Careers in Sustainability Alumni Panel on April 25th @RooseveltU

The Sustainability Studies Program @RooseveltU will host a Careers in Sustainability event on Wednesday, April 25th, from 4:30-6pm in WB 1315 and via Zoom. This interaction session features a panel of SUST alumni talking about their current jobs, career pathways since graduation, and the impact of their education on their job search and work experience. This special Earth Month event is open to all Roosevelt students, and SUST majors and alumni are particularly encouraged to attend.

We’ll start at 4:30pm with light refreshments and informal socializing and networking. Then, at 5pm, our panelists will each speak briefly about their career tracks and current jobs, after which the audience can ask questions and engage panelists in discussion. Off-campus attendees can listen in and submit questions for the panel via Zoom videoconference (see login info below), which will be moderated by SUST adjunct professor Dr. Carla Jones.

SUST Alumni Panelists

RSVP and questions may be sent to Prof. Mike Bryson (mbryson@roosevelt.edu). And please check out our other #RUEarthMonth2018 event coming up!

Zoom Info for Careers in Sustainability Alumni Panel

  • Join from PC, Mac, Linux, iOS or Android: https://roosevelt.zoom.us/j/791845932
  • iPhone one-tap :US: +14086380968,,791845932# or +16468769923,,791845932#
  • Telephone: +1 877 369 0926 (Toll Free) or +1 877 853 5247 (Toll Free)

More Earth Month 2018 Events @RooseveltU

Mon 4/16 — RU Housing Greencycle Event (4pm, WB 14th floor): As the Residence Hall move-out day approaches, many students may have clothing and other things that they don’t use or need anymore. Instead of throwing these things away and adding to landfill waste, students may donate those things to the RU Greencycle event, sponsored by the Residence Life project team of ACP/SUST 250 The Sustainable University. Drop-off bins will be installed for students to leave their donations on the WB 14th floor. You are not required to do any work or pay any fee. Students participating are encouraged to sift through donations and take clothing or objects for reuse. Any leftover objects will be donated to a shelter. Contact Claire Wilson (cwilson42@mail.roosevelt.edu) for more info.

Wed 4/18 — Film Screening of Sustainable: A Documentary on the Local Food Movement in America: film + panel discussion, 4:30-6pm in WB 317. Contact Prof. Graham Pickren (gpickren@roosevelt.edu) for more info.

Thurs 4/19 — Guerilla Gardening: Make Your Own Seed Bomb! (10am-2pm AUD Fainman Lounge), sponsored by the student organization RU Green. Students can come to our table setup to make their own “seed bombs” — a combination of clay, compost, and native seeds. They can be thrown into yards or neglected areas to transform them into flowering wonderlands. Contact Yessenia Balcazar (ybalcazar@mail.roosevelt.edu) for more info.

Fri 4/20 — Undergraduate Science and Math Symposium (8:30am-4pm, WB 4th & 6th floors): RU’s annual showcase of student research in biology, chemistry, and math. Unbelievably fun as well as intellectually edifying! Free lunch with advance registration by 4/11.

Sat/Sun 4/21 and 4/22 — Earth Day Events throughout Chicago, sponsored by the Chicago Conservation Corps (C3) and other organizations. Check out the many events listed here by C3 as well as these by the Cook County Forest Preserves.

Mon 4/23 — SUST Student Symposium (WB 616 and 1315): Features ten team presentations by RU undergraduate students in ACP/SUST 250 The Sustainable University. From 2:00-4:45pm in WB 616, teams will describe their work on campus sustainability projects on bottled water policy, environmental communication, curriculum, purchasing, residence life, rooftop gardening, signage, transportation, and video production. Then at 5pm, we’ll head upstairs to WB 1315 for light refreshments and three individual presentations by senior SUST majors doing internships and independent study research this semester. RSVP to Prof. Mike Bryson (mbryson@roosevelt.edu).

Wed 4/25 — Careers in Sustainability (4:30-6pm, WB 1315): current students from all majors are invited to this first-ever interactive event in which a panel of alumni from RU’s Sustainability Studies program will discuss their current jobs, career pathways, and the impact of their RU education, as well as answer questions from the audience. Light refreshments provided; RSVP to Prof. Mike Bryson (mbryson@roosevelt.edu).

Thurs 4/26 — RU Green End-of-Year Meeting/Party (time/location TBA): Contact RU Green president Yessenia Balcazar (ybalcazar@mail.roosevelt.edu) for more info.

