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Earth Week 2019, Session Descriptions

Visit here for a calendar of events.

Bird Walk: Paul Gulezian, assistant biology professor (Dress for the weather and wear comfortable shoes.) Walk the grounds of the Des Plaines campus and discover what birds are living near us or visiting for the season. Binoculars and field guides will be provided.

Wildling Kin: Chicago’s More-than-Human Worlds:Gavin Van Horn, Director, Cultures of Conservation at the Center for Humans and Nature Stories provide a bridge between the sciences and the humanities, offering a critical means of communicating and reflecting upon urban wildlife issues. Join Gavin Van Horn, the author of The Way of Coyote: Shared Journeys in the Urban Wilds (University of Chicago Press, 2018), in exploring the importance of story as a means to knowing the city and its nonhuman denizens. Van Horn will highlight his recently published book as well as the “City Creatures” project, which he leads for the Center for Humans and Nature. Comprised of an interdisciplinary collective of authors and artists, this project utilizes the power of art, poetry, and personal narrative to draw attention to urban animals and our shared urban habitats. Van Horn will draw examples from the City Creatures Blog; the edited volume City Creatures: Animal Encounters in the Chicago Wilderness (University of Chicago Press, 2015); and The Way of Coyote to illustrate the ways in which stories can deepen appreciation for the ways in which our lives are entangled with urban wildlife. Funding provided by a grant from the Oakton Educational Foundation to the Environmental Studies Concentration.

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Oakton’s Earth Week 2019 Events Announced!

Event Descriptions can be found here.

**Please note, an earlier version of this calendar showed that Creating Justice Symposium would be held on Saturday, April 27. The actual date is April 20. More details will be posted here when available.**


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Audubon Habitat Restoration Paid Internships–Apply Now!

For over a decade, Audubon Great Lakes has trained young adults for careers in conservation through our Audubon Wings Internship program. Annually, Audubon hires, trains, and supervises Restoration Interns, who work on lands managed by the Forest Preserves of Cook County and Chicago Park District, respectively.

The Audubon Habitat Restoration Internship is a 16-20 week program focusing on ecological restoration and land stewardship. Interns are seasonal, full-time (40 hour/week) employees and provided competitive hourly salary. Interns work outside in various extreme weather conditions and must be able to commit to a flexible schedule throughout the program, as weather determines the workday. Previous experience in habitat restoration is not required, but interns are expected to complete necessary trainings and certifications in order to complete assigned projects in the field. During the program, interns will carry-out work orders to remove invasive vegetation, collect and distribute native seeds, plant native plugs, and participate in prescribed burns.

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TreeKeepers Course in March

TreeKeepers is running a forestry volunteer training program at the Little Red Schoolhouse Nature Center in Willow Springs beginning in late March. TreeKeepers learn how to help keep trees green and growing, volunteering in a variety of situations from street tree care and tree planting to woodland stewardship and advocacy.

The TreeKeepers Program is an eight day course with classroom and field components. Lessons are taught by nationally and world-renowned experts. Some of the topics covered include tree biology, soils, tree identification, pruning, tree selection, planting and mulching, and pests and diseases. The certification course costs $128 (limited scholarships available). Included in the tuition are a TreeKeepers Program Manual, safety glasses, and upon graduation, a TreeKeepers certificate, badge, and a t-shirt.

If you’re interested in becoming a Certified TreeKeeper, please contact Al De Reu (adereu@openlands.org). For more information about the program, please visit http://www.openlands.org/treekeepers.


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How to Get a Job in Sustainability: Purpose-Driven Careers in Business, NGOs, and Government, Webinar March 6


Webinar: Wednesday, March 6th, 7 PM EST 
Dr. Eban Goodstein, Director of Graduate Programs in Sustainability at Bard College, will outline mission-driven career strategies in sustainable business, non-profits and goverment for both soon-to-be and recent college graduates, and for professionals looking to make a move. Goodstein will provide participants with a concrete job-search strategy, discuss what the current political climate means for careers in social and environmental sustainability, cover grad school and continuing education options (including school now / school later); and take questions from the audience. 

Please register here for log-in details and more information. 


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Sustainability Leadership Training, ON-LINE: Gain the Skills to Change the Future, Saturday March 2, 9 AM-5:30 PM

The C2C Fellows Network at the Bard Center for Environmental Policy is a national program for undergraduates and recent graduates aspiring to leadership work in sustainable politics, NGO’s and business. C2C’s intensive, highly interactive, skills-based workshops include young people from across the country. 

Led by Dr. Eban Goodstein, Director of Bard’s Center for Environmental Policy, C2C trainings focus on key leadership skills: vision, courage, developing your network, telling your story, and raising funds.

Graduates of the workshops join a national network with access to continuing educational and professional opportunities, including dedicated scholarships to attend Bard’s Graduate Programs in Sustainability: Masters of Science degrees in Environmental Policy and Climate Science and Policy and the Bard MBA in Sustainability. 

C2C Fellows are leaders whose vision is to make a difference soon. Our mission is to accelerate their life’s work.
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Details:

  • Registration fee of $30 payable after acceptance to the workshop
  • ON-LINE, Saturday March 2,  9 AM – 5:30 PM EST. 
  • Questions? Please contact Agim Mezreku, am6872@bard.edu


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Temporary Paid Position: Northwestern University Sustainability Department

Position Type: Temporary
Position Title: sustainNU Customer Service Representative
Rate: $12-15/hour
Schedule: Monday through Friday, 8:30am-5:00pm with a 30 minute lunch

Job Summary
The sustainNU Customer Service Representative facilitates the timely and successful completion of resource conservation service requests submitted by Northwestern University faculty, staff and students. This individual will work closely with the sustainNU team to increase awareness and visibility of sustainable practices and build strong partnerships on campus

Responsibilities
• Coordinates all aspects of electronics recycling (ecycling) program including receiving requests for ecycling pickups, scheduling pickups through a third party vendor and facilitating the collection of all received ecycling equipment through our contracted recycling hauler.
• Processes all requests for trash and recycling services communicating with waste hauler as needed to ensure successful pickups.
• Reconciles all services requests which may include reviewing work order status, confirming billing information and ensuring all requests are processed accurately and in a timely manner.
• Coordinates requests for recycling bins and manages inventory.
• Serves as point of contact for sustainNU inquiries.
• Supports other sustainNU program areas as needed.
• Performs other duties as assigned or required.

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