For a quick, shareable pdf of our Earth Week events, click earthweekpstr18LR. For details about each of the sessions, see below!
Earth Day 2018 Event Descriptions:
Events are open to the public, unless otherwise noted, no RSVP required*
Monday, April 16
Des Plaines Campus
11 a.m-12:15 p.m., Oak Ecosystems, Climate Change and Regional Importance; Chris Mulvaney (Chicago Wilderness), Tricia Bethke and Emily Okallau (Morton Arboretum), Bill Strond (Oakton Faculty) Room 1610
Summary: Come hear from the experts about how incredible and resilient oak ecosystems. Learn about the biology and natural history of the woodlands that we are exposed to right here on Oakton’s campus and find out how this stretch of land can play a big role in our region. Participants will hear about how the climate and its changes impact these ecosystems and the wildlife therein.
12:30 p.m.– 1:15 p.m., Environmental Studies Concentration Information Session and Poster Contest Winner Announcement (Marian Staats and Paul Gulezian, Oakton Faculty and Co-Coordinators of Environmental Studies Concentration) Room 1610
Summary: Marian Staats and Paul Gulezian will be educating students about the Environmental Studies Concentration. This includes, what it is, what the requirements are, and answering any questions the students might have. Afterwards the winners of the Environmental Studies Concentration poster contest will be announced.
1:30 p.m.– 2:15 p.m., Engaging in our Communities: Climate and Environmental Advocacy Opportunities Near You, Debra Shore (Municipal Water Reclamation District), Bob Heuer (Citizens for Greener Evanston), Sara Horan (Northwest Suburbs Organization for Action Climate Change Team), Mike Zanillo and Rick Knight (Citizens Climate Lobby) Room 1610
Summary: Oakton students interested in learning more about what they can do in their own communities to take environmental action are welcome to visit with this panel of presenters from four communication action groups and environmental organizations. Come find out how YOU can engage with your peers and neighbors to make a difference in our world!
2:30 p.m.– 3:30 p.m., All Living Things Matter, Bill Strond (Oakton Faculty), Room 1610
Summary: “All Living Things Matter”-an environmental motto- which interconnects ALL organisms who each play a vital ecological role putting emphasis on preserving and managing ALL types of species creating a vast biome for biodiversity.
7:00 p.m.– 9:00 p.m., Nature Night Hike and Frog Monitoring, Bill Strond (Oakton Faculty), Meet in outdoor classroom behind Lee Center
Summary: Creatures of the night! Come hiking through the dark-earthy trails of Oakton’s campus and listen to nature sing! Bill Strond will help students identify, through sight and sound, some of the animals that call Oakton home.
12:30 p.m. – 2 p.m., Film Screening “From the Ashes“, Room C120
Summary: A Screening of National Geographic’s documentary “From the Ashes”. The film goes beyond the rhetoric of the “war on coal” to present compelling stories about what is at stake for our economy, health, and climate.
Tuesday, April 17
Des Plaines Campus
10:00 a.m. – 10:45 a.m., Images of Oakton’s Native Plants, Ken Schaefer (Artist and Naturalist) Room 1610
Summary: Ken Schaefer is an artist and recently retired naturalist. He takes samples of the prairie and, through dark room techniques, creates beautiful and haunting “photograms”. He is going to exhibit his photograms as well as talk about the native plants and his artistic process. A must see for any artist or art lover!
11:00 a.m.-1 p.m., Earth Week Snacks, Student Street
Summary: Join us for FREE dirt cup snacks (chocolate pudding, crushed oreos, and gummy worms), an annual favorite among students and staff
12:30 p.m.-1:30 p.m., U-Turn, Joey FineRhyme (Raptivist and Educator) Room 1610
Summary: U-Turn emphasizes the role that individuals play in sustainability in making personal changes. A“U-Turn”, from wastefulness to mindfulness (as it were). This is brought to life, alongside the global changes that need to be made. Joey FineRhyme ties together the fundamentals we sometimes ignore and their effects on the big picture. While such subject matter can be difficult, Joey brings it together in fun, engaging and comical ways. U-Turn is brought to life under the banner of Raptivism: a rap artist, who isn’t your common emcee, but an environmental “rap activist and freestyle extraordinaire”.
