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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Today & Tomorrow @RooseveltU: Learn about Compost, Explore a Farmers Market, & More!

This April is #RUEarthMonth2019, and there are lots of ways to go green at Roosevelt as part of our campus sustainability efforts — from recycling and composting promotional events to fun urban ag field trips to our annual sustainability symposium. Today 4/25 we’ve got a recycling/composting info session and a student-led field trip to a local farmers market; tomorrow 4/26 there are two urban farm field trips planned with students and faculty from SUST 230 Food. Details below!

Today 11:30am-2pm — Learn about Recycling & Composting with Expert Rebecca Quesnell: One of the living legends among the many SUST alumni working for positive change out there in this great big world of ours is Rebecca “Beeka” Quesnell (BA ’15 Sustainability Studies), who now works as the Sustainability Coordinator for Independent Recycling Services. That’s huge, because Independent collects RU’s recyclables at the Chicago Campus! Stop by the info table in the WB Lobby from 11:30am-2pm to chat with Beeka and senior SUST major Margaret Allen, get your burning questions about recycling/composting answered, and feel enlightened.

Today 12:45pm — RU Green Farmers Market Outing: Join those always-adventure-seeking students from RU Green on a jaunt to one of Chicago’s many urban farms and markets, Growing Home, at their Wood Street Urban Farm Stand. Meet at the SUST Lab, AUD 526, at 12:45pm; RSVP to RU Green president Samantha Schultz (sschultz10@roosevelt.edu) to let her know you’re coming.

Growing Home’s Wood Street Urban Farm, Chicago IL (photo: Growing Home)

Fri 4/26 (morning) — Field Trip to Washington Park Youth Farm with Windy City Harvest from 9:30am-12pm. Join SUST Prof Vicki Gerberich and students in her SUST 230 Food class on this urban ag field trip. Open to students, faculty, staff, & alumni. Small fee, big-time fun. Details here!

Fri 4/26 (afternoon) — Field Trip to Growing Home Farm at 1pm. Because you really can’t go to Growing Home enough, can you? Yet another outstanding field trip opportunity with SUST Prof Vicki Gerberich and students in her SUST 230 Food class. Growing Home has been using urban agriculture as a catalyst for change for over a decade in Englewood, an underserved community on Chicago’s South Side. Open to students, faculty, staff, & alumni. Details and RSVP here!

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. 

Sat/Sun 4/27-28 — Earth Day Service Opportunities & Events throughout Chicago, sponsored by the Chicago Conservation Corps (C3) and other organizations. Check out the many events listed here by C3 as well as these by the Cook County Forest Preserves. Help clean up parklands, restore natural areas, and meet conservation-minded and nature loving sustainability nerds from across the city. Fun and rewarding in a deeply spiritual and dirt-under-your-nails kind of way!

Wed 5/1 — SUST Student Symposium: An annual festival of student creativity and action research that features four team presentations by RU undergraduate students in Prof. Mike Bryson’s SUST 250 The Sustainable University class. Food. From 2-4pm in WB 1214, teams will describe their work on campus sustainability projects on food waste reduction in the Dining Center, recycling/composting in the WB Dormitory, rooftop gardening, solar energy generation, and water conservation. Free food. From 4-5pm we’ll feature two individual presentations: SUST senior Bria Jerome will recount her adventures this spring as RU’s first-ever intern at Seven Generations Ahead in Oak Park and Chicago; and distinguished SUST alum Yessenia Balcazar (BA ’18) will talk about her path from RU to working with the Southeast Environmental Task Force on the front lines of the environmental justice on Chicago’s Far South Side. Did I mention food above? [Quite possibly.] Yes, refreshments will be served! RSVP to Prof. Mike Bryson (mbryson@roosevelt.edu) to feed your brain AND your belly.

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 2pm in the WB Lobby; RSVP to Prof. Mike Bryson (mbryson@roosevelt.edu) with questions and to confirm attendance.

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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Calling All Gardeners! Plots Available at the Schaumburg Campus Community Garden

RUrbanPioneers Community Garden at Roosevelt’s Schaumburg Campus, Summer 2013 (M. Radeck)

Make every day Earth Day by growing your own flowers, fruits and vegetables right on campus at the Schaumburg Campus Community Garden. The garden is open to all members of the RU community (registration is required).

The university will provide an irrigation system, mulch and weed blocking fabric, and basic gardening tools. Bring your own seeds and plants, and let Mother Nature do the rest!

For more information and to sign up for a plot, please contact Robert Seiser in the College of Arts and Sciences: rseiser@roosevelt.edu or x8758.

