Position Available at Indigenous Food Lab (MN)

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SUST and RU alumni — here is another post about a green job opportunity, this one by way of distinguished SUST alum Moses Viveros. Read on for details!

My name is Moses Viveros (SUST BA 2017) and I’m the Market Manager for the Indigenous Food Lab (IFL) Market that’s currently under development with North American Traditional Indigenous Food Systems (NATIFS) in Minneapolis, MN. The IFL Market will be a retail space that features food and crafts sourced from Indigenous vendors. We also have plans to introduce an online marketplace later this year.

The IFL Assistant Market Manager is a representative of NĀTIFS and will always work towards our mission of promoting Indigenous foodways education and facilitating Indigenous food access; along with providing an impactful experience in the IFL Market. The Assistant Market Manager will ensure smooth operations of the in-store and online operations simultaneously. They will also assist me by…

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Position Available: Transit Organizer

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RU’s Environmental Sustainability Committee Meets Today 3/17 @1:30pm

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Dear RU friends of sustainability (students, alumni, faculty, staff, and admin) –

The Environmental Sustainability Committee at RU will meet this Th 3/17 from 1:30-2:30pm on Zoom. Our main agenda items this week will be (1) info-sharing and event-planning for Earth Month and (2) longer-range planning for updating our 2015-20 Strategic Sustainability Plan. New concerns and random ideas are always welcome and encouraged. If you haven’t taken a look at the Strategic Plan in a while, it’s availablehere on the RU website.

Join Zoom Meeting: https://roosevelt.zoom.us/j/94106793987
Meeting ID: 941 0679 3987

The ESC is an open committee est. in 2010 that welcomes participation and encourages collaboration across colleges and departments from all members of the RU community: students, faculty, staff, administration, alumni, and friends. Roosevelt’s membership in the Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education (AASHE) provides anyone with an active RU email address full access…

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2022 RAY Diversity / Conservation Fellowships Open for Application

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We are pleased to announce that the 2022 application cycle for the Roger Arliner Young (RAY) Diversity Fellowship⁠ is now open! The RAY Diversity Fellowship is a two-year (1-year with 1-year renewal), full-time position with partner conservation and clean energy organizations with the goal of increasing and facilitating environmentally-related career pathways for emerging leaders of color. RAY Fellows have worked in a variety of communications, climate, policy, research, education, fieldwork, and philanthropic capacities.

About the RAY Diversity Fellowship Program

Inspired by efforts to increase racial diversity in conservation and clean energy, theEnvironmental Leadership Programcoordinates Roger Arliner Young (RAY) Diversity Fellowship provides first-time career access opportunities for recent college graduates of color who do not have previous professional experience or a graduate degree. The RAY Fellowship is designed to support the Fellows in becoming leaders in the environmental sector—one that, in our visions of the future, fully represents…

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Position Available at Xerces Society

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The Xerces Society, in collaboration with the USDA NRCS, has just posted an exciting new job opportunity.  They are hiring a Pollinator Conservation Specialist to serve as a Partner Biologist with the USDA NRCS, focusing on support to urban and small farms in underserved communities.  The ideal candidate will have: 

  • a history of working with urban farms, small farms or community gardens in underserved or under-resourced communities,
  • experience living and working with Black, Hispanic/Latinx, Indigenous, or other communities of color, and
  • experience in habitat conservation and biodiversity that supports crop pollination and pest management.

The ideal location for this position will be in Atlanta, GA, Cleveland, OH, or Detroit, MI, but other locations in the Southeastern U.S. and Upper Midwest will be considered.  

The job posting is set to close on January 18, 2022.  Questions may be directed to Karin Jokela (she/her/hers) via email karin.jokela@xerces.org or phone…

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Learn Job-Ready GIS Skills in SUST 370 Mapping for Sustainability (Spring 2022)

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jerome-b1-image-il-schl-gardens-pop-up.png Interactive IL school garden map created with GIS by B. Jerome, 2019

The Sustainability Studies program will offer its unique course Mapping for Sustainability this coming Spring 2022 semester at Roosevelt U. This remote/F2F course will meet on Th from 2-4:30pm and be accessible to students anywhere — but students will also have the option to attend class sessions in person with the instructor at the Chicago Campus (room AUD 1015).

