Students enjoy learning about the Sugar Grove Nature Center during the Environmental Studies annual picnic this fall.

Fall 2013 Events and Speakers

Also see GREENetwork for more environment-related events.

October 2013

“Protecting the Illinois Environment
Through State Legislation”
Jennifer Walling, the Executive Director of the Illinois Environmental Council
Tuesday, October 1, 2013
7:00 pm
Center for Natural Sciences (CNS) C101 at IWU

Jennifer will discuss the results of the 2013 Illinois legislative session, including important legislation concerning hydraulic fracturing (“fracking”), open space, and renewable energy.  She will also discuss the priorities of the environmental community in the upcoming year. The Illinois Environmental Council is a non-profit organization
that lobbies and organizes support for environmental legislation throughout the state of Illinois. 


November 2013

"Four Decades of Bird Study at Goose Lake Prairie: What Has Changed and What Have We Learned?"
Dr. Jim Herkert, Director of the Illinois Department of Conservation’s Office of Resource Conservation
Tuesday, November 5, 2013

7:00 pm
Center for Natural Sciences (CNS) C101 at IWU

Goose Lake Prairie is the largest remnant of prairie left in Illinois. Acquired in 1968 and dedicated as an Illinois Nature Preserve in 1969, it is also one of the most heavily studied preserves in the state.  Because breeding birds at Goose Lake Prairie have been studied since 1970, this site offers a unique opportunity to assess how bird populations within preserves change over time.  Dr. Herkert will discuss changes in the breeding bird population at this site over the past 40 years, and also discuss how birds have responded to management practices.

"What is a Food Co-op, and Why Should I Care?"
Katie Novak, Green Top Grocery Representative
Thursday, November 7, 2013

Cartwright Room, Memorial Center (IWU)

Food co-ops are sprouting up across the country! Learn more about what a co operatively owned grocery is and how it benefits your family and the local economy. You’ll also learn how it impacts the food system. Join Green Top Grocery representative, Katie Novak, who will shed light on these issues and be happy to answer your questions. Please contact the Wellness Center to reserve a space by phone at (309) 556-3334 or by email at

America Recycles Day
Ecology Action Center
Saturday, November 16, 2013
8 a.m. - 12 p.m.
Hansen Center Parking Lot

Local students and residents will be able to dispose of their residential recyclable products at the America Recycles Day event. The event will be accepting electronics, household batteries, clothing and textiles, shoes, CFLs, plastic garden pots, some terracycle items, and will also provide confidential paper shredding. To learn more, visit the EAC's website.


December 2013

Environmental Studies Senior Seminar: Creating a Sustainable Society

The Environmental Studies Senior Seminar is an integrative, interdisciplinary, project-oriented capstone course required of all ES majors in their senior year. The students have worked all semester individually developing and conducting research related to an aspect of environmental sustainability--in consultation with a local community partner--and have prepared a presentation on their findings. Please feel free to attend any or all of the presentations. Light refreshments will be served. Presenter order for each community briefing date is as follows:

Community Briefing #1
Tuesday, December 3, 2013
6 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.
Beckman Auditorium, Ames Library

6:05p   Mackenzie Rivkin: Determining the Feasibility of Implementing a Fungiculture Program with The Peace Garden at Illinois Wesleyan University

6:25p   Dana Rotz: Exploring Barriers and Solutions to Recycling Programs in Apartment Complexes in Normal, Illinois

6:45p   Ian Powers: Measuring the Costs and Benefits of Permeable Paving in the City of Bloomington, Illinois

7:15p   Alicia Barnett: Determining Best Practices for the Implementation of a Sustainable Bicycle Sharing Program at Illinois Wesleyan University

7:35p   Jeffrey Golladay: Examining Wildlife Use of Constructed Wetlands in Central Illinois.

7:55p   Genevieve Alexander: Assessing the Biodiversity and Susceptibility of Trees in Maxwell Park to Future Invasive Species Outbreaks

Community Briefing #2
Monday, December 9, 2013
1 p.m. - 3:30 p.m.
Beckman Auditorium, Ames Library

1:05p   Ellen Cornelius: Assessing the Indoor Tanning Behaviors at Illinois Wesleyan University and Lowering Students’ Risk of Skin Cancer

1:25p   Carolyn Ashley: Assessing Local Food Resources and Strengthening the Regional Food System of McLean County, Illinois 

1:45p   Shane McGowan: Evaluating the Effectiveness of Food Composting at Illinois Wesleyan University

2:05p   Break

2:15p   Kylin Wagner: Assessing the Feasibility and Best Outlets for Micro Level Wind Energy at Illinois Wesleyan University

2:35p   Gabriel Chanez: Exploring Barriers to Recycling in Illinois Wesleyan University Fraternal Housing

2:55p   Mark Hansen: Assessing Student Water Use Behaviors and Conservation in Residence Halls at Illinois Wesleyan University


More Fall 2013 activities to come!

Click here for a sampling of Spring 2013 Events and Speakers