Greenest Region Corps Seeks 12 Americorps Volunteers

The Greenest Region Corps is a partnership between the Caucus and AmeriCorps to find ~12 enthusiastic volunteers to lead sustainability projects in a select group of our GRC communities in the Chicago region. AmeriCorps volunteers will work directly for a GRC community on a project that will result in greater environmental awareness and stewardship. Volunteers will be placed directly in one of twelve community locations. Hosts may include Cook County, Evanston, Hawthorn Woods, Hazel Crest, Highland Park, Metropolitan Mayors Caucus (Chicago), Northbrook, Oak Park, Solid Waste Agency of Lake County (Gurnee), Park Forest, and Waukegan.

In addition, volunteers will receive training and mentoring from staff at the U.S. EPA Region 5 Office in Chicago. The program is anticipated to start in October 2019 and volunteers must complete 1,700 service hours by December 2020. Volunteers will be paid a living allowance and will be provided health insurance. Upon completion of the program, volunteers will be eligible for a Segal AmeriCorps Educational Award.

To learn more about AmeriCorps and the benefits of serving, please visit:
https://www.nationalservice.gov/programs/americorps/americorps-programs/americorps-network

Applications are due on August 25, 2019.

To apply, please visit:
https://metropolitanmayorscaucus.submittable.com/submit/119457/greenest-region-corps-application-2019

Contact Megan Gavin, gavin.megan@epa.gov (312) 353-5282 with questions.

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Job Posting – Chicago Audubon Society

Job Description: Program and Communication Manager

Chicago Audubon Society 5801-C N. Pulaski Chicago, IL 60646

Type: Regular, Full-Time or Part-time will be considered

Overview: Founded in 1972, Chicago Audubon Society (CAS) is a chapter affiliated with the National Audubon Society that serves Chicago and most of Cook County, other than the northwest and far south. CAS is dedicated to protecting birds and other wildlife and the habitat that supports them. CAS connects people with birds and nature through field trips, educational programming, advocacy, stewardship and research. CAS collaborates with other local birding and environmental groups to help achieve common goals.

The CAS mantle includes the Chicago Bird Collision Monitors, whose 100+ volunteers each year rescue thousands of birds injured in collisions with windows in the city and suburbs.

Chicago Audubon Society is an Equal Opportunity Employer (EOE).

Position Summary: This position is based at the Chicago Audubon Society office in Chicago and will report to the President of the Society and the CAS Board. This is the sole staff position of the Society. An opportunity exists for the right individual to help CAS to grow. The Program and Communications Manager will work with CAS board members and other volunteers to implement a comprehensive grassroots bird conservation and engagement program, while also overseeing implementation of the strategic and communications plans. This includes initiating and administering a program for outreach in diverse Chicago neighborhoods, creating a field trip leader training program, managing CAS’s communications with the public via the CAS website, Facebook, media releases and other outlets, and supporting publication of the Compass newsletter and bird conservation reports. Other duties include supporting fundraising, logistics and publicity for bird walks and birding travel, and managing programs and special events such as Birding America and the biennial environmental awards ceremony. In addition, they will perform general office duties, provide support to the CAS officers and board of directors, maintain current membership records and manage renewals, assist the President with development efforts, support all sales, and manage other tasks as assigned.

Essential Functions:

