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  • Lessons from the Pandemic to Tackle the Climate Crisis

    April 19, 4 PM  Atmospheric Sciences and iSEE present Alice Hill, David M. Rubenstein Senior Fellow for Energy and the Environment Council on Foreign Relations in Washington, D.C.  Zoom: Meeting ID 868 5178 8744 - Password: Keeling. • Zoom 

  • Earth Day Extravaganza!

    The Illini Union Board, with sponsorship by SSC, is hosting this event at 7 p.m. Thursday in the North Lounge of the Union. Help design the Union's new recycling containers! For more details, visit >>>

  • TED Talk: Eco-Edition — “Earth Month and Environmental Activism.”

    Join us 7-8 p.m. Thursday, April 29, for a "TED Talk: Eco-Edition" focusing on environmental activism. Together, participants will view a prerecorded TED Talk, presented in July 2020 by Xiye Bastida: "If you adults won't save the world, we will." Afterward, all are invited to participate in a discussion and roundtable hosted by iSEE Intern Maria Maring. Register on Zoom >>>

  • SECS Earth Week 2021

    Join the Students for Environmental Concerns all week long from April 17th - 23rd for events that help us come together for our planet! View their Facebook page for more information on these events. 

  • UIUC Solar Sites Open House

    April 22, 9–10:30 AM  Ever wonder how far UIUC has come in solar energy use? Visit the UIUC Solar Sites hosted on Topia, an interactive online platform, to learn about campus areas producing solar energy! Contacts will be available to answer questions about the solar installation at each site. During the virtual open house, contact people will be available at each solar site.

  • Summer 2021 Career Center Internship

    The Career Center is hiring two undergraduate interns for the summer.  These students will be responsible for a combination of outreach duties, providing a review of student resumes/cover letters, leading career readiness presentations and workshops, and some other project-based work for our office.  If you know students who are searching for a summer internship, encourage them to apply!  We welcome undergraduate applicants from all programs and disciplines.  Applications should be sent to me via e-mail by end of the day on Monday, May 3rd.

  • Climate Advocacy Training

    10 a.m.-Noon | Saturday, April 17 Join a free Climate Advocacy Training & Group Start led by Citizens Climate Lobby (CCL), a nonpartisan volunteer group focused on national policies to address climate change. CCL trainers will teach techniques to use in lobbying Congress and building public political will for climate action! CCL focuses on shared values rather than partisan divides to achieve sustainable climate solutions!| Register

  • Save the Date: Arbor Day Celebration!

    Tune in on Zoom for the Champaign County Sustainability Network (CCNet) Arbor Day Celebration!Noon-1 p.m. | Friday, April 30 | Zoom link

  • 'Manufacturing for a Sustainable Future.’ Lecture

    Join John Sutherland, a leading authority on the application of sustainability principles to industrial issues, as he discusses three decades of research to reduce the environmental footprint of manufacturing and explore its social impacts. Sutherland is Professor and the Fehsenfeld Family Head of the Department of Environmental and Ecological Engineering at Purdue University. The lecture will take place via Zoom webinar link Passcode 909454 on April 13 at 10 a.m.  

  • SD Faculty Member Conor O’Shea- Wild Zones: Designing for Urban Wildlife

    April 15, 8:30 AM–6:30 PM  "Wild Zones: Designing for Urban Wildlife at the Intersection of Landscape Architecture, Biology, and Public Policy" convenes designers, scientists, and planners to discuss new ways to increase biodiversity in urban environments. Join this day-long symposium which convenes experts from landscape architecture, science, and policy!

  • Careers in Sustainability Panel

    View the link for the panel recording from early April 2021 which includes a list of weblink resources shared during the panel. 

  • Save the Date! TED Talk: Eco-Edition

    7-8 p.m. | Thursday, April 29 | Register  Join us for a "TED Talk: Eco-Edition" to celebrate Earth Month, focusing on environmental activism. Together, participants will view a prerecorded TED Talk, presented in July 2020 by Xiye Bastida: "If you adults won't save the world, we will." Afterward, all are invited to participate in a guided discussion and roundtable.

