Tuesday, December 11, 2012

End of Semester Updates

Effective Fall 2013 the undergraduate deadlines to apply for graduation are --
  • September 1, 2013 for the Fall 2013 semester
  • February 1, 2014 for the Spring 2014 semester
  • June 15, 2014 for the Summer 2014 semester
These dates will be listed in the catalog as well as updated on a yearly basis within the Registration and Records website.


 For young people who want to pursue careers in making the world more sustainable, The Bard Center for Environmental Policy sponsors:

C2C Fellows Training

University of Colorado, Boulder: February 22-24.
University of Michigan, Ann Arbor: March 15-17.

Lewis & Clark College, Portland Oregon: April 12-14.

Apply Now: the cost of the weekend training is $30 including food and lodging. Please pass the word along! Help us support rising young leaders in green business, politics and policy.
C2C Fellows weekend training workshops, sponsored by the Bard Center for Environmental Policy , focus on concrete skills development, including fundraising and communication. Graduates of the weekend workshops are eligible for partial scholarships to CEP’s masters programs in environmental policy, climate science and policy, and green business, as well as $1,000 scholarships for follow-on leadership trainings.



Study Abroad in Madagascar


Energy Experts Blog pf the National Journal

Dr. David Murphy is a regular contributor to this blog.


Best of 2012: The Greening of American College Campuses

112 New Case Studies from National Wildlife Federation’s Campus Ecology Program Show 2012’s Best Green Projects

National Wildlife Federation’s Campus Ecology sustainability case study database, the only resource of its kind, is available online now thanks in part to the support of The Kendeda Fund. The best green projects of 2012 highlight efforts to dramatically reduce pollution, waste, and costs, including recycling, energy efficiency improvements, renewable energy installations and green jobs training programs.
2012 Case Study Highlights:
  • 112 campus case studies, from 98 colleges and universities, representing 28 states.
  • Top two categories for 2012 (most case studies submitted): Education and Outreach & Farming and Gardening.
  • Database has 800 case studies spanning 17 different sustainability categories; energy, transportation, green jobs training, habitat, dining services, and more.
  • Case studies include info on goals, accomplishments, challenges, financing, carbon footprint reductions, and more.
  • The case study database features all types of higher education institutions - large, small, public, private - and includes a clickable map linking to nearly 1/4 of all U.S. campuses.
With the addition of the “Best of 2012” submissions, the database includes 800 case studies from UT Knoxvillecolleges and universities across the U.S. and Canada spanning more than two decades. The work these campuses are doing coincides with NWF’s efforts to educate the American public about the need to reduce carbon pollution, the major cause of climate change. The recent destruction on the East Coast from Hurricane Sandy is just one example of how climate change is influencing weather patterns and putting both humans and wildlife in harm’s way. This national resource documents the transition in U.S. higher education to transform curricula, campus operations and communities in ways that prepare graduates to lead for an economically, socially and environmentally sustainable 21st century.
Check out the Best of 2012 Campus Sustainability Case Studies

Thursday, October 25, 2012

Weekly Round Up

The Committee for the Preservation of Wildlife is hosting an invasive species pull at the Montgomery wood lot on Friday, October 26th starting at 1pm. Here is the link to the facebook event:


Seminar of interest to students studying biodiversity and environmental restoration
November 1st at 3:30pm in Montgomery 443

Dave Ewert, Director of Conservation Science in The Great Lakes at The Nature Conservancy.  Dave works on climate change and conservation issues in the Great Lakes Region, generally and has also done research on the ecology of migrating and overwintering neotrpical migratory landbirds.  His seminar will be titled "The Nature Conservancy:  Great Lakes Regional Science".


The Journal of Student Research is calling for submissions for its next issue scheduled to be published end of this year. This is a multidisciplinary journal affiliated with the Council on Undergraduate Research (CUR). 

Student researchers at NIU who are aspiring to publish can submit the following:
  • Manuscript that is student's original research.
  • Original review or analysis on a topic of student's choice.
  • Other types of submissions.