  • Work with chapter volunteers, board members and conservation partners in order to implement a comprehensive bird conservation and engagement program, including managing leadership recruitment and training, field trips, community outreach, programs, signature events (Birding America, Conservation Awards banquet), birding travel, communications, and conservation advocacy.
  • Oversee an expansion of our field trip program into diverse communities. Design, implement, and oversee outreach projects that increase the public’s awareness of Chicago area birds and engage people in conservation (including habitat restoration) and advocacy to reduce threats to these birds.
  • Design and implement a training and support program for field trip leaders.
  • Support publication of the Compass newsletter and occasional reports, oversee website and e-news, and work with volunteers to publicize chapter activities via website, newsletter, e-news, social media and press releases. • Recruit, train and supervise volunteers.
  • Assist with fundraising and development activities, including identifying funding sources, securing and administering grants, growing our donor base, managing annual appeals, and supporting fundraising events (bird seed sale, native plant sale).
  • Maintain accurate membership and donor records and regular communications with members and donors.
  • Create and deliver effective presentations and other outreach materials as well as press releases, articles, and social media pieces.
  • Work regularly and closely with board members and volunteers; participate fully and productively in board meetings and planning efforts.
  • Establish and maintain strong working relationships with external partners, including governmental, public and non-profit conservation agencies/organizations, and represent Chicago Audubon Society on relevant regional councils, working groups, etc.
  • Maintain basic office administration functions. Qualifications and Experience • Bachelor’s degree or higher is preferred.
  • Minimum of three years’ experience as a program or communications manager, preferably in a non-profit setting, is preferred.
  • Exemplify the CAS ethic: Problem-solving, collaborative, science-based, welcoming, inclusive, and enthusiastic about learning and teaching about birds and nature.
  • Must have strong customer service skills to engage, communicate with, and work effectively with members, colleagues and partners.
  • Good organization, time management, attention to detail, and ability to multi-task.
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills and strong interpersonal skills; ability to get along with a variety of people, problem solve, and remain composed under pressure.
  • Candidate must be a self-motivated, independent, progress-driven individual who can make decisions in accordance with established policies and procedures.
  • Demonstrated experience in program or event coordination and/or marketing.
  • Experience working with donors, board members, and fundraising processes a plus.
  • Commitment to conservation and the mission of the Chicago Audubon Society. Ability to identify Chicago’s birds, familiarity with their conservation issues, and/or experience working on conservation issues is highly preferred.
  • The ideal candidate will have project management experience, including fiscal management, managing project deliverables, and reporting on progress. Fundraising experience in proposal development and identifying potential funding sources a plus.
  • Occasional work on weekends, holidays, and evenings will be necessary, as will travel throughout the Chicago area.
  • Must be able to effectively operate and utilize a computer, printer, telephone, computer projector, and related software and apps (including Microsoft Suite, simple website and social media).
  • Willingness to occasionally work in an outdoor setting in variable conditions; must be able to spend several hours in the field walking on uneven terrain, and lift/carry 30 pounds.

To apply, send resume and cover letter to Judy Pollock, CAS president, at ChgoAudPresident@gmail.com before August 26, 2019.

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Register Now for Fall 2019 SUST Classes @RooseveltU!

RU students in SUST 220 Water paddle the North Branch of the Chicago River (photo: M. Hoffman)

Hey, Roosevelt students! While spring classes are wrapped up and summer classes are just starting, advising and registration are ongoing for the Fall 2018 semester here at RU. If you haven’t finished setting up your fall schedule, wait no longer! Sign up now to get the classes you want. Spaces are still available in most of our SUST courses.

If you’re an RU student, (1) look over the Summer and Fall 2018 schedules using this Coursefinder, (2) check your remaining course requirements in Degree Works, and (3) email or call your assigned academic advisor with your planned schedule and any questions you have about your upcoming classes. Your advisor will provide you with an RU Access registration code so you can register. Click on selected titles below for detailed course previews!

Sustainability Studies courses offered in Fall 2018:

SUST 210 Sustainable Future (T 2-4:30pm, Prof. Hoffman)
SUST 220 Water (honors, T 2-4:30pm, Prof. Bryson)
SUST 230 Food (online, 10/21-12/14, Prof. Gerberich)
SUST 240 Waste (W, 2-4:30pm, Prof. Pickren)
SUST 310 Energy & Climate Change (online, 8/26-12/14, Prof. Jones)
SUST 320 Sprawl, Transportation, & Planning (online, 8/26-12/14, Prof. Pickren)
SUST 330 Biodiversity (Field Museum, Th 9am-12:30pm, Prof. Kerbis)
SUST 350 Service & Sustainability (Eden Place Farm, M 9:30am-12pm, Prof. Bryson)
SUST 350 Service & Sustainability (online, 8/26-12/14, Prof. Bryson)
SUST 390 Intro to GIS (T 1-1:50pm & Th, 1-3pm, Prof. Pickren)

Click on the links above for detailed course previews!

