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  • Online Geothermal Research Workshop Set for Nov. 5

    "Low-Temperature Geothermal Research and Applications" will bring together scientists, engineers, practitioners, decision-makers, and stakeholders involved in low-temperature geothermal energy studies, developments, and policy-making. A group of experts from the U of I and national and international organizations will present on innovative research undertaken for low-temperature geothermal exchange, direct use heating and cooling, and underground thermal energy storage. 

    The event, which is free and open to the public, will provide a forum for the exchange of ideas on the design, development, and use of these geothermal energy technologies. Attendees will be urged to participate in the discussions. The workshop is scheduled for 8:30-11 a.m. Thursday, Nov. 5, on Zoom (Password: 226197) >>>

  • Udall Scholarship

    The Udall awards $7,000 to sophomores or juniors in any field who are taking action to address environmental concerns and are committed to a career related to the environment. Students must be US citizens, US nationals, or US permanent residents. A successful applicant will have a GPA of 3.0 or higher and demonstrate leadership and a commitment to service. Join a Info session and application workshop on Nov 5 & 6. 

  • Designing a Backyard Garden to Attract Birds

    Champaign County Master Gardeners invite you to Designing a Backyard Garden to Attract Birds, via Zoom at 7:00 PM, Tuesday, October 27. The program will be presented by Dr. Michael P. Ward, an Associate Professor in the Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Sciences and an Avian Ecologist at the Illinois Natural History Survey. Must register to receive zoom link.

  • WEGE PRIZE 2021: Design for a Circular Economy

    Wege Prize is an annual competition that ignites game-changing solutions for the future by inspiring college/university students around the world to collaborate across institutional, disciplinary, and cultural boundaries to redesign the way economies work.  Participants contend for over $30,000 in total cash prizes, all while helping to show the world what the future of problem-solving looks like. TEAM APPLICATION DUE 11/9/2020. 

  • Made in Urbana launches new 3D printing studio

    Made in Urbana is the 3D printing studio local artists and makers have been waiting for. With a goal of "making small scale manufacturing accessible to small businesses within the Urbana community, it offers laser cutting and etching, and product consulting. Made in Urbana brings together the tools, tech skills and combined knowledge base of its network of artists and business. 

  • Transformative Teaching & Learning: Arts, Crafts, & Design in Engineering, Science & Medical Education.

    Scientist, humanist, and artist Bob Root-Bernstein argues that our 19th-century educational model of specialization no longer works given the multiple careers, retraining, and innovation required in a knowledge economy. He will discuss how creative people use the arts to drive innovation in STEM fields. Root-Bernstein studies metabolic control systems, autoimmune diseases, drug development, and the creative process in the sciences and arts. 10 a.m.-Noon | Thursday, Oct. 15 | Zoom link Password 774626

  • Provost Undergraduate Student Advisory Board

    The Provost’s Undergraduate Student Advisory Board was created in 2007 to provide feedback on programs, policies, and initiatives established or supervised by the Vice Provost for Undergraduate Education, including the Student Success Initiative. The application to join for the next application year can be found hereAll applications will be due by Friday, October 9, 2020 at 11:59pm CDT.


  • Siebel Center for Design is currently hiring for two part-time student positions!

    Innovation at UIUC Mural team:

    Augmented Reality Experience Developer (Mural Project)

     The AR experience developer will collaborate with a team of designers and content developers in the design, prototyping, and deployment of an app for a massive data visualization to be displayed in the new Siebel Center for Design on Campus. 


    Playful by Design group:

    Game Engine Programmer (Playful by Design)

    We are currently looking for a bright student with game engine and programming knowledge. This assignment would focus on implementing choice-based scripts, visual and audio assets into either Unity or Unreal. The student employee would work on a team to create a working prototype of a choice-based design-teaching game by the end of the semester. 


  • The Idea Store: Lessons in Creative Reuse

    The Idea Store celebrates its 10th anniversary this fall, proving that creative reuse efforts can garner solid community support. Carol Jo Morgan, co-founder of The Idea Store, will share lessons learned, success stories, nuts and bolts, goals reached, and plans to move forward. October 8, 12–1 PM


    The Career Center is looking for students that possess excellent communication, leadership, and organizational skills. CSPs are recruited and hired in the Spring semester for positions that begin the following Fall semester. The CSP role is a paid position. Click here to learn more. 

