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Donald Trump and the Possibilities of Climate Disaster

Editor’s note: In this op-ed post, RU biology major Mark Barr reflects on the implications of Donald Trump’s election for environmental policy. Upon Donald Trump’s election, the sentiment among many was “give him a chance.” Individuals with backgrounds in science … Continue reading

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Pipeline Activism and State Monopolies on Violence

by Graham Pickren I’m teaching SUST 310 – Energy and Climate Change this semester in the Sustainability Studies Program at Roosevelt University, and over the past couple of weeks, we’ve been focusing on the increasingly important role that energy infrastructure … Continue reading

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Study Abroad in Costa Rica this Spring Break!

New to Roosevelt in Spring semester 2017 is a study abroad course focusing on ecotourism in Costa Rica. SUST/HOSM 390 provides students with an in-depth understanding of ecotourism in Costa Rica, one of the pioneering countries in the world of … Continue reading

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SUST 320 Walking Tour of the Cabrini-Green/Near North Neighborhood

Post by Maria Cancilla, SUST major On April 14, 2016, Professor Pickren led his SUST 320 – Sprawl, Transport and Planning students through the Cabrini-Green/Near North Neighborhood on a walking tour. We did some reading about the infamous housing projects, … Continue reading

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SUST 320 Walking Tour of the Booming South Loop

Last Thursday, our SUST 320 – Sprawl, Transportation, and Planning course took a walking tour of the South Loop to check out some of the new developments in the area.  Blessed with 40 degree weather and sleet, we set out … Continue reading

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Would you like plastic or more plastic?

Guest post by Moses Viveros, SUST class of 2018 The Law of Unintended Consequences occurs when “A” is supposed to make “B” happen but instead, “C” happens. On August 1st 2015, Chicago’s Bag Ban Ordinance went into affect. The ordinance … Continue reading

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New Report Finds that a Transition to Low-carbon Cities Could Save US$17-22 Trillion Dollars

New report “upends the notion that it is too expensive to do anything about climate change – or that such efforts would make little real difference” Continue reading

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