Monthly archives: December, 2014

Sustainability Graduate Assistant- Student Centers

UIC Student Centers Administration seeks a dynamic, innovative, and team oriented Graduate Assistant with a passion for sustainability and environmental preservation.

The Graduate Assistant position is a 35% appointment (15 hours per week).

All applicants must apply electronically at (Job ID #48399)


The Graduate Assistant will assist the Student Centers’ Executive Director on sustainability initiatives that include: administering special projects; generating reports and benchmarks; providing awareness training and education; researching products and equipment; and developing long-term strategies to improve sustainability for the Student Centers.

The candidate must be in pursuit of a graduate degree in engineering, architecture, public health, urban planning, or any of the environmental studies related fields.  Other graduate programs will be considered that can identify a direct link between the academic program and the job duties.

The candidate must have a strong interest in sustainability and environmental work. Additional experience as an employee in facilities, public health, engineering, or urban development is preferred but not required.

Apply now!

Undergraduate Student Employment Opportunity – Recycling Assistant

Physical Plant, in conjunction with the Office of Sustainability, supports UIC’s Recycling Program. We are seeking undergraduate students for the position of Recycling Assistant for 10-20 hr/week during the semester and 35-40 hr/week during the summer. Work hours will be scheduled between 8 am to 5 pm, Monday to Friday. Responsibilities include:

  • Generating an awareness of and promoting campus recycling and conservation programs
  • Monitoring location, condition and signage for recycling bins
  • Installation and placement of bins in existing and new locations
  • Maintaining records on recycled materials
  • Performing other duties as assigned.

Hourly rate: $8.77


  • Strong interest in learning about and promoting recycling.
  • Physical ability to lift 75 pounds. Need a valid Illinois Driver’s license.

Interested applicants, please submit resume and COVER LETTER with the subject heading “UG Recycling Assistant Application” to: Joe Iosbaker: by January 19.


NOTE: Save trees – do not drop off or mail paper applications.

Energy Efficiency Experts of Tomorrow Scholarship

Franklin Energy Services, LLC has established a scholarship program to assist Engineering and Environmental Science majors entering their junior or senior year of college. Scholarships are offered each year for full-time study at an accredited four-year college or university of the student’s choice.

The program is administered by Scholarship Management Services, a division of Scholarship America. Scholarship Management Services is the nation’s largest designer and manager of scholarship and tuition reimbursement programs for corporations, foundations, associations and individuals. Awards are granted without regard to race, color, creed, religion, sexual orientation, age, gender, disability or national origin.


Applicants to the Energy Efficiency Experts of Tomorrow scholarship program must:

  • Be current postsecondary undergraduates entering their junior or senior year who plan to enroll in full-time study at an accredited four-year college or university in the state of Wisconsin, Michigan, Illinois or North Carolina for the entire 2015-16 academic year.
  • Have declared a major of Engineering or Environmental Science.
  • Have a minimum cumulative grade point average of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale (or its equivalent).


If selected as a recipient, the student will receive a $5,000 award. Up to four (4) awards will be granted each year. Awards are not renewable, but students may reapply to the program each year they meet eligibility requirements.

Awards are for undergraduate study only.

Application Process

  • Start by clicking on this Register to Apply link. You will need to read and agree to a consent statement, supply a unique and valid email address, and create a username and password.
    • Correspondence throughout the application process will be by email and US postal mail. Email messages will be sent to the username and email address registered when you created your account. Students failing to use a valid active email account that will accommodate bulk mail may not receive consideration. Be sure to to your contacts or address book and check your email regularly!
  • You are now able to log into the application.
  • Complete the application by entering data in the format described. Proper punctuation and standard capitalization (Jill Smith, 10 Main Street, New York, NY) must be used.
  • During the application process, you may leave the site prior to submission by clicking on the Save and Log out link located on each application page. To return to the application, you must login using your username and password.
  • Once all application requirements are satisfied, the “Lock and Submit Application” button will be available to you near the bottom of the Review Application page.
    • Carefully review your entire application before clicking the Lock and Submit Application button.
    • Applications are evaluated on the information supplied; therefore, answer all questions as completely as possible.
    • Applications must be submitted electronically (and any other required documents must be mailed to Scholarship Management Services) by the application deadline in order for your application to be processed.
    • After the application is successfully submitted, no further additions or changes can be made. You will no longer have access to your application account or data.
    • We recommend that you print a hard copy of your application for your records. Do not send a printed copy to Scholarship Management Services.
    • Scholarship Management Services will email acknowledgment of receipt of all submitted applications.

Required Documents

As part of your application, you must also mail the following documents to Scholarship Management Services by January 15, 2015.

