Keeping It Green at Oakton

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Take a Tour of the Lee Center!

Next time you are on campus, spend a few minutes on a self-guided tour of the Lee Center.  Start in the lobby at our intro display that provides background on the sustainable features and LEED certification. Interact with the touchscreen to view our energy dashboard. You can learn how much solar power is being generated by our sunshades (visible from the 3rd floor–south hall) and check out the energy usage of our building throughout the year. Then, grab a self-guided tour brochure and use it to follow informational signs throughout the building. At each, you will learn a fun fact or two about why the Lee Center was able to earn LEED Gold Certification.  Feel free to keep the brochure, or return it to the display when you are done. We also welcome you to learn more about the Center while off campus by reading this feature in Sustainable Chicago.

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Margaret Burke Lee Science and Health Careers Center IS OPEN!

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We are thrilled to announce that the new Margaret Burke Lee Science and Health Careers Center is open for students! Despite the weather, the new building creates a warm and welcoming space for students and faculty.

This video walk through showcases the lovely spaces, but the addition of furniture, artwork and (of course) PEOPLE makes it so much more vibrant. The Lee Center is now home to classrooms for our Science and Health courses and includes biology, chemistry and physics labs, faculty offices, student lounge areas and a state of the art simulation hospital. Keep an eye out in spring as we install our educational displays that highlight many of the great sustainability features of this building (for which we are expecting LEED Gold Level certification!). Some of the features include:

  • Radiant heating using a closed looped system,
  • Light meters and occupancy sensors which help to control how much artificial light is being used,
  • Energy wheel system in our lab spaces that reduce the need for standard HVAC equipment,
  • Construction and décor made from repurposed and recycled materials,
  • Locally sourced building materials,
  • High-efficiency elevator
  • Outdoor classroom,
  • Native landscaping featuring prairie plants which will provide usable habitat for local wildlife,
  • Bioswales in our specially designed and newly resurfaced parking lot to help manage stormwater runoff and…
  • A 23.6 kW photovoltaic array to produce solar power for the building. The array has been producing power in the building for several months. Its real-time energy production and the building’s energy usage can be viewed at any time via our Dashboard.

We cannot wait for you to visit, enjoy the natural light and beautiful views of the Des Plaines campus…and take a class or two!


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Urban Ecology Center-Milwaukee, WI–Summer Internships Posted

There are many great, paid opportunities this summer at the Urban Ecology Center in Milwaukee. Make a difference in the lives of others, in the community and in the world. For full details, visit their job site HERE.

At the time of posting, the following positions were available:

Summer Intern-Citizen Science and Research
Milwaukee, WI
Research and Citizen Science
Dec 18, 2014
Intern
Summer Intern-Education and Community Programs
Milwaukee, WI
Environmental Education
Dec 18, 2014
Intern
Summer Intern-Green Building Management and Research
Milwaukee, WI
Facilities
Dec 18, 2014
Intern
Summer Intern-Land Stewardship
Milwaukee, WI
Land Stewardship
Dec 18, 2014
Intern
Summer Intern-Marketing
Milwaukee, WI
Communications
Dec 18, 2014
Intern
Summer Intern-Volunteer and Visitor Services
Milwaukee, WI
Finance and Operations
Dec 18, 2014
Intern