SUST 370 utilizes Geographic Information Science (GIS )software, which allows us to visualize data, ask questions, and conduct analysis so that we can better understand relationships and patterns in our world. A great example of GIS in action is the recent work by SUST alum Bria Jerome (BA ’19), who mapped school gardens across the state of IL as part of her Spring 2019 sustainability internship with Seven Generations Ahead.

Everything is geographical – literally everything happens somewhere

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Urban Agriculture in the Face of Climate Change

Here’s the 4th post in a series of blog essays by students in SUST 350 Service & Sustainability this fall 2021 semester. Author Alyssa Spleha gew up in Pingree Grove IL, about 50 miles west of Chicago, and attended Elgin Community College before transferring to Roosevelt and majoring in SUST.

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By Alyssa Spleha for SUST 350

People have become severely disconnected from the food they eat. If you ask a child, “Where does food come from?” often they will respond with “the grocery store.” This disconnect is a result of our industrial agriculture system in which our food is grown far away from the public eye on mega-farms, then shipped to the supermarket near you. While the total number of farms is dwindling, the size of farms is increasing exponentially. Small farms are being acquired by large corporate farms to expand their operations.

In the Community Resilience Reader, Scott Sawyer discusses the major social and environmental impacts of our food system: “…the enormous scale of industrialized food production contributes to soil erosion, deforestation, water overuse and pollution, air pollution, climate change, and a wide range of social problems, from migration to obesity” (Lerch 2017).

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Volunteering at the MorningStar Mission

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By Dan Lyvers for SUST 350

As a sustainability major at Roosevelt University (and human), I have an interest in the resiliency and sustainability of our water and food systems. When food is plentiful, eating might be considered one of the pleasures in life. However, for millions of Americans, having enough food to eat can be a constant worry and not something that is taken for granted. According to the USDA, food insecurity affected 13.8 million households in 2020. Food insecurity is a serious problem that has the potential to get much worse as climate change redefines sustainable and resilient farming.

I chose to volunteer my time at the Morningstar Mission in Joliet, founded in 1909 by a spiritual man named Peter McCarthy. He felt the need to spread the Gospel, feed the hungry, and shelter the homeless. His simple vision has blossomed into an organization that helps at risk…

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Eden Place Farms Benefit Concert this Friday 10/15 in Fuller Park & Online

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Poster design by Natalie Seitz

Dear lovers of good music and supporters of urban agriculture in Chicago: this Friday 10/15 at Eden Place Farms, local musicians Wyatt Waddell, Headed Home, and Julia Morrison will perform at 6:30pm in a livestreamed benefit concert. Located in the heart of the Fuller Park community at 4911 S. Shields Ave., Eden Place Farms is an iconic family-run urban farm on Chicago’s South Side.

To view the concert and support Eden Place, please make a donation at this link. After your donation, you will receive an email with a link for the livestream event. No donation is too small! If you prefer your live music in person, admission is free and donations are accepted/encouraged; just be sure to bring your mask and proof of vaccination. Doors open at 6pm at the Farm.

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Prairie Lovers, Apply Now for the Nature Conservancy’s Hubbard Fellowship

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The Nature Conservancy of Nebraska is proud to host The Claire M. Hubbard Young Leaders in Conservation Fellowship Program – a one-year program for selected recent college graduates in conservation-related fields. It is designed to provide a comprehensive set of experiences working with a conservation organization and bridge the gap between school and career. Fellows are housed at The Nature Conservancy’s Platte River Prairies Preserve near Wood River, Nebraska. Click here to see our brochure with more detailed information on the program and application guidelines.  The current job description can be viewed here and also at nature.org/careers.

The application period for the next round of the Fellowship (February 2021 – January 2022) IS NOW OPEN. Applications will be due October 1, 2021.

Hubbard Fellows Mary Parr and Chelsea Forehead prepare for a prescribed fire in the Nebraska Sandhills. Fellows receive training and experience with prescribed fire, as well as…

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