  • CABBI Offers New Summer Internship!

    A new research opportunity for undergraduates interested in a STEM career will launch this summer at the Center for Bioenergy and Bioproducts Innovation (CABBI). The Research Internship in Sustainable Bioenergy (RISE) is a 10-week summer program designed to provide research and career development opportunities to undergraduates from groups underrepresented in STEM fields. Students will be paired with a mentor, attend seminars, and present their work. $4,800 stipend; application deadline is April 23

  • Eco Careers Conference

    Sign up now for the NWF EcoCareers Conference on April 7-8. Follow the link and go to "Get Ticket" > "Ticket Types" > "Campus Sponsor Student, then select University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign from the drop down list. Be sure to use your school email address on the registration page. 

  • Spring 2021 UIUC Bird Strike

    Sun, April 4, to Sat May 8. The Champaign County Audubon Society needs your help in finding birds to see which buildings on campus are prone to the most bird collisions. We will need volunteers to walk routes on campus, looking for bird collisions and submitting data. No prior experience with birds is needed! There are two routes to be covered twice a day, 7-9AM, and 5-7PM shifts. 

    Check routes here AND signups:

    Here is an instruction sheet for the survey:

  • Prairie Research Inst. hiring undergraduate hourly positions

    IL Water Resources Center Undergrad Student Asst; IT Hourly Support; IL Natural History Survey; Student Programmer for Climate & Atmospheric Sciences. Some or all remote work available, depending on the position. Apps due April 30th

  • TED Talk: Eco-Edition series - Plastics

    March 30, 7–8 PM  We will view a prerecorded TED Talk ("A Radical Plan to End Plastic Waste" ) followed by a guided discussion and roundtable. Sign up to learn, discuss, and connect with peers in a casual, social setting.

  • Siebel Center for Design + Microsoft on Accessible & Inclusive Design

    April 1, 12–1 PM. This webinar features a presentation from Microsoft Design's Alana Robinson and Ben Truelove, with a Q&A moderated by members of the SCD team.

  • Go for a walk or bike ride!

    Go for a walk or bike ride at any of these places around campus: 

    Red Oak Rain GardenArboretum & 4k/5k/6k/8k at the ArboretumJapan HouseHessel Park ; Boulware TrailKickapoo Rail Trail

  • Earth Month activities

    Community trash pickup at Boneyard Creek 3-5 p.m. April 7; “Sustainability Rocks” on the Main Quad 11 a.m.-5 p.m. April 8; Arbor Day Celebration and tree-planting ceremony April 30 AND MORE!

  • Panel Discussion on Sustainable Design within Architectural Education

    April 29 11:30am – 1:30pm Sustainable Design • Technology • Urban Metabolism. The School of Architecture is partnering with two schools of architecture in Argentina and Spain to offer this bilingual event.

  • School of Art + Design 2021 MFA Exhibition Opening

    See works created by graduating Master of Fine Arts students. Sat, April 3 – Sat, April 24, 2021. Krannert Art Museum Walk ins are accepted 10am-4pm Tues-Sat or Thurs until 7pm or reserve your time online.

  • F&S Internship Opportunities

    (CHECK OUT THE ENVIRONMENTAL COMPLIANCE INTERN) F&S is dedicated to establishing a diverse and inclusive workplace that unleashes the talents of all employees to create value, deliver superior support, and develop innovative solutions for the campus community. That commitment is exemplified by student opportunities in the Diversity Internship Program. Roles in engineering, construction, communications, sustainability, etc., are available

  • Looking for local internships in your hometown?

    Here are recommended places to check for local jobs and internships for summer:

    City/Village Offices & Department employment pages; City Park District; County Forest Preserve District; Local design firms; County Green groups/projects; Local corporations with sustainability in the news; Non-profit organizations. Keep in mind YOU might bring some knowledge in sustainability to a role or you might bring more of the design element to a role. Think about the skills you can gain in different types of roles!

