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Week of April 4th, 2011

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 are now posted on TWEN soon.

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

Wednesday, April 20th: ELS and SALDF will be showing the enviro-related movie Food Inc at 7:00. Candy will be provided.

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

Friday, April 22nd: EARTH DAY!

For information email

Beach Clean-up on Saturday, April 23rd at 10:00 AM

Saturday, April 23rd at 10:00 AM: 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, April 5th, in Room 583

Tuesday, April 5th, 11:45-12:45 in room 583: 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.

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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