DePaul University Campus Recreation > Wellness > Sustainability


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Instructional Program Guide
In order to reduce the amount of paper and ink we use the Instructional Program guide is only available online. Enjoy!

Green Steps Program
Green Steps is a walking challenge for DePaul Faculty and Staff. It provides structure and accountability to those who want to engage in regular physical activity. The program provides an opportunity to improve health, do something positive for the environment, and spend valuable time with friends and colleagues.

Bike Rentals
To help the environment and help you travel around town Campus Recreation offers bicycle rentals for just $10 a day. Cruise on over and check them out!

Outdoor Adventures
Try one of our great outdoor adventure programs at The Ray. We practice the Leave No Trace principles to instruct students on how to minimize their affect on the environment when hiking, camping or just enjoying the outdoors.

Shoe Donation Program
The Ray is a drop-off site for Share Your Soles, a 501(c)(3) organization dedicated to putting shoes on the soles of children and adults in the most impoverished areas of the world. Our drop location is located to the left when you enter The Ray, so bring your gently used shoes (any size and any type of shoe) to help this great cause!

Battery Recycling
The Ray has battery recycling containers to help keep heavy metals and toxic chemicals out of landfills. Drop off used batteries so they can be properly recycled.

Cell Phone Recycling
The Ray is an on-campus collection site for cell phones. Donated cell phones are given to Call2Recycle, who separate the phone from the battery (sending the batteries to various recycling centers.) The phones are sent to Market Velocity, a leader in electronic recycling solutions, who partners with the National Cristina Foundation, a non-profit dedicated to the support of training through donated technology.

Recycling at DePaul
In an average month DePaul diverts 30 to 40 percent of it's overall waste stream to recycling. Help the Ray and DePaul continue to increase these percentages by recycling your trash in one of recycling bins.

Green Cleaning
All the cleaning supplies used at The Ray and on our campuses are sustainable or eco-friendly. Visit the Facility Operations page for more information.

Water Use
The Ray has low-flow sink hardware that limits use of water via a compression timer in order to reduce the amount of water used. We also have water bottle refill stations throughout the facility that eliminate the need for plastic water bottles. Still using disposable water bottles? Check out this informative video about the hidden costs of these environmental menaces.

The Ray, along with DePaul University, is participating in the Sustainability Tracking, Assessment & Rating System (STARS), a framework to measure sustainability in all sectors of higher education. Updates to come.

What can you do? Easy green tips:
  • Bring your own mug to the coffee shop. You are helping the environment and you could get a discount.
  • Use a reusable water bottle.
  • Turn off lights when you leave a room.
  • Dry your clothes using a clothesline or drying rack instead of the dryer.
  • Use reusable bags when shopping instead of plastic or paper. Many stores offer a bag credit to thank you!

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