Winter-Spring 2013 Events and Speakers


Also see GREENetwork for more environment-related events.

January 2013

“Working for the National Park Service: A Post Graduate Experience”
with Tom Marlow, IWU alumni
Tuesday, January 15, 2013
Center for Natural Sciences (CNS) C101 at IWU

Think a mastery of environmental ethics is not a job skill? Well, think again! Tom Marlow will highlight his use of "environmental pragmatism" at work. Marlow is an IWU alumnus, an environmental studies major, and and Action Research Center veteran. He will talk about his experience post graduation finding a job, as well as his perspective on conservation and non-profit work as a career path. He will then talk about the research he has conducted with the National Park Service. Sponsored by IWU's Action Research Center.

“Crops and Conservation:  The Nature Conservancy's Mackinaw River Program”
with Krista Kirkham, Applied Scientist for the Illinois Chapter of The Nature Conservancy (TNC)
Thursday, January 31, 2013
Center for Natural Sciences (CNS) C101 at IWU

The Mackinaw River in central Illinois contains several high quality stream segments and is home to many aquatic species, but it is exposed to environmental stressors such as agriculture runoff from the surrounding landscape.  Krista will talk about the work of The Nature Conservancy in Illinois and give an overview of three TNC conservation projects along the Mackinaw River, including the Paired Watershed Project, the Franklin Research and Demonstration Project, and the Mackinaw Drinking Watersheds Project. Co-sponsored by IWU's Environmental Studies Program and John Wesley Powell Audubon.


February 2013

"Climate Change Rally: Defeat Keystone XL Pipeline"
Monday, February 18, 2013
12 noon to 1:30pm
Hansen Student Center at IWU

Twenty-four hours after the largest climate change rally to date, IWU will have its own: "Climate Change rally: defeat the Keystone XL pipeline". Grab your bag lunch and come to Hansen Student Center at noon to hear speakers, music, and short videos to learn more about the pipeline project and climate change and what you can do! Co-sponsored by IWU's Sierra Student Coalition (SSC), College Democrats, Student Senate, Office for Residential Life (ORL) Sustainability Educators, and the Environmental Studies Program.

“Soil Science and Sustainable Agriculture"
with Bob Boehle, head of Boehle Consulting, and tester of the soil at the IWU Peace Garden
Tuesday, February 19, 2013
Center for Natural Sciences (CNS) C101 at IWU

Interested in gardening? Sustainable agriculture? The connection of nourishing soil to our food supply and health? Come listen to Boehle, a garden and agricultural soil specialist.  Sponsored by the IWU Action Research Center and Peace Garden.

“An Elusive and Rare Prairie Mammal: the Franklin’s Ground Squirrel in Central Illinois"
with Dr. Tih-Fen Ting, an Associate Professor of Environmental Studies at the University of Illinois at Springfield
Thursday, February 28, 2013
Center for Natural Sciences (CNS) C101 at IWU

The Franklin’s ground squirrel was listed as a threatened species in Illinois in 2004 and the Illinois Wildlife Action Plan lists it as a “species in greatest need of conservation." Population declines of this elusive Illinois resident have been widely attributed to the loss and fragmentation of tallgrass prairie habitat due to intensive agricultural practices. Dr. Ting will provide an overview of her research findings on the ecology of Franklin’s ground squirrels, as well as an update on their abundance, behavior, and habitat requirements in Central Illinois.  Co-sponsored by IWU's Environmental Studies Program and John Wesley Powell Audubon.


March 2013

"Nature Photography" with Tom Ulrich, nature photographer
Monday, March 18, 2013
Center for Natural Sciences (CNS) C101 at IWU

- Members of Sugar Grove Nature Center and JWP Audubon $5/adult, $2/children under 12
- Non-Members $7/adult, $3/children under 12
- FREE for IWU, ISU, & HCC students with ID

Urlich is a renowned nature photographer whose work has been featured in National Geographic, National Wildlife, Time, Audubon, and many other publications. Originally from Illinois, he now resides outside of Glacier National Park in Montana, but returns to Illinois each year on his photo tour. Every year he dazzles his audiences with amazing photographs, tips for photographers and humorous narration. The focus of his presentation this year will include the nature of Alaska, Africa, and Glacier National Park, with a special feature on bird migration in south Texas. Co-sponsored by IWU's Environmental Studies Program, John Wesley Powell Audubon, and Sugar Grove Nature Center.

