Sustainability, Equity, Environment, Economics

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March 2014

Green Speaker Series: Renewable Energy Strategies for Building Infrastructure Improvements.
Monday, March 17, 2014 2 - 3 p.m.
Conference Center

The Sustainability Center and Veterans Center have joined forces to offer you a green speaker series. Join us for our fourth event of the series,  Renewable Energy Strategies for Building Infrastructure Improvements, presented by Michele James, from CTS Group.

Green technologies and sustainable design can be applied to existing facilites  to transform them from wasteful energy users into environmentally friendly, energy efficient buildings. Learn about the different systems and technologies that have been put into practice at Lake Land College and the Village of Homewood to drastically reduce their energy usage and lower their carbon footprints. 

Preventive and Predictive Maintenance Equipment Best Practices

March 27, 2014
8 a.m. – 5 p.m.
ATOC 131

This training will discuss and demonstrate how keeping equipment operating within design limits will minimize environmental risks, reduce maintenance and operational cost, and energy usage. The training will identify how to maintain equipment resulting in electrical, gas, and fuel savings, as well as increasing capacity through the elimination of downtime.

Space Limited. Advance Registration Required. Register now.

April 2014

Green Speaker Series: Industry Greening- The jobs are here!
Monday, April 21, 2014 2 - 3 p.m.
Board Room, 2nd Floor

The Sustainability Center and Veterans Center have joined forces to offer you a green speaker series. Join us for our fifth event of the series, Industry Greening – the jobs are here presented by Bryant Williams, from Cook County Department of Environmental Control.

Industry greening is occurring all over the Chicagoland region. Learn about the program in Cook County, what and where the jobs are, and how it affects you as a consumer.

The Path To Sustainable Change

April 17, 2014
8:30 a.m. – 12 p.m.
Conference Center

This is a skills-based workshop that trains participants in a process for creating sustainable change. This workshop will provide participants with:

  • An in-depth understanding of the Path to Sustainable Change
  • Skills to achieve sustainable behavior change in energy efficiency within organizations
  • Knowledge of how to start a movement

This training focuses on how to use the Path to Sustainable Change and connect the few and the many. There are four steps in creating sustainable change. This training explains these steps, provides examples of each, and lets participants practice creating sustainable behavior change for energy efficiency that can be translated into their organizations.

Space Limited. Advance Registration Required. Register now.

Facilitating Employee Engagement in Sustainability Initiatives

April 17, 2014
1 p.m. – 5 p.m.
Conference Center

In this training, participants will come together to focus on employee engagement strategies, and the resulting behavior change, as a means by which to increase awareness and participation in sustainability (specifically, energy efficiency) efforts. Drawing upon experiential and conversational techniques, the trainers will leverage proprietary tools created and applied within broad public and private social change initiatives to create an interactive and thought-provoking learning environment.

Space Limited. Advance Registration Required. Register now.

Earth Week 2014
April 21-25
PSC Main Campus

Let the Earth Week festivities begin! Several activities will take place at Prairie State College to celebrate Earth Week, April 21-15, 2014.

Download the Full Schedule of Events, including dates and times. Click the links below for more information on individual events.

Monday, April 21

Tuesday, April 22

  • Photo-cycle
  • Cooking With Local Foods by Adrian Martino & Marco Caso
  • Nature Preserve Clean Up

Wednesday, April 23

Thursday, April 24

Conservation Through Education

Friday, April 25

  • SMHEC Student Summit at Moraine Valley Community College
  • C2C Fellows Program Workshop (April 25-27) at Moraine Valley Community College

Saturday, April 26

  • Real Men Recycle: Community Recycling Drive

Real Men Recycle

A special thank you to our Earth Week Sponsors!

Emerald Sponsors
Sustainable Business Center

Jungle Sponsors
Use it Again

South Star


Forest Sponsors
Magic Pure

Barnes & Noble
Barnes & Noble

Student Sustainability Summit
April 25, 2014, 8:00 a.m. -2:30 p.m.
Moraine Valley Community College

Join us for our third student sustainability summit, a professional conference run for students by students. We are in the initial stages of planning, but check back often for registration information, a call for proposals and a draft agenda!

If you’re interested in being a part of the planning committee, please contact Allessandra Cairo at or 708-709-3764.

Past Events

February 2014

Green Speaker Series: Energy Efficiency – A career for anyone.
Monday, February 17, 2014 2 - 3 p.m.
Conference Center

The Sustainability Center and Veterans Center have joined forces to offer you a green speaker series. Join us for our third event of the series, Energy Efficiency – A career for anyone, presented by David Mueller, from Ensol.

