Winter 2015

Madagascar Trip

Dr. Mitchell Irwin , Anthropology professor and Environmental Studies faculty member, conducts research in Madagascar each summer and often takes students with him, many of which are typically from Environmental Studies. This year, those students included Carla O’Leske, Laura Hardy, and Sam Rorie.

Click Here to see the animals they study

Dr. Irwin has been studying the eastern grey bamboo lemur (Hapalemur griseus). This lemur's diet is mostly bamboo that contains cyanide, which makes the lemur poisonous to humans. Next year, he will also study the brown lemur (Eulemur fulvus), who is a true frugivore - mostly eating ripe fruit.

This trip is open to advanced undergraduate students. The next trip will be in June 2017. Applications will be available in Spring.

Prerequisite courses:

ANTH 240-Introduction to Physical Anthropology, or

ENVS 301, or

Introduction to Biology courses.

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Green Office Initiative

With the help of the students in the Environmental Management class and our Marketing Associate, the program previously called the Green Office Certification Program has been restructured to make the program more obtainable for offices around campus.

An Information Session with speakers from offices going through the program and the students involved in restructuring the process will be held Tuesday, November 17th from noon to 1:00 p.m in the HSC Illinois Room.

Volunteers are also needed to help with the program next semester.

If your office is interested in participating in this program or you would like to volunteer, please contact Kayi Lawson, Marketing Associate, at


In the Grant Residence Hall, the 8th floor of D-Tower is home to the Green Living Community, which is a living learning community. To live on this floor, a student does not need to be an Environmental Studies major, but just have an interest for learning about sustainability and green living.

The students on this floor have gone to the Museum of Science and Industry, learned about local food while enjoying pumpkin pie (Illinois is the largest producer of pumpkins in the US), and will be making their own air fresheners to keep their rooms smelling fresh all winter.

If you have questions about the Green Living Community, please email

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