33 posts categorized "Great Lakes"

April 20, 2014

Small Steps for Sustainability

Team in Lab
The thing that immediately comes to mind from Animal Health is our recent pill bottle re-use program. Susan Barton, the Director of Facilities Maintenance created this handy ‘pill bottle’ (complete with prescription label). The bottle can be found in the hallway between the hospital and the labs. Donors can provide empty bottles that we can re-use to dispense prescriptions to our patients. So far, it’s been working great! We’ve been collecting donations from staff and volunteers alike for a few months now and the numbers are growing!
–Dr. Bill Vann Bon, Vice President of Animal Care

One of the many aspects I love about being a librarian is supporting the concept of a sharing economy. While this idea isn’t new to libraries, it has become more popular recently as a way to reduce consumption. For example, instead of 10 people buying the same thing, one person buys that item and shares it with the other 9. Car sharing programs are a successful example of this concept. For those who don’t need a car every day, you can join a program to borrow a car in your neighborhood for around $9 an hour. Libraries have been part of the sharing economy since their inception as lending is a foundation of libraries. At Shedd by having a library that all staff and volunteers can use, we centralize our information resource purchasing resulting in reduced costs and buying less stuff!
–Alisun DeKock, Manager of Information and Services Archive

RecyclingSince Shedd created a recycling center behind the scenes I’ve received more inquiries from the staff about what they can recycle, how we can dispose of something in the most responsible way, if they can bring in items from home for recycling rather than see them go into landfill at home. We encourage it - personal computers to light bulbs and clothing are added to our collection stations; some staff have even packed in their garbage in so they can add it to our compost bins!
–Susan Barton, Director of Facilities Maintenance

Whether energy, food, material things, etc.– I like to think about the life cycle of each. By making intelligent decisions about what I consume and purchase, I strive to reduce my impact on the world by helping to preserve it rather than destroy it. Sustainable living means reducing impact on the natural systems of the world and every effort helps!
–Jason Urban, Senior Production Designer

As Horticulture Manager I have many opportunities to party for the planet. I can get down with the honeybees, slip baby onions into the ground, watch the wildlife in our gardens eat and swim and renew themselves, eat fresh organic produce off the vine or just plain get down and dirty in the soil! These are all occasions for celebration. I used to think sustainability what something I created around our building. I have come to realize my greatest opportunity for sustainability has become the part of my job where I pass it forward to the youth in our summer programs. Teaching ensures that the knowledge we have to grow food, to create appreciation through observing nature and creating good habitat will help sustain our future. Plant some native plants and see what happens in your garden.
–Christine Nye, Horticulture Manager

I ask myself every single day, “What am I wasting?” Whether it’s water, or paper, or what my lunch came in...What can I  be doing to reduce the waste?  By trying to use my car less. (it helps me earn some steps on my Fitbit too!) I try to use my old paper bags for reuse. I just used an old paper bag to wrap a holiday package to send to my sister.
–John Buranosky, Director of Staff Training

I live sustainably by making recycling routine i.e., reading the signs in the break room, sorting plastics, etc. When working with vendors I ask if they will take back used styro boxes and plastic box liners. I just use what Shedd inspired me to do.  
–Carol Rudin, Fishes Administrative Assistant

As our contribution to "protect the planet", wevolunteer at a preserve to help protect plants and animals, bring our own cloth bags to the grocery stores and recycle at home.
–Dorothy Jarski, volunteer

Sustainability to me is helping the Earth become a better place for more generations to come!  I want my future kids to enjoy nature as much as I was able to as a child, if not MORE!  I Party for the Planet by getting outside as much as possible and trying not to leave too much of a Footprint behind.  Every small act helps, like cleaning up any trash I see on park and picnic outings
–Stephanie Franz, Learning Specialist

One of my favorite things to do for the planet is to ride my bike to work. It’s fun to be outside, enjoying the beautiful Great Lakes, and it isn’t harmful to the planet. When I can’t ride my bike I try to take the train or carpool to lower my impact. When you ride your bike, every day is a party!
–Rachel Patten, Learning Specialist

