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.

America Recycles Day – MEGA Recycling Event

October 31st, 2014 by

Saturday, Nov. 15
8 a.m.- 1 p.m.
Hansen Student Center Parking Lot

One Day, One Time, One Place ‐ recycle many things at once!

– Electronics (Computers, VCRs, phones, small kitchen appliances, etc.) NO CRT (older style) TVs or monitors accepted
– Household Batteries (alkaline, watch batteries, rechargeables)
– Clothing and textiles (usable or not)
– Shoes (usable or not)
– Compact Fluorescent Bulbs (CFLs)
– Plastic Garden Pots Terracycle items

And as an added bonus ‐ FREE confidental paper shredding

Residential waste only.

Learn more or volunteer.

Exploring the Nature of Illinois

October 2nd, 2014 by

Dr. Michael Jeffords and Ms. Susan Post
Tuesday, October 7, 2014
7 pm
Center for Natural Sciences (CNS) C101

Dr. Michael Jeffords and Ms Susan Post will present their explorations of the stunning landscapes of the prairies, lakesides, river bottoms, and woodlands of Illinois.  These findings were highlighted in their recently published book,Exploring Nature in Illinois: A Field Guide to the Prairie State.  Dr. Jeffords is the retired education/outreach director for the Illinois Natural History Survey (INHS) and was staff photographer for The Illinois Steward magazine.  Ms. Post is a retired INHS research scientist and staff writer for The Illinois Steward magazine, and author of Hiking Illinois. They are co-authors of Illinois Wilds.
Sponsored by the JWP Audubon, the IWU Biology Department, and the IWU Environmental Studies Program.


People’s Climate March

September 26th, 2014 by

Tuesday, Sept. 30, 4 p.m.
103, State Farm Hall

Join Professor of History Tom Lutze and local high school students Nate Jahiel and Christian Prenzler, who just returned from the People’s Climate March in NYC, the largest climate march in history — 400,000 strong! They will share their first-hand experiences, share photos and videos, have discussion about the political significance of this march, and compare the People’s Climate March to other massive demonstrations since the 1960s.

Sponsor: Sierra Student Coalition, Environmental Studies, and the Center for Human Rights and Social Justice.

Tap into WaterAid 

April 21st, 2014 by

Monday-Tuesday, April 21-22

Memorial Center Dugout and Lobby, State Farm Hall

Wednesday, April 23
The Ames Library

Students from Health 280: Perspectives in International Health are raising money and awareness to bring safe water and sanitation to millions of people in need through the organization WaterAid. 

To donate and learn more about WaterAid, visit their tables in the Dugout from 11 a.m.-1 p.m. or the State Farm Hall Lobby from 1-3 p.m. on Monday or Tuesday, April 21-22, or at The Ames Library from 2-6 p.m. on Wednesday, April 23.

Calendar of Events

April 7th, 2014 by

Sustainability Events – View as Google Calendar

Wednesday, April 9
Presentation: The True Cost of Coal
11 a.m. – 1 p.m.
Eckley Quadrangle 
The Beehive Collective will present the story of coal across time and how it is affecting our health, the environment and the economy.
A lecture also is scheduled in the CNS Atrium at 7 p.m.
Co-sponsored by IWU’s Sierra Student Coalition with support from Student Senate and the IWU Environmental Studies Program.

Thursday, April 3
The Echoes of their Wings: The Life and Legacy of the Passenger Pigeon
7 p.m.
C101, CNS
Joel Greenberg, naturalist, writer, and environmental consultant, will speak about the legacy of the passenger pigeon. The passenger pigeon was unlike any other bird. It probably numbered in the billions, making it the most abundant bird in North America, if not the world. But this huge population was neither evenly distributed across the landscape nor was it any way cryptic: the species often formed aggregations so vast they are difficult for us to imagine. But despite that abundance, exploitation for food and recreation destroyed the species in the wild by the first few years of the 20th century. On Sept. 1, 1914, Martha, the last of the species, died in the Cincinnati Zoo. This talk explores the story of the bird and highlights the important lessons that it presents to those of us in the 21st century. Sponsor: John Wesley Powell Audubon, IWU Biology Department and the IWU Environmental Studies program
Saturday, April 12
9 a.m.-4 p.m.
Shirk Center Arena and classrooms
As the spring season kicks into gear, there’s no better time to focus on creating a healthy mind, body, community and environment. Join IWU Wellness and The Ecology Action Center for the 9th annual Illinois Sustainable Living and Wellness Expo (ISLWE) where you will discover a diversity of exhibitors and presenters that provide resources and services about living well and living free. Entry is FREE and everyone is welcome.

Earth Hour

March 21st, 2014 by

On Saturday, March 29, from 8:30-9:30 p.m., cities around the world will participate in Earth Hour 2014. People are urged to join together to turn off their nonessential lights and equipment for one hour.

This symbolic effort is intended to raise awareness about how energy efficiency and conservation can help reduce the negative impacts of global climate change.

Volunteers Welcome at Illinois Sustainable Living and Wellness Expo

March 3rd, 2014 by

Volunteers are invited to assist in two-hour shifts during the Illinois Sustainable Living and Wellness Expo on Saturday, April 12. Sign up here.

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