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Tag: Environmental Studies
Hunger Action Month
As a part of Hunger Action Month, NIU will host a fast-paced discussion on the issue of hunger and how it presents itself locally, regionally and globally. Courtney Gallaher, a professor in the Department of Geography, will moderate the conversation.from 4 to 6 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 30, in the Wirtz Hall auditorium (Room 101). Panelists...
NIU’s Art Museum will present “Embarrassment of Riches,” a group exhibition of six Midwest artists curated by Peter Olson, to explore themes of sustainability. The exhibition opens Tuesday, Aug. 25, and runs through Saturday, Oct. 24, at the museum’s Altgeld Hall galleries. A public reception is planned from 4:30 to 6 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 10....
Melissa Lenczewski
Students pursuing careers in the environmental sciences will see those opportunities blossom, thanks to a recent summit of environmental educators who are building a network in northern Illinois. During the June 8 Regional Summit on Environmental Education, environmental educators from community colleges and even high schools learned what their students need to accomplish before enrolling...
NIU Communiversity Gardens
DeKalb County Community Gardens (DCCG) has added a fourth Communiversity Garden site at Northern Illinois University, part of a growing partnership with the university. The Annie Glidden Heritage Garden, consisting of four 5-foot-by-10-foot raised beds, is located on the property of the NIU Foundation, next to the Barsema Alumni and Visitors Center. “We are pleased...
Photo of a wind turbine
Helping students pursue their dreams can prove difficult, especially with the interdisciplinary nature of environmental education. NIU’s Institute for the Study of the Environment, Sustainability, and Energy (ESE Institute) is bringing together environmental educators, especially from two-year colleges, to build a northern Illinois environmental education network. The ESE Institute will host the Regional Summit on...
Communiversity Gardens
Last summer, NIU students helped to grow, harvest and donate more than 500 pounds of vegetables from the NIU Communiversity Gardens. This year is on target to easily surpass that total. By bringing the community and university together, lead volunteer Michael Payne says he hopes to help lead that charge. “The gardens help the community...
Give and Go! Move Out 2015
With the end of the spring semester and students packing up for the summer break, Northern Illinois University is preparing for the annual flood of unwanted household items typically discarded by students departing on-campus housing. Students leaving campus encounter storage and car trunks that can only hold so much, and often leave perfectly good clothes,...
Give and Go! Move Out 2014
Each semester since the fall of 2012, Northern Illinois University’s Institute for the Study of the Environment, Sustainability, and Energy, along with Housing and Dining, has partnered with Goodwill Industries of Northern Illinois to collect usable goods. Since the beginning of the partnership, more than 30,000 pounds of items have been collected and diverted from...
Diana Swanson
Diana Swanson likes to build communities. Accordingly, the NIU professor is working locally and globally to find ways to help two very different populations, both in need. The first population isn’t comprised of people, but rather insects. Millions of monarch butterflies need habitat to make the journey back and forth between Mexico and Canada every...
Photo of a bison
NIU student Angela Burke hails from blue-collar Burbank, Ill. With its prevalence of mom-and-pop restaurants and the regular roar of low-flying passenger jets from Chicago’s Midway Airport nearby, the southwest suburb certainly seems more city. So, for a week in August, it must have seemed to Burke like she was on another planet – or...
When it comes to sustainable technology, NIU students are learning that sometimes what’s old is new. Alexis Hitzeroth and Ben Stone, both environmental studies majors, worked with two international nonprofit organizations, CATIS and Isla Mexico, for 19 days in Mexico this past summer to learn more about the methods employed there to address local environmental...
Solar Fest poster
Explore solar energy, climate science and all things sunny Saturday, Sept. 27, during Solar Fest at DuPage Children’s Museum. Hosted by DuPage Children’s Museum, Argonne National Laboratory and NIU STEM Read, Solar Fest takes place from 1 to 5 p.m. The event features exciting, educational events and activities for young learners. Visitors will have a...
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