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UNH Sustainability Institute Paid Fellowships APPS DUE FEB 23

2016 Sustainability Fellowships

Do you have students looking for an opportunity to contribute to unique and exciting new projects and initiatives? Encourage them to apply today to our summer Sustainability Fellowships!

There are opportunities for students studying in a wide variety of disciplines: business, law, education, engineering, public affairs, phycology, social work, public health, economics, english, history, political science, sociology, film, journalism, finance, planning, architecture, public relations, Environmental Studies, Sustainability Studies, and more. (For more details please see the full project list.)

Please forward along this message to your students and/or interested colleagues.

Online applications are due by midnight on February 23rd.

Apply Today!

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Restoration Work Days with Cook County Forest Preserve

The Forest Preserves of Cook County offer a number of opportunities to explore nature and to give back to the community.  Volunteer opportunities are offered year round for anyone age 12 and up. Get your friends and family involved, or go alone and make new friends once you are there.

Further details from Kevin Kuhn:

Cut/burn invasive brush, harvest native seed in season, and have fun!
• Tools, gloves, onsite training, supervision provided; dress for the weather
• Year round workdays available; scheduling flexibility may be needed
• Ages: 12 thru adult; chaperone ratio 1:10 required for student groups

Ready to sign up? Go to and search for already scheduled workdays via our online calendar. Use dates and zip code to find sites near you. It is important to contact the volunteer site steward before signing up as a group. If you don’t find a workday that works for your group, please contact me and I will help you connect with one of our experienced site stewards to plan a successful workday.

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Volo Bog Scholarship–Apps Due Mar 31

The Friends of Volo Bog is offering scholarships of $1,000 each for those entering college or continuing college education. Entering college applicants must live and attend high school in Lake, McHenry, Kane, Cook, DuPage, Kendall, or Will County have a minimum B average for the first three years, plan to attend an accredited college or university to study for a career directly related to preserving the natural environment. Applicants for the continuing college scholarship must be pursing a degree directly related to preserving the natural environment and have a B average, graduated from high school with a minimum B average and have a permanent residence in one of those counties. Applications are due by March 31. Visit <> and go to “About Us” and then “Scholarships.”

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Oakton’s Early Childhood Centers Now Endorsed Eco-Healthy Child Care Centers

We are pleased to announce that Oakton Community College’s Early Childhood Education centers have been endorsed under the Eco-Healthy Child Care program! This program, sponsored by the Child Environmental Health Network (CEHN), “supports child care providers in creating child care settings that are as environmentally healthy as possible. The program allows parents to locate child care facilities that are committed to creating a safer, healthier environment for children to learn and grow”.

This endorsement will help us to share our commitment to the well-being of our children and the environment with families throughout our communities. Parents looking for Eco-Healthy Centers can find a searchable list of providers on the CEHN site. There are currently about 30 Eco-Healthy centers in Illinois; Oakton’s Early Childhood Centers mark the first in Skokie and the second in Des Plaines.

“Child care centers and family home programs qualify as “Eco-Healthy” by completing a checklist that highlights 30 simple, free or low-cost steps that help you make safer choices for children. Eco-Healthy providers commit to reducing children’s exposure to environmental health hazards” ( In addition, the endorsement opens up a variety of resources and professional development opportunities for our educators.

Each of the measures taken goes hand-in-hand with Oakton’s overall green initiatives. The Centers have been practicing and expanding sustainability initiatives for several years through reuse, recycling, and nature play. For meal times, we partner with Gourmet Gorilla to bring our students locally sourced, sustainable food choices. This year, we are also working to eliminate the use of Styrofoam and pilot a food waste composting program to reduce our landfilled waste.

Both Centers are now accepting students for Fall enrollment. The programs are open to all community members; you do not need to be affiliated with the College as a staff or student to enroll your child. Find more details on our website.



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5 Week Food Studies Course–ITALY!

Dear Students,

We are now accepting applications for the summer 2016 CRITICAL STUDIES ON FOOD IN ITALY program.

The summer 2016 CRITICAL STUDIES ON FOOD IN ITALY program is a 5- week program that takes place from May 23 to June 25, 2016 in Rome, Italy
The program is open to all majors, and all students, degree-seeking or not.


Critical Studies on Food Culture (3 credits)
Food media, communication and trends (3 credits)
Food, Nutrition and Culture in Italy (3 credits)
Italian Lexicon for Food Studies (3 credits)
Elementary Italian Language UMASS ITAL 110 (3 credits) COURSE and Intensive Elementary Italian Language UMASS ITAL 126 (6 credits)

A description of the program is available at

Please note that the spring semester courses Food Design, and Sustainable Architecture in Italy, will also be provided in the summer. Please see the description for these courses at Internships will also available during the summer program.
If you have any questions, or to request an application, please write to