Please review the Author Guidelines (http://www.jofsr.com/index.php/path/pages/view/authors) which will answer most of your questions about the submission process.
To submit the manuscript student's will first have to Register (http://www.jofsr.com/index.php/path/user/register) with the journal as an Author.
Deadline to submit: 11:59 p.m. (CST) October 31, 2012

Curious about how you can get In The Know for environmental issues?

One way is to sign up for email lists and then read (or skim) the newsletters and emails. Here are some examples of email/newsletter groups to join:
Eco Wiki hosted by Portland State University
E - The Environmental Magazine
Sustainable News by Sustainable Chicago
Illinois Solar Energy Association
Campus Ecology by The National Wildlife Federation

Friday, October 12, 2012

Student Opportunities


  Student Resources - WATERCON2013
What:         Water Industry Career Fair
When:       Tuesday, March 19th, 2013, from 2:00 - 4:00 pm
Where:      WATERCON2013,  Crowne Plaza Hotel, Springfield, IL
Cost:         The career fair is free of charge
WATERCON2013 is where water professionals from all over the state gather to present the latest research and technologies for improving water quality, wastewater treatment, and public health.

New this year,  we will host a career fair at WATERCON 2013 for undergraduate students, graduate students, post-doctoral researchers, and certification program trainees. This event will provide job placement, networking, and mentoring opportunities for students pursuing fields of study related to the water industry, such as chemistry, biology, civil and environmental engineering, environmental science and policy, public health, water system operations, and utility management.
NO CHARGE - There is no charge for students to attend the 2 hour career fair.   If you would like to stay for the entire day, and experience the technical sessions, exhibit hall and social events, you can submit a poster for the poster session and gain free registration with your poster submission.  Also if you would like to simply register for the day, that is an option below.  Poster session begins at 9am and judging will be at 11am, also on Tuesday, March 19, 2013.

If  you are a full time student and involved extensively in water or wastewater topics and are unable to present a poster and need assistance to attend WATERCON,  email laurie@isawwa.org for further assistance and details.

Friday, October 5, 2012

Study Abroad in Madagascar!

Publish Your Research

Call For Submissions
The Journal of Science Policy and Governance will be accepting submissions relating to emerging topics and issues in science policy in early January, 2013. The Journal invites young scholars interested in publishing new ideas and research for policy-makers, planners, and managers in a variety of fields. For more information please email jofspg@gmail.com or go to our website: http://www.sciencepolicyjournal.org.

The Journal of Science Policy and Governance is an interdisciplinary journal that seeks high-quality submissions on emerging or continuing policy debates. Current students (undergraduate or graduate) and recent graduates within three years of earning a degree (bachelors, masters, or doctoral) are eligible to submit. The Journal strives to publish articles in a timely manner to ensure that publications can be considered in the context of current policy debates. The Journal seeks to publish on a wide range of topics in a variety of ways. Below are the types of articles that can be submitted and their guidelines.

Policy Memos
Maximum of four pages or 2000 words
One paragraph executive summary
Must be directed to an individual or organization
Policy Analyses
Maximum of 30 pages

Must include a one page executive summary
Must include policy recommendations
Technology Assessments
Maximum of 35 pages
Must include a one page executive summary
Must examine the policy and governance implications of technology in question
May include policy recommendations
Maximum of 1000 words

Must include policy or governance implications

Wednesday, October 3, 2012

Bioneers & Graduate School Fair

On behalf of the Knox College community, interested NIU students, faculty, and staff  are invited to attend the 2nd Annual Prairie Fire Bioneers Conference, which will be held this month at Knox. The weekend (Oct. 26-28th) will be filled with many excellent and educational activities. Perhaps most exciting is our keynote speaker this year: the acclaimed activist Julia Butterfly Hill. In addition, there will be plenary talks by the likes of Bill McKibben, Sandra Steingraber, Paul Hawken and others (which were delivered at the National  Bioneers Conference) and more than ten interactive break-out sessions focusing on a wide range of environmental topics. For those who wish to camp, there will be the opportunity to do so at one of the nicest prairie restoration sites in the country, tents provided.

