Keeping It Green at Oakton

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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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Now Hiring! Part-time Naturalist at Oakton!!

Naturalist

Basic Function and Responsibility:Assists with maintenance of grounds, gardens, trails, and all other parts of designated natural areas and sites; mainly through coordination with outside contractors.  Provides environmental education programming and conservation-based nature education workshops to students and partners of the College. Organizes and develops interpretive programs and curriculum-based programs for the College students, civic and special interest groups, and the general public on the natural history of the natural areas and other ecological or environmental themes. Cares for botanical and zoological specimens, and other exhibit and education materials. Assists local County Forest Preserve biologists and ecologists with research and other programs and projects. Performs all other job related duties as assigned. 

Characteristic Duties and Responsibilities:Performs tasks in designated natural areas, including seeding, gathering seeds, fertilizing, planting, etc. Responsible for overall public safety of natural areas and trails.
 Schedules, coordinates, and watches over work performed by outside contractors such as controlled burns, tree removal, pesticide application, etc.

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Print Wise–Changes to Student Printing Spring 2019

“Save a Tree for ME!”

In 2017 Oakton users printed more than 2.7 million pages.That’s equivalent to cutting down 325 trees or a forest the size of 6.5football fields!

To reduce paper waste in computer labs, print jobs are now sent to a release station before printing.  Since the start of Fall semester, these stations have already reduced over 36,086 sheets from being printed (the equivalent of 4.33trees!).

 Coming next semester,Spring 2019: To conserve resources, and reduce wasteful printing, Oakton will provide each student with$20 a semester in their print account (equivalent to 400 black and white sheets). Based on our data, this means that over 90% of students will still print for free on campus! If students wish to print more, they can add funds to their account at $.05/black and white sheet. Color and specialty printing will be priced at a higher rate.

Since this effort will involve a period of adjustment, the IT Department and Sustainability Center are requesting your input. If you have any questions or suggestions please join us at one of these information forums:

Des Plaines Campus: December 5, 10:30-11:30am in Room 1606

Skokie Campus: December 6, 10:30-11:30am in Room P103

Or reach out to greenteam@oakton.edu. Thank you for your help in supporting our green initiatives!


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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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Earth Week at Oakton, 2018 Events

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!

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Results of Lake Oakton Fish Survey

We were thrilled to have members from the Illinois Department of Natural Resources (IDNR) on campus last week to conduct a fish survey on Lake Oakton as part of Campus Sustainability Month. This series of events on college and university campuses across the nation are held in conjunction with the Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education (AASHE). Not only were were thrilled to learn that our Lake is healthy, but we were impressed by the number of species found living here!

Led by District Fisheries Biologist, Frank Jakubicek, two dozen students, several employees, and community members learned  about biodiversity assessment on campus and had a chance to engage in recording data about the findings. Frank was impressed by the health and vitality of our largemouth bass population–a secret that is already out among a small group of avid fisherfolk who visit our campus regularly. Other species included bluegill, gizzard shad, pumpkinseed sunfish, white sucker and warmouth. This proved to be an amazing learning opportunity for so many, particularly those students involved in our Environmental Studies Concentration. Registration is open NOW for Spring Semester. Sign up for your ESC courses today!

Check out the full report: Oakton Community College Pond Supplemental Survey Report 2017

Photos courtesy of Paul Gulezian:


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October is Campus Sustainability Month!

As a member of the Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education (AASHE), Oakton is proud to celebrate our efforts through Campus Sustainability Month! All events are free and open to the public, no rsvp required. The events below are offered in part by the Sustainability Center, Green Committee, Environmental Studies Concentration, Peace and Social Justice Studies, and Honors Program. We hope you will join us!

October 7: Solar Energy Tour at Skokie Campus 10am-3pm

October 17: IDNR Fish Survey at Des Plaines Campus 2:30pm-4:30pm

October 17: My Trip to the Amazon – A Great Adventure, Life Science instructor David Arieti at Des Plaines Campus, Lee Center Room 210 and streaming live in C240, Skokie Campus from 5:30pm to 7:00pm

October 23: Merchants of Doubt Film Screening at Skokie Campus, 2:00pm to 4:00pm, C133

October 25: Factory Farming Awareness Coalition—Hungry for Knowledge? Presentation at Des Plaines Campus, 12:30pm to 1:45pm in Room 2139 2139 (We hope to live stream this presentation—check the Keepin’ It Green blog or Green Committee Facebook page for details!)

October 26: An Inconvenient Sequel: Truth to Power, Film Screening at Des Plaines Campus with Live Stream Q&A from former Vice President Al Gore, 5:45pm to 8:30pm in Room 1606

October 30: Merchants of Doubt Merchants of Doubt Film Screening at Des Plaines Campus, 2:00pm to 4:00pm, Room 1608

November 2: An Inconvenient Sequel: Truth to Power, Film Screening at Skokie Campus, 11:00am to 1:00pm in Room C250

Full details for each event are listed below!

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