For me, sustainability is my home vegetable garden.  Not only is it a lot of fun, but it provides me with healthy food and reduces my carbon footprint.  A vegetable garden also provides supplies to party for the planet!  For example, last year I had a barbecue using only food from my garden.  I grilled corn and squash as well as drank mojitos of strawberries and mint… all of which was homegrown!
–Josh Yellin, Learning Specialist

I party for the planet by enjoying time outside! Between boating, biking and picnics, I just can’t get enough of the warm weather. Carrying picnic food in reusable containers helps reduce the waste of meals, too. 
–Hillary Eggers, Learning Specialist

Rain barrelAt home, we try to reuse as much as possible – from using both sides of printer paper to watering our plants with water from our dehumidifier and rain barrels.  In an effort to share our sustainable practices with our community, the family is donating a rain barrel for our kiddos’ school auction this month.  Here’s how our son’s fourth grade class decorated theirs.
–Mary Andrusyk, Interpretive Training and Recruitment Manager

March 22, 2014

Celebrate World Water Day with Shedd!

World_Water_DayWater is essential for all life. Your very existence depends on clean water and so does that of every other plant, animal and microbe on the planet. World Water Day is a great chance to celebrate all that water offers life on Planet Earth, human and non-human.

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February 28, 2014

March Fish of the Month: Farmed Clams

Shedd Aquarium’s Right Bite program works with restaurants and grocery stores to educate seafood lovers on the importance of choosing seafood that was caught or farmed using environmentally friendly practices. This month we're highlighting the Right Bite "green-listed" farmed clams.

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February 01, 2014

World Wetlands Day

Shedd Aquarium World Wetlands DaySedges have edges, rushes are round…

Whether you’re familiar with this simple rhyme about plant identification, or you live in the Great Lakes basin, wetlands are a big part of your life.

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January 14, 2014

Meet the man from GLADs

Reid BogertReid Bogert here, from Shedd Aquarium’s Great Lakes and Sustainability team. As some of you may know, we were busy as a school of bullhead catfish this summer with our Great Lakes Action Days (GLADs), and I’m GLAD to say it’s been a huge success. For those that are new to the program, I’d like to introduce myself and invite you to come out and join the fun!

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December 28, 2013

Shedd Celebrates the Endangered Species Act’s 40th Anniversary

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Forty years ago today, President Nixon signed the Endangered Species Act to help save animals, plants and their habitats from extinction. Today, we celebrate the successes of the law and the 2,140 species it continues to protect – including 14 endangered or threatened species at Shedd.

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December 03, 2013

Shedd's Green Holiday Guide

The holidays are a wonderful time of year, full of joy, giving, friends and family. But they can also be a time of excess and waste. Between Thanksgiving and New Year’s Day, household waste increases by more than 25 percent. Here are a few tips to help you save money and reduce waste this holiday:

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November 15, 2013

DuPage County Fifth-Graders Release Smallmouth Bass and Learn about Big Sustainable Seafood Issues

Bass in the Class

Imagine you’re a fifth-grader. You’re interested in friends, fun extracurricular activities, new movies and… how about sustainable seafood? 

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November 09, 2013

GLAD Season Ends with Smiles, Results

GLAD group
Notice anything different when you’re walking along the lakeshore? It’s cold! Along with cooler temperatures, shorter days and changing leaves, it’s also the end of our Great Lakes Action Days (GLAD) season.

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October 29, 2013

A Rio Remembrance

Shedd Aquarium River Otter

Shedd Aquarium lost one of its most enchanting family members today when the animal care and animal health teams made the difficult but humane decision to euthanize 21½-year-old North American river otter Rio. Her health and quality of life had deteriorated recently due to her advanced age. Rio exceeded by nearly a decade the known median life expectancy for river otters—12 years according to the Association of Zoos and Aquariums—thanks to excellent care, including advances in geriatric veterinary medicine, and her own zest for everything.

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