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  • Winners with Competition Sponsors

    Three Sustainable Design Students Win the Reimagine Our Future Design Competition!

    Margot O’Malley, Tom George, and Jasper Nord won the third annual Reimagine Our Future Sustainability Competition in December 2023, hosted by UIUC.

  • Sustainable Design Social Event Flyer - Details match text description

    October Events 10/26 Today and 10/27 Tomorrow!

    The end of October features several events for Sustainable Design students! Sustainable Design Student Social onThursday, Oct. 26, 5:30 - 7:30P and Career Services Preparation for Graduate School workshop on Friday, Oct. 27, 2:00 - 3:00P. Click to view details. 

  • 10th Annual Ecofeminism Summit September 25-29, 2023 9/25 Niha Elety Sustainable Fashion, 9/26 Ecofeminism Trivia Sustainable Prizes 9/27 Leah Thomas Intersectional Environmentalist 9/29 Braiding Sweetgrass Book Club Free foldaway tote bag to the first 200 attendees at Leah Thomas keynote Sponsors: Women's Resources Center, Illini Union Courtyard Cafe, University Housing, Student Sustainability Committee, SCPF

    10th Annual Ecofeminism Summit (September 25-29, 2023)

     Learn more:

  • Summer Employment Opportunity Flyer with QR code

    Summer Job Opportunity on Campus!

    Looking for a summer job?
    The Division of General Studies is currently hiring Peer Advisors for Summer 2023!

  • image of the sustainable student committee call for board members and step 1 project proposals

    Opportunities for Sustainability Leadership and Support for Projects!

    The Student Sustainability Committee (SSC) is looking for board members for the 2023-24 academic year. 

    Also, the application for Step 1 projects is open until March 24.

    Click the image to learn more >>>>>

  • Description of Solar Tour with QR code link to the event registration

    C-U Solar Tour: Registration

    Visit Residential, Business, Community and Utility Scale Solar installations around C-U. 

    Friday April 21

    noon - 5:00p

    Meet professionals installing and managing solar systems at multiple scales. Network with profesionals who can answer your questions about how to get started in this field. 

    Sustainable Design will provide transportation.
    Reserve your seat.
    Limited to 30 participants, on a first-enrolled basis. 

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    FAA 398 Sustainable Design Internship

    If you have obtained a part-time or full-time internship (spring, summer, or fall), you can enroll in a this 0-credit hour course so that experience is recognized on your transcript. There are minimal assignments to complete. Registration only with permission (submit your internship job description and offer letter to prior to the 1st day of class).

  • Fulbright UK Summer Institute on Global Sustainability

    The Fulbright UK Summer Institute on Global Sustainability hosted by the University of Exeter is a four-week cultural and academic programme for undergraduate students, focusing on climate change issues in South West England. 


  • Study Abroad in Finland with Sustainable Design - May 2023

    Study Abroad in Finland with Sustainable Design - May 2023

    • May 14 – May 25, 2023
    • FAA 491 Special Problems in Sustainable Design, 1 or 2 credit hours


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    Pumpkin Composting Event

    Please Join SECS for a large community event to recycle old pumpkins for composting

    November 6th, 2022, 11am - 4pm

    Drop off pumpkins at the Red Herring.

    Click for more details >>>>>

  • Climate Designers: Solutions Jam Session

    Help design educators bring 20 Project Drawdown solutions into their classrooms

    Date and time
    Tue, October 18, 2022
    5:00 PM – 6:00 PM PDT
    (3:00pm - 4:00pm CDT)


    Click the article for more details >>

  • LEED Certification Courses Fall 2022

    Lorne Mlotek, Head LEED Trainer at LeadingGreen is offering online webinars for LEED certification. Reduced course fee and reduced LEED certification test fee for students available. 

  • Madelyn Craft, Student Advisor to First Campus Landscape Master Plan for the University of Illinois

    Earlier this week, the Chancellor shared the inaugural Campus Landscape Master Plan. We are elated to note that Bachelor of Science in Sustainable Design student, Madelyn Craft served as student advisor for the plan! 



  • ISEE Plastic Reduction Challenge - Compete to lower your plastic use in October!


    Sign-up to participate in the Plastic Reduction Challenge for the month of October! This is an Institute for Sustainability Energy and Environment (ISEE) Sustainability Challenge. Learn how and when you are choosing plastic and how to make more sustainable choices by conscientiously examining with your own plastic use. 
    Go here for Full Challenge details.
    Sign up today using this form >>>

  • Student Sustainability Organizations and Volunteer Opportunities

    Student Sustainability Programs across campus can provide you with an opportunity to volunteer, a way to find internships and experience and connections that will help you identify your path into a career in sustainable design. Student Organizations, Sustainability Partners and Resources on and around campus, How to work with, seek funds and develop projects with the Student Sustainability Committee.

