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Illinois Audubon Society and Joliet Park District Announce Major Expansion of an Urban Woodland

Green space is a premium in urban environments, and opportunities to expand existing high-quality parkland and natural areas come along all too infrequently. This week, the city of Joliet (pop. 148,000) learned that its famed urban forest in the East Side … Continue reading

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Should Obama Library Be Built in a Public Parkland? Chicago Park District Says Yes

According to this AP report posted by Chicago Public Radio WBEZ this morning, the Chicago Park District has given the green light to the city’s potential acquisition of parkland on the South Side for the site of the proposed Obama presidential … Continue reading

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IL Gov Bruce Rauner’s Appointments to Lead Dept of Ag, IL EPA, and IDNR a Mixed Bag

Newly installed Illinois Governor Bruce Rauner made a point during his election campaign in 2014 of promising that he’d appoint true professionals to his administration who actually know something about the agencies they run, instead of merely bringing in politically … Continue reading

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Sustainability Studies in 2014: The Year in Review

2014 was another productive and exciting year in the Sustainability Studies undergraduate program at Roosevelt University, and we’re looking forward to a great 2015 as we start classes this winter. Here we celebrate 2014 with a brief rundown on student activities … Continue reading

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RU Achieves Gold Certification in the IL Governor’s Higher Ed Campus Sustainability Compact

On Dec. 9th, 2014, Roosevelt University achieved gold-level recognition under the Illinois Governor’s Higher Education Campus Sustainability Compact. Roosevelt received this distinct honor for its continuous commitment to sustainability as demonstrated by meeting the Compact’s goals required to earn Gold. Through the … Continue reading

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Jerome Stone, Roosevelt University Trustee and Benefactor, Dies at Age 101

The Sustainability Studies Program at Roosevelt University recognizes the passing of Mr. Jerome H. Stone, Chairman Emeritus and Life Trustee of the university, who died on Thursday, January 1, 2015.  Mr. Stone, 101 years of age, was one of the most important … Continue reading

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Fracking Banned in NY State

This past Wednesday, Dec. 17th, officials in New York State announced a ban on fracking after a major report was issued by the state’s Health Department entitled “A Public Health Review of High Volume Hydraulic Fracturing for Shale Gas Development” (pdf). This momentous announcement, which is … Continue reading

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