Planning for Environmental Justice: Kim Wasserman @RooseveltU, Wed 9/26

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Lineup of “Just By Nature” environmental activism & justice events at Roosevelt University, Fall 2018. All events held in the Sullivan Room of the historic Auditorium Building @RU. For more info, contact Prof. Bethany Barratt (

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American Dream Reconsidered Conference this Week @RooseveltU

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Please join the Roosevelt University community for the kickoff to the American Dream Reconsidered Conference today!

Ida B. Wells Lounge Dedication Reception | 430 S. Michigan Avenue, 2nd Floor East | 5 p.m. Monday 9/10

The reception will honor Ida B. Wells-Barnett and her many contributions to the struggle for civil rights and equality for African Americans. Featuring guest of honor, Michelle Duster, great-granddaughter of Ida B. Wells-Barnett and professor at Columbia College Chicago.

The Historical Oddity of American Health Care | Ganz Hall | 6:30 p.m.Monday 9/10

The panel will explore the post-WWII history of American health care. Panelists will attempt to untangle the web of influences that have given rise to the complicated arena of health care in America. Featuring Dr. Lawrence D. Brown, Columbia University’s Mailman School of Public Health professor; Guian McKee, University of Virginia’s Miller Center of Public Affairs associate professor; and Dr. Stephanie…

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Bones and Flesh: Interning at the Field Museum’s Collections Resource Center

SUST senior Darlene Buibas writes about her science internship in the mammals lab this summer at the Field Museum.

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As we approach the beginning of the fall semester, the RU Sustain blog will be featuring posts from Sustainability Studies student’s summer internships. First up is senior Darlene Buibas, who completed an internship at the Field Museum of Natural History. 

Words and photos from Darlene Buibas.

Over the summer I got the chance to intern at the Field Museum in the mammal prep lab. The mammal prep lab is where scientists, volunteers, and interns all work together to preserve and prepare specimens for the museums research collection through various methods. Throughout my time there I got to clean and handle various bones of different species that were brought in. The collection consists of mammals for private viewing by researchers. By continuing to build the collection scientists can gain knowledge and understanding of changing biodiversity over time. The Field Museum’s website states that

“Since opening the Museum in 1894, our collection…

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Volunteers Needed for Urban Monarch Project this Summer in Schaumburg

Photo: Field Museum

Applications are now being accepted through Friday, June 8th, 2018. Please contact Martha D. Dooley, Landscape and Sustainability Planner with the Village of Schaumburg, with any questions and to apply. See detailed application info here (pdf).

Project Contact Information

Martha D. Dooley | Landscape and Sustainability Planner
Village of Schaumburg | 101 Schaumburg Court |Schaumburg, IL 60193
Office: 847-923-3855 | Fax: 847-923-2335

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Environmental Issues Addressed on Chicago’s Southeast Side

A recent study published in Environmental Research Letters has given supporting evidence that “environmental racism” is a conceptualized reality created by the biggest polluters in the U.S. — factories, warehouses and other facilities that house toxic waste are overwhelmingly located in poor, non-white neighborhoods. Historically, this has also been true for many urban areas around the globe. The issue of environmentally overburdening communities is one that many communities have unjustly had to face because of the percentage of people who are considered to be low-income individuals. In Chicago, much has been said and done by local groups to alleviate the pressures of living in a community where the quality of air, water and resources is not always up to a livable standard.

“Through partnerships with advocacy groups, industry, other agencies and individual residents, EPA has empowered the environmentally overburdened communities in Southeast Chicago to achieve significant environmental benefits in a short timeframe, while building the infrastucture that will ensure the area’s continued progress.”

In collaboration with Illinois EPA and the City of Chicago’s Department of Public Health, over 70 companies were investigated for Clean Air Act compliance since 2014 on Chicago’s Southeast Side. Most notably, the U.S. EPA inspected over 25 reported sites in direct response to listening to affected communities about their concerns, including exposure to petcoke dust. Of the several resultant enforcement cases, three enforcement actions, in particular, resulted in dramatic air quality improvements for the community.

For an inside look at how Chicago has dealt with the issue of soot pollution and other local environmental concerns, check out this article from the Chicago Tribune that was published back in 2015: The Problem with Soot

Benzkofer, Stephan. “For Much of Its History, Chicago Covered by Smoke, Soot.”, 5 June 2015,

EPA. “Environmental Issues in Chicago’s Little Village & Pilsen Neighborhoods.” EPA, Environmental Protection Agency, 29 Jan. 2018,

Nina J. Egbon is a member of the student Communications Team in ACP/SUST 250 “The Sustainable University” class at Roosevelt University in Chicago. This spring 2018 semester, the Communications Team is writing for and editing the RU Green Campus blog and social media channels.



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Enroll in RU’s Social Justice Summer Institute, May 29-June 4

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Hey, Roosevelt students!
If you are interested in a one-of-a-kind experiential learning summer course, please consider this one-week course (pdf) that addresses the school to prison pipeline. Please reach out to Dr. Heather Dalmage for more information: or 312.341.3692

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Summer Sustainability: Innovative Experiential Learning Classes

Hey, Roosevelt students! Looking for a different kind of summer course experience? Want to earn credit by getting outside, breathing fresh air, noticing the world around you, and getting your hands dirty for a good cause?

If so, check out the line-up of Sustainability Studies summer courses, which still have seats open. Ramble all over the city and suburbs exploring Chicago’s many ecosystems in SUST 360 Writing Urban Nature (all outside, all in one week!) or become an vertical urban farmer in SUST 390 Rooftop Garden (blue sky, clean dirt, good food a-growin’). These are not your garden variety college classes (yeah, pun intended).

More course/registration info here on the SUST blog.

SUST 360 WUN Poster Summer 2018

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