Intrigued? All you need to do is sign up, show up, and pay a reasonable registration fee (which covers the cost of the four meals and snacks that will be served throughout the conference, all prepared fresh by our favorite local vendors.)

Take a look at everything and register at: www.knox.edu/bioneers


Friday, September 14, 2012


Attention Students with Opinions
That is probably most of you!

The Institute for the Study of the Environment, Sustainability, and Energy (ESE) is looking for students who are interested in sharing their opinions about environmental topics.

The ESE Institute would like to make your opinions known through the ESE newsletter, the ESE website, and even through the Northern Star.

Our staff will help you to edit your opinion piece for public distribution. Email us at ENVS@NIU.EDU with your interest and opinion of interest.

Opinions that have been shared in the past include:
·  Getting involved
·  Making a difference, one action at a time
·  The benefits of organic farming
·  Becoming and environmental leader today

Opinions that would be great to share:
·  Improved recycling
·  Green energy benefits (and/or costs)
·  Living efficiently
·  Habitat preservation
·  Volunteering
·  Greening your major
·  The possibilities are endless!!!


The College of Lake County, located in Grayslake, IL is seeking qualified candidates for a Sustainability Coordinator Position.  This position will be open from September 12, 2012-October 1, 2012.  See below for additional information.

Job Description:
The Sustainability Coordinator* will organize the delivery of programs and services for the college's Sustainability Center. The Sustainability Coordinator* will work in collaboration with CLC faculty and staff, local government agencies, not-for profits, and other agencies and organizations to support the college's sustainability efforts around the campus, in the curriculum, and throughout the community. The Coordinator will be directly involved in providing services to students, faculty, residents, businesses, and others seeking information, resources, and training in the areas of sustainability.   *This is a grant funded position: continued employment in this position is based on external funding sources.

Quicklink for posting and to apply:  jobs.clcillinois.edu/applicants/Central?quickFind=51364  

Questions regarding this position may be directed to the College of Lake Countys Human Resources Department at (847) 543-2065 (phone), (847) 543-3065 (fax), or by email at jobs@clcillinois.edu.

Cassandra McKinney
Director, Green Economy and Sustainable Water Center
College of Lake County
19351 West Washington Street, Suite B226  | Grayslake, Illinois 60030-1198
direct: (847) 543-2645 | fax: (847) 223-0934 | email: CMcKinney@clcillinois.edu
web: http://www.clcillinois.edu/gogreen/

Tuesday, September 11, 2012

Job Postings

Whetstone Associates, Inc - Gunnison, Colorado (Grand Junction, Colorado Area)

Job Description
Whetstone Associates is seeking a scientist or mathematician with experience and/or
aptitude in environmental database management. The position requires relocation to
Gunnison, Colorado. Job duties will include data compilation, database development
& querying, statistical analysis, 2D mapping in GIS and/or AutoCAD, 3D visualization
of geologic and geochemical data, data contouring, preparing and plotting graphics,
and more. If you have the aptitude and attention-to-detail, this is an opportunity to
become a stable, long-term member of our project team working with environmental
data. Ideal job for a computer geek who loves the high mountains.

Desired Skills & Experience
Our ideal database/GIS guru is detail-oriented and ambitious, with the following
experience and attributes:
- A.S., B.S. or M.S. in earth sciences and/or mathematics
- Working knowledge of relational environmental databases
- Expertise in Microsoft Access and Excel
- Experience in simple programming and querying
- Ability to perform statistical analysis of water quality data
- Extraordinary attention to detail
- Ability to learn EnviroData(r) and EnviroSpase(r) software packages
- Environmental chemistry knowledge is helpful, but not required
- ArcGIS and AutoMAP3D experience is helpful, but not required
- Modflow and Modflow-Surfact experience is a plus, but not required
- ProUCL, Rockworks, LogPlot, Surfer, AQQA experience helpful, but not required

Company Description
Whetstone Associates provides consulting services in groundwater hydrology,
geochemistry, and hydrologic engineering to clients located throughout the western
United States. Our staff includes professional engineers and scientists with a wide
range of domestic and international mining experience. We specialize in
multi-disciplinary projects for permitting, construction, environmental compliance, and
mine closure.
Whetstone Associates offers interesting work in a small company environment with
excellent opportunities for client contact and professional growth. Compensation
package includes salary, incentive pay, health insurance, paid vacation, and
retirement plan. We offer a unique opportunity to live in a vibrant small community
while pursuing a challenging technical career.