  • Buildings Don’t Need to Kill Birds: A conservation issue where anyone can make a difference

    Join this lecture from the Dept of Landscape Architecture on Monday, October 12, 5:30pm-6:30pm Central Time. Dr. Christine Sheppard (Ph.D., Cornell) is director of the Birds Collisions Campaign at the American Bird Conservancy and emeritus Curator of Birds at the Bronx Zoo, where she served from 1978 to 2009. Sheppard has conducted extensive research on modern structures and glass as lethal dangers to birds and ways to mitigate that problem through design. This lecture will take place online on Zoom, RSVP to receive the zoom link here.

  • LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) Green Associate Exam & Training

    To earn the credential of LEED Green Associate, you must take an exam (now online) which is $100 for students or $250 for others. This credential is offered by the U.S. Green Building Council, a legitimate organization committed to green buildings and communities.

    If you are interested in this, you may want to consider the following opportunities for exam preparation:


    A 7-month program designed to help University of Illinois students grow as responsible and engaged global citizens by supporting critical reflection, dialogue, and action across differences of culture and power. Bailey Global Scholars will participate in an online "Education through Global Engagement" program during the Spring 2021 semester culminating in a volunteer immersion (virtual or in person) capstone experience during Summer 2021. Participants will receive a $1000 scholarship for Spring '21. Applications accepted October 5 - November 8.

  • Join the Green Observer Team!

    The Green Observer is looking for team members to work collaboratively to produce the U of I's only entirely student-run environmental magazine. Email Taiya at to get involved!

  • Join the UIUC University YMCA newsletter on YMCA Environmental Issues

    The University Y develops campus and community leaders committed to social justice, environmental protection, interfaith cooperation and global engagement by fostering dialogue, reflection and action.



    Offers academic scholarships to undergraduate students at the Univ of IL who will complete an unpaid internship with a public service agency or not-for profit organization. Awards are $1,000 for a part-time internship or $2,500 for a full-time internship and are given directly to the student. Apply for Spring 2021. Applications accepted October 5 - November 8. 


  • Intro to Design Thinking: Encouraging Insightful Innovation Using Design Thinking and Human-Centered Design

    Join this free webinar on Wed Oct 7th from 12-1pm CDT!


    -Definitions of human-centered design and design thinking and how they apply to real life

    -A simple overview of the design thinking process

    -Examples of how of the design thinking process arrived at simple and elegant solutions

  • Join a Student Sustainability Committee Working Group!

    Most people who get involved with SSC start through membership in a working group. The Student Sustainability Committee has identified five focus areas for sustainability improvements on campus. Working groups will explore possible projects for future funding within each focus area (Education, Energy, Food & Waste, Land & Water, Transportation). Initial meetings are held October 5th-10th.

  • Climate Designer podcast launched by Prof Eric Benson

    Eric Benson, along with Kristian Bjornard and Marc O’Brien, created the podcast Behind the Syllabus as a way to share their journey with one another as they implemented new climate-focused projects and procedures during the spring 2020 semester. Includes examples of spring 2020 student work.

  • Sustainability Training at U of I

    This video provides an overview of sustainability efforts at the University of Illinois, an introduction to the Illinois Climate Action Plan (iCAP) 2020 objectives, and next steps for environmental stewardship here on campus.

  • The Uneasy Relationship Between Science and Politics discussion

    The Uneasy Relationship Between Science and Politics

    Join us for a roundtable discussion focused on the uneasy relationship between science and politics and how that relationship currently plays out across our world. This event is the first in our “Global STEAM in an Age of Crisis” roundtable discussion series. For more information, please visit

    October 1, 4–5 pm • Map

    Josephine Geigner • IGI Global STEAM Working Group and Applied Research Institute

  • Building Stuff: Materials From the Earth That Sustain Our Built Environment

    Building Stuff: Materials From the Earth That Sustain Our Built Environment

    Concrete in sidewalks, brick in buildings, and glass in windows are derived from rocks and sediments, but use of these materials comes at an environmental cost. Join Professor Emeritus Stephen Marshak, former Director of the School of Earth, Society and Environment, as he kicks off his three-part lecture series, "Where Stuff Comes From: Earth's Resources & Sustainability." 

    September 29, 12–1 pm • Zoom | Password 758636

    Julie Wurth Asmussen • Institute for Sustainability, Energy, and Environment

  • Architecture Career Expo

    Illinois School of Architecture


    FEBRUARY 27TH, 2020


    iHotel Conference Center

  • 3DS Social Innovation

    3DS Social Innovation at the University of Illinois October 23-25, 2020

    Join us for a 3 day immersive virtual entrepreneurship education experience focused on social and environmental impact!