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Earth Month Film Screening @RooseveltU: “Sustainable — A Documentary on the Local Food Movement in America”

The Sustainability Studies Program @RooseveltU is hosting a film screening, followed by a panel discussion, in honor of #RUEarth Month2018 on Wednesday, April 18 from 4:30-6 p.m. at the Chicago Campus, Wabash Building, Room 317. All members of the Roosevelt community and the public are invited to see and discuss the film Sustainable: A Documentary on the Local Food Movement in America.

This film won the 2016 Accolade Global Humanitarian Award for Outstanding Achievement. It reveals a vital investigation of the economic and environmental instability of America’s food system from the agricultural issues we face – soil loss, water depletion, climate change, pesticides, and more – to the community of leaders who are determined to fix it.

For more information, contact Professor Graham Pickren at gpickren@roosevelt.edu. And check out these other cool #RUEarthMonth2018 events planned at Roosevelt!

Earth Month 2018 Events @RooseveltU

Fri 4/13 — Honors Research Day (9am-4pm, WB 418), featuring presentations by twelve graduating Honors students on their thesis projects. All are welcome!

Mon 4/16 — RU Housing Greencycle Event (4pm, WB 14th floor): As the Residence Hall move-out day approaches, many students may have clothing and other things that they don’t use or need anymore. Instead of throwing these things away and adding to landfill waste, students may donate those things to the RU Greencycle event, sponsored by the Residence Life project team of ACP/SUST 250 The Sustainable University. Drop-off bins will be installed for students to leave their donations on the WB 14th floor. You are not required to do any work or pay any fee. Students participating are encouraged to sift through donations and take clothing or objects for reuse. Any leftover objects will be donated to a shelter. Contact Claire Wilson (cwilson42@mail.roosevelt.edu) for more info.

Wed 4/18 — Film Screening of Sustainable: A Documentary on the Local Food Movement in America: film + panel discussion, 4:30-6pm in WB 317. Contact Prof. Graham Pickren (gpickren@roosevelt.edu) for more info.

Thurs 4/19 — Guerilla Gardening: Make Your Own Seed Bomb! (10am-2pm AUD Fainman Lounge), sponsored by the student organization RU Green. Students can come to our table setup to make their own “seed bombs” — a combination of clay, compost, and native seeds. They can be thrown into yards or neglected areas to transform them into flowering wonderlands. Contact Yessenia Balcazar (ybalcazar@mail.roosevelt.edu) for more info.

Fri 4/20 — Undergraduate Science and Math Symposium (8:30am-4pm, WB 4th & 6th floors): RU’s annual showcase of student research in biology, chemistry, and math. Unbelievably fun as well as intellectually edifying! Free lunch with advance registration by 4/6.

Sat/Sun 4/21 and 4/22 — Earth Day Events throughout Chicago, sponsored by the Chicago Conservation Corps (C3) and other organizations. Check out the many events listed here by C3 as well as these by the Cook County Forest Preserves.

Mon 4/23 — SUST Student Symposium (WB 616 and 1315): Features ten team presentations by RU undergraduate students in ACP/SUST 250 The Sustainable University. From 2:00-4:45pm in WB 616, teams will describe their work on campus sustainability projects on bottled water policy, environmental communication, curriculum, purchasing, residence life, rooftop gardening, signage, transportation, and video production. Then at 5pm, we’ll head upstairs to WB 1315 for light refreshments and three individual presentations by senior SUST majors doing internships and independent study research this semester. RSVP to Prof. Mike Bryson (mbryson@roosevelt.edu).

Wed 4/25 — Careers in Sustainability (4:30-6pm, WB 1315): current students from all majors are invited to this first-ever interactive event in which a panel of alumni from RU’s Sustainability Studies program will discuss their current jobs, career pathways, and the impact of their RU education, as well as answer questions from the audience. Light refreshments provided; RSVP to Prof. Mike Bryson (mbryson@roosevelt.edu).

Thurs 4/26 — RU Green End-of-Year Meeting/Party (time/location TBA): Contact RU Green president Yessenia Balcazar (ybalcazar@mail.roosevelt.edu) for more info.

 

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AWEA WINDPOWER EVENT AT NAVY PIER, MAY 7-10

WINDPOWER, the largest wind energy event in the Western Hemisphere is coming to Navy Pier in Chicago the second week of May.

Students can register for $25 using promo code THURSDAYSTU and receive the below:

  • Thursday (May 10) attendance to WINDPOWER Exhibition & Conference
  • The official 2018 wind energy t-shirt
  • Participation in the Thursday morning fun run

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SUST Symposium 2018 on April 23 @RooseveltU

Please save the date for the upcoming Spring 2018 SUST Symposium, which will be held on Monday, April 23rd, from 2-6:15pm in Roosevelt University’s Wabash Building in Chicago (425 S. Wabash Ave.) and videoconferenced live via Zoom.