Additional Information
Posted: September 3, 2012
Type: Full-time
Experience: Associate
Functions: Consulting, Analyst, Science
Industries: Environmental Services, Mining & Metals, Civil Engineering


Champaign-Urbana Public Health District

Environmental Health Specialist I or
Environmental Health Specialist-in-Training
The Champaign-Urbana Public Health District (CUPHD) is seeking a full-time (35-hour week) Environmental Health Specialist I or Environmental Health Specialist-in-Training. The selected candidate will perform duties including environmental health evaluations and environmental health inspections of food services, on-site waste water systems and private water supplies.

An Environmental Health Specialist I must possess a Bachelor’s Degree in environmental health or a closely related field with a minimum of 30 semester hours or 45 quarter hours in a physical or biological science and licensed as an Environmental Health Practitioner in Illinois.
An Environmental Health Specialist-in-Training must have a Bachelor’s Degree in environmental health or a closely related field with a minimum of 30 semester hours or 45 quarter hours in a physical or biological science and must acquire an Illinois Environmental Health Practitioner’s license within three (3) years of employment.

This position requires a valid driver’s license, dependable transportation and proof of auto insurance. See full job description for duties and requirements in their entirety at www.c-uphd.org.

CUPHD provides a comprehensive benefits package which includes health, dental, and vision insurance with enrollment beginning on the employee’s first day of employment; short-term and long-term disability benefits; vacation/sick/personal leave; fifteen (15) paid holidays per year; and a comprehensive pension plan offered through Illinois Municipal Retirement Fund (IMRF). The starting annual salary for an Environmental Health Specialist I is $36,634 for a 35-hour week; the annual salary for an Environmental Health Specialist-in-Training is $32,866 for a 35-hour week.

To apply, please submit a cover letter and resume to:
Amy Roberts, HR Generalist
Champaign-Urbana Public Health District
201 W. Kenyon Road
Champaign, Illinois 61820

Resumes can also be faxed to (217) 531-4343, Attn: Human Resources or e-mailed to:  aroberts@c-uphd.org.

When applying for this position, reference Recruitment No. 1209-18. Please note:  We can not guarantee your application will be considered if it does not include this recruitment number.

This position is open until filled. CUPHD is an equal opportunity employer.

Posted September 7, 2012     

Tuesday, September 4, 2012

ENVS Communication

The ESE Institute (home of Environmental Studies) has several means of communication.

Upcoming Volunteer Activities
  • Friday, September 7th @ 11am: Plant spider plants for Campus Sustainability Day
  • Saturday, September 8th from 3-8pm: Football tailgate recycling
Email Melissa at mburlingame@niu.edu for more details on any of the above events.


Upcoming Student Group Meetings
  • Green Paws Environmental Alliance: Wednesday at 5pm in DuSable 256
  • Committee for the Preservation of Wildlife: Wednesday at 7pm in Montgomery 442

Research Presentation Opportunities
Central States Universities, Inc.: http://www.csui.info/
Call for Papers
2012 CSUI Annual Research Conference

Held jointly with Argonne National Laboratory

22nd Annual Undergraduate Symposium on Research in Science, Engineering and Mathematics
Friday, October 26th, 2012

Registration and Abstract submission deadline
Friday, October 5th, 2012

For undergraduate students, graduate students, and faculty of CSUI member institutions CSUI will cover the conference fee and one night’s housing cost at Argonne Guest House double occupancy rates.

Friday, August 24, 2012

Student Opportunities 8.24.2012

Climate Scientist and Energy Analyst Positions Available at the Union of Concerned Scientists

The Union of Concerned Scientists is currently seeking applicants for two expert positions in our Climate & Energy Program: a California Climate Scientist for our West Coast Office, and an Energy Analyst at our national headquarters in Cambridge, Massachusetts. If you are interested or know a friend or colleague who might be interested, please take a moment to read and share the job descriptions. Help us grow our team of scientists and experts working for a better world!

