by Mike Bryson, SUST Program Director
One of the things that makes this blog and website unique is that its content is almost entirely generated by undergraduate students. This Fall 2013 semester at Roosevelt, my SUST 210 Sustainable Future and SUST 240 Waste students will be making significant contributions to the Schaumburg’s Sustainable Future online project. Starting this week, these undergraduate students will be contributing 3-4 blog posts each week throughout the semester — posts that will highlight and analyze sustainability-related news/events in and around Schaumburg and of relevance to suburban communities.
In addition, each class will be undertaking final research and writing projects that describe and assess relevant sustainability issues that impact suburban ecosystems and communities.
The capstone class assignment for SUST 210 online is a profile of a particular suburb, whether one of Schaumburg’s neighboring towns, another community in the six-county Chicago region, or a suburb elsewhere in the US. Each of these profiles will document and critique the sustainability initiatives, accomplishments, and challenges in these communities.
In 240 Waste at Schaumburg, the first time this core 200-level course has been offered at RU’s Schaumburg Campus, students will contribute weekly blog post that focus more specifically on waste, recycling, consumption, and/or environmental justice news and issues in the Schaumburg region and in suburban communities more generally.
These students will tackle final research projects on waste and environmental justice issues in a suburban community of their choosing, and the write-ups of their research will be published here on the SSF website for wide public distribution.
The upcoming flood of research and writing this fall will build upon the foundation work done by SUST students in previous sections of 210 The Sustainable Future and 220 Water since the Schaumburg’s Sustainable Future website debuted on Earth Day of 2011. Contributing to the expansion of the website’s depth and scope will be SUST senior Allison Mayes, who will be serving as Assistant Editor of the site as part of her sustainability studies internship in environmental research, communications, and social media. Allison will be editing and uploading student-authored research completed during the spring 2013 semester on green design, waste/recycling, neighboring communities, parklands, and the RU campus.
Mike Bryson founded and edits the SSF Project blog/website and the SUST at RU Blog, and is the program director for Sustainability Studies at Roosevelt University since its founding in 2010. An Associate Professor of Humanities and Sustainability Studies at RU, Bryson’s courses include SUST 210 The Sustainable Future, 220 Water, 240 Waste, and 350 Service & Sustainability.