Symposium 5.1 (Spring 2018) will feature ten team presentations by RU undergraduate students in ACP/SUST 250 The Sustainable University. From 2:00-4:45pm in WB 616, teams will describe their work on campus sustainability projects on bottled water policy, environmental communication, curriculum, purchasing, residence life, rooftop gardening, signage, transportation, and video production.

Then at 5pm, we’ll head upstairs to WB 1315 for light refreshments and three individual presentations by senior SUST majors doing internships and independent study research this semester. Yessenia Balcazar will discuss her work as the first RU intern at the Southeast Environmental Task Force, a grassroots conservation and environmental justice organization on the far South Side of the city. Melissa Ruby will recount her stint as an intern at Plant Chicago, which engages in “sustainable food production, energy conservation and material reuse” on Chicago’s Southwest Side. Finally, Claire Wilson will reflect on her independent study research at the intersection of sociology and sustainability focusing on the environmental hazards within several Chicago communities and their impact on the health of residents.

Light refreshments will be provided, and the RU community as well as the general public are welcome. Click here for info on previous symposia, and check out these other cool #RUEarthMonth2018 events planned at Roosevelt!

Earth Month 2018 Events @RooseveltU

Fri 4/13 — Honors Research Day (9am-4pm, WB 418), featuring presentations by twelve graduating Honors students on their thesis projects. All are welcome!

Mon 4/16 — RU Housing Greencycle Event (4pm, WB 14th floor): As the Residence Hall move-out day approaches, many students may have clothing and other things that they don’t use or need anymore. Instead of throwing these things away and adding to landfill waste, students may donate those things to the RU Greencycle event, sponsored by the Residence Life project team of ACP/SUST 250 The Sustainable University. Drop-off bins will be installed for students to leave their donations on the WB 14th floor. You are not required to do any work or pay any fee. Students participating are encouraged to sift through donations and take clothing or objects for reuse. Any leftover objects will be donated to a shelter. Contact Claire Wilson (cwilson42@mail.roosevelt.edu) for more info.

Wed 4/18 — Film Screening of Sustainable: A Documentary on the Local Food Movement in America: film + panel discussion, 4:30-6pm in WB 317. Contact Prof. Graham Pickren (gpickren@roosevelt.edu) for more info.

Thurs 4/19 — Guerilla Gardening: Make Your Own Seed Bomb! (10am-2pm AUD Fainman Lounge), sponsored by the student organization RU Green. Students can come to our table setup to make their own “seed bombs” — a combination of clay, compost, and native seeds. They can be thrown into yards or neglected areas to transform them into flowering wonderlands. Contact Yessenia Balcazar (ybalcazar@mail.roosevelt.edu) for more info.

Fri 4/20 — Undergraduate Science and Math Symposium (8:30am-4pm, WB 4th & 6th floors): RU’s annual showcase of student research in biology, chemistry, and math. Unbelievably fun as well as intellectually edifying! Free lunch with advance registration by 4/6.

Sat/Sun 4/21 and 4/22 — Earth Day Events throughout Chicago, sponsored by the Chicago Conservation Corps (C3) and other organizations. Check out the many events listed here by C3 as well as these by the Cook County Forest Preserves.

Mon 4/23 — SUST Student Symposium (WB 616 and 1315): Features ten team presentations by RU undergraduate students in ACP/SUST 250 The Sustainable University. From 2:00-4:45pm in WB 616, teams will describe their work on campus sustainability projects on bottled water policy, environmental communication, curriculum, purchasing, residence life, rooftop gardening, signage, transportation, and video production. Then at 5pm, we’ll head upstairs to WB 1315 for light refreshments and three individual presentations by senior SUST majors doing internships and independent study research this semester. RSVP to Prof. Mike Bryson (mbryson@roosevelt.edu).

Wed 4/25 — Careers in Sustainability (4:30-6pm, WB 1315): current students from all majors are invited to this first-ever interactive event in which a panel of alumni from RU’s Sustainability Studies program will discuss their current jobs, career pathways, and the impact of their RU education, as well as answer questions from the audience. Light refreshments provided; RSVP to Prof. Mike Bryson (mbryson@roosevelt.edu).

Thurs 4/26 — RU Green End-of-Year Meeting/Party (time/location TBA): Contact RU Green president Yessenia Balcazar (ybalcazar@mail.roosevelt.edu) for more info.

 

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Summer & Fall 2018 Registration @RooseveltU Is Underway!