Summer is a great time to get signed up for classes, so be sure to reach out to your advisor soon! And for additional useful info, see this Advising Resources page on Prof. Mike Bryson’s faculty website as well as this Registration page on the RU website.

Hauling straw in the Eden Place Nature Center's pickup truck during a SUST 350 Service workday on Chicago's South Side, Fall 2014

Hauling straw in the Eden Place Nature Center’s pickup truck during a SUST 350 Service workday on Chicago’s South Side (photo: M. Bryson)

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Congrats To Our Spring 2019 Graduates!

Today is one of the best days of the year here at Roosevelt University: Commencement! The faculty of the Sustainability Studies program warmly congratulate all of our graduating students today as they walk across the famous and historic Auditorium Theater stage to complete their undergraduate journeys: Nicole Braus, Jack Hanahan, Rachel Kistinger, Wilmarie Medina-Cortes, Clare Mondry, Margaret Ochs, and Charlton Zimmerman.

While every student’s journey to graduation is unique and worthy of commendation, no-one gets there without a lot of motivation, hard work, tenacity, and support from family and/or friends. Often great adversities must be overcome along the way, on top of balancing the demands of work, classes, and family duties. We’re proud of all RU students’ dedication to their education, and especially our SUST majors’ focus on helping make the world more sustainable for this and future generations.

In that spirit, we’re sharing the remarkable story of SUST senior Nicole Braus (BA ’19), who is completing her degree as a third-generation Roosevelt student, following in the footsteps of her sister, mother, and grandfather. Read Nikki’s story and prepare to be inspired!

Nicole “Nikki” Braus (BA ’19), holding a photo and the diploma of her grandfather, Albert Braus (BA ’48), who received his degree three years after RU’s founding.

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Bubbly Creek Service Day for Today 5/8 Cancelled

Due to projected weather conditions for today in Chicago, as well as recent heavy rainfall and resulting waterway contamination by combined sewage overflows, the scheduled SUST community service trip to Bubbly Creek for today 5/8 is cancelled. Rest assured, though, that future service outings to Canal Origins Park and the storied shoreline will be scheduled in the future. Just watch the SUST blog for announcements of upcoming service opportunities this summer and next fall!

Meanwhile, check out this info from the Metropolitan Water Reclamation District about the occurrence of Combined Sewage Overflows in Chicago’s waterways, which negatively impact water quality during rainy days — especially in Bubbly Creek’s industrialized channel. Also see this recent op-ed in the Sun-Times by Friends of the Chicago River about the need to eliminate CSOs and reduce pollution in our waterways. Finally, check out this Water Conservation Guide from Friends of the Chicago River for tips on how we as citizens can help mitigate CSOs.

SUST 220 Water students after their Bubbly Creek canoe trip w/ Friends of the Chgo River, Fall 2017 (M. Bryson)

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Help Clean Up Bubbly Creek: RU Community Service Day on Wed 5/8

Students in ACP/SUST 250 The Sustainable University clean up the banks of Bubbly Creek on Chicago’s SW Side (photo: K. Fortina)

Members of the RU Community are invited to join students in Prof. Mike Bryson’s SUST 250 Sustainable University class @RooseveltU on a community service field trip to Canal Origins Park on Chicago’s Near Southwest Side. We’ll continue our yearly tradition of picking up litter along the riverbanks of Bubbly Creek where it meets the South Branch of the Chicago River. Enjoy great views of the Chicago skyline, fresh air, and a gratifying sense of fun and companionship as we work together to clean up our adopted city park!

Meet at 3:30pm in the WB Lobby, RU Chicago Campus, 425 S. Wabash Ave., Chicago IL 60605. Dress for the weather (hat and sunscreen recommended) and wear old shoes or rubber boots. Gloves will be provided, but bring your own if you have them. We will take the Orange Line from RU to the Ashland stop, then walk 1/4 mile north to Canal Origins Park. Streetside parking is also available on Ashland (northbound, east side of street) at the Park’s entrance.