View the Job Listings

California Climate Scientist: The person who fills this position will have exciting opportunities to design and carry out research on the current and projected impacts of climate change, help raise awareness in the region of the consequences of climate change, and provide critical information that can help shape policies for adapting for changes to come and advancing California's cutting-edge mitigation efforts to reduce heat-trapping emissions.

Energy Analyst (Temporary): The person who fills this nine-month position will have the opportunity to use their research and analysis expertise to affect federal, regional, and state clean energy policy. This position will focus on accelerating the transition toward a clean energy future through promoting better understanding of renewable and conventional energy technologies, and advancing relevant energy policy, regulatory, and market mechanisms.

We hope you will take a minute to apply or pass these opportunities along to others in your relevant networks. Complete position descriptions are available on the UCS website.


Dear Sustainability Partners-Just wanted to send you a reminder about the UChicago Graham School's Certificate program in Leadership in Sustainability Management.  This is a very high quality program especially designed for career-oriented adults seeking to work in the important area of sustainability management, and I hope you will help us spread the word about it.  For more information, please see: https://grahamschool.uchicago.edu/content/leadership-sustainability-management-certificate-program

Bart Schultz
Director of the Civic Knowledge Project
Senior Lecturer in the Humanities (Philosophy)
The University of Chicago Humanities Division
6030 S. Ellis Avenue, Edelstone 133
Chicago, IL 60637
ph 773.834.3929 ext. 1

Special Programs Coordinator
The University of Chicago Graham School of Continuing Liberal and Professional Studies
1427 E. 60th Street
Chicago, IL 60637
ph. 773.702.8821

The Forest Preserve District of Cook County is currently accepting applications for the Outreach Naturalist Internship opportunity in the Education Section of the Department of Resource Management. Please share and post the attached internship description.


Here is an opportunity for an MS research fellowship at Virginia Tech.  Please contact Michael Sorice (msorice@vt.edu) with questions.

Graduate (M.S.) Research Assistantship
We are currently seeking a M.S. student to work in southern Patagonia (Argentina and Chile) on a coupled nature-human systems project that studies invasive species, riparian forest restoration, landowner motivations/perceptions and conservation incentive instruments. Specifically, the student will focus on the human dimensions-interviewing and surveying private landowners on Tierra del Fuego to understand perceptions about invasive North American beavers, riparian forest degradation and restoration, as well as their understanding of ecosystem services. This student will study under the supervision of Dr. Michael Sorice and should have appropriate undergraduate training in social issues related to conservation, human dimensions, or sustainability science. Preference will be given to applicants with English and Spanish proficiency. International research experience is a plus but not required.  The student will enroll at Virginia Tech's Department of Forest Resources & Environmental Conservation, but will conduct two research trips (up to 6 months) in southern Patagonia, including remote areas. Funding is for two years, and the student will be offered a full graduate research assistantship and tuition waiver. Start date is expected for January 2013 (pending funding approval).

Wednesday, August 15, 2012

Weekly Round Up 8.15.2012

Recruitment is still active for Huskie Service Scholars!

**Updates coming to the NIU Student Email system** 

A couple new happenings on the web:

Grassroot Jobsource - source of environmental job listings

Ozoshare - social networking for environmental organizations (MSNBC article)

Idealist - listing of graduate school fairs this fall

Did you know that there is a 100% renewable energy option for electricity in DeKalb?
First Energy Solutions
Upcoming conference

2012 Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore Science Conference
“Linking Research to Management at Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore in a Rapidly Changing Environment”

Wednesday, November 28, 2012
Indiana University Northwest, Gary, IN

The conference will highlight previous, on-going, and future research on aquatic ecosystems, biodiversity, invasive species, and restoration ecology associated with the Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore and adjacent lands. A key objective of the conference is to communicate and discuss how the research can help inform decision-making on best management practices for the region.

