Nearby Argonne National Laboratory and Bayer are recent examples. North Central has a memorandum of understanding with Argonne that enables both to work together to encourage and promote energy and sustainability technology innovations in the Chicago area. Bayer granted funds to North Central to restore a prairie plot on campus designated to nurture a healthy bee population.
Associate Professor of Biology Gregory Ruthig and his students conduct experiments on the prairie (photo, below). “The work gives students a sense of place and understanding of the local environment,” Ruthig said. It also supports an important College objective: to utilize the campus as a living laboratory, where students and faculty are actively involved in sustainability initiatives.