RSVP to Prof. Mike Bryson (mbryson@roosevelt.edu) with questions and to confirm attendance. This field trip is weather dependent and may be cancelled by Wed 5/8 AM depending upon the forecast. Please check your email and the SUST Facebook event page for updates.

All participants and guests must fill out a RU travel waiver form (pdf) and return it signed (by email or in hardcopy at the event) to Prof. Bryson.

A good day! SUST 240 Waste students clean up Canal Origins Park, Fall 2018 (photo: M. Bryson)

Members of RU’s women’s basketball team help collect trash on Bubbly Creek’s shoreline, 15 Sept 2016 (photo: M. Bryson)

Looking up from Bubbly Creek’s shoreline at the restored prairie of Canal Origins Park, Fall 2018 (photo: M. Bryson)

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Join Us at the Annual SUST Symposium this Wed 5/1 @RooseveltU

Celebrate #EarthMonth2019 @RooseveltU by attending this week’s Spring 2019 SUST Symposium, which will be held on Wednesday, May 1st, from 2-5pm in Roosevelt University’s Wabash Building in Chicago (425 S. Wabash Ave.) and videoconferenced live via Zoom.

Symposium 6.1 (Spring 2019) will feature four team presentations by RU undergraduate students in SUST 250 The Sustainable University. From 2-4pm in WB 1214, teams will describe their work on campus sustainability projects on bottled water policy, food waste reduction, rooftop gardening, residence hall recycling, and solar energy production.

Then at 4pm, we’ll take a short break for refreshments and resume with two individual presentations by senior SUST major Bria Jerome and distinguished alum Yessenia Balcazar (BA ’18) on their recent internship and advocacy work. Bria will describe her adventures this spring as RU’s first-ever intern at Seven Generations Ahead in Oak Park and Chicago, where she’s been working on garden mapping, recycling, and food waste reduction initiatives. Yessenia will recount her path from working as a student intern last year with the Southeast Environmental Task Force to continuing that work after graduation on the front lines of the environmental justice movement on Chicago’s Far South Side.

Light refreshments will be provided, and the RU community as well as the general public are welcome. Click here for info on previous symposia, and check out these other cool #RUEarthMonth2018 events planned at Roosevelt!

Can’t Make It To Campus? Attend Virtually thru Zoom! (2-5pm)

  • Join from PC, Mac, Linux, iOS or Android: https://roosevelt.zoom.us/j/207565426
  • 1-tap mobile: +16468769923,,815083501# US (New York) or +16699006833,,815083501# US (San Jose)
  • Telephone: 877.853.5247 or 877.369.0926 (US Toll-free)

More Earth Month 2019 Events @RooseveltU

All Month — Participate in RU’s waste reduction efforts every day by using and promoting our new compost bins, which are now located literally everywhere. help us divert waste from the landfill and reduce our GHG emissions by rinsing out your recyclables and putting biodegradable waste in the compost. It’s easy and fun!

All Month — Environmental Justice and Policy online activism: Students, please take this 1-minute survey developed by the SUST 250 Sustainable University water team about bottled water usage here on campus. All, please read this environmental justice petition from our friends at the Southeast Environmental Task Force, where recent RU alum Yessenia Balcazar (BA ’18, Sustainability Studies) works as an EJ advocate; please sign and share as your conscience dictates.

Wed 5/8 — Bubbly Creek Clean-up: Join students in Prof. Mike Bryson’s SUST 250 Sustainable University class on the field trip to Canal Origins Park on Chicago’s Near Southwest Side, where we’ll continue our yearly tradition of picking up litter along the riverbanks of Bubbly Creek where it meets the South Branch of the Chicago River. Enjoy great views of the Chicago skyline, fresh air, and a gratifying sense of fun and companionship as we work together to clean up our adopted city park!

  • Meet at 3:30pm in the WB Lobby with this waiver form (pdf) filled out and signed
  • RSVP to Prof. Mike Bryson (mbryson@roosevelt.edu) with questions and to confirm attendance
  • Dress for the weather and wear old/sturdy boots or shoes

A good day! SUST 240 Waste students clean up Canal Origins Park, Fall 2018 (photo: M. Bryson)

This event list will be updated throughout Earth Month and maybe a little bit beyond.

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