Register Now for SUST 361 Urban Ecology this Summer!

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Now that the Spring 2020 semester is finished, it’s a great time to set yourself up for a summer class @RooseveltU. The Sustainability Studies program will offer an innovative and exciting fully-online course, SUST 361 Urban Ecology, taught by Prof. Graham Pickren.

SUST students conduct field experiments on water infiltration rates in Chicago parklands (summer 2018)

A unique experiential learning (EXL) course, SUST 361 introduces students to the research methods and practices of the growing field of Urban Ecology. In the environmental sciences, cities were once considered unsuitable for studies of “nature.” However, urban landscapes are now being recognized not only as important places for wildlife habitat, but also as laboratories where new relationships between people and ecosystems are emerging.

This course provides students with an overview of urban ecology followed by instruction in research methodologies like air quality monitoring, urban heat island monitoring, and stormwater management. While…

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A Message on Earth Day 4/22/2020

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The only planet we have (photo: NASA)

The students and faculty of the Sustainability Studies Program here at Roosevelt wish everyone peace and good health today, 4/22/20, which marks the 50th anniversary of Earth Day. As all of us deal with the stresses, challenges, and sorrows of life during the Covid-19 pandemic, it is good for us to remember the strength and purpose of the many scientists, artists, political leaders, activists, and citizens who have fought (and today are still fighting) on behalf of our natural and human communities for the last 50 years.

Reprinted below is a message sent via email earlier this month to folks in the RU sustainability community from Sophia Gallo, Vice President of the Roosevelt University sustainability club, RU Green (@RUGreenClub on Instagram). While the club is running a host of activities during Earth Week, as noted here on Monday 4/20, the information…

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Celebrate Earth Week 2020 with RU Green Student Org

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From Sophio Gallo, VP of the Roosevelt University sustainability club, RU Green (@RUGreenClub on Instagram):

We hope everyone is holding up well. Earth Week is here and we have an exciting list of activities RU Green will be doing! Above is a photo of the schedule that you are welcome to post on your social media to encourage people to participate in (also see this pdf). Please share widely!

Whether you do one or all of these activities, we’d love to hear from you about your experience! Send us a private message or tag us in your social media posts so we can see how you got involved. Each day we will post on @RUGreenClub on Instagram and email a more detailed version of how to get involved. The schedule will be as follows:

Monday 4/20
DIY Beeswax Wrap Video
Learn something new about the climate movement!
Call elected…

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Meet Our SUST Student Associates for Spring 2020

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This spring 2020 semester, we’re lucky to have three SUST Student Associates working on behalf advancing sustainability on (and off) campus here at Roosevelt University. While the Covid-19 pandemic and hiatus of on-campus classes and activities has put many of our projects on hold, these student workers are tackling a variety of research, writing, and social media projects remotely/online. We’re grateful for their work, dedication, and enthusiasm for promoting and advancing sustainability here at Roosevelt.

My name is Abby Ramirez, and I’m a senior at Roosevelt double-majoring in Sustainability Studies and Political Science. Advocating for sustainable initiatives and working to achieve those goals is my true passion. As a Sustainability Associate, I have the privilege to do this with my fellow Lakers. Currently, I am focused on improving Roosevelt’s waste habits, specifically related to composting. When on-campus life resumes, I plan to analyze RU’s compost diversion rates by…

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RU Environmental Sustainability Committee Meets Today 3/3 @11am

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The Environmental Sustainability Committee will be holding our first meeting of the spring semester today, March 3rd from 11am-12pm in Wabash 427 at Roosevelt’s Chicago Campus. These meetings are open to all interested faculty, students, staff, administrators, and alumni.

We’ll be discussing sustainability-related activities and goals for the semester. Our tentative agenda includes ​​upcoming sustainability-related summer internships, the One Earth Film Festival, get-out-the-vote efforts for the March 17th primary, and plans for Earth Month (April). New ideas for projects/events are always welcome!

For those who can’t make it in person, Zoom video (or audio) conferencing is available at the link below. Questions? Email the ESC Chair, Prof. Graham Pickren (gpickren@roosevelt.edu).

https://roosevelt.zoom.us/j/258206626

Meeting ID: 258 206 626

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Wave Film Fest @ Columbia College on Sat 2/29

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RU students, staff, faculty, and alumni — check out this cool (and free!) one-day film festival on all things oceanic! Scheduled for Sat 2/29 @Columbia College, just down the street from RU, the event will feature one of our own SUST profs: Michele Hoffman Trotter, who’ll be screening her marine biodiversity documentary Microcosm.

Share this flier widely: pdf

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“An Inconvenient Truth” Film Screening @RU on Mon 2/24

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RU Green Meeting Wed 2/12 @5pm

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A message from Sophia Gallo (she/her), RU Green Vice President:

Our first meeting will be this upcoming Wednesday, the 12th, at 5 pm on the 3rd-floor lounge of the Wabash building. At our first meeting of the semester, we like to do a craft while we chat about our goals for the semester and get to know each other. This meeting, we will be upcycling plastic bottles into mini planters for everyone to take home! If you have any plastic bottles you’ve used please bring one to this meeting. We will have some of our own bottles to provide but it always feels good to see your own waste turned into something new! We have attached a poster for our meeting (pdf), so feel free to post it on your social media or send it to your friends. The more the merrier! We can’t wait to see you…

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Voter Registration Drive @RooseveltU on Wed 2/12

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Summer 2020 NSF Fellowships: Research Experience for Undergraduates (REU)

Great summer research opportunities in the sciences through the REU program of the National Science Foundation. Students, check these out!

Sustainability Studies @ Roosevelt University

SUST majors @RooseveltU, particularly those who have had some biology and/or environmental science classes, are in a good position to apply for a Research Experience for Undergraduate (REU) summer fellowships, offered through generous funding by the National Science Foundation. These fellowships are excellent opportunities to work directly with scientific researchers on lab- and field-based topics, gain hands-on research experience, and network with fellow undergrads from other schools. Plus they’re well compensated with a fellowship stipend of several thousand dollars. (Yes — you read that correctly.)

Chicago Botanic Garden REU Symposium 2015 (Source: CBG) Chicago Botanic Garden REU Symposium 2015 (Source: CBG)

Here in the Chicago region there are several notable REU programs that offer multiple paid fellowships, including those at the Chicago Botanic Garden’s Plant Biology and Conservation Program (1/31 application deadline); IIT’s Food Safety, Food Engineering, and Nutrition Program (3/16 deadline); and the Morton Arboretum’s Center for Tree Science (2/15 deadline).

Further afield, there are…

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