  • Undergraduate Research Apprenticeship Program (URAP) - Applications due Oct. 6

    The Undergraduate Research Apprenticeship Program (URAP) is a program that offers undergraduate students who have no or minimal experience with research an opportunity to work with graduate students and post-doctoral scholar mentors on their research projects. This program is excellent preparation for students going on to graduate school or who wish to focus on research in their careers. Read more...

  • Rules: - Must submit logo through Submission Form as jpeg/png - Must only include colors from given color palette including white, gray (#f4f4f4), and black - Must incorporate theme of "The Future, Today" - No profanity or inappropriate imagery - Multiple submissions allowed - new form per submission

    Engineering Open House Logo Competition

    Deadline: September 20th, 2022

    "This year, Engineering Open House is excited to announce the 2023 EOH Logo Competition, open to all students at University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign. All students are highly encouraged to submit designs for the chance to win $250 and have their logo as the face of Engineering Open House 2023."

  • QR code for Reimagining our Future Contest Details

    Reimagine Our Future International Sustainability Competition Applications Due Sept. 19

    Applications for the International Reimagine Our Future Sustainability Contest are due by September 19!
    Details and find teammates here:


  • Biodesign Challenge 2022: Applications Open until September 16

    "Biodesign Challenge is an education program and competition that is shaping the first generation of biodesigners. We partner high school and university students with scientists, artists, and designers to envision, create, and critique transformational applications in biotech."

  • SCD Lunchtime Learner's Workshop Graphic

    Siebel Center for Design's Design Thinking Workshops and Boot Camps for Fall 2022

    The Siebel Center for Design is offering a series of workshops and boot camps for students interested in incorporating human-centered design and design thinking into their studies and work.

  • We CU Community-Engaged Scholars Fall Info Session September 1, 4:00p

    We CU will hold a virtual info session on Thursday, Sept. 1 at 4 p.m.

    The We CU Community Engaged Scholars Program empowers students to make a positive impact while building their resume and becoming more connected to the Champaign-Urbana community. We CU is open to all students interested in service work, whether you are already involved in service or seeking an opportunity to get involved.

    Sustainable Design students working with or seeking to work with the local community, consider connecting with the We CU Community Engaged Scholars Program!

  • Graphic Logo with "Sustainable Design" title

    Career Services Upcoming Events and Important Links

    Welcome back to Campus! 
    Be sure to attend the upcoming Career Planning workshops with Julie Rundell from FAA Career Services. 
    And keep this as a clearinghouse of links and resources to prepare for internship and career planning this semester. 

  • Apply for an iSEE Communications Internship!

    App due May 15. iSEE is seeking a Communications Intern to support its mission to bridge the gap between science and the public. Start in August 2022.

  • Circular Fashion Expo

    May 6, 10 am–6 pm • Siebel Center for Design. A new event hosted in the hub of innovation at UIUC’s SCD building, gives students, local businesses, & community groups the opportunity to engage with the circular fashion economy and participate in the thriving UIUC fashion ecosystem.

  • Enter the Joseph Environmental Writing Contest!

    Do you have a passion for the environment — and great prose? Send us your best environmental writing for a chance to be published in Q Magazine and win a cash prize! Submissions will be accepted starting July 1.

  • Why Does Environmental Law Fail to Protect Our Environment?

    May 2, 7 pm. Join us for a presentation led by Heidi M. Hurd, Ross, and Helen Workman Chair in Law and Professor of Philosophy at Univ of IL. She will investigate tough questions about Environmental law and offers her insight into its shortcomings.

  • Green Quad Day

    Main Quad

    Friday, April 22nd (Earth Day)


    Join the Student Sustainability Leadership Council (SSLC) and a bevy of student environmental organizations on the Main Quad

    Organizer: Student Sustainability Leadership Council

    We would highly recommend you all attend so that you can learn about Green organizations and opportunities on campus!

  • Earth Month Trash Pick-Up

    Join iSEE and Facilities & Services to help beautify our campus by picking up trash and putting it in the appropriate bins (this event was originally scheduled for April 8)3-4:30 p.m. | Friday, April 29 | Meet at Alma Mater statue

  • Illini Lights Out

    Student volunteers turn off lights in campus building to reduce energy, emissions, and money over the weekend5 p.m. | Friday, April 29 | Meet at Foreign Languages Building 

  • Register for the 2022 Ecofeminism Summit

    April 18-27. The Summit will explore the intersection of social oppression and environmental justice. The first 100 students to register will receive a FREE copy of The Intersectional Environmentalist & a menstrual cup! Learn more and register at

  • Explore the Woods with Red Bison!

    Saturday, April 23, 9:40am – 12pm. A Bioblitz is an attempt to record a snapshot of a specific area’s plant and wildlife species within a restricted time period. We'll be using iNaturalist to upload photos, videos, and sounds to a worldwide database of observations created and curated by fellow naturalists. This is a great opportunity to get outdoors, develop your identification skills, and contribute to science. All are welcome, and no experience is required!