    • Gain inspiration to be a changemaker

    • Learn practical entrepreneurial skills

    • Build an innovative social venture

    • Network with students across campus

    • Access valuable resources and professional mentorship

    • Pitch for cash prizes to seed the growth of a social venture

    FREE and open to ALL majors and levels 

    For more information and to apply, visit

    Application deadline: October 16 by 5 pm.

    Sponsored by Origin Ventures Academy for Entrepreneurial Leadership

  • [Lecture] Building Stuff: Materials From the Earth that Sustain our Built Environment, From Ancient Coral to City Sidewalks

    Did you ever wonder where the concrete in a sidewalk, the asphalt in a highway, the brick in a building, or the glass in a window come from? All are derivatives of rocks and sediments, processed in ways that allow the cities of modern society to exist. But use of these materials comes at a cost to the environment, and supplies of some are not sustainable. Prof. Emeritus Stephen Marshak was on the faculty at the University of Illinois for 35 years. He has served as Geology Department Head and as School of Earth, Society & Environment Director. 

  • Peace Corps Information Session

    The Peace Corps is a service opportunity for motivated changemakers to immerse themselves in a community abroad, working side by side with local leaders to tackle the most pressing challenges of our generation.

    Peace Corps Information Sessions

    Wednesday, September 23rd 3pm-4pm


    Meeting ID: 999 6675 9309 Password: 014328

    Thursday, September 24th 11am-12pm


    Meeting ID: 981 0317 4392  Password: 370602

    Email with questions:

  • Achieving the UN Sustainable Development Goals: NGO and Community Engagement in Asia

    Panelists will discuss how their organizations engage with local communities and disadvantaged groups to build a more sustainable future. The session is free to register and designed for international educators regardless of background in the topic area. Due to a participant limit of 100 attendees, we encourage you to register today: Register Here!

    This panel is in conjunction with the Global Learning Collective's Virtual Familiarization Week which includes a series of interactive discussions designed to introduce international educators to sustainability initiatives in each of the Collective’s global regions. Other session topics include Environmental Justice in Africa (EDU Africa), Social Responsibility and Sustainability in Europe (CEPA) and Green Energy Solutions in South America (Campus B).

  • Light the Night 2020 - Volunteer sign up

    Sep 24, 2020   3:30 - 7:30 pm Alma Mater, Hallene Gateway, and Campus Bike Center

    The University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign and MTD are planning to organize Light the Night event. Each fall for the last 12 years, the member agencies of the Light the Night Organizing Group, along with volunteers, have installed 800 to 1,000 bike light sets on bikes in the Urbana-Champaign area.  Registration: Sign up form

  • Getting Involved in Environmental Policy Advocacy (during COVID-19 & beyond!)

    Join Illinois Environmental Council Executive Director, Jennifer Walling to learn more about the latest in environmental policy and politics in the State of Illinois and how you can get involved! From general strategies to specific opportunities to speak up and act, IEC will share ways you can shape policy for a greener world.

    Link to join Webinar

  • CEAPS Brown Bag - Sean Kennedy “Renewable energy and the challenges of land use in Southeast Asia: a comparative analysis of Indonesia and the Philippines”

    Sept 17 3-4:30pm

    Registration: Register to receive link and password to join on Zoom

    The Association of Southeast Asian Nations aims to quadruple its installed renewable energy capacity by 2025. Southeast Asia has abundant renewable energy resources – including solar, wind, and geothermal – yet difficulties in acquiring land pose significant barriers to project development. This study compares and contrasts the processes of land acquisition and potential implications for local land uses and livelihoods associated with two large-scale wind projects in Indonesia and the Philippines. The findings support policy recommendations that respond to energy challenges in a way that attends to the specificity of local political-ecological contexts and broader climate and development goals.

    Dr. Sean Kennedy is Assistant Professor in the Department Urban and Regional Planning

  • Sustainable September events

    The Y Sustainability Committee invites you to join us for our first ever Sustainability Challenge Month. Every day, we will issue a challenge on our social media and resources as well as strategies and ideas for how to successfully complete that challenge in your everyday life. Share your attempts to meet our challenge by posting a photo or video with the hashtag #ysustainabillitychallenge.  Each time you share, you will be entered into a raffle to earn prizes.


    Illinois School of Architecture 2020 BUILDING PERFORMANCE SYMPOSIUM

    MARCH 27TH, 2020 1:00pm Plym Auditorium, Temple Buell Hall

    Organized by the Building Performance Program at the Illinois School of Architecture, this symposium brings together leaders in architecture, engineering, and construction to discuss the questions: What are the issues, challenges, and opportunities that will define the role of technology in architectural design and construction in the future? What does the future of building technology look like to you? How will these developments impact what we design and how we design it?

