Build a Sustainable Future: Register for SUST 210 Online this Summer @RooseveltU

Hey, Roosevelt students! Looking for a great summer course opportunity that won’t mess up your work schedule and/or vacation plans? How about learning how to save the earth while earning credits toward graduation?

All this is possible with our fully online 8-week summer course, SUST 210 The Sustainable Future, taught by RU Professor Graham Pickren. Seats are still open — just go to RU’s Summer Session webpage for registration info.

Contact your advisor via phone or email to get your registration code — and you’re ready to start learning what it takes to build a more sustainable future for our planet, and how you can help.


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Tour Wastewater Treatment Plants this Saturday with the MWRD

The general public is welcome to tour any of the six wastewater treatment plants within the Metropolitan Water Reclamation District (MWRD) of Greater Chicago this Saturday, May 19th, 2018, from 9am-noon, as part of Infrastructure Week. For more info, see this event listing on Facebook.

Thanks to @RooseveltU SUST major Dan Lyvers, who works as an engineer at the world-famous MWRD Stickney wastewater treatment plant, for bringing this to our attention!

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Paid Internship, Youth Conservation at the Field Museum

Hi folks, the Science Action Center at the Field Museum is hiring for a paid intern to work in the Youth Conservation Action (YCA) program this summer. Go to the site below and in the Careers section, just look for Intern, Youth Conservation Action. Here are the details:

Intern, Youth Conservation Action

Chicago, IL

The Keller Science Action center seeks a full-time, paid Youth Conservation Action (YCA) Intern from June 26 – August 17, 2018. The YCA Intern will work with the Youth Conservation Action team in the coordination and implementation of various conservation education programs:

  • The Green Ambassador participants use the anthropological methods and ecological science to examine their community and develop an action plan for a local environmental research project.

Duties and Responsibilities: Work with the Youth Conservation Action team to:

  • Assist the Green Ambassador Internship supervisor in facilitation of workshops and skill trainings for Keller Science Action Center summer high school internship programs
  • Prepare educational materials and resources for YCA summer programs, workshops and events.
  • Assist in compiling and analysis of evaluation data from YCA programs
  • General administrative support of conservation education program tasks as assigned.

Required skills and qualifications:

  • Interest in community-based conservation, and in working with diverse communities
  • Interest in environmental education
  • Interest in youth mentorship and connecting youth to environmental careers
  • Ability to multitask and manage several simultaneous projects
  • Strong verbal and written communication skills
  • Strong skills in Microsoft Excel. Familiar with creating spreadsheets, compiling data and analysis
  • Bilingual, Spanish (preferred)
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Enroll in RU’s Social Justice Summer Institute, May 29-June 4

Hey, Roosevelt students!
If you are interested in a one-of-a-kind experiential learning summer course, please consider this one-week course (pdf) that addresses the school to prison pipeline. Please reach out to Dr. Heather Dalmage for more information: or 312.341.3692

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Register Now for Summer & Fall SUST Classes @RooseveltU!

RU students in SUST 220 Water paddle the Chicago River in the Fall 2014

Advising and registration are ongoing for the Summer and Fall 2018 semesters at Roosevelt. Wait no longer! (It’s still Earth Month, after all.) Sign up now to get the classes you want. Spaces are still available in 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 Summer 2018:

SUST 210 Sustainable Future (online, May 29 – July 25, Prof. Pickren)
SUST 360 Writing Urban Nature (Chicago, one-week intensive, May 22-26, Prof. Bryson)
SUST 390 Rooftop Garden (Chicago, May 29 – July 25, Prof. Gerberich)

Sustainability Studies courses offered in Fall 2018:

SUST 210 Sustainable Future (M, 2-4:30pm, Prof. Pickren)
SUST 210 Sustainable Future (online, 8/27-10/20, Prof. Pickren)
SUST 220 Water (T, 2-4:30pm, Staff)
SUST 230 Food (online, 10/22-12/15, Staff)
SUST 240 Waste (W, 2-4:30pm, Prof. Bryson)
SUST 310 Energy & Climate Change (online, 8/27-12/15, Staff)
SUST 320 Sprawl, Transportation, & Planning (Th, 2-4:30pm, Prof. Pickren)
SUST 330 Biodiversity (Field Museum, Th 9am-1pm, Prof. Kerbis)
SUST 350 Service & Sustainability (Eden Place Farm, T 12-3pm, Prof. Bryson)
SUST 350 Service & Sustainability (online, 8/27-12/15, Prof. Bryson)
SUST 390 Intro to GIS (M 11-11:50am & W, 11am-1pm, Prof. Pickren)

Click on the links above for detailed course previews!

March is a super busy time of the academic year, but don’t neglect getting in touch with your advisor! It’s the best time to get signed up for classes. 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, Fall 2014

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Careers in Sustainability Alumni Panel this Wed 4/25 @RooseveltU

The Sustainability Studies Program @RooseveltU will host a Careers in Sustainability event on Wednesday, April 25th, from 4:30-6pm in WB 1315 and via Zoom. This interaction session features a panel of SUST alumni talking about their current jobs, career pathways since graduation, and the impact of their education on their job search and work experience. This special Earth Month event is open to all Roosevelt students, and SUST majors and alumni are particularly encouraged to attend.

We’ll start at 4:30pm with light refreshments and informal socializing and networking. Then, at 5pm, our panelists will each speak briefly about their career tracks and current jobs, after which the audience can ask questions and engage panelists in discussion. Off-campus attendees can listen in and submit questions for the panel via Zoom videoconference (see login info below), which will be moderated by SUST adjunct professor Dr. Carla Jones.

SUST Alumni Panelists

Zoom Info for Careers in Sustainability Alumni Panel

  • Join from PC, Mac, Linux, iOS or Android:
  • iPhone one-tap :US: +14086380968,,791845932# or +16468769923,,791845932#
  • Telephone: +1 877 369 0926 (Toll Free) or +1 877 853 5247 (Toll Free)

RSVP and questions may be sent to Prof. Mike Bryson (

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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! We are working 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 here or call us at (312)-559-4701.

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