Good Food Festival Intern, Spring 2017

The Office of Sustainability is seeking an undergraduate student intern to create and implement a composting program within the UIC Forum at the 2017 Good Food Festival & Conference (GFFC) on March 16-18, 2017.

The intern will work with Office of Sustainability (OS) staff, FamilyFarmed, the Forum and other identified partners including Bright Beat to create an effective composting plan for special events at the Forum including FamilyFarmed’s annual three day event.  As part of the rental agreement, the Forum currently provides clients with waste management services segmented into three areas: trash, paper recycling, and bottle recycling within the public areas.  For this project, the goal of the intern is to develop a more elaborate plan that integrates composting as a fourth collection area as well as to create a plan where all four specific areas are collected in both the public and non-public areas of the facility.

In working with the various partners including FamilyFarmed, producer of the GFFC, the intern will create a comprehensive written plan, that includes but is not limited to, examine the footprint of the entire event and identifying where to effectively place receptacles; develop a staffing plan; designing signage layouts and needs; develop a marketing plan to recruit volunteers; develop a communications plan for attendees, event staff, Forum staff, volunteers, exhibitors, etc.; identify how the garbage will be moved from the garbage receptacles to the back of house bins; etc.

Based on the approved written plan, the intern will implement and coordinate the efforts on site at the 2017 GFFC.

This effort by the OS and FamilyFarmed to include composting services at the Forum works to align with the Chancellor’s Climate Commitment towards a Zero Waste Campus.  For more information on the UIC Climate Commitments Overview, please visit

Duties would include:

  • development of a written plan;
  • communications with partners and vendors;
  • recruitment of student volunteers;
  • training of volunteers, forum staff, attendees, etc. on proper material management/separation
  • implementation of plan on site at the 2017 GFFC (March 16, 17, and 18)
  • provide a post-event report along with suggested updates
  • development of a Zero Waste guide for GFFC, adaptable to other Forum events

The ideal candidate will have:

  • a passion for recycling and composting
  • a passion for the good food movement
  • excellent communication skills; strong interpersonal communication
  • good organizational skills
  • excellent attention for detail
  • proficiency in Microsoft Office, including Excel

This position requires up to 10 hrs/week during the Spring semester 2017.  In addition, the ideal candidate will be onsite March 16, 17, and 18, 2017.


FamilyFarmed is a non-profit organization committed to expanding the production, marketing and distribution of locally grown and responsibly produced food, in order to enhance the social, economic, and environmental health of our communities.  We seek to…

  • build public and private partnerships that support the growth of regional food systems that benefit farmers, consumers, and businesses.
  • increase local and organic food sales in the region to create new jobs, sustainable economic development, and rural revitalization.
  • preserve our farmland through the development of high value markets that give regional producers a fair price for their crops and encourage them to stay on their land.
  • advocate for access to healthy and affordable food for all people and communities.
  • encourage transparency in the food production and distribution process.
  • respect and understand differences between urban and rural cultures and begin to bridge this divide through dialogue and economic opportunity.
  • build solid relationships between stakeholders including staff, consultants, board members, businesses, NGO’s, policymakers, media, and consumers.
  • foster a work environment that values and recognizes individual contribution to the organization.
  • model a work style of collaboration and collegiality.
  • practice high standards of accountability, responsiveness, and transparency in all relationships with funders, clients, partners, associates, employees.