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2019 Campus Sustainability Month Schedule

We are excited to offer a full slate of programming for Campus Sustainability Month. All of these events are free and open to the public, no rsvp necessary. Please note this calendar is subject to change. These events are brought to you by the Sustainability Center at Oakton, the Environmental Studies Concentration, and special support from the Center for Campus Inclusion and Diversity for Indigenous People’s Day.

Indigenous People’s Day

Join us for a gathering and land acknowledgement, followed by a native plant walk with Oakton alumnus, Gina Roxas. This event is put on in coordination with the CCID.

Monday, October 14

  • 12:00pm gathering, land acknowledgement, and blessing
  • 1:00 pm native plant walk

Des Plaines Campus, meet at the Lee Center outdoor classroom (rain or shine)

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October Hike With The Naturalist

Wednesday, October 2, 12-1 PMmeet @ Lee Center Outdoor Classroom

This month’s hike will take us out of our busy schedules and into the peaceful, relaxing woods. We’ll take time to re-balance & explore while learning about the forest that makes this campus so special. Long pants, socks covering ankles, and hiking shoes are recommended due to off-trail walking.

Lunchtime Hike Schedule

Tuesday 12-1 Wednesday 12-1
September 3 October 2
meet @ Lee Outdoor Classroom  
November 5 December 4
January 7 February 5
March 3 April 1
May 5


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Students!! Attend Citizens’ Climate Lobby Regional Conference (September 20-22 ) for only $20!

Are you interested in learning more about how YOU can make a difference when it comes to policy that fights climate change? Come to the 2019 Citizens’ Climate Lobby Great Lakes Regional Conference to LEARN and NETWORK with like-minded folks. The student fee for registration is only $20! The conference will be held Friday, September 20 to Sunday, September 22 in Notre Dame, Indiana.

Interested? Sign up by September 12.

From their site: CCL builds the political will for our elected representatives to take action on climate change. And with an effective, bipartisan climate bill introduced in Congress right now, that political will is more important than ever!

The Regional Conference is an opportunity for newcomers and longtime CCL members to gather to learn, practice skills, inspire each other, and strategize in moving our country toward climate solutions. The Great Lakes Region – Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, Ohio and Wisconsin – is large and diverse, but we share common concerns due to the climate impacts already manifesting in our wildlands, cities and farms.

For more information, contact Elizabeth Dell and John Sabin (greatlakes-rc@citizensclimate.org)


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Meet the Naturalist- Lunchtime Hikes

Common Sneezeweed, Helenium autumnale

Lunchtime Hikes with the Naturalist

I look forward to meeting more students, staff, and faculty during my first year here as the Naturalist! Join me for a monthly lunchtime hike on alternating first Tuesday/Wednesday of each month from 12-1pm, Sept-May.  We will meet rain/snow/shine and will cancel only for severe weather, so dress appropriately. The first hike is scheduled for Tuesday September 3, 12-1pm.. This month we will begin at the Lee Center Outdoor Classroom. However, meeting place is subject to change depending on season.

September Hike- Tuesday 9/3, 12-1pm

September is a great time to explore the color, diversity, and abundance of the late-summer prairie. Areas of focus will be later blooming plants of the sunflower family, insects, and observing changes in animal behaviors as winter approaches. Whether you want to learn native plant & animal ID or simply want to get some fresh air outdoors, all are welcome.  This will be a light hike over trails, pavement, and some grass. Hiking shoes are recommended.

Lunchtime Hike Schedule

Tuesday 12-1pmWednesday 12-1pm
September 3- Meet @ Lee Center Outdoor ClassroomOctober 2
November 5December 4
January 7February 5
March 3April 1
May 5
Whorled Milkweed, Asclepias verticillata, with Great Black Wasp, Sphex pensylvanicus


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Seasonal Farmer’s Market Positions for Urban Canopy

Urban Canopy is a small farm here in Chicago and they are currently looking to hire seasonal and Market Managers for some of the Farmer's Markets they will be attending this Summer. We are looking to spread this opportunity to students in Chicago interested in learning about the local food system. 

Careers Page: www.theurbancanopy.org/careers
Please contact Joseph Taylor, Farmer's Market Lead, The Urban Canopy<http://www.theurbancanopy.org/>,
1400 W. 46th Street Chicago, IL 60609
Facebook<http://www.facebook.com/TheUrbanCanopy>

  Job Description: Farmers Market Booth Manager 
   
    Summary:       The Urban Canopy is a young and diverse organization working on cutting edge issues at the intersection of  urban agriculture and sustainable food. We are seeking a skilled Farmers Market Booth Manager to  represent The Urban Canopy at farmers markets by selling locally grown food at farmers markets, engaging in  conversation with market-goers, networking with local vendors, educating people about & enlisting them for  UC services, and performing community outreach. Booth Managers represent and maintain all of The Urban  Canopy’s environmental, economic, and social missions.   
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Creating Justice: A Celebration of Art in People’s Movements, April 20

Saturday, April 20, 2019, 1 – 8 p.m., Oakton Community College, Des Plaines Campus

  • Workshops, presentations, and art making from 1 – 6:30 p.m. (Ten Hoeve Center)
  • Free dinner and live music show by ¡ÉSSO! from 6:30 – 8:00 p.m. (Oakton Cafeteria)
  • This event is free and open to all. Please register! Full schedule coming soon.

Presentations, workshops and performances:

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Earth Week 2019, Session Descriptions

Visit here for a calendar of events.

Bird Walk: Paul Gulezian, assistant biology professor (Dress for the weather and wear comfortable shoes.) Walk the grounds of the Des Plaines campus and discover what birds are living near us or visiting for the season. Binoculars and field guides will be provided.

Wildling Kin: Chicago’s More-than-Human Worlds:Gavin Van Horn, Director, Cultures of Conservation at the Center for Humans and Nature Stories provide a bridge between the sciences and the humanities, offering a critical means of communicating and reflecting upon urban wildlife issues. Join Gavin Van Horn, the author of The Way of Coyote: Shared Journeys in the Urban Wilds (University of Chicago Press, 2018), in exploring the importance of story as a means to knowing the city and its nonhuman denizens. Van Horn will highlight his recently published book as well as the “City Creatures” project, which he leads for the Center for Humans and Nature. Comprised of an interdisciplinary collective of authors and artists, this project utilizes the power of art, poetry, and personal narrative to draw attention to urban animals and our shared urban habitats. Van Horn will draw examples from the City Creatures Blog; the edited volume City Creatures: Animal Encounters in the Chicago Wilderness (University of Chicago Press, 2015); and The Way of Coyote to illustrate the ways in which stories can deepen appreciation for the ways in which our lives are entangled with urban wildlife. Funding provided by a grant from the Oakton Educational Foundation to the Environmental Studies Concentration.

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