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  • Student Sustainability Committee coffee hours: Energy on 3/1 & 4 more this spring

    Are you interested in learning about sustainability and looking for a conversation on energy? This event will be an excellent chance for students, staff, faculty, and community members to discuss their own views on campus, the community, and the world when it comes to energy.  March 1st at 7:00 pm Zoom

  • Tools for Safer Chemicals—from Chemicals to Products to Organizations

    Demand for inherently safer chemicals in products and manufacturing operations is on the rise. Consumers, institutional purchasers, and retailers want products made with safer chemicals. Brands are requiring suppliers to avoid hazardous chemicals and use safer alternatives. Investors prefer companies that commit to reducing their chemical footprint. And governments are restricting the use of hazardous chemicals in products. This session will explore tools for: Identifying chemicals of concern and safer chemicals; Identifying products made with safer chemicals; Creating organizational capacity to move ahead of regulatory compliance in chemicals management.

    Feb 25, 2021   12:00 - 1:00 pm  Register here

  • 73 Stains: Sweet Potatoes, Sustenance & Sustainability

    Ken Jones looks at food, sustainability and visual art at the intersection of self-care and the Beloved community. Jones will delve into artistic responses to the environment, specifically how African American artists continue to shape and sustain their well-being. We will have the opportunity to learn more about Jones’s multidisciplinary practice and virtually visit his studio. WEDNESDAY, APRIL 14TH, 2021. 5:30pm CDT Register here.


  • TED Talk: Eco-Edition!

    Join us for iSEE's first "TED Talk: Eco-Edition," focusing this month on Environmental Justice! Together, participants will view a TED Talk presented by David Lammy, the first Black Member of Parliament to hold the Justice post in British Parliament, titled "Climate Justice Can't Happen Without Racial Justice." Afterward, all are invited to participate in a guided discussion and roundtable. Sign up to learn, discuss, and connect with peers in a casual, social setting.7 p.m. | Thursday, Feb. 25 | Register

  • Research Park Internship Info Session

    Panel discussion with Research Park employers (Abbott, AbbVie, D.Next, Sycnchrony) on how to land an internship and make the most of the opportunities there. Friday, February 26th. Register at

  • UIUC Solar Farm 2.0

    UIUC Solar Farm 2.0 is energized!

    The newly completed Solar Farm 2.0 at the northwest corner of First Street and Curtis Road is online! The 54-acre solar array began generating power for the campus earlier this month, with the capability to produce 20,000 megawatt-hours (MWh) of solar energy per year.

    Combined with Solar Farm 1.0 on Windsor Road (7,000 MWh/year) and smaller installations, the added capacity pushes the campus beyond the target set in the 2015 Illinois Climate Action Plan (iCAP) to generate 25,000 MWh/year of solar by FY 2025. A wind power-purchase agreement brings the total campus clean energy to 50,000 MWh/year. Solar Farm 2.0 will also feature native plants to support a pollinator habitat!

  • Scholarship for Jnrs/Snrs due Feb 24

    This scholarship is designated for juniors or seniors and must have a B average (3.0 GPA).  Preference will be given to a student who is interested in space studies and/or earth sciences, and whose major field of study includes at least one of these areas.  Preference is also given to students with demonstrated financial need.  In addition, students must demonstrate vision, perseverance and enthusiasm for his/her chosen field.   

  • “Architecture of the Food System” lecture

    Caitlin Taylor is an architect with a background in agriculture and an interdisciplinary focus on environmental, economic, and social justice in the food system. Taylor has led an independent practice focused on water infrastructure. In this capacity, she was recipient of the Holcim Foundation for Sustainable Construction Gold Prize for her work on urban flood control in Las Vegas. Taylor also lives with her family in Connecticut, where they own and operate an organic vegetable and cut flower farm.

    Register here.

  • Univ of Vermont SUM 21 Sustainability Research internship using industrial hemp

    University of Vermont summer research opportunity: During this 3-week program, conduct pathbreaking interdisciplinary research on the cultural, economic and scientific roles of the agricultural transition toward industrial hemp production. This is a great opportunity for students interested in natural and environmental sciences; sustainability; design thinking and visualization; economics and community development. Selected students will receive housing, travel and meal accommodations, as well as a stipend. Students attending all U.S. institutions are eligible. Applications due March 31.

  • Aneesha Dharwadker (SD faculty committee member): “Architecture for Social Progress”

    Aneesha Dharwadker is an educator and design practitioner and the founder of Chicago Design Office and editor of Transect, a journal of design criticism. She joined the School of Architecture as an assistant professor in 2018. From 2016-18, she was a Designer-in-Residence in the Department of Landscape Architecture. She serves on the Sustainable Design faculty committee and contributed to the development of the new courses and major. Register here for the lecture.

  • RFF 2021 Summer Research Internship Program

    Are you interested in policy research aimed at improving environmental, energy, and natural resource decisions? Resources for the Future is accepting applications for interns to work on five projects this summer: control of industrial greenhouse gas emissions; energy transition policy; wildfire, climate adaptation, and rural communities; parks, green space, and environmental justice; and developing U.S. and Canadian electric power transmission network models. The application deadline is March 8.


  • Student Sustainability Committee

    Are you interested in learning more about the Student Sustainability Committee and how to get involved with sustainability? On February 8 at 6:00 pm (CT), the Student Sustainability Committee will organize a virtual Open House. This event will be an excellent opportunity to help students discover more about the committee members, working groups, and be part of a general member. We hope to see you there, and we hope you come along with a friend! 

    Zoom Link for the Open House:

    For further information, visit, or for any general questions, contact"



    The Bailey Undergraduate awards are $3000 awards ($1500/semester) given each year to undergraduate students at the University of Illinois who have demonstrated positive impact and commitment as a result of service, community involvement, leadership, and action. Financial need and academic achievement will also be considered. University of Illinois - Urbana campus undergraduate students in all programs are eligible to apply. 

    For more information or to apply online, visit:

  • Internship apps due in February in Handshake

    Sustainable Farm Internship at Dayempur Farm due Feb 15; Communications Intern (exper writing in sci, eng, research environment a plus) at Underwriters Laboratories due Feb 1; Sustainable/Organic Agriculture Apprenticeship at Athena's Harvest Farm due Feb 27; Landscape Intern at Museum of Danish America due Feb 15; Conservation Intern at Montana Conservation Corps due Feb 15; Environmental Compliance Specialist at Clean Harbors due Feb 19; Learning and Public Engagement Summer Internship at The Art Institute of Chicago due Feb 20; Environmental Education Internship at Mt. Cuba Center due Feb 26; Summer Horticulture Internships at Denver Botanic Gardens due Feb 6. SEARCH ON HANDSHAKE.

  • Tree City USA Conference.

    The Arbor Day Foundation is organizing a Tree City USA Virtual Conference, divided into hour-long presentations on three Wednesdays in February. The conference will foster connections between Tree City USA communities and advance urban and community forestry work around the country, to address climate change, environmental justice, and sustainable urban development. Registration is free for all Tree City/Campus USA communities and campuses (use the code "treecity").11 a.m.-1:15 p.m. | Wednesdays, Feb. 10, Feb. 17, Feb. 24 | Register