Hear from Alumni About Environmental Careers

February 6th, 2015 by

Tuesday, Feb. 10
7 p.m.
Welcome Center Auditorium

As part of the Hart Career Center’s Alumni Speaker Series, professionals will share insights and advice about their work in environmental and conservation areas:

– Greenhouse manager & curator at ISU, Bethany Evans ’01
– Digital advocacy specialist at Environmental Law & Policy Center, J. Katie Coleman ’04
– Grants manager/development associate at The Wetlands Initiative, Vera Leopold ’05
– Environmental program coordinator at American Lung Association, Ellen Cornelius ’14.



The Nature Conservancy’s Emiquon Project: Restoring Functional Floodplain for Nature and People

January 28th, 2015 by

Tuesday, March 17, 7 p.m.

C101, CNS 

The 6,600-acre Emiquon preserve was once among the biologically richest wetlands in North America. In the 20th century, the lakes and wetlands were converted into farmland, isolating the area from the Illinois River. In spring 2007, after 7 years of science-based planning, The Nature Conservancy turned off the pumps that had dried out the land since the 1920s. Within months water reappeared in the historic lakebeds and native plants returned from their seeds that had lain dormant for years.

Emiquon is the premiere demonstration site for The Nature Conservancy’s work within the Upper Mississippi River system, and will help guide large floodplain river restoration efforts around the world. The next phase of restoration at Emiquon will be the installation of a water management structure that will provide a connection between the wetland and the Illinois River, facilitating the water control needed to sustain these high-quality habitats long term.

Doug Blodgett, director of river conservation for the Illinois Chapter of the Nature Conservancy, will give a presentation on the Emiquon Preserve and discuss the science behind the planned reconnection of the Illinois River. Sponsored by the John Wesley Powell Audubon, IWU Environmental Studies Program, and IWU Biology Department.

“Foot Stamping and Booming! Prairie Chickens in Illinois”

January 23rd, 2015 by

Monday, Feb. 2
7 p.m.
Center for Natural Sciences (CNS) C101

The Greater Prairie Chicken is an iconic bird of the tallgrass prairies that once covered much of Illinois. Their population in Illinois once numbered in the millions but they are now found only in the Prairie Ridge State Natural Area. Over the past several years their population had declined to about 60 birds. The Illinois Department of Natural Resources (IDNR), the Illinois Natural History Survey and the Audubon Society have embarked on a multi-year project to revitalize the Illinois Prairie Chicken population by translocating 300 birds from Kansas. Bob Gillespie, who is coordinating the current recovery project for the IDNR, will talk about the restoration efforts for this fascinating grassland bird. Sponsored by the John Wesley Powell Audubon, IWU Environmental Studies Program, and IWU Biology Department.


January 12th, 2015 by

Did the holiday gift-giving season leave you with a surplus of gadgets? Check out local options for electronics recycling from the Ecology Action Center, or consider the McLean County Freecycle online exchange so others can reclaim your device.

Access to Bus Transportation

January 5th, 2015 by

The Sierra Student Coalition and GREENetwork have been investigating the feasibility of universal access to bus transportation for IWU students, a sustainable alternative to car-based transportation. This was also the topic of an Environmental Studies Senior Seminar paper written by Liz Kuehn ’14. Her work is posted on Digital Commons.

Clean Water

December 15th, 2014 by

Illinois Wesleyan students in the Environmental Studies course, War on Cancer: Does Environment Matter? prepared an informational video, War on Cancer: Drink Up, Drink Safe, with tips for fellow students.

Bicycles on Sound Ideas

December 12th, 2014 by

WGLT Radio will interview Senior Web Developer and Bike Committee Chair Michael Gorman ’10 on Wednesday, Dec. 17, to talk about Illinois Wesleyan’s recent Bicycle-Friendly University award and campus bike programs.

Engage Normal

December 8th, 2014 by

Normal residents are encouraged to participate in Engage Normal to give input on Normal parks, programs and facilities. Share your ideas. Build a better community. Participate here.

Energy Efficient Lighting in the Shirk Center

December 1st, 2014 by

With Donnocker Innovation grant funding, the University has installed new energy-efficient T5 fixtures replacing the original metal halide bay fixtures in the Shirk Center Performance Gym, Practice Gym and Activity Center.

It is conservatively estimated that these fixtures will produce $6,800 in annual electrical savings.

T5 fixtures have a nearly 10-year life expectancy while the previously existing metal halide fixtures have a four-year life expectancy, which will save the University approximately $5,500 over the next 10 years.

In addition, the metal halide lamps run about 1,000 degrees Fahrenheit, adding to the cooling load of the building. T5’s run only about 200 degrees Fahrenheit by comparison, potentially saving the University about $1,700 annually in cooling costs.

Read other highlights of campus initiatives in the 2014 Sustainability Report.


MEGA Recycling Event a Success

November 24th, 2014 by

Thank you to the hard-working volunteers who braved the cold to make the Nov. 15 MEGA Recycling event a success. Over 500 households took advantage of one-stop recycling at the Hansen Student Center lot.

See The Pantagraph story, which includes a photo of alum volunteer Nick Nichols ’13.

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