The format will include 10-minute oral presentations and a poster session on implications and applications of research to resource management.  A dedicated discussion will follow each session to allow  exchange of ideas. The conference will provide an opportunity for participants to have a conversation about the park's scientific research and its applications to conservation of the region's increasingly threatened biodiversity and
ecosystem functions.

A link to register for the conference, program schedule, and map of the location is found at:
Registration Deadline is OCT 1.

Monday, July 30, 2012

Earth 2100 Conference: What's the Plan!?

Young adults gathering to develop their vision and plan for future of Earth

Here is an big opportunity for students in the Washington DC area -- or who can get here.  We feel this could be a mind changing, life changing, and even Earth changing event.

On Saturday Aug. 11 in Arlington, Virginia, a group of young adults is convening an inter-generational "Earth 2100 Conference: What's the Plan!?"  It will be a working conference at which people meet and work in small groups to develop (1) a vision of the Earth young people would like to inherit,  (2) changes young people would like to see made to bring us closer to their vision, and (3) a plan for a larger, more influential conference in 2013.  Summaries of major proposals for change from UN, World Bank, NGOs, etc. are being collected and summarized in advance of the conference. 

Details: August 11, 2012, 10 AM to 4:30 PM.  Location: Auditorium, Central Library, 1015 N Quincy St., Arlington VA 22201, USA.  Cost: Free, including lunch.  (A donation of $30 would be appreciated, but is not required.)  Space is limited, so please register now at http://earth2100conference.eventbrite.com/

Flyer and news release attached.  Conference will be streamed for remote participation.  Further details at http://www.ourtask.org/programs/earth-2100-conference-2/

Please share the information with family and friends, and use the social media at www.OurTask.org.

Tuesday, July 24, 2012

Weekly Round Up 7.24.2012

"Test-Drive" the University Honors Program...by taking an Honors Seminar (a smaller course with 15-20 students)
ANTH 391 (section 00H1) - Domesticating the Planet. MW 2-3:15.  Taught by Prof. Sibel Kusimba.

The Maya, the Aztec, the Nubians -- early people interacted with their environment in remarkably sophisticated ways.  Using case studies from the ancient world, this honors introductory level course will examine the critical problems of human-environment interactions, such as climate change, resource intensification and depletion, resource conflict, disasters, and demographic impacts on the environment.  Archaeology is unique among the disciplines in offering a long-term perspective on human history that spans hundreds of thousands of years.  What can archaeology tell us about the history of human interaction with our environment?  What challenges and struggles did ancient societies face in adapting to environments and environmental change, and can we learn from this past history?
GEOL 399 (section 00H1) -  Volcanology T/Th 11-12:15.  Taught by Professor Jim Walker.
In this course students will learn where volcanoes occur on earth, about the magmas that feed volcanoes, about both explosive and non-explosive eruptions, the dangers of volcanoes, their possible effects on climate, eruption prediction, and volcanoes on other planets.  Class activities include 2-3 exams, 1-2 students reports, a final exam, and possibly a field trip.

Orion Magazine Green Job & Internship Listings

Here's Orion's mid-month update for green job + internship seekers: from environmental education & organic farming to advocacy and organizing, if you're passionate about making change in the world, there's a job or internship here for you. Linked below are some of the new internships and jobs listed in the last month - many more opportunities are open on an ongoing basis, and you can find them all here: The Grassroots Jobsource.
If you're getting this email for the first time via a friend or career center and you want to sign yourself up directly (it's free) click here to subscribe. There are also custom feeds available via the site, plus there's our Twitter feed you can follow to be alerted instantly when new listings appear, here.  

Urban agriculture is hot! Join Orion's next live web event to discuss Rebecca Solnit's new essay in Orion about it and all of the reasons it's a powerful movement for change. It's free. More information and registration here.

Job and internship advertisers: go here to post a listing, and if you're a former Orion Grassroots Network member, use the coupon code to post for free. Email us if you lack that. 



Wisconsin Wetlands Association's 18th Annual Wetlands Conference
Blue Harbor Resort, Sheboygan, Wisconsin
February 12-14, 2013

Wisconsin Wetlands Association invites you to participate in our 18th Annual Wetlands Conference. The conference will highlight the environmental, socio-cultural, and economic value of wetlands and will promote the latest research on and techniques for wetland restoration and management.

