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Certificate in Sports Sustainability–Seattle

New and engaging educational programs are popping up all over the country.

Seattle University is proud to announce the launch of the graduate Certificate in Sport Sustainability Leadership through the Master in Sport Administration and Leadership (MSAL) graduate program.  Applications are open for the next cohort starting in the Winter quarter (January 2016). The 15-credit, online certificate can be completed in 9 months.

The graduate Certificate in Sport Sustainability Leadership is the first program of its kind in the world that meets the demand for professionals who can embed environmentally sustainable practices in sport organizations and athletic programs of all types and sizes—amateur, local, professional, national, and international.

The 15-credit curriculum focuses on the environmental aspects of sustainability that impact all aspects of a sport organization, including facility operations, finance, marketing, sponsorship, team operations, supply chain, and legal.  The certificate consists of five classes:

  • Sport Business Introduction to Sustainability
  • Sustainable Sport Facility Management
  • Public Policy and Economic Activity of Sustainable Sport Business
  • Marketing Sustainability in Sport
  • Project and Colloquium

Further details about our curriculum covers can be found here.

We kindly ask that you share this email with your students.

For more information, please contact:

Brian McCullough, PhD

Certificate Director | 206.220-8261

Thank you for your assistance.

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Student Conservation Association–Calumet Crew–Women Act NOW!

The SCA Chicago still has a few positions available for the Fall – SCA Calumet Crew Program.  We are seeking participants who are interested in an 8 week experience restoring Natural Areas in the Calumet Region in partnership with the Chicago Park District, Forest Preserves of Cook County, and Openlands.  Please note, this Particular listing is directed towards young women!

Environment Education workshops and Outdoor Recreation opportunities are included.

  • 8 week PAID experience: $10/hr- 36 weekly hours///  September 29th – November 21st
  • Transportation included from central pick up location
SCA Fall Calumet Crew Member

Conservation Begins Here.

The Student Conservation Association (SCA), America’s #1 conservation service organization seeks qualified applicants to lead, educate, and conserve our Natural Resources along with 10 female, young adult participants for the SCA Fall Calumet Crew.

Program Dates: September 29th – November 21st


Compensation: $10hr. rate/ 36 weekly hours for an 8 weeks program


Primary Responsibilities:

Co-lead, transport, mentor and coach a crew of 10 young adult women, ages 18- 21, while completing various conservation service projects (in the Calumet Region) designed to build an ethic of community and environmental stewardship. Projects include a range of activities such as trail and park maintenance, habitat restoration, revitalization of abandoned urban properties or urban agriculture and runs for 8 weeks. Projects will occur on Chicago Park District, Forest Preserve District and Openlands property. In addition, leaders will facilitate pre- and post- program planning which includes crew training, environmental education and reporting.


  • Must be female, minimum of 18- 24 years of age
  • Must have ability to legally work in the US
  • Experience with conservation work skills or related skills, preferred but not required i.e. trail maintenance, trail construction, chainsaw, carpentry, landscaping, and gardening
  • Ability to perform manual, physical labor for up to 8 hours per day, exposed to the elements and must occasionally lift and/or move 40 pounds or more
  • Ability to meet SCA’s criminal background check standards

Please email Carina Ruiz at with the position of interest listed in the subject line (SCA Fall Calumet Crew Leader), include resume and cover letter

SCA is an EOE dedicated to workforce diversity. For more information about SCA, visit us at

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Full-Time Positions at Morton Arboretum!

Now is your chance to be a Champion for Trees! There are some great opportunities available at the Morton Arboretum right now.  For full details on each, please visit their website:

Current positions include:

  • Coordinator of Adult Learning Programs (Education)
  • Corporate and Foundation Relations Coordinator (Development)
  • Equipment Mechanic I (Collections and Facilities)
  • Science Camp and Scout Programs Supervisor (Education)
  • Treeologist (Science & Conservation)

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Waste Systems in U.S. Higher Education (Part Two in a Three Part Series by Paul Slocum–Sustainability Research Student Worker)

Waste Systems in U.S. Higher Education

(Part Two in a Three Part Series by Paul Slocum–Sustainability Research Student Worker)

             Managing waste efficiently at the college level is becoming a serious issue for many institutions, and creating sustainable systems is now a centerpiece in numerous administrative planning schedules. A college owning the reputation of being an environmentally sustainable institution is also becoming of increasing importance to potential students when looking into higher-education options. Take the University of Idaho for example, a university which exudes roughly 1,500 tons of waste a year according to a 2009 study. And of this number, the university was only able to boast a 19% recycling rate and found that up to “66% of all materials found in their dumpsters was recyclable” (UI). In response, the administration piloted a composting program which utilized food scraps and agricultural waste. The program set up an on-site facility and resulted in saving the university roughly $8,000 in annual hauling fees as it helped successfully divert 86 tons of waste from landfills. The primary objective of UI’s sustainability efforts is to eventually see a 66% reduction in waste-generation through education and campus dumpster waste-sorts with potential university savings totaling $70,000 annually. Innovative programs such as UI’s which effectively divert waste are being widely adopted in universities across the United States for their cost-saving benefits.

In neighboring Kankakee, IL, Kankakee Community College has been developing similar programs in regard to food waste and recyclable materiel conservation. The small Illinois community college found that up to 30% of their campus waste was in food scraps– thereby necessitating an effective composting program so as to save on annual landfill costs. Although their food-diversion program is currently being developed, the college boasts high diversion rates for recyclable products: “We divert 59% of other products (recyclables) ie. Plastics, electronics, wood scraps” (Jacobson). According to KCC’s 2009 waste study, the college produced 100.8 tons of total waste, of that number 69% of their total waste was diverted and only 60 tons of waste went to landfill (Jacobson). Such high percentages of waste diversion are a benchmark for Oakton and other ICC institutions to progress towards.  Although Oakton has a much larger student population than other Illinois community colleges, diverting 50-70% of our recyclables is a very feasible goal that we can all work towards through education and inspiring sustainable practices within our students.

Check out Part Three Next Week….

Nagaweicki, Tom. University of Idaho Waste Characterization. University of Idaho. June, 2009. Web. Retrieved from:           FjAA&            ustainability%2FWaste%2520Characterization%2520Study.ashx&ei=gB-DVdTYEIW6-            AGU_ICICg&usg=AFQjCNG75blHe3uUQ570rNp908m9Nd64YQ

*Taken from Interview with Bert Jacobson, Dean of Environmental and Institutional        Sustainability, Kankakee Community College. June, 2015.