Keeping It Green at Oakton

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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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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: