Keeping It Green at Oakton

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Creating Justice 2017

Being sustainable is about more than protecting the natural environment–it also involves protecting and caring for people and the communities we live in. Join us on Earth Day, April 22 for our annual Creating Justice symposium. Please feel free to share this pdf widely. The event is open to the community, though registration is requested.


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Campus Sustainability Month!

Did you know that October was proclaimed Campus Sustainability Month by the Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education (AASHE)?  We want to remind our students and community that there is more to sustainability than just celebrating Earth Day. We should regularly reflect on the importance of the environment, our natural world, and the ways in which we interact with it.  Join Oakton students, employees, and community members in celebrating Sustainability these next two weeks on our campuses.

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5 Week Food Studies Course–ITALY!

Dear Students,

We are now accepting applications for the summer 2016 CRITICAL STUDIES ON FOOD IN ITALY program.

The summer 2016 CRITICAL STUDIES ON FOOD IN ITALY program is a 5- week program that takes place from May 23 to June 25, 2016 in Rome, Italy
The program is open to all majors, and all students, degree-seeking or not.


Critical Studies on Food Culture (3 credits)
Food media, communication and trends (3 credits)
Food, Nutrition and Culture in Italy (3 credits)
Italian Lexicon for Food Studies (3 credits)
Elementary Italian Language UMASS ITAL 110 (3 credits) COURSE and Intensive Elementary Italian Language UMASS ITAL 126 (6 credits)

A description of the program is available at

Please note that the spring semester courses Food Design, and Sustainable Architecture in Italy, will also be provided in the summer. Please see the description for these courses at Internships will also available during the summer program.
If you have any questions, or to request an application, please write to

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Environment Initiatives Coordinator–Berkeley

Environment Initiatives Coordinator – Job # 19541

This position reports to the Executive Director for Cal Dining. The person in this position will be the liaison on all initiatives related to health, wellness and sustainability, including but not limited to:
  • Food Security
  • Global Food Initiative
  • Sustainability Policy Group
  • Small Farm procurement
  • Menus of Change
  • Sustainability Sourcing
  • Organic Certification
  • Buy California
  • Dining Sustainability Team Lead
To apply, candidates will need to go to the Berkeley Jobs website to apply.  The site is and the job number is 19541. Questions about this position should be directed to Michael Laux, Associate Director for Cal Dining,

Information on Cal Dining sustainability:

Tip: Apply as soon as possible!

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2015 Talking Farm Sustainable Urban Agriculture Internship (Paid)

2015 Talking Farm Sustainable Urban Agriculture Internship 

The Talking Farm ( is a 501(c)(3)urban farm that believes in growing food locally, organically, sustainably and in educating and partnering with our community. This year we will be growing produce for sale on over ½ acre of land, expanding the farm’s growing fields, and educating school groups and the community.

We are looking for motivated individuals that want to learn more about and participate in sustainable urban agriculture. Farm interns will experience all the tasks associated with the daily operations of a diversified production vegetable farm. Interns will walk away with a solid understanding of crop planting, crop care, harvesting, hoop house management, disease / pest management and volunteer management.

Internship candidates should have good verbal and written communications skills, ability to work in a team environment, ability to complete tasks independently, some knowledge of and or experience with soils, urban agriculture, and crop management. Experience working with kids/students and volunteer coordination a plus. Good general physical fitness needed.

June and July, 10-20 hours a week $10 an hour for Oakton Students (unpaid positions available for non-Oakton students)

For info please contact (847-440-6997)

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Food Recovery Network Fellowship-Apply by April 26

Fight campus food waste and community hunger!
Food Recovery Network is seeking talented individuals for nine month, full-time, paid fellowships to help build, grow and maintain our movement throughout the 2015-2016 school year from our national headquarters in College Park, MD. Learn more and apply by April 26, 2015.
**Please note that the correct email address to submit applications is
​ Founded in September of 2011, Food Recovery Network (FRN) is the largest national student-led food recovery movement working to bring food recovery programs to colleges across the country. Made up of over 127 chapters at colleges and universities, FRN has recovered nearly 700,000 pounds of food and is rapidly expanding. ​
FRN fellowships offer opportunities for skill development in the areas of leadership, collaboration, professionalism, and communication and will increase your technical understanding of hunger, food waste, campus organizing, and the logistics of food recovery.