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Campus Sustainability Month!

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Did you know that October was proclaimed Campus Sustainability Month by the Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education (AASHE)?  We want to remind our students and community that there is more to sustainability than just celebrating Earth Day. We should regularly reflect on the importance of the environment, our natural world, and the ways in which we interact with it.  Join Oakton students, employees, and community members in celebrating Sustainability these next two weeks on our campuses.

Water Taste TestingOctober 12, 11:00am-12:30pm (RHC Main lobby) & October 20, 11:00am-12:30pm (DPC Student Street)

Do you really know what you are drinking? Test your water tasting skills! Receive a free reusable water bottle and find out more as we prepare to launch our ban the bottle campaign on campus! Remember, no bottled water will be sold on our campuses after November 1! Keep an eye open for our new hydration stations popping up around both campuses.

Be the Change with JoeyFineRhymeOctober 19, 11:00am-12:30pm (DPC Room 1606)

Learn how you can be the change. Join JoeyFinerhyme as he combines the art of performance and lecture in a way that is accessible to audiences of any age and background. His rich repertoire of personal and professional experiences yields diverse expertise on sustainability, education, youth engagement, global citizenship, and more.

The Art & Music of NatureOctober 21, 7:30pm (DPC Performing Arts Center)

Experience the best of Oakton’s art and music students—hear performances, see original paintings, drawings, collage, photography, and 3D art while you mingle with the talented young artists and your neighbors who enjoy the arts. Don’t miss this annual tradition.

Movie Screenings

The True Cost:
Screening Thursday, November 3 at 12:30pm, Room 1625, Des Plaines Campus

 This is a story about clothing. It’s about the clothes we wear, the people who make them, and the impact the industry is having on our world. The price of clothing has been decreasing for decades, while the human and environmental costs have grown dramatically. The True Cost is a groundbreaking documentary film that pulls back the curtain on the untold story and asks us to consider, who really pays the price for our clothing?

Filmed in countries all over the world, from the brightest runways to the darkest slums, and featuring interviews with the world’s leading influencers including Stella McCartney, Livia Firth and Vandana Shiva, The True Cost is an unprecedented project that invites us on an eye opening journey around the world and into the lives of the many people and places behind our clothes.

Check out the trailer here:

Just Eat It:

Screenings, Monday October 31 at 11:00am, Room 1604, Des Plaines Campus

Wednesday, November 2 at 11:00am, Room C252, Skokie Campus

Filmmakers and food lovers Jen and Grant dive into the issue of waste from farm, through retail, all the way to the back of their own fridge. After catching a glimpse of the billions of dollars of good food that is tossed each year in North America, they pledge to quit grocery shopping cold turkey and survive only on foods that would otherwise be thrown away. In a nation where one in 10 people is food insecure, the images they capture of squandered groceries are both shocking and strangely compelling. But as Grant’s addictive personality turns full tilt towards food rescue, the ‘thrill of the find’ has unexpected consequences.

Featuring interviews with TED lecturer, author and activist Tristram Stuart and acclaimed author Jonathan Bloom, Just Eat It looks at our systemic obsession with expiry dates, perfect produce and portion sizes, and reveals the core of this seemingly insignificant issue that is having devastating consequences around the globe. Just Eat It brings farmers, retailers, inspiring organizations, and consumers to the table in a cinematic story that is equal parts education and delicious entertainment.

Check out the trailer here:



Current details and updates may be found on Oakton’s News & Events page.


Author: Debra Kutska

Thanks for visiting! I am the Sustainability Specialist for Oakton Community College. I look forward to introducing you to the many green initiatives in which we engage and collecting input from YOU as to how we can continue to improve. Please feel free to contact me with your suggestions at any time at

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