  • The Post-Work City: Submit your art & design projects

    We invite you to submit art and design projects that imagine what cities could be like in a world where we no longer had to work in order to sustain ourselves. Such a prospect demands a total rethinking of the existing spatial organization of society, since contemporary cities are designed with one particular universal in mind: the pervasiveness of work. Submit by December 20 and a curated selection will be featured in an online exhibition. 

  • Flower (locally grown) Arranging Workshop@Allerton

    Meet us in the Allerton Mansion for a blooming night! We will learn about a variety of autumn flowers and basic floral designs to take your arrangements to the next level. Participants will have the opportunity to create beautiful floral arrangements (you can take home!) using technique and the fresh flowers and greenery grown on Delight Flower Farm. Find more information and register here. September 23, 6–8 pm • Allerton Park & Retreat Center


  • Get Fresh! Seasonal Food Program at ARC

    Get Fresh!

    Get Fresh! is a seasonal program that increases the availability, accessibility, and consumption of fresh produce on campus. Get Fresh! is cost-effective for all UIUC members. It's sponsored by Student Wellness, McKinley Health, and Student Sustainable Farm. Participants will pick up a Get Fresh! tote of fruits, vegetables, recipes and other resources at the ARC Instructional Kitchen on Tuesdays. 

    September 15–October 20, 1–4 pm • September 15 - October 20, 1-4 PM - Every Tuesday • ARC Instructional Kitchen

    Alana Harris • Department of Campus Recreation

  • Delight Flower Farm

    We grow chemical-free flowers, in Champaign-Urbana. Fresh + Local + Women-owned + CSA + beautiful = DELIGHT! Delight Flower Farm has grown to be Urbana's pioneer organic Flower Farm, growing a variety of annuals like sunflowers, zinnias, gladiolas, marigolds, cosmos, and herbs, as well as native plants and perennials. Join us for workshops on flower arranging, herbalism, public tours, wreath making, fermentation/kombucha, and more!

  • Everyday Environment: Watershed Planning.

    In this installment of the monthly webinar series from U of I Extension, learn how Illinois conservation professionals are working with local stakeholders to preserve our natural resources. "Watershed Planning: Helping Communities Meet Their Water Resource Goals" will be presented by Extension Watershed Outreach Associate Jennifer Jones. The webinar is presented every second Thusday, with future sessions on solar energy, composting, and squirrels!1-2 p.m. | Thursday, Sept. 10 | Register

  • Are you interested in serving on a Senate committee?

    Are you interested in serving on a Senate committee?


    The Senate of the Urbana-Champaign Campus is a legislative body composed of about 200 faculty, 50 students, and ten academic professional members.


    The Senate Committee on Committees is working to fill committee vacancies. If you are interested in filling any of the vacancies listed below, please email: with your interest.


    Educational Policy –1 student

    Information Technology – 1 student

    General Education Board – 1 student


    Learn more about the committees at

  • Illinois Club Scholarships

    Diverse and welcoming, The Illinois Club draws its membership from all areas of the University and the surrounding community.  This year, we will be awarding scholarships that range from $4,000-$4,500.

    Applications Open: September 8, 2020

    Application Deadline: 5 PM, October 17, 2020

    To apply for these scholarships, please complete the application at

  • Launched! Center for the Economics for Sustainability

    Launched! Center for the Economics for Sustainability

    We are proud to share the new Center for the Economics of Sustainability (CEOS) with you! We're a set of economists that collaborate with agronomists, scientists, engineers, legal scholars, and other researchers. Our research helps inform environmental policy and resource management decisions in Illinois and around the world. Find ways to connect to us on our website:

    Kathryn Mosiman • Department of Agricultural and Consumer Economics

  • Help Make Your Community Bike-Friendly!

