This afternoon at the GreenTown 2014 Conference at UIC, Campus as Community Change Agent: Higher Education’s Role in Advancing Sustainability in the Chicagoland Region, a team from Roosevelt University will give a presentation entitled “Transformative Sustainability: the University as Living Laboratory for Connecting Students to the Community.”
Paul Matthews (Assistant VP of Campus Planning & Operations) will map out RU’s sustainability vision first implemented in 2010, particularly in terms of its buildings, grounds, and operations; MaryBeth Radeck (undergraduate SUST major and Sustainability Associate in Physical Resources) will discuss the transformation of RU’s Schaumburg Campus the last few years and the role students have played in this process; and Mike Bryson (SUST Program Director and Associate Professor of Humanities) will talk about the Sustainability Studies curriculum, service learning, student research, and community-university connections.
During a half-day forum, GreenTownparticipants will learn about what colleges and universities are doing to advance sustainability throughout the Chicagoland region through academics, community development and infrastructure. As higher education works to train the next generation of sustainability leaders, learn how they are making real change in communities where they are committed and provide feedback on what more can be done.
The target audience for this forum includes sustainability directors, facilities and landscape managers, food and nutrition service directors, community outreach staff, building engineers, capital planning staff, sustainability/planning/business department faculty, and students at Chicago area, Illinois and Midwest colleges and universities.
Goals of GreenTown 2014’s Campus as Community Change Agent forum:
- Engage a broad spectrum of university/college staff, faculty and students in sharing and learning about best practices, programs and initiatives that are driving sustainability change on campus and in the community.
- Create learning for colleges and university staff, faculty and students around the challenges and opportunities related to engaging the broader community in sustainability.
- Provide networking opportunities for staff, faculty and students across colleges and universities.