Keeping It Green at Oakton

Your source for the most current sustainability news from Oakton Community College


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UNHSI Sustainability Fellowships–Application Deadline Extended to 2/19/17

UNHSI’s Sustainability Fellowships pair outstanding students with challenging, important projects that will propel the US toward a low-carbon future. Sustainability Fellows each undertake to meet challenging deliverables, and receive supervision, mentorship, unique networking and professional development opportunities, and a $6000 stipend.

2017 Project Descriptions

Click here for more information & to apply!

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GREEN Program, Sustainability Study Abroad Experiences: Iceland & Peru

This winter & spring break, consider joining The GREEN Program abroad in the world’s leading destinations for sustainable development:

Peru & Iceland

Watch the 2016 video, “Education Abroad. Redefined. Reinvented.”: https://vimeo.com/178522016

The GREEN Program unlocks doors for students to gain exclusive education, industry access, and authentic bucket-list experiences around the world. Through this accredited, career-focused 8 to 10 day programs, GREEN Program exists to use the world as a classroom in order to give meaning and purpose to education, adventure, and life.

Join a community of students leaders and young professionals who have consciously chosen to pursue a future of possibilities and are determined to be part of the solutions toward a better world.

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American Campuses Act on Climate Pledge

Oakton Community College has signed on to the American Campuses Act on Climate Pledge with President Smith’s support. This initiative began in preparation for the Climate Talks in Paris and is using energy generated from those discussions to invite and engage more Colleges and Universities to act. It is based on the American Business Act on Climate pledge. We are now one of over 200 campuses to sign on to this pledge. Below, is a link below with details on the initiative. This will be the start of a more focused and coordinated effort towards climate action on the part of Oakton. We are excited to see where it leads us!

(https://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/2015/11/19/fact-sheet-ahead-conference-climate-change-more-200-colleges-and)

 

Oakton Community College Pledge:

We (students, employees, community members) believe that leadership in climate action through practice, education, and social experiences is integral to becoming mindful global citizens. Oakton Community College pledges to:

  • Identify programs and products that improve efficiencies and work towards carbon neutrality.
  • Complete a greenhouse gas assessment that examines current energy resources and consumption.
  • Devote resources to renewable energy opportunities such as our existing solar water heating system and 23.6 kW photovoltaic (PV) array and to the planned 25 kW PV array.
  • Maintain and restore the natural areas of our campuses to protect ecosystem functions, sequester carbon, and support habitats for wildlife.
  • Promote and expand composting opportunities to remove contributed food waste from landfills.


We understand that we are part of a diverse ecosystem and that the sustainable use of resources is important not just for our operations, but for the community, and the world.


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Clean Energy Training Opportunities in Illinois

This is a great time to get trained in solar energy! Check out these opportunities in Springfield:

ISEA Professional Education Courses

at Lincoln Land Community College, Springfield, IL

                                  
Join ISEA for these entry level courses and begin your journey to a career in clean energy!
 
Hurry class sizes are limited!
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PV 101- Introduction to Photovoltaics Saturday August 15th 9am-5pm
 
This one-day course uses a combination of lecture and classroom activities to teach the basics of solar electric systems. Participants will learn how photovoltaic (PV) systems work, diagram the four PV system types, describe and identify components, understand the best application and limitations of each system type, define the solar window, make energy efficiency recommendations, estimate system loads, and understand the basics of PV site assessment. More information here.
 
PV 201- Site Assessor Training  Saturday September 12th 8am-5pm

Participants will learn how to perform  a PV site assessment for a home or small business. The course will cover site assessment tools, load analysis, energy efficiency recommendations, array placement options, basic system sizing, cost estimates, and evaluating existing infrastructure on site. Participants will learn how to access online tools for solar resource analysis, PV system performance calculators, and incentives. For more information visit the ISEA website.

Please register via ISEA. Confirmation email will include contact info for LLCC in order to call and pay course fees.       


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Associate Vice President of Energy & Sustainability–University of California

Here’s a position to aim for someday! Roles like this are popping up all over in Higher Ed as well as corporate locations–start building your experience now!

Associate Vice President of Energy & Sustainability

The University of California, Office of the President invites qualified candidates to apply for a newly created leadership opportunity: Associate Vice President- Energy & Sustainability.   The University of California is the state’s premier public research university and one of its largest employers.  Our campuses are routinely ranked among the best in the world. The Office of the President is the systemwide headquarters of the University of California, managing its fiscal and business operations, supporting the academic and research missions across its ten campuses, labs and five medical centers.

Reporting to the Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer, the successful individual serves as a visionary leader and executive-level ambassador who will continue and expand the University of California’s leadership role in energy and sustainability. The AVP creates collaborative opportunities among UC campus and medical center representatives from capital programs, sustainability offices, real estate, planning, facilities services, transportation, procurement, finance and other constituencies, including representatives and experts among the University’s faculty and researchers, to engage in cross-functional planning, problem-solving and innovation.

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Public Information Specialist (Sustainability)–Medical University of South Carolina

The posting will be open until May 5.

https://www.jobs.musc.edu/postings/29780

The public information specialist of the university sustainability program is responsible for developing, preparing, editing, coordinating and disseminating informational and/or educational material for the program

Job Description Summary The public information specialist of the university sustainability program is responsible for developing, preparing, editing, coordinating and disseminating informational and/or educational material for the program.
Minimum Qualifications A bachelor’s degree and one year relevant program experience.
Preferred Qualifications
Additional Knowledge, Skill and Ability Preferred Knowledge of journalistic principles and practices and techniques of disseminating information to the public through news media. Knowledge of grammar, composition and style. Knowledge of the methods and techniques used in planning, composing, editing and producing written and digital publications with programs such as In-Design, social media and CMS software. Knowledge of principles and methods of planning conducting and supervising large scale public relations programs. Ability to gather, organize and present oral and written information in a clear, concise and accurate manner. Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with the communication media and general public. Ability to supervise subordinate personnel.


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Solar Energy Professionals–Certificate Program

Interested in enhancing your education from Oakton with professional training in Solar Energy Installation? Prepare yourself for this growing field! Now that solar prices are dropping consistently and becoming more affordable for businesses and residents, we are going to need skilled professionals who can maintain and service the installations. Get a head start on your future career by signing up! 

“The SEI Solar Professionals Certificate Program (SPCP) goes beyond a “certification test prep” format of training and takes participants to a higher level of educational experience to truly prepare them for the solar industry and a career.

The SEI SPCP is a selective admissions program to help ensure the success of our students and provide a highly trained workforce for the solar industry. To determine a candidate’s likelihood of program completion, alignment of career goals, and overall good fit for this professional training program, we require a certificate program application to be completed by every student candidate. This is required for any certificate path and acceptance into the overall program. Multiple Certificates can be earned by adding courses to your original Certificate Path.”