  • Keeling Lecture: Gavin Schmidt

    Director, NASA Goddard Institute for Space Studies“Success, Progress, and Challenges in Climate Modeling”3:30 p.m. | Thursday, April 21 | Register on Zoom >>>

  • Environmental Law Pioneer Coming Back to Campus!

    April 20, 4:30 pm • Spurlock Museum Knight Auditorium. Join a MillerComm Lecture by Richard Lazarus, Urbana native, U of I graduate, and Harvard Professor of Environmental Law. In “The Rule of Five: Making Climate History at the Supreme Court,” Lazarus will discuss the inside story of the Court's most important environmental case.

  • Illinois Design Challenge

    Interested in creating innovative designs and products to push the boundaries of technology? This year's Illinois Design Challenge starts Thursday, April 14, runs through Sunday, April 17, and is open to all.

  • Announcing the iSEE Sustainability Grammys!

    We are launching this event to reward RSOs & other student groups for their active participation in sustainability initiatives! Groups are asked to submit an act of sustainability completed between May 2021 and now for a chance to be recognized at the iSEE Grammys on April 21. iSEE will honor several organizations & provide monetary awards for "Best Outreach Event" or "Best New RSO." RSVP by April 1!

  • Re-Fashioned Fashion Show

    Sat May 7th at 6pm at SCD. Re-Fashioned is a fashion show featuring the work of University of Illinois School of Art & Design students in the fashion classes. All of the looks are made with reused and recycled materials.

  • Tetra Tech Summer Internship

    Sustainability Intern, Tetra Tech

  • Cosentini Summer Internship

    Sustainability Intern , Cosentini Associates


    April 7, 2022  |  Noon – 5 p.m.

    Find a full-time or a Summer Internship! This fair is open to all majors and hosted in Handshake. This is the chance to meet with employers one-on-one through video, audio, or chat. Discover new career and internship opportunities, and get personalized recommendations based on your Handshake profile. Sign up now for 1:1 appointments with employers to get times that work best with your schedule. Register in advance at

  • Lecture- Breaking the Plastic Wave: Solving the Plastic Pollution Problem

    March 10, 12–1 pm. Plastic is ubiquitous on store shelves and in homes. It’s used widely because it’s versatile, cheap, and convenient, but it comes with a price. This talk from the Project Director, Conservation Science Program will give an overview of plastic pollution rates and highlight a solution that is better for the environment, the economy, and communities.

  • Red Oak Rain Garden Team announces Mulch Madness plant competition

    Mulch Madness is a fun way to learn about native plants found at the Red Oak Rain Garden. To enter, send completed brackets to by 11am Tue, Mar 15. Games begin that same day at noon on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter. Bracket receives a $20 gift certificate for a local business of their choice.

  • Smart Energy Design Assistance Center Jobs

    SEDAC asked for these opportunities to specifically be shared with SD seniors

    Due 3/11: Academic Hourly—Program Specialist

    Due 3/18: Visiting Energy Research Engineer or Visiting Senior Energy Research Engineer

  • Campus Landscape Master Plan Student Input Session.

    6-8 p.m. | Tuesday, Feb. 22 | Register. U of I Facilities and Services is developing a Campus Landscape Master Plan and wants student input! It's hosting a virtual stakeholder input session to allow students to provide their thoughts on the campus landscape vision for the future. After registering you will receive a confirmation email that includes the Zoom meeting hyperlink.

  • Showcase your Art in SCD

    Get a chance to showcase your art in the main gallery of the Siebel Center for Design! We are recruiting student artists to create a mural showcasing sustainability initiatives and green technology research being pursued on the University of Illinois campus. Project Duration: Spring 2022-Fall 2022

  • TED Talk: Eco-Edition series - Fast Fashion

    2/22 from 7-8 PM on Zoom! Mona Fang (Co-Founder of Karma Trade/Aerospace Engineering student) and Josh Jay James (Chief Marketing Officer/Marketing student) will host the discussion on sustainability in the fashion industry. We will view a prerecorded TED Talk followed by a group discussion.

  • Seminar on the Water Industry: Microplastics Create Mega Questions

    February 24, 12–1 pM. Cayla Cook is an expert on microplastic contamination in water and wastewater. Join this lecture on the significant challenges for truly understanding the occurrence and fate of microplastics in water and wastewater treatment, storage, and distribution.

  • New Climate Designer Job Board

    “Imagine every designer in every company everywhere putting climate at the core of their creative work.” Climate Designers provides the knowledge, skills and professional network for designers to take climate action.

  • NCSA Internship app due March 21

    The Students Pushing INnovation (SPIN) internship program was launched to provide hands-on research and contribute to interdisciplinary projects covering focused research areas in Culture and Society, Earth and Environment, Bioinformatics, & more. To apply, please visit our website,, click  “Mentors” tab, then click “Apply”. 

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  • Architectural Studies Minor Application now open

    Students who are interested in minoring in Architecture can now apply to the School of Architecture.