get started today!

Green Certified and Zero Waste Event Checklist

The Green Office Certification Program engages faculty and staff in a voluntary, self-guided initiative that promotes best practices in office efficiencies, cost savings and environmental action.

View the Green Office documents online


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