Keeping It Green at Oakton

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Print Wise–Changes to Student Printing Spring 2019

“Save a Tree for ME!”

In 2017 Oakton users printed more than 2.7 million pages.That’s equivalent to cutting down 325 trees or a forest the size of 6.5football fields!

To reduce paper waste in computer labs, print jobs are now sent to a release station before printing.  Since the start of Fall semester, these stations have already reduced over 36,086 sheets from being printed (the equivalent of 4.33trees!).

 Coming next semester,Spring 2019: To conserve resources, and reduce wasteful printing, Oakton will provide each student with$20 a semester in their print account (equivalent to 400 black and white sheets). Based on our data, this means that over 90% of students will still print for free on campus! If students wish to print more, they can add funds to their account at $.05/black and white sheet. Color and specialty printing will be priced at a higher rate.

Since this effort will involve a period of adjustment, the IT Department and Sustainability Center are requesting your input. If you have any questions or suggestions please join us at one of these information forums:

Des Plaines Campus: December 5, 10:30-11:30am in Room 1606

Skokie Campus: December 6, 10:30-11:30am in Room P103

Or reach out to greenteam@oakton.edu. Thank you for your help in supporting our green initiatives!

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Sustainability Fellow–University of Mississippi

Sustainability Fellow – University of Mississippi
The Sustainability Fellowship at the University of Mississippi is an opportunity for a recent graduate to gain professional experience in the field of sustainability within the higher education context.  The Fellow contributes to and participates in the work of the UM Office of Sustainability as well as manages his/her own projects.  The Fellow oversees the development and facilitation of the EcoReps program, a peer-to-peer leadership and service program to engage and empower students living on campus in sustainable activities, issues and personal choices. Depending on interest areas, the Fellow will also have the opportunity to work on sustainability topics including active transportation, waste reduction, energy efficiency, diversity and inclusion and food sustainability. In addition, the Fellow will be involved in the university’s comprehensive data collection effort for the Sustainability, Tracking, Assessment, and Rating System.  The Sustainability Fellowship is a temporary position with a minimum term of one year and maximum term of up to two years.  It is an entry-level position but successful applicants will have some experience in and knowledge of the field of sustainability.

Apply online:  https://jobs.olemiss.edu/postings/13989

Learn more about the UM Office of Sustainability:  https://sustain.olemiss.edu/


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Paid Internship, Effort to Ban Styrofoam

This summer, the Fund for the Public Interest is hiring paid summer staff to work with Environment Illinois to run a grassroots campaign protecting wildlife! You will be to pass a statewide ban on polystyrene (or what a lot of people think of as styrofoam). Foam is one of the most egregious forms of plastic pollution. Not only because it can’t be recycled and doesn’t degrade, but it also is very harmful to wildlife- injuring or killing animals from earthworms to whales because they confuse the foam with food.

If you’re interested in protecting the environment, earning $11-16/hour, gaining campaign & leadership skills, or if you are looking for a fun summer job you should fill out your contact info at http://fundforthepublicinterest.org/apply-now.html or call (312)-559-4701.


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Entry Level Sustainability Position–Seven Generations Ahead, Apply by 1/2/18

Seven Generations Ahead Job Posting

Position: Sustainability Program Associate – Entry Level Position

  1. The Job

The Sustainability Program Associate position will provide program support across a variety of SGA projects and programs, including PlanItGreen and the Fox Valley Sustainability Network (FVSN), Zero Waste Schools, Farm to School, and GreenTown. The position will incorporate research, event and forum production, project implementation support, and other related tasks. As with all SGA staff, the position will also support general SGA organizational events and functions. The full-time position will specifically prioritize the following work tasks:

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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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Be the Change! With JoeyFineRhyme

On Wednesday, October 19, students and staff were inspired to BE THE CHANGE with stirring images, interactive musical interludes, and energy from bikes–thanks to JoeyFineRhyme.

The presentation was powered by our feet, by pedaling an energy bike connected to the sounds system. Joey shared with us some of the basics behind climate change, its causes, and its effects. He also covered our waste generation as a country and as a world, the way we manage it, and solutions for how we can help to stop these harmful trends in our behavior.

By connecting some of Oakton’s practices (like solar panels on the Lee Center, our new Environmental Studies Concentration, and our Bottled Water Ban) to these issues, he inspired each of us to BE THE CHANGE here on campus and in our personal lives.  Check out part of his performance here!

For more information on how you can get Joey to come to your organization, visit http://www.joeyfinerhyme.com.