Film Showing of "Gasland"
Sunday, March 24, 2013
7:00 pm
Beckman Auditorium, Ames Library at IWU

In "Gasland," filmmaker Josh Fox takes a closer look into the health and environmental issues created by fracking--a natural gas drilling process that has caused much controversy in the past decade. The film will be followed by a discussion on the risks of fracking and the possibility of it coming to Illinois today.
The event is co-sponsored by the IWU Environmental Studies Program and the IWU Student Sierra Coalition.

Film Showing of "Who Killed the Electric Car?"
Wednesday, March 27, 2013
6:30 pm
Shaw 201 at IWU

"Who Killed The Electric Car?" chronicles the rise and fall of the ever innovative electric car. Starting in 1996 in California, these cars, which produced no exhaust and used no gasoline, were starting to be seen on the streets at a growing rate. Ten years later they seemed to have all disappeared. What caused the death of this revolutionary new tool? Come find out. The film will be shown, free pizza will be served, and a short guided discussion will follow the film.
This event will be hosted by the ORL Sustainability Educators.


April 2013

Exploring Study Abroad in Environmental Studies - Student Panel
Wednesday, April 3, 2013
Shaw 201 at IWU

Interested in studying abroad in Environmental Studies? Students sitting on the panel have participated in environmental studies programs in New Zealand, Australia, Denmark, Costa Rica, and Tanzania and will present briefly on their own experiences and answer any questions. Students are encouraged to attend if they are interested or have thought about studying abroad. Co-sponsored by the IWU Sierra Student Coalition (SSC) and Environmental Studies Program.

Finding Work in the Non-Profit Environmental Sector
Brown Bag Lunch with Katie Coleman, Environmental Law and Policy Center in Chicago IL, and IWU Alumni '03
Tuesday, April 9, 2013
Davidson Room, Memorial Center at IWU

Interested in looking for work in the not-for-profit environmental sector? Join IWU ES alumni Katie Coleman (who is currently Communications Associate with the Environmental Law and Policy Center in Chicago - see website) to learn about her experience and advice. Bring your lunch and questions! More information to come.

Exploring Environmental Internships - Student Panel 
Wednesday, April 17, 2013
Beckman Auditorium, Ames Library at IWU

Interested in exploring an environmental studies internship? IWU students sitting on the panel will speak about their experiences applying for and interning in the Bloomington-Normal community and be available for questions. Internships include the IWU Peace Garden, Green Institute of Heartland Community College, City of Bloomington, Town of Normal, West Bloomington Revitalization Project, Ecology Action Center, State Farm, and Sugar Grove Nature Center. Light refreshments will be available. Students are encouraged to attend if they are interested or have thought about applying for an internship. Co-sponsored by the IWU Sierra Student Coalition (SSC) and Environmental Studies Program.

Illinois Sustainable Living and Wellness Expo: Creating Healthy Communities (ISLWE)
Saturday, April 13, 2013
Shirk Center, Illinois Wesleyan University
Free and open to the public. For more information see website.

Explore the many aspects of Living Well & Living Green at the upcoming Illinois Sustainable Living and Wellness Expo with up to 100 exhibitors and 20 presenters. This interactive event celebrates Creating Healthy Communities by blending ideas for green alternatives and embracing the many services that promote health and healing. The ISLWE is McLean County’s major Zero Waste event.  With the help of Midwest Fiber, who will accept all food waste for composting, this event is planned and managed to avoid any generation of waste that cannot be recycled, reused, or composted!  In 2012, with approximately 4,000 attendees, only 20 pounds of waste was landfilled. Co-sponsored by the Ecology Action Center and Illinois Wesleyan University's Wellness Program.