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Microcosm Returns from Filming in Nova Scotia

This August SUST faculty member Michele Hoffman Trotter continued her work interviewing scientists and filming marine biodiversity on an extended exploration of Nova Scotia. Michele and her crew are now back in Chicago, getting ready for the start of the … Continue reading

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Studying the Ecology of Trash in the Chicago River

This article from August 4th, 2013, by Chicago Tribune reporter, Abby Olena, recounts the research on trash in the Chicago River and its potential impact on microbial communities that exist in the slimy “biofilms” that cover objects in the water. … Continue reading

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Great Lakes Bioneers 2013 Conference To Be Hosted by Roosevelt in Chicago on Nov 1-3

On November 1-3, 2013, Great Lakes Bioneers Chicago will host its second annual conference at Roosevelt University‘s Chicago Campus. For three exciting days, participants will have the opportunity to join international, national and local visionaries in a program of presentations … Continue reading

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Friends of the Parks’ Lecture Series at the Chicago Cultural Center

Here in Chicago, the Friends of the Parks’ Walter Netsch Lecture Series honors renowned architect Walter Netsch’s vision and leadership that changed the culture of the Chicago Park District.  The lecture series offers free quarterly lectures on topics of parks, … Continue reading

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SUST Prof Mike Bryson Publishes Article on “Teaching Sustainability 101”

Last fall, SUST professor and program director Mike Bryson participated in a faculty roundtable discussion on teaching introductory sustainability classes at the Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education (AASHE) 2012 conference/expo. The discussion brought together five university … Continue reading

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Governor Quinn Signs Law to Increase Public Access on Privately-held Conservation Lands

At a press conference on Friday, 23 August 2013, Illinois Governor Pat Quinn signed SB1042 into law as Public Act 98-0522 (also see this pdf).  As the Illinois Environmental Council reported that day: This new law will give private landowners that … Continue reading

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Conservation Leadership Training Opportunities at the Chicago Conservation Corps (C3)

The Chicago Conservation Corps (C3) is now recruiting for its Fall 2013 Environmental Leadership Training Series! During the training, participants will learn from community and environmental leaders about urban environmental challenges and opportunities for change; then they’ll lead an environmental … Continue reading

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Two Great Sources of News about Sustainability/Environmental Issues in Chicago and Illinois

SUST blog readers have read announcements and news items from these two key environmental/sustainability news sources before; but this Sunday morning I thought it apt to bring your attention to them more explicitly as key sources of breaking news information … Continue reading

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Notes from the Rooftop Garden: SUST Major Mike Miller Reports on His Summer Internship at Uncommon Ground

This guest post is from Roosevelt University Sustainability Studies major Mike Miller, who worked as an intern this summer at the noted Chicago restaurant, Uncommon Ground, which specializes in sustainable practices and home of the nation’s first rooftop farm. This … Continue reading

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Register for Fall 2013 SUST Courses at RU

The SUST program is offering a full slate of courses for the Fall 2013 semester at the Chicago and Schaumburg Campuses as well as online. Most classes begin Monday, September 9th, so there’s plenty of time yet to enroll. Each … Continue reading

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