Diversity & Inclusion Open House at the #AmDreamConf Next Monday at Roosevelt University

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Social Justice “Call to Action” Roundtable Discussion at the #AmDreamConf Next Monday at RU

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Talkin’ Community & Social Justice at the #AmDreamConf Next Monday at Roosevelt University

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Standing Rock Standoff Continues as Dozens of Tribes Protest Oil Pipeline in ND

by Mike Bryson

Native Americans and First Nations people are leading the cause for climate justice in North America, and the new front line of this environmental activism is in Cannon Ball, ND. On the edge of the Standing Rock Sioux reservation, over 1,300 Native Americans from dozens of tribes are camped out to peacefully protest the construction of the Dakota Access Pipeline, which would cross the Missouri River near its confluence with the Cannon Ball River, just north of reservation land.

WASHINGTON, DC - AUGUST 24: Seven-year-old Omaka Nawicakinciji (R) of the Oglala Lakota Nation in South Dakota participates with his mother Heather Mendoza (L) during a rally on Dakota Access Pipeline August 24, 2016 outside U.S. District Court in Washington, DC. Activists held a rally in support of a lawsuit against the Army Corps of Engineers "to protect water and land from the Dakota Access Pipeline," and to call for "a full halt to all construction activities and repeal of all pipeline permits until formal tribal consultation and environmental review are conducted." (Photo by Alex Wong/Getty Images)

WASHINGTON, DC – AUGUST 24: Seven-year-old Omaka Nawicakinciji (R) of the Oglala Lakota Nation in South Dakota participates with his mother Heather Mendoza (L) during a rally on Dakota Access Pipeline August 24, 2016 outside U.S. District Court in Washington, DC. (Photo by Alex Wong/Getty Images; caption by Inside Climate News)

Protestors justly object that the pipeline poses a significant threat to the waters of the Missouri River (which supply drinking water to the Reservation as well as many communities and cities downstream) and associated tributaries and wetlands; traverses/disturbs historically significant lands adjacent to the reservation; and has been fast-tracked in an approval procedure by the US Army Corps of Engineers that did not include proper and thorough environmental (justice) impact assessments or adequate consultation with tribes (a claim supported by the US EPA and other federal agencies).

Photo by Sarah LittleRedFeather, published by the LA Progressive

Photo by Sarah LittleRedFeather, published by the LA Progressive in the essay, “What Would Sitting Bull Do?” by Winona LaDuke, 25 Aug 2016

Activists are shaping a (re)visionary North American narrative about fossil fuels and climate change through peaceful protests, cross-country journeys, art, storytelling, direct political action, and powerful legal challenges to fossil fuel infrastructure expansion. Their actions have galvanized widespread and diverse support from ordinary citizens and celebrities, from the Black Lives Matter movement to the United Nations — even as most major media outlets have provided minimal coverage of the months-long protest (especially when compared to the flood of publicity and news coverage about the Keystone XL Pipeline project, which crossed an international border, and last winter’s illegal and absurd occupation of a National Wildlife Refuge in Oregon by disgruntled white ranchers).

DAPL proposed route by Energy Transfer, Inc. (source: Inside Climate News)

DAPL proposed route by Energy Transfer, Inc. (source: Inside Climate News)

Because of sporadic mainstream media coverage (at best), their stories need to be shared via social media and alt news with all Americans, who stand to benefit from their actions and activism. This especially applies to citizens here in Illinois, by far the most populous state through which the so-called Dakota Access Pipeline has its planned route by Dallas TX-based Energy Transfer (the line is projected to terminate in the downstate community of Patoka IL, 75 miles east of St. Louis in Marion County).

Selected sources of news about the ongoing Standing Rock protest include Twitter (#DakotaAccessPipline, #NoDAPL, and @SacredStoneCamp) and Facebook (Dallas Goldtooth and Indigenous Environmental Network, for example), Democracy Now!, Inside Climate News, Indian Country Today, The Guardian, and the Desmog blog.

Dallas Goldtooth, currently from Chicago but originally from MN and SD, is with the Indigenous Environmental Network and is a #ClimateJustice activist. (photo: Josué Rivas, The Guardian)

Dallas Goldtooth, currently from Chicago but originally from MN and SD, is with the Indigenous Environmental Network and is a #ClimateJustice activist now based at the Standing Rock Camp in Cannon Ball, ND. (photo: Josué Rivas, The Guardian)

Mike Bryson is Professor & Director of the Sustainability Studies Program at Roosevelt University in Chicago IL.

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RU Environmental Sustainability Internship (Schaumburg Campus) Open for Applications

RU's restored prairie and part of its urban forest at the Schaumburg Campus (photo: M. Radeck)

RU’s restored prairie and part of its urban forest at the Schaumburg Campus (photo: M. Radeck)

The RU Physical Resources Department is offering a paid student internship position for the 2016-17 academic year. This job is an outstanding professional development opportunity and involves working directly with the RU Physical Resources Team under the direction of Paul Matthews, Assistant VP for Campus Planning/Operations. The internship is based primarily at the Schaumburg Campus, Applications are being accepted ASAP (see details below) until the position is filled. Duties and responsibilities include:

  • Assist in implementing the newly adopted Sustainability Strategic Plan, approved in Spring 2015
  • Help maintain and update of the RU Green Campus website, Green Campus Blog, and associated social media pages to provide other information which may benefit and educate the RU community about environmental sustainability
  • Manage the Schaumburg Campus Community Garden
  • Assist in maintaining contact with associations and government sponsored agencies that support the Physical Resources Environmental Sustainability Initiatives, including: Association for the Advancement for Sustainability within Higher Education (AASHE), United States Green Building Council, Second Nature, World Wildlife Federation, EPA Green Power Partnership Program, and the Illinois Governor’s Campus Sustainability Compact
  • Participate in DCEO Recycling Grant Reporting; Recycling Project for AUD, Field House, and Wabash (with 50% diversion goal); and university Compost Agreement, which provides materials for Schaumburg Garden Plots
  • Help prepare PowerPoint presentations on select ES topics to present to the RU Community when necessary.
  • Attend RU-based meetings that deal with the United States Green Building Council (USGBC) Leadership thru Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Certification Program for the Wabash Vertical Campus, Field House, and other major construction projects. Assist in tracking the LEED credits for certification and green building construction, and in achieving USGBC LEED Silver level for Field House.
  • Work on Physical Resource plans or initiatives that center around green technologies, landscapes, hardscapes, alternate methods of transportation, and renewable energy sources.

To Indicate Interest and Get More Information: Contact Paul Matthews, Assistant VP of Operations/Planning, Department of Physical Resources, Roosevelt University, at 312-341-3600 (office) or pmatthews@roosevelt.edu (email).

See the Career Resources page on RU’s website to apply.

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Help RU Grow Greener in 2016-17!

For RU students gearing up and getting ready for the 2016-17 academic year, there are many golden opportunities on campus to contribute to RU’s sustainability efforts and help our university grow greener. Here are just a few of interest:

  • The SUST Program is seeking a Sustainability Studies Associate student worker, a 12-hour/week position that starts on Aug 29th. See info and application guidelines here. Open to undergrad and grad students; SUST majors strongly encouraged to apply.
  • All students, alumni, faculty, staff, and administrators are welcome to attend any meeting of RU’s university-wide Environmental Sustainability Committee. Today’s gathering on Aug 15th is in WB 1214 at 1pm. Email Rebecca Quesnell (rquesnell@roosevelt.edu) to RSVP or get Zoom info for online access. Stay tuned for announcements of future meetings this coming year!
  • RU students can apply to the Department of Physical Resources’ two Environmental Sustainability Associate positions for 2016-17. See the Career Resources page on RU’s website to apply.
  • The student organization RU Green will be revving up again this fall to brainstorm service projects and sustainability activism priorities. All RU students are welcome and encouraged to participate! Just contact Yessenia Balcazar (ybalcazar@mail.roosevelt.edu) for more info.
  • Still looking to finalize your Fall 2016 course schedule? Check out the SUST offerings here and get in touch with your advisor.
Rebecca Quesnell (BA '15) and Maria Cancilla (SUST major) work on the STARS assessment project in the Roosevelt Urban Sustainability Lab, est. 2015

Rebecca Quesnell (BA ’15) and Maria Cancilla (SUST major & STARS intern) work on the STARS assessment project in the Roosevelt Urban Sustainability Lab, 2015

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Register @RooseveltU for Fall 2016 Classes

RU students in SUST 220 Water paddle the Chicago River in the Fall 2014

Spots are still open in great classes for the Fall 2016 semester at Roosevelt. If you’re an RU student, (1) look over the fall schedule using this coursefinder, (2) check your remaining course requirements, and (3) email or call your assigned academic advisor with your planned schedule and any questions you have about your upcoming classes. Your advisor will answer your questions and provide you with an RU Access registration code so you can register. Click on selected titles below for detailed course previews!

Sustainability Studies courses offered in Fall 2016:

ACP 101 Our Sustainable Future (MW 11am-12:15pm, Prof. Bryson)* — full
SUST 210 Sustainable Future (MW 11am-12:15pm, Prof. Pickren)
SUST 210 Sustainable Future (8-week online, 8/29-10/21, Prof. Jones)§
SUST 220 Water (T 2-4:30pm, Prof. Hoffman)
SUST 230 Food (14-week online, 9/12-12/10, Prof. Gerberich)
SUST 310 Energy & Climate Change (W 2-4:30pm, Prof. Pickren)
SUST 320 Sprawl (14-week online, 9/12-12/10, Prof. Pickren)
SUST 330 Biodiversity (Field Museum, Th 9am-1pm, Prof. Kerbis)
SUST 330 Biodiversity (8-week online, 10/29-12/17, Prof. Jones)§
SUST 350 Service & Sustainability (Eden Place Farm, T 12-3pm, Prof. Bryson)
SUST 390 Environmental Literature & Rhetoric (TTh 12:30-1:45pm, Prof. Cryer)

* First Year Seminars are open to new full-time undergrads with 12 or fewer hours in transfer credit.
§ These 8-week accelerated online courses are open to all students and synced with the Flex-Track adult degree calendar. They may be taken back-to-back.

Notable Sustainability-related Courses in other Departments:

POS 343 Urban Environmental Justice (W 2-4:30pm, Prof. Barratt; includes travel component to Vancouver during Thanksgiving Break)
REES 351 Intro to Real Estate Finance (W 6-8:30pm, Prof. Barnett; the first undergrad offering of RU’s Real Estate program)

If you’re still working on your fall schedule, August is the perfect time for getting in touch with your advisor! It’s the best time to get signed up for classes. And for additional useful info, see this Advising Resources page on Prof. Mike Bryson’s faculty website.

Hauling straw in the Eden Place Nature Center's pickup truck during a SUST 350 Service workday on Chicago's South Side, Fall 2014

Hauling straw in the Eden Place Nature Center’s pickup truck during a SUST 350 Service workday on Chicago’s South Side, Fall 2014

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