Keeping It Green at Oakton

Your source for the most current sustainability news from Oakton Community College

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Updated Look for DPC Waste Bins & Recycling Tips

A major sustainability initiative at Oakton as a result of our 2014 Waste Study was to improve diversion rates of waste on our campus, limiting what goes to a landfill. A part of this relates to how we collect our recyclables. Many years ago, it was necessary for us to sort our recyclable items into paper, plastic, and aluminum. Our hauler, Waste Management, converted to single stream in the 90’s. Our collection bins on campus however, remained the same. We are now working to give a face lift to our collection program. In place of our old bins, you will now see new (very fashionable, I might add) bins throughout Des Plaines Campus. We will also update Skokie in the future. The new bins look nicer, will save on the cost of liners over their lifetime, and help us promote our message of sustainability to our Oakton community and visitors. But we need YOUR help to be successful!



Single stream collection can improve recycling rates by up to 50%. Because ALL acceptable recyclable items go into the same bin, it simplifies the sorting process.  Yet, it is still important to recycle properly. Use the graphic below as a reminder for what can be recycled on campus. Remember, these items may go in ANY recycling bin on either campus. Though it is important to empty any liquids or food waste prior to recycling, containers do not need to be sparkly clean! A quick wipe or rinse will do. Please note: Plastic #6 is NOT acceptable for recycling. Please check the numbers inside triangles on the bottoms of your items. If it is a #6, it must go in the “trash” bins. If ever you have any questions on what can be recycled, please contact our Sustainability Specialist at or extension 1768.


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Alternative Spring Break: Cook County Forest Preserve

The Forest Preserves of Cook County would like to invite your students to join us for a unique volunteer opportunity: Alternative Spring Break- Land Management Crew Volunteer. Please help us spread the word.

 Alternative Spring Break

Dates: Choose a week from March 7 to March 28th

Description: Spend your spring break in the Forest Preserves of Cook County (FPCC) working alongside our Land Management Crews. Learn about how the FPCC manages natural resources on our holdings, the tools used to do the job and ways we are adapting to environmental changes in a highly urbanized environment. Typical work days include invasive species removal, brush pile burning, tree care and removal, herbicide application and other general land management responsibilities.

Requirements/Duties (full list on job description): Typical work days include: invasive species removal, brush pile burning, tree care and removal, herbicide application, prescription burning and other general land management responsibilities. Continue reading

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Paid Positions in Outdoor Education at Lorado Taft

There are currently two great openings for those interested in environmental/outdoor education at Lorado Taft in Oregon, IL. which is run by NIU. You can find more details on applying by clicking the links below. Both are paid positions with housing and board provided!

Education Program Specialist

Education Program Specialist, Northern Illinois University, Lorado Taft Campus, August 16, 2016 – May 31, 2017.


  • Develop and teach classes in the outdoor environment to students in the 4th to 8th grades.
  • Develop curricula and resources for the program.
  • Assist in the maintenance and upkeep of campus teaching, habitat, and resource storage areas.

Required Qualifications:

  • Six months experience as an educator or facilitator of non-formal education programming, camp staff, or naturalist.
  • Two months experience teaching, facilitating, or participating in outdoor education or recreation activities.
  • Degree in education, science, natural resources, recreation, history, or related field.

Outdoor Education Assistant Coordinator

Responsibilities: Along with the Outdoor Education Coordinator and additional Outdoor Education Assistant Coordinator, this person is responsible for executing a successful outdoor education program at Lorado Taft Field Campus that includes residential programs, day-use programs, and outreach.

Required Qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s degree in outdoor education, administration, natural sciences or a related field by starting date.
  • Three years’ experience in outdoor/environmental education programming.
  • One year experience in a position that includes facilitating team building and/or challenge course activities.



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The Wilderness Society-Winter Internships

Job Title: The Wilderness Society Intern

Location: Chicago, IL (and surrounding suburbs)

Term: January- April, 8-10 hours a week

 Background and Campaign Description:

The Wilderness Society (TWS) was formed in 1935 to defend the nation’s wild public lands against rapid development, urbanization and natural resource exploitation. Our mission is to protect wilderness and inspire Americans to care for wild places. Over the years, we have helped grow the national wilderness preservation system to over 110 million acres across the country. This Spring, we will be working in Chicago, IL to further protect our parks and natural spaces.

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