Category Archives: cities

Growing Chicago: Food Access and Urban Agriculture

By Nikki Braus for SUST 350 My friends frequently brag about the convenience of living within the heart of Chicago’s densely-settled urban landscape — everything is so close together, and everything you need is within walking distance or just a … Continue reading

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Sociology, Environmental Justice, & Sustainability: Reflections by SOC Grad Student Shanti Brown

by Shanti Brown As a second-year graduate student in sociology at Roosevelt University’s Chicago campus, my connection to sustainability and environmental justice stems from my longstanding interest in studying poverty and social justice. Sadly, the inequities of the poor also … Continue reading

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The Power of Urban Agriculture

by Vicki Gerberich One of my favorite aspects of teaching the SUST 230 Food course in RU’s Sustainability Studies program is the fact that I have the opportunity to talk about urban agriculture and often introduce students to organizations and … Continue reading

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Chicago’s City Buildings to be Powered by 100% Renewable Energy by 2025

Mayor Rahm Emanuel, the Chicago Public Schools, the Chicago Park District, the Chicago Housing Authority, Fleet and Facility Management Commissioner David Reynolds, and City Colleges of Chicago announced this past April their commitment to move their buildings’ electricity use to 100 … Continue reading

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Chicago Bag Tax Reduces Bag Use by Over 40%

In February of 2017, the City of Chicago introduced a 7 cent tax on each disposable bag used in an effort to cut down on bag waste and to encourage Chicagoans to bring their reusable bags on every shopping trip. … Continue reading

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Fall 2017 Course Preview for SUST 350 Service & Sustainability at Eden Place Nature Center

This coming fall semester (2017) the Sustainability Studies program once again offers a unique transformational service learning course, SUST 350 Service and Sustainability, at the Chicago Campus as well as online. Taught by SUST professor Mike Bryson, the course theme … Continue reading

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Sustainability for All: Examining the Relationship between Sustainability and Gentrification

By Moses Viveros When one thinks about “sustainability” and what it means; one usually conjures up images of green spaces, clean air, and well-maintained land. Typically projects or developments that are considered to be “sustainable” are created with the intention … Continue reading

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