The conference program will include a keynote address, theme-focused sessions, general wetland sessions, one or two symposia or special sessions, a banquet with speaker, working groups, and field trips. Based on recent conference attendance, we anticipate that our 2013 event will draw 200-300 natural resource scientists and professionals from university departments, government agencies, private firms, and non-profit organizations as well as representatives of the media and citizen conservationists. Our audience typically includes participants from all around the state of Wisconsin and from the larger Great Lakes & Upper Midwest regions.

Call for Symposia – issued June 2012: wisconsinwetlands.org/2013CallforSymposia.pdf. SUBMISSION DEADLINE: September 30, 2012
Call for Presentations & Posters – to be issued September 2012. SUBMISSION DEADLINE: November 11, 2012
Student Scholarships – we expect to be able to offer scholarships to students again this year. APPLICATION DEADLINE: January 4, 2013
Registration – to open mid-November 2012. EARLY BIRD DEADLINE: January 11, 2013

Conference details coming soon to www.wisconsinwetlands.org, or call 608-250-9971.
Katie Beilfuss, Outreach Programs Director
Wisconsin Wetlands Association
608-250-9971 x12

Huskie Service Scholars

Apply now for the 2012-2013 academic year!
Huskie Service Scholars is a program that offers tuition waivers to students for community service.  This program pairs upper-classmen with first-generation or low income students entering NIU for the first time.  Upon completion of 300 hours of service, students will receive a tuition waiver of $1,132.  In order to receive the tuition waiver, students must meet the following criteria:
  • Students must earn a minimum of 12 semester hours each semester of attendance (both fall and spring semesters), excluding summer semester.
  • Students must maintain a cumulative grade point average of 2.00 or above in all NIU course work.  Students who fall below a 2.00 will have the tuition waiver immediately revoked.
  • Students must remain in good academic standing and judicial university standing at all times.  A tuition waiver will be immediately revoked if a student is not in good standing, and will not be reinstated to the Huskie Service Scholars program.
  • The tuition waiver is only available for one year and is not renewable.

Who can I contact for more information?

For more information, interested students can contact one of our campus partners:
Institute for the Study of the Environment, Sustainability, and Energy
Melissa Burlingame
Peer Mentor: Kathryn Olson

Tuesday, July 3, 2012

Weekly Round Up 5.14.12

Internship Opportunities

Undergraduate Research Assistantship (URA) proposal entitled Politics of Environmental, Health, and Safety Regulation in the US and Europe has been approved for Summer 2012.  Dr. Brendon Swedlow will  mentor a student assisting with his research for 10 hours per week for 15 weeks.  The student will receive $10 per hour.  For summer URA positions, URA mentors can hire a student for 15 weeks between May 16 and August 15, 2012. For more information about the project and how to apply visit http://www.niu.edu/engagedlearning/research/ura_positions1/Summer%202012%20Swedlow.pdf

 Please note that a job vacancy is currently posted on the Chicago Park District website.  It is listed as "Intern ‑ Beach Water Quality Research".  This summer seasonal position will involve collecting and analyzing samples for a pilot project to test a protective beach barrier that is funded by a Great Lakes Restoration Initiative Grant.  Field work will take place at Chicago beaches, lab work will take place at the USGS Lake Michigan Ecological Research Center in Porter, Indiana.  The position closes on May 23, interested applicants must apply before the position closes.  A link to the posting is below.


“National Green Economy Initiatives – Sharing countries’ experiences”
Wednesday, 16 May 2012
10am–11 am Geneva/Pretoria
5pm - 6pm Seoul
Space is limited.
Reserve your Webinar seat now at:

UNEP’s Green Economy Initiative (GEI) has the pleasure to invite you to join a series of webinars that are expected to feed into the preparatory process of Rio+20 Conference and other related Green Economy forums and discussions.  Through the webinars, it aims to reach a global audience.  Participants will come from a wide group of stakeholders engaged in a green economy - government officials and policy-makers, regional banks, research institutions, the private sector, NGOs and the media.