Earth Month Events @RooseveltU

This April is #RUEarthMonth2019, and there are lots of ways to go green at Roosevelt as part of our campus sustainability efforts — from recycling and composting promotional events to fun urban ag field trips to our annual sustainability symposium. We’ll add to and update this list as the month unfolds, so please check back frequently!

CAS advisor Jennifer Johnson demonstrates expert recycling/composting technique on Earth Day

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. 

Tues 4/23 — RU Green Nature Outing: Join students from the environmental org RU Green on an urban nature adventure to McKinley Park, where they’ll help out the park by picking up litter and planting seeds, then have a nice little picnic. Meet at the SUST Lab, AUD 526, at 5pm; RSVP to RU Green president Samantha Schultz (sschultz10@roosevelt.edu).

SUST students, faculty, & alumni working on RU’s Rooftop Garden, Sept. 2018 (M. Bryson)

Wed 4/24 — WB Rooftop Garden Work Day: Fresh air and fun! Get your hands dirty with those tireless and enthusiastic students from RU Green as they work on our 5th story Rooftop Garden from 5-6pm. Space is limited, so RSVP to RU Green president Samantha Schultz (sschultz10@roosevelt.edu) to save your spot. Bring extra oxygen for working at high altitude. (Just kidding. Work gloves would be good, though, if you’ve got ’em.)

Thurs 4/25 — Meet Recycling & Composting Expert Rebecca Quesnell: One of the living legends among the many SUST alumni working for positive change out there in this great big world of ours is Rebecca “Beeka” Quesnell (BA ’15 Sustainability Studies), who now works as the Sustainability Coordinator for Independent Recycling Services. That’s huge, because Independent collects RU’s recyclables at the Chicago Campus! Stop by the info table in the WB Lobby from 11:30am-2pm to chat with Beeka and current SUST students, get your burning questions about recycling/composting answered, and feel enlightened.

Thurs 4/25 — RU Green Farmers Market Outing: Join those always-adventure-seeking students from RU Green on a jaunt to one of Chicago’s many urban farms and markets, Growing Home, at their Wood Street Urban Farm Stand. Meet at the SUST Lab, AUD 526, at 12:45pm; RSVP to RU Green president Samantha Schultz (sschultz10@roosevelt.edu) to let her know you’re coming.

Growing Home’s Wood Street Urban Farm, Chicago IL (photo: Growing Home)

Fri 4/26 (morning) — Field Trip to Washington Park Youth Farm with Windy City Harvest from 9:30am-12pm. Join SUST Prof Vicki Gerberich and students in her SUST 230 Food class on this urban ag field trip. Open to students, faculty, staff, & alumni. Small fee, big-time fun. Details here!

Fri 4/26 (afternoon) — Field Trip to Growing Home Farm at 1pm. Because you really can’t go to Growing Home enough, can you? Yet another outstanding field trip opportunity with SUST Prof Vicki Gerberich and students in her SUST 230 Food class. Growing Home has been using urban agriculture as a catalyst for change for over a decade in Englewood, an underserved community on Chicago’s South Side. Open to students, faculty, staff, & alumni. Details and RSVP here!

Sat/Sun 4/27-28 — Earth Day Service Opportunities & Events throughout Chicago, sponsored by the Chicago Conservation Corps (C3) and other organizations. Check out the many events listed here by C3 as well as these by the Cook County Forest Preserves. Help clean up parklands, restore natural areas, and meet conservation-minded and nature loving sustainability nerds from across the city. Fun and rewarding in a deeply spiritual and dirt-under-your-nails kind of way!

Wed 5/1 — SUST Student Symposium: An annual festival of student creativity and action research that features four team presentations by RU undergraduate students in Prof. Mike Bryson’s SUST 250 The Sustainable University class. Food. From 2-4pm in WB 1214, teams will describe their work on campus sustainability projects on food waste reduction in the Dining Center, recycling/composting in the WB Dormitory, rooftop gardening, solar energy generation, and water conservation. Free food. From 4-5pm we’ll feature two individual presentations: SUST senior Bria Jerome will recount her adventures this spring as RU’s first-ever intern at Seven Generations Ahead in Oak Park and Chicago; and distinguished SUST alum Yessenia Balcazar (BA ’18) will talk about her path from RU to working with the Southeast Environmental Task Force on the front lines of the environmental justice on Chicago’s Far South Side. Did I mention food above? [Quite possibly.] Yes, refreshments will be served! RSVP to Prof. Mike Bryson (mbryson@roosevelt.edu) to feed your brain AND your belly.

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 2pm in the WB Lobby; RSVP to Prof. Mike Bryson (mbryson@roosevelt.edu) with questions and to confirm attendance.

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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