2:30 p.m.-3:30 p.m., Film screening- Voices Not Heard: The Climate Fight of Malaysian Youth Digital Q&A with Director Scott Brown following the film Room 1610
Summary: A screening of Scott Brown’s “Voices Not Heard: The Climate Fight of Malaysian youth”. A short description of the film: Climate change begins to wreak havoc on the world’s developing nations, a 23-year-old Malaysian activist travels to Paris to represent young people from countries like his at the COP21 climate negotiations. His journey to discover his role as an activist on a global stage, to speak up for the underrepresented Global South, and to continue fighting now in the face of U.S. abandonment of the Paris Agreement, provides insight into the world of international climate negotiations and activism that is rarely reported to the public. There will be a digital Q&A where the director will answer questions and explain his film.
1:00 p.m.-2:15 p.m., Climate Change, Child Marriages, and Over-population, David Arieti (Oakton Faculty) Room C120
Summary: Humans and their cultures over the years have changed greatly. The way we live and the behaviors we practice have large implications on the natural world—which in turn impacts the way our society lives. Join us for this interesting discussion of these connections in the context of climate change, child marriages, and over-population.
Wednesday, April 18th
Des Plaines Campus
9:30 a.m. – 11:15 a.m., Nature & Bird Walk, Paul Gulezian (Oakton Faculty); Meet in Lee Center First Floor Lobby; Dress for weather and wear comfortable shoes!
Summary: Join Paul Gulezian, biology faculty member, in exploring the grounds of Oakton to learn more about the plants, animals, and ecosystems on campus. A small amount of binoculars will be available to help spot birds along the way, but feel free to bring your own.
11:30 a.m. – 1:00 p.m., Macroinvertebrate Sampling, Tess Lesniak (Oakton Faculty), Meet in Lee Center Lobby; Dress for weather and wear comfortable shoes!
Summary: Join Biology/Earth Sciences Professor Tess Lesniak in discovering what kind of creatures you might find in Lake Oakton. This hands-on macro invertebrate sampling lab will teach participants how to collect and identify animal life along the shore of the Lake–while discovering how that information is used to determine the water quality of a site. Please dress for the weather and wear rain boots if you have them–otherwise, boots and all tools will be provided for you!
3:00 p.m. – 4:15 p.m., How Biodiversity Inoculates Against Extinction, David Arieti (Oakton Faculty), Room 1625
Summary: What is biodiversity? What are the dangers in losing a few “minor” species here and there? Join us for this engaging lecture to learn more about the essence of a healthy ecosystem and healthy populations and what we can do to maintain them.
11:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m., Earth Week Snacks, RHC Main Entrance
Join us for FREE dirt cup snacks (chocolate pudding, crushed oreos, and gummy worms), an annual favorite among students and staff
1:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m., Introduction to Sustainability Business Strategy for Entrepreneurs (People, Planet, Profit), Reed Evans (Founder of Scale It Up! Sustainability Training for Women Entrepreneurs), Light refreshments provided. *Pre-registration requested: email@example.com, Room P103-P104
Summary: Reed Evans’ 1/2 day workshop: According to Intuit’s 2020 Report, sustainability—balancing environmental, social, and economic considerations in business decision-making—will be a “competitive requirement for small business within the next ten years, moving from social novelty to business necessity.”
Get equipped with the knowledge and skills to start and build a business that takes people, planet, and profit into account from the start and as your business grows. For business and sustainability students, entrepreneurs & small business owners!
Thursday, April 19th
Des Plaines Campus
10 a.m. – 11 a.m., Fitness Walk on Campus, Lisa Bolinder (Oakton Wellness Coordinator), Meet in entrance near Parking Lot A, Performing Arts Center Lobby; Dress for weather and wear comfortable shoes!
Summary: A walk around Oakton’s lovely campus. Take a walk around the campus and notice all the natural beauty that’s overlooked while running to class. Exercises are incorporated along the path and on or near benches. The walk is led by members of the wellness committee and fitness center
11 a.m. – 12:15 p.m., Climate Adaptation and Community Resiliency in Little Village, Viviana Moreno (LVEJO: Little Village Environmental Justice Organization), Room 1604
Summary: When we look around at the environmental and social injustices taking place in our world, see the effects of a changing climate, and perceived inaction, it can be incredible discouraging and overwhelming. How do we take a first step? How can one person or one community make a difference? The Little Village Environmental Justice Organization (LVEJO) is an exceptional example of a grassroots organization that has accomplished major successes. The mission of LVEJO is to organize with their community to accomplish environmental justice in Little Village and achieve the self-determination of immigrant, low-income, and working-class families.
Join Viviana as she discusses the triumphs and challenges LVEJO has encountered, the incredible collaboration, teamwork, and time that members of the community have devoted, and the importance of using your voice to speak up for those who feel they don’t have one.