• Mr Seukwoo Kang, Director, International Cooperation Team, Presidential Committee on Green Growth, Korea
• Ms Dorah Nteo, Chief Policy Advisor: Sustainable Development, Department of Environmental Affairs, South Africa
• Moustapha Kamal Gueye, Acting Head, Advisory Services, UNEP/DTIE/Economics and Trade Branch
Vera Weick, UNEP (Organizer-Moderator)
For further questions, please contact UNEP Green Economy Initiative, gei@unep.org

Weekly Round Up 4.18.12

Weekly Round Up for ENVS Students


Garden Planning Work Group
Meet 6PM, Thursday, April 19th in Health Services Building 323 (Melissa B’s Office)
ü Meet to start planning the steps needed to get plants, when to plant them, and how to organize maintenance, etc.

Sustainable Living Floor Focus Group
Meet 8:30PM, Monday, April 23rd in Wirtz 220
ü A one-time meeting to discuss ideas for a residence hall floor meant for students who care about living sustainably. Should there be GPA requirements, service requirements, majors that are important, etc.

Environmental Film Fest Volunteer
Volunteers will greet guests, be in charge of handing out tickets, and sit at the table for the ESE Institute.
Thursday, April 26th
2 volunteers needed per shift (and approximate times work just fine)
Shift 1: 2:45PM – 4:45PM
Shift 2: 4:30PM – 6:30PM
Shift 3: 6:15PM – 9:15PM
Email Melissa at mburlingame@niu.edu with your available shifts!

Huskie Service Scholars – Peer Mentor Needed
Apply now for the 2012-2013 academic year!
Applications due April 27th.
Huskie Service Scholars is a program that offers tuition waivers to students for community service.  This program pairs upper-classmen with first-generation or low income students entering NIU for the first time.  Upon completion of 300 hours of service, students will receive a tuition waiver of $1,132.
ü  Talk to Melissa Burlingame if you are interested in serving as Peer Mentor for the Environmental Studies team (mburlingame@niu.edu).

Attend Chicago Green Festival (FREE)
The ESE Institute has space for 5 students to travel to the Chicago Green Festival on Saturday, May 5th. We will be leaving NIU at 10am and will be leaving Chicago between 6-8pm. Melissa B. will be driving an NIU van and tickets and meals for the day will be provided. Those interested in attending must submit their interest to Melissa B. in writing along with a plan of which speakers you would plan to attend at the event. You must submit your interest by April 27th and we will meet the week of April 30th to discuss plans. As a wrap up from the event, you will be asked to write a feature article for the ESE Institute website on your experience at the Chicago Green Festival. Here is a link to the main page for Chicago to get you started.

Environmental Summer Camp Volunteers
Plan opportunities for middle and high school students. An opportunity for students to get directly involved in environmental education.
Planning meeting 10AM, Monday, April 30th in Health Services Building 323 (Melissa B’s Office)
Environment and Sustainability, June 24-29, 2012, Campers entering grades 9-12
Exploring Nature: Habitats and the Environment, July 8-13, 2012, Campers entering grades 7-9

CPW's Annual Prairie Plant Sale will be held this
Thursday Apr 19th 10-3:30 in Montgomery Hall
Friday Apr 20th 10-3:30 in MLK Commons

Earth Appreciation Month
ü  Rock The Boat
On July 25th 2008, a dozen brave Angelenos, led by political satirist and unwitting activist George Wolfe, attempted to navigate down the full 51 miles of the Los Angeles River.
Thursday, April 19th, 7:30p, Cole Hall Auditorium
ü  Complete list of activities found on the ESE website at: http://www.niu.edu/ese/events/earthappreciation_2012.shtml

Jack Pizzo
The owner of Pizzo and Associates, Jack Pizzo, will talk about the aspects of environmental restoration and how he got his companies in environmental restoration started.
ü  Monday, April 23rd, 7pm, Wirtz 220

ü  Environmental Studies Club
o   Monday, April 23rd, 7pm, Wirtz 220