Five Resolutions for a Sustainable New Year

New Year. New Semester. New You. 

Heading back to campus after the holidays is a fresh start in a lot of ways — so think outside of the box in 2019. iSEE Communications Intern Jenna Kurtzweil suggests you try one (or all) of these five resolutions as you commit or re-commit to sustainability this spring.


1. Turn your passion into a degree

It’s a great time to be interested in sustainability at Illinois! The new Sustainability, Energy, and Environment Fellows Program (SEE FP) is an opportunity for undergraduates in all majors to learn about building a sustainable world. Visit the the SEE FP page for more information about the program and instructions on how to apply.


2. Write for a cause

The Certificate in Environmental Writing (CEW) is a new program offered by iSEE, the English Department, and the School for Earth, Society, and Environment (SESE). The CEW consists of three classes that work together to make you a cutting-edge environmental communicator, and includes the opportunity to be published in Q Magazine. If you can’t commit to all three courses, no problem! The CEW courses are open to any and all students on an individual basis.


3. Take a course

If you’re still fine-tuning your schedule for spring 2019, the U of I offers hundreds of sustainability-focused courses across almost every department. Check out the Education Portal for the full list of options (and some of iSEE’s featured courses).


4. Join an environmental RSO

They say that Illinois has an RSO for everything, and sustainability is no exception: Red Bison, Outdoor Adventure Club, American Fisheries Society U of I Student Subunit, Epsilon Eta, and the campus’ new Beekeeping Club are just the tip of the iceberg. Look through the full Organizations Database to find which organization is right for you.


5. Partner with SSC to bring your sustainability project to life

The Student Sustainability Committee (SSC) is always accepting creative requests for projects to make campus more sustainable. Categories include Education, Energy, Food & Waste, Land & Water, and Transportation. Visit the SSC’s Funding Criteria page for more information.

Looking for more ways to be green? Check out this comprehensive list for more ideas!