  1. A current, complete transcript of grades. Grade reports are not accepted. Unofficial or online transcripts must display student name, school name, grades and credit hours for each course and term in which each course was taken.
  2. A completed Applicant Appraisal Form (click to view and print the form).
  • Your application is not complete until all materials are received at Scholarship Management Services. The mailing address is provided below.

Program Deadline

Your application must be submitted by January 15, 2015 by 11:59 p.m. (Central Standard Time). Your documents must be mailed and postmarked by January 15, 2015.

Selection of Recipients

Scholarship recipients are selected on the basis of academic record, demonstrated leadership and participation in school and community activities, honors, work experience, statement of goals and aspirations, unusual personal or family circumstances, and an outside appraisal. Financial need is not considered.

Selection of recipients is made by Franklin Energy Services, LLC. All applicants agree to accept the decision as final.


Applicants will be notified in April. Not all applicants to the program will be selected as recipients. Students may reapply to the program each year they meet eligibility requirements.

Payment of Scholarships

Scholarship Management Services processes scholarship payments on behalf of Franklin Energy Services, LLC. Payments are made in equal installments on August 1 and December 15. Checks are mailed to each recipient’s home address and are made payable to the school for the student.


Recipients have no obligation to Franklin Energy Services, LLC. They are, however, required to notify Scholarship Management Services of any changes in address, school enrollment, or other relevant information, and to send a complete official transcript when requested.


Franklin Energy Services, LLC reserves the right to review the conditions and procedures of this scholarship program and to make changes at any time including termination of the program.

Questions? Contact us:


Call: 1-507-931-1682 and ask for the Energy Efficiency Experts of Tomorrow scholarship program

Mail your transcript and all required documents to:
Energy Efficiency Experts of Tomorrow
Scholarship Management Services
One Scholarship Way
Saint Peter, MN 56082 

Farm to School Internship

Seven Generations Ahead is looking for candidates for an unpaid internship starting after the new year.  Students will work directly with a program manager to receive training and supervision on researching, gathering, and disseminating information to schools and institutions for our Farm to School program, including our curricula.  Interns may also market these resources and provide outreach as well as help organize and facilitate possible teacher trainings.

Please contact Lisa Daleiden-Brugman at

About Seven Generations Ahead

Founded in 2001, Seven Generations Ahead’s mission is to promote the development of ecologically sustainable and healthy communities.

Our Work
SGA works with local government, community and private sector leaders to help communities make the changes they need to create a healthy and sustainable future. Through community-wide sustainability planning and implementation, project design and implementation, educational conferences and forums, community network development, consulting, and programs, SGA is a catalyst for local community solutions to global environmental issues. SGA’s work covers a broad range of sustainability topic areas, including: energy efficiency and renewable energy; transportation; healthy community development; waste reduction; water conservation; green business; procurement; local, sustainable food; healthy eating; open space and ecosystem enhancement; and sustainability education.

One Earth Film Festival Internship with Stipend

Internship Position (with Paid Stipend) Available! AV (Audio Visual) Team Lead, One Earth Film Festival
One Earth Film Festival (, the Midwest’s Premier Environmental Film Festival, seeks an individual experienced audio visual — and with interest in or existing commitment to issues of environmental sustainability — to train and lead a small AV team during its 4th annual run throughout various locations in Chicagoland on March 6-8, 2015. The role involves setting up/tearing down/running film screenings, liaising with One Earth planning team members and/or on-site venue AV professionals (e.g., at area universities) for troubleshooting and DVD testing, reviewing AV equipment needs and procuring equipment rentals, managing AV team and scheduling, and generally upholding the quality standards for One Earth Film Festival screenings. Fitting candidate will have at least 3 years strong experience in AV (e.g., running large meetings using DVD/laptop, projection equipment, sound system, and large format screens), as well as experience successfully leading and coordinating teams (priorities, scheduling, logistics, etc). This is a temporary position, beginning immediately continuing through March 8, 2015 after the conclusion of One Earth Film Festival.
This is an internship position, but a $500 stipend will be offered to a qualified individual who meets the requirements of this role. Interested applicants, please submit CV or list of relevant experience via email to

Join NWF’s EcoLeader Community For Free!

Join NWF’s EcoLeader Community at to advance your sustainability efforts on campus and connect with students nationwide competing in RecycleMania 2015! It’s free to join.

Create your eco-mission, develop a project, collaborate with other students, and earn valuable national recognition to advance your conservation leadership and career.

In the EcoLeaders community, students can:

  •  Connect with other students on conservation and sustainability topics and projects via direct messaging to community members, forum discussions, and opportunities to join projects.
  • Access and share tools and resources on diverse sustainability and leadership topics – recycling, wildlife/habitat, energy, water, transportation, fundraising, team building, planning, etc.
  • Start a project or join one in your community – use project planning tools to develop or strengthen your project, share goals and progress, and invite others to join you.
  • Earn national recognition from the National Wildlife Federation for your leadership skills and accomplishments over the course of your projects & campaigns.

