Illinois Wesleyan Celebrates National Campus Sustainability Week
October 25, 2005
BLOOMINGTON, Ill. - A series of events is planned at Illinois Wesleyan University
as part of National Campus Sustainability Week, observed on campuses throughout the
country to highlight the importance of environmental sustainability in all aspects
of higher education.
"We believe firmly that the problems that the global community faces are ones that
all of society needs to address and therefore our students need to be educated about
them," said Abigail Jahiel, environmental studies director at Illinois Wesleyan University.
"They need to understand what a sustainable lifestyle entails."
A highlight of the week is a free public lecture on "Wind Energy in Illinois" by Bill
Whitlock, program manager with Horizon Wind, at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, Oct. 25, in the
Hansen Student Center (300 Beecher St.). Horizon Wind Energy plans to construct the
Arrowsmith Wind Farm in rural McLean County, installing up to 267 turbines over approximately
21,000 acres of land. The wind farm will offer as much as 400 megawatts of affordable,
pollution-free energy generating capacity, enough to meet the annual energy need of
about 120,000 homes. The Arrowsmith Wind Farm is expected to remove about 150 to 200
acres of land from crop production when it is constructed on farmland in Arrowsmith,
Cheney's Grove and Dawson townships.
Other activities, also open to the public, include:
> Campus Sustainability Web Conference, Wednesday, Oct. 26, from 11:30 a.m.-1:30
p.m., Davidson Room, Memorial Center, 104 University Ave.
> Vehicle efficiency display, Thursday, Oct. 27, 11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m., Eckley Quadrangle
> Organic food samples available, Friday, Oct. 28, 1:30-4 p.m., DugOut, Memorial Center
> Sierra Student Coalition Work Day, Saturday, Oct. 29, 11 a.m.-12 p.m., students
interested in cleaning up the local neighborhoods will meet at the Main Desk of the
> Sierra Student Coalition and the Veggie Club will present the film Diet for a New America: Your Health, Your Planet, Sunday, Oct. 30, 6 p.m., room C101 of the Center for Natural Science, 201 Beecher