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Tag: Institute for the Study of the Environment Sustainability & Energy
Reed Scherer
Reed Scherer’s doctoral research set out to test a radical hypothesis put forth in the 1970s that the West Antarctic Ice Sheet “collapsed” during the interglacial period that immediately predated the most recent Ice Age, and could again. Confirming past instability of this ice sheet would contribute to growing concerns regarding future collapse and consequent...
...On the road to Mandalay, Where the flyin’ fishes play, An’ the dawn comes up like thunder outer China ’crost the Bay! – Rudyard Kipling “Road to Mandalay” (1892) In August, a cohort of NIU professors spent two weeks in Mandalay, Myanmar, working with Yadanabon University to lay the foundations for collaborative research projects. Because...
NIU lighting lab
People are exposed daily to many different types of light. Although many are not consciously aware of the lights that surround them, the color and brightness of these lights affects them physiologically. Take a look around to consider the nearby sources of light. Is natural light filtering through a window? Is it sunny or overcast...
Photo of a 1950s-era house
Paula Brkich of the HOPE Fair Housing Center will visit campus Monday, Oct. 5, to talk on “Fair Housing and Environmental Justice: Exploring the Intersection of Housing, Poverty, Activism, and Environmental Justice.” The talk, scheduled from 4 to 5 p.m. in the Capitol Room of the Holmes Student Center, will provide an overview of the...
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...
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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...
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...
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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...
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