This Fall 2014 semester at Roosevelt, students in Prof. Mike Bryson’s SUST 210 Sustainable Future (online) and SUST 240 Waste (Chicago) classes will be making significant contributions to the Schaumburg’s Sustainable Future online project. These undergraduate students will be contributing 3-4 blog posts each week throughout the semester — posts that will highlight and analyze sustainability-related news/events in and around Schaumburg, the Chicago region, and other suburban/urban communities.
In addition, each class will be undertaking final research and writing projects that describe and assess relevant sustainability issues that impact suburban ecosystems and communities.
The capstone class assignment for SUST 210 online is a profile of a particular suburb, whether one of Schaumburg’s neighboring towns, another community in the six-county Chicago region, or a suburb elsewhere in the US. Each of these profiles will document and critique the sustainability initiatives, accomplishments, and challenges in these communities.
In 240 Waste at Chicago, the first time this core 200-level course has been offered through RU’s Honors Program, students will contribute weekly post to this blog or the SSF Project that focus more specifically on waste, recycling, consumption, and/or environmental justice news and issues in the Schaumburg/Chicago region and in suburban and urban communities more generally. These students will tackle final research projects on waste and environmental justice issues in a suburban community of their choosing, and the write-ups of their research will be published on the SSF website for wide public distribution.
The upcoming flood of research and writing this fall will build upon the foundation work done by SUST students in previous sections of 210 The Sustainable Future, 220 Water, and 240 Waste since the Schaumburg’s Sustainable Future website debuted on Earth Day of 2011.