- The Resources Intern will provide administrative and technical support related to the development of AASHE resources and has experience with data collection for AASHE’s Sustainability Tracking, Assessment & Rating System (STARS). Please review the job application for full details.
- The Education Intern will provide ongoing administrative support for AASHE’s professional development programs and has experience in higher education sustainability and the ability to work independently with limited supervision. Please review the job application for full details.
We are so pleased to announce our 2018 Earth Week events here at Oakton Community College. Check out the calendar below and visit here for details on each session. All of these events are free and open to the public, though we do ask for pre-registration for a couple of them. Please share with your friends and colleagues!
The Garden Club of America (GCA) is offering a new scholarship in native plant studies, with applications now being accepted. The Montine M. Freeman Scholarship in Native Plant Studies supports the study of underutilized native plants at an accredited U.S. college or university or a major botanic garden or arboretum. The GCA will fund one or more Freeman Scholarships annually at a minimum of $3,000.
The scholarship is open to undergraduates and graduate students, advanced degree candidates or non-degree-seeking applicants above the high school level. U.S. citizens and permanent residents enrolled in a U.S.-based institution are eligible. To apply, visit www.gcamerica.org/index.cfm/scholarships/details/id/35. Deadline is February 1 preceding the period of study.
When President Joianne Smith signed the American Campuses Act on Climate Pledge in December 2015, Oakton Community College joined over 200 higher education institutions committed to climate action. One of Oakton’s commitments as part of that pledge was recently realized with the addition of a 25kW photovoltaic array at its Skokie campus. Installation of the roof-mounted system, consisting of approximately 80 solar panels, was completed on June 20.
Since the system has been operational, it has generated 5.27MWh of energy, enough to power more than 15,000 light bulbs for one day. This helps to prevent roughly 3,700 kilograms of carbon dioxide being released into the environment, equivalent to planting 201 trees. Incorporating renewable energy is one important way of reducing the college’s impact on the environment, but it is also something that is of high value to our students, who regularly tell us this is an area they hope the college continues to pursue.
For students interested in learning more about the technology involved in arrays like this one, Oakton is offering a Fundamentals of Solar Energy Systems course (ELT 154) on Wednesday evenings this Fall. Registration for this course is open until September 6, 2017. In addition to the new solar array, the Skokie campus is home to a test system that is easily accessible for enrolled students and provides them with hands-on experience working with solar panels. This course can be used to meet requirements for the Environmental Studies Concentration.
Live data from the solar array will soon be incorporated into the college’s existing Energy Dashboard which can be found on Oakton’s website. For now though, the data can be found here: https://monitoringpublic.solaredge.com/solaredge-web/p/site/public?name=Oakton Community College Skokie Campus#/dashboard
We hope you’ll check it out!
Join us for our annual Earth Week Events at Oakton Community College, April 17-22. Feel free to share this pdf version and post (with permission) wherever you see fit! Thank you for helping us to spread the word on these amazing events to learn, engage with others, and make a difference at Oakton and in your communities!
The UNHSI Sustainability Fellows program is now accepting applications, through 2017.
The program pairs graduate and upperclass students from throughout the U.S. with municipal, educational, corporate, and NGO partners in New England to work on innovative climate change and sustainability initiatives. This is a summer opportunity for experiential learning, professional development, and mentorship in their field—which also provides a $6,000 stipend. As you’ll see, this year’s 20 projects run the gamut from scientific research to data analysis and technical assistance to policy to business development to communications and outreach: http://sustainableunh.unh.edu/2017-fellowship-projects.
This year we’ll start May 31st and run through August 18th. Applications can be submitted on the UNH Sustainability website (http://sustainableunh.unh.edu/sustainability-fellows), and will be accepted through February 17, 2017.