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

Advising and registration are underway for the Summer and Fall 2018 semesters at Roosevelt. Sign up now to get the classes you want! Spaces are still available in our SUST courses.

If you’re an RU student, (1) look over the Summer and Fall 2018 schedules using this Coursefinder, (2) check your remaining course requirements in Degree Works, 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 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 Summer 2018:

SUST 210 Sustainable Future (online, May 29 – July 25, Prof. Pickren)
SUST 360 Writing Urban Nature (Chicago, one-week intensive, May 22-26, Prof. Bryson)
SUST 390 Rooftop Garden (Chicago, May 29 – July 25, Prof. Gerberich)

Sustainability Studies courses offered in Fall 2018:

SUST 210 Sustainable Future (M, 2-4:30pm, Prof. Pickren)
SUST 210 Sustainable Future (online, 8/27-10/20, Prof. Pickren)
SUST 220 Water (T, 2-4:30pm, Staff)
SUST 230 Food (online, 10/22-12/15, Staff)
SUST 240 Waste (W, 2-4:30pm, Prof. Bryson)
SUST 310 Energy & Climate Change (online, 8/27-12/15, Staff)
SUST 320 Sprawl, Transportation, & Planning (Th, 2-4:30pm, Prof. Pickren)
SUST 330 Biodiversity (Field Museum, Th 9am-1pm, Prof. Kerbis)
SUST 350 Service & Sustainability (Eden Place Farm, T 12-3pm, Prof. Bryson)
SUST 350 Service & Sustainability (online, 8/27-12/15, Prof. Bryson)
SUST 390 Intro to GIS (M 11-11:50am & W, 11am-1pm, Prof. Pickren)

Click on the links above for detailed course previews!

March is a super busy time of the academic year, but don’t neglect 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 as well as this Registration page on the RU 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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Energy Efficiency Jobs at Verde

by Sarah Tag, SUST alum

Verde logoHello Roosevelt SUST majors and alumni!  Sarah Tag here, RU Sustainability Studies graduate (BA ’15), with a couple of job opportunities that I want to share.  I work at an incredible company called Verde, and we have two full time job openings.  Below is a bit about Verde and the positions open, and I’m also hyperlinking our website so you can take a look at a more complete job description.

The positions are Quality Control Specialist – Comed Program and Quality Control Specialist – Installations.

ComEd Program Quality Control Specialist:

As a ComEd trade ally, Verde provides energy efficiency solutions to businesses around the Chicagoland area.  The ComEd Program Quality Control Specialist will act as a bridge between our sales and operations team, developing a holistic understanding of our customers and our product offerings.  This person will be responsible for taking our analysts’ closed projects and transferring them to our database, taking the proposal and Scope of Work and translating the information into the correct ComEd paperwork or platform, and submitting projects with all appropriate paperwork to ComEd.  The position will also require you to update our database as the project gets approved, and again once the project is completed, resolving any ComEd paperwork issues, staying up to date on the various programs offered by ComEd, and knowing each project as well as the analyst.

Please take a look at the complete job description here.

Installations Quality Control Specialist:

As a ComEd trade ally, Verde provides energy efficiency solutions to businesses around the Chicagoland area.  The Installations Quality Control Specialist will act as a bridge between our sales and operations team, developing a holistic understanding of our customers and our product offerings.  In this position you’ll be responsible for problem solving issues on the job site, making recommendations, and building a map for complicated projects to guide the installation crew.  The position will also be a point of contact for the installation crew and operations, conduct pre-inspections and post-inspections with ComEd, and troubleshoot advanced lighting controls.

Please take a look at the complete job description here.

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One Earth Film Festival, March 2nd-11th: 30+ Films at 50+ Locations

The “One Earth Film Festival is the Midwest’s premier environmental film festival, creating opportunities for understanding climate change, sustainability and the power of human involvement. We showcase top-issue, thought-provoking environmental films and lead audiences in interactive post-film discussions focused on solutions.”

The Festival is showing environmental-focused films throughout the Chicago region through mid-March. Entry is free, with a $7 suggested donation. You can check out the full film schedule here: https://www.oneearthfilmfest.org/films-by-date/

SUST/SOC alum Diana Ramirez (BA ’17) is a coordinator for the festival and has let us know that they are looking for additional volunteers to help out. RU students: this is a great opportunity to meet some folks while putting another line on your resume. Keep in mind that meeting people is the best way to find a job when you graduate!

Let SUST Prof Graham Pickren know if you’re interested in volunteering and he can connect you with Diana. You can reach him at gpickren[at]roosevelt.edu.

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