Students competing in RecycleMania 2015 are encouraged to tag your profile “RecycleMania2015.” In the Ask Me About section, please add this tag as one of your interests – this will help you connect with RecycleManiacs nationwide.


Be the change, and become an EcoLeader Today!

A&WMA Scholarships

Application Deadline is Monday, January 12, 2015

The following named scholarships are awarded each year:

  • Milton Feldstein Memorial Scholarship for air quality research ($7500)
  • Richard Stessel Memorial Scholarship for solid and hazardous waste research
  • Jacqueline Shields Memorial Scholarship for waste management research and study
  • Dave Benferado Scholarship for air pollution control and waste minimization research
Additional scholarships are also awarded each year in the following areas:
  • Air quality research and study
  • Waste management research and study
  • Environmental management or policy research and study
  • Sustainability research and study

A&WMA Student Poster Competition 

Abstract Deadline is Monday, January 12, 2015

A&WMA‘s Student Poster Awards recognizes student posters to be the best amongst those considered in the undergraduate, masters, and doctoral categories. The Student Poster Competition takes place atA&WMA’s Annual Conference & Exhibition, which this year will be held in Raleigh, NC on June 22-25, 2015.
Full-time Undergraduate, Graduate and Doctoral students are encouraged to participate in the Student Poster Competition. Students must be the primary author of the abstract associated with the poster. They must present the poster during the annual conference to be eligible for this competition.
All posters are reviewed and evaluated on the basis of: technical quality; relevance and significance to current environmental issues; and absence of commercialism.
Poster Abstracts must be submitted via A&WMA’s Abstract Submission Website.

Thank You. Please Recycle This Bag…. BUT HOW??

On November 14, 2014 in honor of America Recycles Day, UIC collected plastic bags and plastic film to be recycled. Before this day, UIC did not accept this material into our recycling program. The UIC community, along with other City of Chicago residents, were required to take the plastic bags back to retail stores, as required by the Chicago Plastic Bag Recycling ordinance.

Plastic Bags

Plastic bags and plastic film collected on November 14, 2014 at UIC

However, in order to highlight the importance of plastic bag recycling, UIC Office of Sustainability offered to collect this special waste stream and recycle it. Seventeen UIC departments spanning both east and west campuses from the COMRB, BGRC, CMWT, PSB, CUPPA, HRPS, ETMSW, CEB, TH, LCB, SEO, and the 1333 SH buildings participated. For one week, the departments collected a whopping 3,440 plastic bags and 1,340 pieces of plastic packaging! That’s a total of 4,780 pieces of plastic items saved from the landfill, and possibly the Great Pacific Garbage Patch in the Pacific Ocean.

Seeing the need to recycle this plastic (which is typically #2 High-Density Polyethylene or #4 Low-Density Polyethylene) the Office of Sustainability contacted our recycling vendor, Loop Recycling, to discuss our recycling options. We are very happy to report that as of January 1, 2015, UIC can now accept plastic bags into the normal recycling stream! Simply place these plastic items along plastics in the Glass/ Metal/ Plastic (AKA “Bottles & Cans”) recycling container. Want to know what else is recyclable? Check out

Although recycling is a good alternative to landfill, it is still better to not use plastic products in the first place. Remember the three “R’s” of recycling?AmericaRecyclesDay

1. Reduce

2. Reuse

3. Recycle.

That’s the thinking the City of Chicago used when implementing the plastics bags ban. They thought it is better to reduce the number of bags produced from non-renewable oil than to have them recycled. The City of Council passed the plastic bag ban on April 30th, 2014 and will go in effect August 2015 for larger chain retail stores more than 10,000 square feet and then effect smaller retail store August 2016.

Unfortunately, some plastic bag companies are attempting to overturn the ban in places like California. They are spending millions of dollars on lobbyists to reverse plastic bag ban. To find out more about  this issue, see articles like this LA Times piece.

We have to remember that every single piece of plastic ever created is still in plastic form somewhere on the earth today. It is estimated that there are at least 5.25 TRILLION pieces of plastic in the ocean. Unlike organic material like paper, food scraps, and wood that biodegrades and returns to soil in a few years time, plastic never degrades. So it either gets recycled into new products or discarded in a landfill or in our rivers, streams and oceans. There, it may break down into smaller and smaller pieces, but those then can be ingested by birds and fish, harming wildlife, and the toxins in plastic can then bioaccumulate in the food chain affecting human health. Learn more about this plastic epidemic infecting our world. Contact the Office of Sustainability and request a free screening of the documentary, Plastic Paradise: The Great Pacific Garbage PatchYou gather up the folks, get a screen and DVD player and we’ll bring the movie and the popcorn!