You’ve seen Prairie State College’s energy efficiency initiatives, but did you know there might be a career in it for you? The field of energy efficiency includes a range of careers from IT and marketing to energy auditors and facilities managers. Learn how and why these careers are important to the industry and what you need to become an energy professional.

November 2013

Green Speaker Series: Village Greening - Is there a career in it for you?
Monday, November 18, 2013 2 - 3 p.m.

Veterans Center

The Sustainability Center and Veterans Center have joined forces to offer you a green speaker series. Join us for our second event of the series, Village Greening: Is there a career in it for you, presented by Sarah Coulter, sustainability coordinator for the Village of Park Forest.

Sustainability exists outside of Prairie State College and there might be a job in it for you - Public Works, Mayor’s Office, Planning, Recreation… Learn about the program at the Village of Park Forest, the credentials needed to become a sustainability professional and the large-scale impact you can have on a community through community greening.

Light refreshments will be served.

October 2013

The Pathway to Sustainable Change and Student Success
Friday, October 11, 2013
8:30 a.m. - 3 p.m.

This is a very special program, sponsored by the Sustainability Center, Student Government Association and the Prairie State College Foundation.

The workshop has been designed to teach students the skills necessary to become a leader here at Prairie State College and beyond. Students will learn listening skills, ways to communicate effectively, and methods of engaging various groups of stakeholders, as well as policies and procedures for running successful meetings, events and campus activities, and of course – students will learn how to practice sustainability on a daily basis and serve as future change agents.

This is a great resume builder for students and all attendees will receive a certificate of completion.

A light breakfast and lunch will be served. View the agenda.

Registration is closed.


SMHEC Sustainability Conference: Sustainability Connects Us All
Friday, October 18, 2013
8 a.m. - 3 p.m.
Illinois Institute of Technology (IIT)

Through a variety of workshops and presentations, discover how sustainability has the power to connect us all. The format of this year's conference will give attendees the opportunity to hear about many new topics! All presentations will focus on their connection to jobs. The conference is geared toward students, senior administrators, faculty and staff from information technology, operations, workforce development, marketing and student services.

For more information and to register, visit the conference website.


Homewood-Flossmoor Electronics Recycling Drive (Households Only) Saturday, October 19, 2013 9 a.m. - 1 p.m. Parker Junior High School Parking Lot 2810 School Street, Flossmoor, IL

Bring your household electronics to this FREE electronics recycling drive sponsored by the H-F Green Team. View the recycling flier for a list of acceptable items. For more information, call the H-F Park District at 708-957-0300.

Green Speaker Series: Green Jobs for Green Graduates
Monday, October 21, 2013 2 - 3 p.m.
Veterans Center

The Sustainability Center and Veterans Center have joined forces to offer you a green speaker series. Join us for our first event of the series, Green Jobs for Green Graduates, presented by Ed Choklek. Mr. Choklek is a Senior Associate at FGM Architects and Vice Chair of the USGBC Illinois Chapter Higher Education Committee.

This presentation, will address the 15 core segments of the green economy, from business services to manufacturing and industrial support, what the green jobs are and where they are located.

Light refreshments will be served.

Campus Sustainability Day
Wednesday, October 23, 2013
Atrium and Conference Center

Campus Sustainability Day is a national initiative for all institutions of higher education, sponsored through the Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education, to recognize the successes, challenges and innovation of sustainability in higher education. This year’s national theme is Climate Adaptation.

In preparation of Campus Sustainability Day, students are invited to create a poster on climate change and what it means to them. Students are invited to participate as a club, class or individual. All posters will be displayed in the Atrium for Campus Sustainability Day.

Come meet the Sustainability Club in the Atrium between 10 a.m. -2 p.m. to learn about sustainability on campus, walk the Nature Preserve. While you're there, purchase your eco-friendly cup and organic popcorn. All proceeds will support the club's sustainability efforts on campus.

NEW EVENT ADDED! Special Presentation by the Alliance For Climate Education on Climate Change.

Join us at 3:30 p.m. in the Conference Center Auditorium for a special presentation and panel discussion on Climate Change.

The presentation will discuss:

  • The situation: how we got where we are today
  • The impacts of climate change: global and local
  • The solutions: how young people are leading the way to a clean and just future

If you are interested in being part of the panel discussion, please contact Allessandra Cairo, sustainability coordinator at 708-709-3764.