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Creating Justice: A Celebration of Art in People’s Movements, April 20

Saturday, April 20, 2019, 1 – 8 p.m., Oakton Community College, Des Plaines Campus

  • Workshops, presentations, and art making from 1 – 6:30 p.m. (Ten Hoeve Center)
  • Free dinner and live music show by ¡ÉSSO! from 6:30 – 8:00 p.m. (Oakton Cafeteria)
  • This event is free and open to all. Please register! Full schedule coming soon.

Presentations, workshops and performances:

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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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2018 Campus Sustainability Month at Oakton!

Join us for another month of programming this October to celebrate Campus Sustainability Month. This effort, initiated by the Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education (www.AASHE.org) is a great way to learn more about different sustainability related topics while on campus. We also encourage students to take part in Project Green Challenge. This eye-opening series of interactive activities and exploration will help individuals learn more about their daily behaviors, the importance of “going green”, and what practices can help them in making a difference. Participate as often or as little as you like and have the chance to win sustainable prizes! Top five participants from Oakton will win some sustainability swag from our office as well :).

See below for details and come back again for full list of events, room locations, and updates!

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Greenbuild Volunteers Needed!! November 14-16 in Chicago

The annual Greenbuild conference will be held in Chicago this November and in order to make it successful, the planning team is looking for college students and young professionals who can volunteer during the event. Volunteers gain FREE admission to the conference! This is a great way to network with others in the green building profession and learn more about future opportunities. Check out the link below to sign up!

https://www.greenbuildexpo.com/en/community/usgbc-volunteers.html

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Sustainability Fellow–University of Mississippi

Sustainability Fellow – University of Mississippi
The Sustainability Fellowship at the University of Mississippi is an opportunity for a recent graduate to gain professional experience in the field of sustainability within the higher education context.  The Fellow contributes to and participates in the work of the UM Office of Sustainability as well as manages his/her own projects.  The Fellow oversees the development and facilitation of the EcoReps program, a peer-to-peer leadership and service program to engage and empower students living on campus in sustainable activities, issues and personal choices. Depending on interest areas, the Fellow will also have the opportunity to work on sustainability topics including active transportation, waste reduction, energy efficiency, diversity and inclusion and food sustainability. In addition, the Fellow will be involved in the university’s comprehensive data collection effort for the Sustainability, Tracking, Assessment, and Rating System.  The Sustainability Fellowship is a temporary position with a minimum term of one year and maximum term of up to two years.  It is an entry-level position but successful applicants will have some experience in and knowledge of the field of sustainability.

Apply online:  https://jobs.olemiss.edu/postings/13989

Learn more about the UM Office of Sustainability:  https://sustain.olemiss.edu/


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Paid Internship, Effort to Ban Styrofoam

This summer, the Fund for the Public Interest is hiring paid summer staff to work with Environment Illinois to run a grassroots campaign protecting wildlife! You will be to pass a statewide ban on polystyrene (or what a lot of people think of as styrofoam). Foam is one of the most egregious forms of plastic pollution. Not only because it can’t be recycled and doesn’t degrade, but it also is very harmful to wildlife- injuring or killing animals from earthworms to whales because they confuse the foam with food.

If you’re interested in protecting the environment, earning $11-16/hour, gaining campaign & leadership skills, or if you are looking for a fun summer job you should fill out your contact info at http://fundforthepublicinterest.org/apply-now.html or call (312)-559-4701.