    Searching for these will take researching on the specific websites, not relying on google or handshake.

  • SD Field Trip to Scott Park videos

    View the videos from the March 23, 2021 field trip!

    part one video, part two video, part three video, part four video

  • Study Abroad for SD majors (spring 2022; spring 2023)

    Watch a video presentation at:

    List of opportunities at:

  • Internship apps due in March/April in Handshake

    Product Design Intern at Impossible Foods due March 29; Assoc. Environmental Podcast Producer at The Creative Process due June 15; Climate Communications Fellow at The Wild Center due March 26; Environmental Advocate at Clean Water Action due May 31; Design intern at APEX Design Build; Interior Design Intern at AECOM due April 25; Sustainability Consulting Intern at Arup due March 31; Sustainability Software Development Intern for Blue Ocean due April 9; Environmental Policy Intern at Corn Refiners Assoc due April 16; Sustainability Summer Internship at McDonalds due April 4; UX UI Design Internship at UIUC Research Park due March 31.

  • Scholarship Opportunities

    Helping Other’s Personal Excellence (HOPE) Scholarship due April 9

    Fred S. Bailey Unpaid Internship Scholarship due April 30 (SD major has been awarded this in the past)

    Jon A. Kusler Student Scholarship Award due March 15 (congrats to a SD major who was awarded this)

  • career fair

    Illini Career & Internship Fair

    Illini Career & Internship Fair is on Thursday, April 1st from 10:00 am – 4:00 pm virtually in Handshake!


    Register here for the Illini Career & Internship Fair, where you will have the chance to sign up for one-on-one and group sessions. This is your chance to speak directly with employers about job and internship opportunities! Registration in advance is required.

  • internship

    Odyssey Project Internships for FA 21/SP 22

    Apply by April 18th. Interns are paid $15.75/hour and are responsible for delivering onsite content and skill support for Odyssey students during class time. Apply here.

  • internships

    What internships or jobs can you get with a B.S. in Sustainable Design?

    View a March 2021 recorded session with Prof. Schneider, Asst. Dean Turner, Assoc. Dir. Rundell discussing opportunities for Sustainable Design majors.

  • now hiring

    Illinois-Indiana Sea Grant hiring interns for summer 2021

    Five positions available for the 2021 Summer Internship Program. Successful applicants will work closely with IISG staff on issues affecting the Great Lakes. These paid internships can include research, communications and outreach components. Internships are available in the following areas: Climate Communication; Great Lakes Education; Sustainable Communities; Water Quality; Youth Education

  • iSEE

    Apply for Sustainability Internships!

    Are you an Illinois student interested in promoting sustainability? iSEE has several internships opening up for 2021-22, including one to help develop the next generation of a sustainability training video for the campus (graduate student preferred); multiple positions to support iSEE programs and the campus sustainability mission; and on the Communications team (sophomore or junior preferred).


  • career center

    Sustainability Career Panel!

    Interested in a career in sustainability? Noon-1 p.m. | Friday, April 9 | Register Join us to hear a panel of industry professionals discuss how the field is changing and how to pursue sustainable careers. Panelists will include representatives from Eco Logic, Prairie Rivers Network, the Urbana Park District, and the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources.

  • vermiculture

    New RSO focused on climate change & vermicomposting: vermiCUlture

    Visit the website for an application form and more information; applications are due March 22! Questions? Email

  • Sustainability

    Apply for SSC funding, available for student-led projects

    Student-led projects with a budget of less than $10,000 are eligible for expedited review. All SSC projects must make a substantial impact on students. This may be a direct impact or an impact through education and engagement. All SSC funding is 100% from student green fees, so the projects funded by the students must benefit them. SSC encourages innovation and new technologies – creative projects are encouraged to apply.


