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Week of March 28th, 2011

Register for Lobby Day Field Trip

Are you interested in policy and the "sausage-making" process of legislating?  Come on down to see what it's all about!  The ELS is joining the Sierra Club and other public interest groups to attend Lobby Day, an annual gathering of volunteers who are quickly trained in the lobbying process and then walk the floors of the State Legislature to urge lawmakers to protect the environment.  Details on the priority bills are available at

Lobby Day 2011 will take place Tue 1:45PM - Wed 8PM/Mar 29-30th - registration is available immediately at Costs will be $30-50 depending on how many students attend, subsidized by SBA ($10 for dinner/training/networking party on 29th, $10 for materials/lunch on 30th, $45 for Amtrak, $45 for hotel stay = $110). Please note that he hotel price is for a shared room - if you'd like your own, you will need to pay an extra $45.  Please contact Shannon Beebe for more information at

Mark Your Calendars for Earth Week!

The Environmental Law Society will be holding events for Earth Week in mid-April.

Monday, April 18th: ELS will be hosting a bake sale, sign-up sheets will be posted on TWEN soon.

Tuesday, April 19th: There will be an alumni panel.

Wednesday, April 20th: ELS will be showing an enviro-related movie with candy, stay tuned for what movie will be showing!

Thursday, April 21st: There will be a raffle with some very exciting prizes.

Friday, April 22nd: EARTH DAY!

For information email

Beach Clean-up on Saturday, March 23rd

Saturday, March 23rd: ELS will conduct a Beach Clean-Up to help clean the 67th Beach.  If your interested in a day of fun and want to help volunteer, contact Free doughnuts will be provided!

Round Table Event on Tuesday, March 29th.

Tuesday, March 29, 11:45-12:45: Shell Bleiweis, a sole practitioner who specializes in environmental law, will come to Kent to discuss his experiences in environmental law and this alternative way to practice it. 

To encourage discussion, only 12 seats will be available on a first come first served basis.  Please sign up on TWEN, there will be a FREE Lunch from Pompei!

GM Crops and Federal Regulation: Presentation by Biotech Expert Gregory Jaffe, April 11, 4PM, Kent Auditorium/Lobby:

Along with Net Impact, SALDF and IPLS, the ELS presents Greg Jaffe, an attorney at the Center for Science in the Public Interest in DC.  Mr. Jaffe will present the pros and cons of genetically modified crops - both plant and animal - and how well federal regulations are protecting the public interest.  A late lunch will be served.

Net Impact Happy Hour at Kerryman

Eight of Net Impact local chapters are throwing a Happy Hour event on April 1st 5:30PM at Kerryman (661 N Clark Street). All participants are from the environment and CSR fields. ELS members are invited!

Friends of the Forest Preserves Water Policy Internship

The Friend of the Forest Preserves is looking for a policy intern this summer. The intern will be working for Friends of the Forest Preserve to advocate through community organizing and education for the adoption of a Stormwater Management Policy for the Forest Preserves of Cook County, which is currently being considered by the forest preserve board of commissioners.  The Forest Preserves of Cook County make up 11% of Cook County land with many of the preserves buffering the region's river corridors, yet these same preserves receive between 50% and 80% of the County's stormwater.  This has a negative impact on water quality and also stresses high quality natural areas in the forest preserves including habitat for 173 threatened and endangered species.  The intern would also work on site specific stormwater challenges by conducting research, working to find alternative solutions, and educating the public and local officials. Finally, the intern would serve as Friends' liaison at watershed partnership meetings.  The intern will also work on developing information and messaging, themes and images to use in communications, along with creating and giving presentations to local groups.

Internship Dates:  12 weeks (May 23-Augut 12, 2011, some flexibility with dates); 32 hours per week. Benefits include $160 per week stipend plus a travel award to be announced later. Applications are due by Monday, April 18.

To apply submit a cover letter and resume to:

Alice Brandon, Conservation Director
Friends of the Forest Preserves
28 E. Jackson Blvd., Ste. 1102
Chicago, IL 60604-2330
(312) 356-9990

Stephen H. Rothblatt Scholarship

Full or part-time graduate students pursuing a couse of study and research leading to careers in environment related studies can apply for the Stephen H. Rothblatt Scholarship. Applicants must be a U.S. citizens of permanent resident.  The Scholarship is $1,000.00.  Application deadline is March 18, 2011. The application is available at

Openlands Internship and Externship

Openlands is seeking externs and interns for Summer 2011 to work on a broad scope of environmental law and policy issues in our region, ranging from protecting our natural areas and preserving our water resources to potentially helping to establish a national wildlife refuge for future generations.

Applicants should have a strong academic record in environmental law and policy, excellent writing and analytical skills, and a demonstrated interest in and commitment to public interest and environmental advocacy.  Openlands is an equal opportunity employer and is continually seeking to diversify its staff. 

Interested law and policy students should send a cover letter and resume via email to Stacy Meyers at:  For inquiries, please call: 312-863-6265

Summer Institute on Sustainability and Energy

Interested in participating in UIC's Summer Institute on Sustainability and Energy? The Summer Institute is an interdisciplinary program that will occur from August 7-15.  It addresses issues that concern students across the curriculum: policy, economics, health, science, engineering, environment, urban planning, business, entrepreneurship, etc.  Admission to the Summer Institute is highly competitive, with only fifty students being invited to participate.

Admission into the program will be highly competitive with an enrollment cap of only fifty.  Participants will be primarily graduate students, but senior-level undergraduates and postdoctoral fellows will also be accepted.

To apply and for more information, visit


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