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Climate Data Rescue Event Thursday, April 27!

Climate Data Rescue Event during Earth Month (Register at link below!)

Free and open to the public!

 Thursday, April 27, 2017 (5-9 p.m.)   

Oakton Community College

Room 1625, Des Plaines Campus

1600 Golf Road Des Plaines, IL  60016

Register for the event here: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/DFD5QFF or contact Dan Godston (dgodston@oakton.edu) to find out more.

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We invite you to a climate data rescue event at Oakton Community College, sponsored by The Green Committee at Oakton. We believe in supporting the fundamental role of science in sound government policy. Please help us preserve vulnerable federal climate, environmental, and transportation data. We need programmers, data scientists, and science enthusiasts! Bring your laptop and come ready to learn.

This event is part of a series of climate data rescue events happening in the Chicago area in recent months. Others were hosted by Chi Hack Night, University of Chicago, and Northwestern University. It is also part of ongoing international collaborations—with coordinated efforts from the Environmental Data and Governance Initiative, Internet Archive, and higher education institutions (University of Pennsylvania, University of Toronto, and UCLA).

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Earth Week 2017 Events at Oakton Announced!!

Join us for our annual Earth Week Events at Oakton Community College, April 17-22. Feel free to share this pdf version and post (with permission) wherever you see fit! Thank you for helping us to spread the word on these amazing events to learn, engage with others, and make a difference at Oakton and in your communities!

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Register NOW! Principles and Practice of Ecological Restoration

Here at Oakton, we are thrilled about our new Environmental Studies Concentration and the academic growth, hands-on experiences, and broadened horizons it will bring to our students and our campus. This spring, we are excited to share a brand new course: Principles and Practice of Ecological Restoration (Listed in the catalog as: Topics in Biology: Principles and Practice of Ecological Restoration – 11932 – BIO 290 – 001).

This immersive and hands-on course will educate students on the history and importance of ecological restoration practices and allow them to put classroom knowledge to the test with hands-on restoration projects on campus. This is excellent training for individuals who may be interested in careers related to ecology, restoration, natural resources, forestry, environmental science, or related work areas. However, it is also a great experience for anyone who cares about the natural world and wants to spend time learning about and protecting our local wild spaces.

Held on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 3:00 to 5:20pm on our Des Plaines Campus, the 3-credit course runs March 21 through May 11. If you are not currently an Oakton student, but would like to sign up for this class, we invite you to apply for admission now!

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Certificate in Sports Sustainability–Seattle

New and engaging educational programs are popping up all over the country.

Seattle University is proud to announce the launch of the graduate Certificate in Sport Sustainability Leadership through the Master in Sport Administration and Leadership (MSAL) graduate program.  Applications are open for the next cohort starting in the Winter quarter (January 2016). The 15-credit, online certificate can be completed in 9 months.

The graduate Certificate in Sport Sustainability Leadership is the first program of its kind in the world that meets the demand for professionals who can embed environmentally sustainable practices in sport organizations and athletic programs of all types and sizes—amateur, local, professional, national, and international.

The 15-credit curriculum focuses on the environmental aspects of sustainability that impact all aspects of a sport organization, including facility operations, finance, marketing, sponsorship, team operations, supply chain, and legal.  The certificate consists of five classes:

  • Sport Business Introduction to Sustainability
  • Sustainable Sport Facility Management
  • Public Policy and Economic Activity of Sustainable Sport Business
  • Marketing Sustainability in Sport
  • Project and Colloquium

Further details about our curriculum covers can be found here.

We kindly ask that you share this email with your students.

For more information, please contact:

Brian McCullough, PhD

Certificate Director

mccullob@seattleu.edu | 206.220-8261

www.seattleu.edu/artsci/sport-sustainability

Thank you for your assistance.


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Waste Systems in U.S. Higher Education (Part Two in a Three Part Series by Paul Slocum–Sustainability Research Student Worker)

Waste Systems in U.S. Higher Education

(Part Two in a Three Part Series by Paul Slocum–Sustainability Research Student Worker)

             Managing waste efficiently at the college level is becoming a serious issue for many institutions, and creating sustainable systems is now a centerpiece in numerous administrative planning schedules. A college owning the reputation of being an environmentally sustainable institution is also becoming of increasing importance to potential students when looking into higher-education options. Take the University of Idaho for example, a university which exudes roughly 1,500 tons of waste a year according to a 2009 study. And of this number, the university was only able to boast a 19% recycling rate and found that up to “66% of all materials found in their dumpsters was recyclable” (UI). In response, the administration piloted a composting program which utilized food scraps and agricultural waste. The program set up an on-site facility and resulted in saving the university roughly $8,000 in annual hauling fees as it helped successfully divert 86 tons of waste from landfills. The primary objective of UI’s sustainability efforts is to eventually see a 66% reduction in waste-generation through education and campus dumpster waste-sorts with potential university savings totaling $70,000 annually. Innovative programs such as UI’s which effectively divert waste are being widely adopted in universities across the United States for their cost-saving benefits.

In neighboring Kankakee, IL, Kankakee Community College has been developing similar programs in regard to food waste and recyclable materiel conservation. The small Illinois community college found that up to 30% of their campus waste was in food scraps– thereby necessitating an effective composting program so as to save on annual landfill costs. Although their food-diversion program is currently being developed, the college boasts high diversion rates for recyclable products: “We divert 59% of other products (recyclables) ie. Plastics, electronics, wood scraps” (Jacobson). According to KCC’s 2009 waste study, the college produced 100.8 tons of total waste, of that number 69% of their total waste was diverted and only 60 tons of waste went to landfill (Jacobson). Such high percentages of waste diversion are a benchmark for Oakton and other ICC institutions to progress towards.  Although Oakton has a much larger student population than other Illinois community colleges, diverting 50-70% of our recyclables is a very feasible goal that we can all work towards through education and inspiring sustainable practices within our students.

Check out Part Three Next Week….

Nagaweicki, Tom. University of Idaho Waste Characterization. University of Idaho. June, 2009. Web. Retrieved from:

http://www.google.com/url?sa=t&rct=j&q=&esrc=s&source=web&cd=1&ved=0CCMQ           FjAA&url=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.uidaho.edu%2F~%2Fmedia%2FFiles%2Forgs%2FS            ustainability%2FWaste%2520Characterization%2520Study.ashx&ei=gB-DVdTYEIW6-            AGU_ICICg&usg=AFQjCNG75blHe3uUQ570rNp908m9Nd64YQ

*Taken from Interview with Bert Jacobson, Dean of Environmental and Institutional        Sustainability, Kankakee Community College. June, 2015.


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Antioch College–Full Time Sustainability Coordinator

Sustainability Coordinator

Antioch College is searching for a Sustainability Coordinator. The Sustainability Coordinator is responsible for advancing initiatives that reduce Antioch College’s ecological footprint and establish the college as a nationally-recognized leader in the arena of sustainability. The Coordinator will work with students, faculty, staff and administrators to provide the knowledge, skills, and motivation that will integrate sustainability values and practices into the management of the College’s resources and operations, facilities planning and design; research activities; the curriculum, and the extra-curricular life of the campus. He or she will develop strategies to embed principles of sustainability in all of the College’s roles – a place of learning and research, a nonprofit enterprise, and a constituent of its community.

Listed below is the job description for the position. Please submit a cover letter, resume, and references to hr@antiochcollege.org. Electronic applications are preferred. If direct mail is required, please send documents to Antioch College, Office of Human Resources, One Morgan Place, Yellow Springs OH 45387. Deadline for applications is July 31, 2015 or until position is filled. At this time, this position is not eligible for relocation reimbursement.

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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.