  • euronews

    6 Most In-Demand Jobs for a Greener Future

    Article: “6 Most In-Demand Jobs for a Greener Future”

    Learn more about Urban Growers, Green Builders, Biogas (renewable fuel), hydropower, clean transport, and circular economy jobs in this article by

  • iSEE

    Part-Time Job: iSEE hiring a student to develop video content on Sustainability

    The 10-hour-a-week position will run through the Spring 2021 semester and likely into the summer. Duties include researching content, recommending an appropriate video format, and working on a script for the iSEE videographer. The student will report to iSEE staff and work closely with an ad-hoc working group on the project.

  • Handshake

    UIUC Social Impact Info Session w/ City Year, Teach for America, and Peace Corps

    Wednesday, March 10th 4-5pm (virtual event)

    Sign up through Handshake:


  • Flyer

    Climate Justice Lecture Series

    “Climate Vulnerability in Puerto Rico.” 12:30-2 p.m. | Tuesday, March 9 | Register. A four-part lecture series on climate justice continues with this talk by Maritza Barreto of the Graduate School of Urban Planning at the University of Puerto Rico Piedras. The lectures are sponsored by the U of I Department of Urban and Regional Planning. Next up: "Climate Crisis in California" (March 23) and "Climate Gentrification in Florida" (March 31);

  • Global Intern

    Summer 21 Global Virtual Internship

    An eight-week, project-based internship experience placing students on small global teams with host companies in Africa, Asia, Europe or South America to address a business problem related to sustainability around the world. Students pay $1,190 to participate. May 24 – July 16. Coordinated by the Global Learning Collective.

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    Internships due in March

    Arboriculture Research Internship at Bartlett Tree Experts due March 31; Product Design Intern at Paravane Ventures, remote work allowed due March 28; Energy - Global Business Development Internship at Tesla due March 1; Sustainability Consulting Intern at Arup due March 31; Research & Development Summer Intern at Kerry due by March 3; EHS Intern (Environment, Health, and Safety) at NXP Semiconductors due by March 5; Summer Camp Wilderness Trip Leader at Birch Trail Camp for Girls due March 15; Environmental, Health, and Safety Spring/Summer Internship at DuPont in Wilmington, DE due March 26; User Experience Designer - Internship at Minority Access, Inc. due March 30

  • Clare Bass

    Designing for a Circular Food World

    Clare Brass will talk about her journey from commercial designer to becoming a creative sustainability consultant in the food sector, taking on a mission to change the way designers across the world are taught. Sponsored by: School of Art & Design Visitors Committee, Ed Zagorski Visitors Fund, and Big Monster Toys, LLC. Thursday March 4 at 12:30 pm

  • Clare Bass

    Circular Economy & Design interactive workshop

    A workshop w/Clare Brass, Friday March 5 9am-12noon. Email asap to be added. In this interactive session, Clare will explain more about circular economy principles and share osme of the tools she has creted and used to transition to being a 'better' designer. School of Art + Design ID Workshop Series.

  • Party

    Climate Party Program

    No more boring sustainability conferences. No more design conferences that have one sustainability break-out session. We are done choosing sustainability as a track. We are upping the fun factor on designing change. We are Climate Designers. March 1-12, 2021. Prof. Eric Benson’s workshop.

  • AIGA Logo

    Re-think Your Design Work: 10 Ways to Build Sustainability into Your Processes

    from Design to Renourish authors Eric Benson and Yvette Perullo 

  • Spring Cleanup

    Spring Cleanup Friday, March 19th

    Friday, March 19


    Homer Lake Interpretive Center, 2-3:30 p.m.

    Help get the Center spruced up for the season! We will clean out flower beds, spread mulch, and do general cleanup. Bring work gloves and dress for the weather. Current public health guidelines will be followed. All ages. FREE. Register by March 18 at For more info: (217) 896-2455 or


  • Coffee Hours

    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

  • Clean Production

    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

  • Sietu

    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.