12:45 p.m. – 2:00 p.m., Beasts at Bedtime: Revealing the Environmental Wisdom in Children’s Literature, Liam Heneghan (Author), Room 1604
Summary: Join author Liam Heneghan as he discusses his recent work: Beasts at Bedtime: Revealing the Environmental Wisdom in Children’s Literature. Along with excerpts of the book, he will share details about his inspiration. From University of Chicago Press:
“Talking lions, philosophical bears, very hungry caterpillars, wise spiders, altruistic trees, companionable moles, urbane elephants: this is the magnificent menagerie that delights our children at bedtime. Within the entertaining pages of many children’s books, however, also lie profound teachings about the natural world that can help children develop an educated and engaged appreciation of the dynamic environment they inhabit.
In Beasts at Bedtime, scientist (and father) Liam Heneghan examines the environmental underpinnings of children’s stories. From Beatrix Potter to Harry Potter, Heneghan unearths the universal insights into our inextricable relationship with nature that underlie so many classic children’s stories. Some of the largest environmental challenges in coming years—from climate instability, the extinction crisis, freshwater depletion, and deforestation—are likely to become even more severe as this generation of children grows up. Though today’s young readers will bear the brunt of these environmental calamities, they will also be able to contribute to environmental solutions if prepared properly. And all it takes is an attentive eye: Heneghan shows how the nature curriculum is already embedded in bedtime stories, from the earliest board books like The Rainbow Fish to contemporary young adult classics like The Hunger Games.”
2:30 p.m. – 3:30 p.m, Beginning to Bike and Cycling to School, (Representatives from the Des Plaines Bike and Pedestrian Advisory Committee) Room 1604
Summary: DPBPAC will be coming to Oakton to do a workshop on bike safety, cycling, and student involvement. Using student address data, they have compiled the best bike routes for students on both the Des Plaines and Skokie campus’!
3:30 p.m. – 5:30 p.m., Film Screening: “From the Ashes”, Discussion following film, led by Paul Gulezian (Oakton Faculty), Room 1604
Summary: A Screening of National Geographic’s documentary “From the Ashes”. The film goes beyond the rhetoric of the “war on coal” to present compelling stories about what is at stake for our economy, health, and climate. Afterwards there will be a discussion of the themes, implications, and impact of the film lead by Paul Gulezian.
12:30 p.m. – 1:30 p.m., Film Screening: “Voices Not Heard: The Climate Fight of Malaysian Youth”, RHC C120
Summary: A screening of Scott Brown’s “Voices Not Heard: The Climate Fight of Malaysian youth”. A short description of the film: Climate change begins to wreak havoc on the world’s developing nations, a 23-year-old Malaysian activist travels to Paris to represent young people from countries like his at the COP21 climate negotiations. His journey to discover his role as an activist on a global stage, to speak up for the underrepresented Global South, and to continue fighting now in the face of U.S. abandonment of the Paris Agreement, provides insight into the world of international climate negotiations and activism that is rarely reported to the public.
Friday, April 20th
Des Plaines Campus
10:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m., Community Garden Clean-Up, all tools and supplies provided, come and go as you are able, Meet at door 31; Dress for weather and wear comfortable shoes!
Summary: Come see and help clean up Oakton’s community garden. There will be planting seeds, and cleaning and preparing the flower beds. Help make Oakton beautiful while learning to garden through hands-on experience! Master gardeners will be on hand to provide training. Come at any time and stay as long as you’d like.
Saturday, April 21st
Des Plaines Campus
1:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m., Creating Justice: Celebrating Art in People’s Movements, For more about this day-long symposium, including lists of speakers and artists, please visit Oakton’s Events Page. (Pre-registration requested: firstname.lastname@example.org, Room 1610
Saturday, April 22nd
Des Plaines Campus
9:00 a.m. — 12:00 p.m. Ecological Restoration–Kloempken Prairie, Join the Sustainability Club and Forest Preserve District of Cook County volunteers in some fun and engaging restoration work. Wear sturdy boots and dress for the weather, come prepared to remove some invasive species! (All tools will be provided.) Please meet in Parking Lot C of Oakton’s Des Plaines Campus.
Details are subject to change. For the most up to date listing of opportunities, please visit www.oakton.edu and look under the News & Events listing.
Sponsored by the Oakton Green Committee, Environmental Studies Concentration, Honors Program, and Oakton Educational Foundation with assistance from the Department of Continuing Education and Workforce Development and Division of Business and Technological Careers.