New Faculty Join Sustainability Studies this Fall

The Sustainability Studies program at Roosevelt welcomes two new instructors this academic year. Suhail Barot, Visiting Full-time Instructor in Sustainability Studies, is teaching SUST 210 The Sustainable Future (Chicago), SUST 240 Waste (Chicago and online), and SUST 310 Energy & Climate Change (Chicag0) during the fall semester. Mr. Barot holds masters degrees from the University of Illinois in electrical engineering (MS, 2009) and natural resources & environmental science (MS, 2012).

Suhail Barot at Yosemite National Park

Mr. Barot was an influential leader as an undergraduate and graduate student at the University of Illinois: during his time there he co-authored the University’s Illinois Climate Action Plan and chaired the Student Sustainability Committee, which among other tasks managed over $1 million in student-fee generated grant funds for dozens of campus sustainability projects. His sustainability-related interests include waste and recycling, alternative energy, energy conservation, and green building design.

Vicki Gerberich

Teaching the inaugural section of SUST 230 Food at the Schaumburg Campus this semester is adjunct instructor Vicki Gerberich, a professional health educator and nutritionist with masters degrees in geography & natural resources (MS Southern Illinois University, 1998) and nutrition therapy (Nutrition Theraphy Institute of Colorado, 2007). Ms. Gerberich previously has taught geography at Southern Illinois University and at Red Rocks Community College in Colorado. She also has worked as a GIS and environmental planner for FEMA and NOAA, and as an environmental planner for the Will County Forest Preserve District here in the Chicago region. Her sustainability interests include the intersections of food production/consumption with environmental and conservation planning.

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