SETF Activist Tom Shepherd Speaks at Roosevelt on Nov 19

Tom Shepherd of the SETF discusses environmental activism in the Calumet Region at the SETF storefront headquarters on Chicago's far South Side.

Tom Shepherd of the SETF discusses environmental activism in the Calumet Region at the SETF storefront headquarters on Chicago’s far South Side.

The Joseph Loundy Human Rights Project at Roosevelt University continues its Fall Distinguished Environmental Organizer Series this Wednesday, Nov. 19th, 3:30 – 5 p.m., with a special presentation by Tom Shepherd of the Southeast Environmental Task Force. Mr. Shepherd will talk about his two decades-plus of grassroots activism on Chicago’s far South Side and the promotion of environmental justice in the industrial neighborhoods of the Calumet Region.

SETF celebrated its 25th anniversary this year and is one of Chicago’s most active and influential grassroots environmental citizen groups; it operates entirely as a volunteer organization. Their mission “is to inform and educate all members of the southeast Chicagoland community, including residents, businesses, and leaders, in areas related to the improvement of our neighborhood’s environment. We strive for sustainable development of residential facilities, environmentally friendly and green business practices, and preservation of natural areas that improve the quality of life in the Calumet region.”

RU students and faculty listen to Tom Shepherd describe the history of landfills while on a SETF recycling, waste, and pollution tour for SUST 240 Waste classes this fall (M. Bryson, Oct 2014)

RU students and faculty listen to Tom Shepherd describe the history of landfills while on a SETF recycling, waste, and pollution tour for SUST 240 Waste classes this fall (M. Bryson, Oct 2014)

Among SETF’s many activities is running “Toxics to Treasures” bus tours of the industrial areas and neighborhoods on Chicago’s far South Side that highlight the area’s many landfills, power plants, industrial facilities, polluted sites (including the infamous storage piles of petcoke along the Calumet River), historic landmarks, and natural features of what was once one of the most extensive and species-rich wetland areas in the eastern US.

Please join the Roosevelt community this Wednesday at 3:30pm for an interactive conversation with Tom Shepherd in the Spertus Lounge in RU’s National Historic Landmark Auditorium Building, 430 S. Michigan Ave., room 244. Refreshments will be served!

For more information, contact Prof. Bethany Barratt, Director of the Joseph Loundy Human Rights Project (bbarratt@roosevelt.edu). See this flier (pdf) and the image below for future events through the Loundy Project’s “Just By Nature” series at Roosevelt this fall.

Just by Nature RU Lecture Series F14

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