    On behalf of Ride Illinois, the Champaign County Regional Planning Commission is hosting a daylong 2020 Illinois Bike Summit. Register to network with advocates, planners, engineers, and other professionals to learn about bikeway design, advocacy, programs, grants, and more! The keynote speaker is Bill Nesper, Executive Director of the League of American Bicyclists. In-depth online training for professionals is Monday, Sept. 14; continuing education credit available.Tuesday, Sept. 15 | Online

  • JOIN THE CONVERSATION! The Role of Nuclear in Campus Energy Goals

    The Illinois Climate Action Plan commits our campus to carbon neutrality no later than 2050, which will require economic and low-carbon energy sources. iSEE is inviting campus and community members to an online conversation, where presenters will discuss the U of I's energy portfolio and the possiblity of a new source: micronuclear reactors. Speakers will also discuss iCAP goals, cutting-edge research on microreactor technology, safety, and waste disposal. Time will be allowed for audience questions. Register by noon Wednesday, Sept. 9 >>> 4:30-6 p.m. | Thursday, Sept. 10 | Zoom and Facebook Live

  • Chicago River Architecture Virtual Boat Tour

    Tour guide Hillary Marzec improvises this popular river tour series, starting from the point that most tourists see — the Chicago River architecture boat tour view — and then venturing beyond the boat to show you not only some amazing interiors of well-known river tour buildings, but also some street-level details that you would surely miss if you were limited to a boat tour.This program will take place on Zoom. Use this link to join at the time of the event:

  • Solar Urbana-Champaign Virtual Solar Power Hour

    Join us for a virtual Solar Power Hour from the comfort of your couch! Register here. Offered by the City of Urbana, Prairie Rivers Network, and the Midwest Renewable Energy Association. Home and business owners throughout Champaign, Piatt, or Vermilion county have an opportunity to participate in Solar Urbana-Champaign, a grassroots program combining volume purchasing with community education to make solar more accessible and affordable. You’ll learn about the basics of solar, its financial implications for a household, and how the solar group buy program works. To learn more visit 

    Hosted by Solar Urbana-Champaign Prairie Rivers Network The Midwest Renewable Energy Association Urbana, Illinois - City Government StraightUp Solar Allerton Park and Retreat Center

  • Climate Designers monthly virtual meetup

    Event is put on by CUDO (Champaign Urbana Design Org) for designers pushing climate action in their work, a.k.a climate designers

    Professor Eric Benson has invited you all to join this event

    Monday evenings, once a month. Full schedule and more info at

  • Application Open for FAA Ambassadors!

    Are you interested in helping the College of Fine + Applied recruit the next class and engaging with alumni at events?  The FAA Ambassador Program was founded with the goal of cultivating public relations and leadership skills in current students, while offering a unique perspective of the college to prospective students, alumni, and donors.  FAA Ambassadors are a diverse group of enthusiastic, dynamic individuals who have a strong desire to represent their college and university to prospective students, and to elevate the alumni/donor experience.  FAA Ambassadors are able expected to participate in at least 4 activities during a school year as their schedule permits.  Activities include event logistics/planning, interacting with prospective students or alumni at events.  For this fall our ambassadors will participate in virtual student panels & presentations.  Once, our campus opens up ambassadors also help with mailings, tours, on-campus events, etc.  FAA Ambassadors develop recruitment, public relations, fundraising, networking, teambuilding, and event planning skills.  Best of all, ambassadors have fun and make long-lasting friendships.  Please apply by Thursday, September 10 at   For more information, please contact Kristi Martin-Hoss, Associate Director for Recruitment, at

  • Professor Daniel Schneider named 2020-21 iSEE Teaching Sustainability Fellow

    The Levenick iSEE (Institute for Sustainability, Energy, and Environment) Fellows Program accomplishes iSEE’s goal of actionable research — that is, work that leads to lasting, real-world solutions to the world’s current and future sustainability-, energy- and environment-related issues.

    Daniel Schneider is a Professor in the Department of Urban + Regional Planning. He is an ecologist and environmental historian whose research focuses on the interrelations between natural and human systems in planning and management.

    The Levenick funding will help Schneider develop a course titled “FAA 230: Sustainable Design of the Built Environment,” a core course in the newly created B.S. in Sustainable Design program in the College of Fine and Applied Arts.

    His Urban + Regional Department profile >>>

  • Join Illinois Enactus!

    The mission of Illinois Enactus is to contribute to sustainable development goals all around the world. Groups of students from all majors develop collaborative business ventures that work towards social, economic, and environmental equality in all communities.


    Design for America at UIUC is a nonprofit and student organization. We tackle social challenges in our community by using the human-centered design process. Our fall recruitment is happening virtually from 8/23 - 9/5 with applications due 9/6.  All majors are welcome to enjoy, no background in design thinking is necessary! If you have an interest in social impact projects, check us out! 

    Click here for more information! 

  • Getting outside this fall- check out some interesting parks and paths around Champaign Urbana!

    Meadowbrook Park        Crystal Lake Park              Mattis Park and Boulware Trail

    Kickapoo Rail Trail            Robeson Meadows Trail                Long list of other options here!