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Part-Time Program Assistant opening, Brushwood Center in Deerfield (apply by 9/26)

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Reflection on Oakton/Sustainability Researcher Position

Written by Paul Slocum, (Former) Student Sustainability Researcher

We truly thank Paul for his time and service in this role. He helped us with a number of initiatives including: tracking our energy consumption and spending, Zero-Waste events and composting pilots, Earth Week event scheduling, supporting the College’s recent movement to “Ban the Bottle” this Fall and documenting the health of our natural areas on campus. We wish him the best of luck and he moves forward towards his Bachelor’s degree at Loyola! Below is are his reflections on his time as Oakton’s first Student Sustainability Researcher.

After nearly one year and five months, I have finished my tenure as a Student Sustainability Researcher at Oakton Community College. I was a student here for two full years, taking some of the most engaging, challenging, and eye-opening classes that I could have ever imagined. The academic success I’m currently enjoying, as I move on to Loyola University of Chicago, could only have been made possible by the multitude of dedicated, caring, thoughtful faculty and staff that call this place home. Yet, for some background, I began my college career quite a distance from this tranquil and serene environment known as the Des Plaines community at Oakton; a community I love now for every acre of its grand red and white oak trees, whom are older than civilizations, plants and animals which have existed here in biotic organizations since the beginning of time, a place where natural life, in its full flourishing, can be found anywhere.

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