For a quick, shareable pdf of our Earth Week events, click earthweekpstr18LR. For details about each of the sessions, see below!
Earth Day 2018 Event Descriptions:
Events are open to the public, unless otherwise noted, no RSVP required*
The Garden Club of America (GCA) is offering a new scholarship in native plant studies, with applications now being accepted. The Montine M. Freeman Scholarship in Native Plant Studies supports the study of underutilized native plants at an accredited U.S. college or university or a major botanic garden or arboretum. The GCA will fund one or more Freeman Scholarships annually at a minimum of $3,000.
The scholarship is open to undergraduates and graduate students, advanced degree candidates or non-degree-seeking applicants above the high school level. U.S. citizens and permanent residents enrolled in a U.S.-based institution are eligible. To apply, visit www.gcamerica.org/index.cfm/scholarships/details/id/35. Deadline is February 1 preceding the period of study.
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:
BECOME AN ENVIRONMENT AMERICA DIGITAL CAMPAIGNER
We need to build a greener, healthier world with clean air, clean water and clean energy. We approach this challenge one step at a time, putting the environment first at every step along the way.
Imagine using your sharp writing skills and strategic digital content to promote solar power. Or putting your talent for social media to use to keep local waters clean and ban fracking. Imagine running online campaigns to build the organizational power—the funds, the membership, the activist base and more— that it takes to keep all of this critical work going for the long haul.
There are some amazing local opportunities currently available for students and young professionals interested in a career related to environmental sciences. Some of these are summer positions (remember, hiring for the summer season starts early–like NOW!) and others are full or part-time beginning in the spring. There are also many internship opportunities. Openings are constantly changing. Check out the Chicago Environmental Network for a great selection of opportunities, including:
Cardno is seeking an Ecological Project Superintendent in our Chicago, IL office. This position will assist with management and technical oversight of ecological restoration projects, landscape construction projects, supervision of field work and field staff.
Responsibilities include, but are not limited to:
> Oversee and implement ecological restoration projects at the ground level
> Oversee and implement landscape construction projects at the ground level
> Supervise field personnel
> Oversight of contractors
> Procure materials for projects
> Mentor field staff regarding ecological restoration techniques, equipment and general construction
> Conduct site visits and field assessments
> Develop work plans and follow contract specifications
> Develop schedule for field staff and contractors
> Prepare routine correspondence, data reports, standardized documents and work plans for internal and client review
> Comply with all company and client safety requirements