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  1. TED Talk: Eco-Edition Series - Climate Action 7/27 at 6PM

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    TED Talk: Eco Edition Series - Climate Action

    All are invited to attend iSEE’s TED Talk: Eco-Edition event, this month hosted by Savannah Donovan, Environmental Program Manager at the Urbana Parks District and President of the Environmental Education Association of IL. The discussion will center on local and global climate action. Participants will view a prerecorded TED Talk followed by a guided discussion. No preparation is necessary!

    July 27, 6–7 pm

    Meredith Moore • Institute for Sustainability, Energy, and Environment

  2. TED Talk: Eco-Edition - Celebrating Pride Month and Juneteenth

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    We have a lot to celebrate this month, including Pride Month and Juneteenth! In the spirit of celebrating achievements, we also acknowledge challenges we continue to face and we may find ourselves discouraged and overwhelmed. I hope you can join us on Zoom this Wednesday, 6/15 from 7-8 PM for the June TED Talk: Eco-Edition event which will focus on overcoming barriers. After watching a pre-recorded TED Talk, we will discuss in the context of sustainability action how we can persist beyond the challenges to empower a climate-conscious society. The conversation will be led by April Wendling, iSEE Communications Specialist and UIUC graduate student in Journalism.

    We hope you are able to come and participate in the conversation this week! Register here: https://illinois.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZAqd-mopj8vH9PF58pfJIfICscc_DL4EEVw. As a reminder, all are welcome and feel free to spread the event to anyone who may be interested. Let me know if you have any questions. Have a great week!

  3. May TED Talk: Eco-Edition Series - Bikes!

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    The May TED Talk: Eco-Edition event will be held on 5/31 from 6-7 PM. It is hosted by our very own Tyler Swanson, an incoming senior and the clerk for the Energy and Transportation iCAP Teams.

    Tyler will present a pre-recorded TED Talk by Adam Stones, “How Cycling Can Transform Places” followed by a guided discussion. The semester may be over, but this is a great opportunity to connect with each other in a casual, no-pressure setting. Sign up here to receive the Zoom link: https://illinois.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZ0rc-upqzkoG91isKwq2w-20GAxOU_qS4HM

    Feel free to pass this along to anyone who may be interested!

  4. April 2022 TED Talk: Eco-Edition Series

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    Jen Walling, Executive Director of the Illinois Environmental Council, hosted the iSEE April TED Talk: Eco-Edition Series around the topic of environmental messaging and policy on April 19th at 7pm. The presentation is attached.

    The TED Talk: Eco-Edition series is designed to unite campus and community members for a passionate, respectful, and thought-provoking dialogue about a certain aspect of sustainability. We hope that everyone is as energized by this talk as we are, and ready to engage in another open conversation! Grab your favorite snack and get comfortable! Topics and hosts vary each month.

    TED Talk: "Your Brain on Climate Change" https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rGKVjZ7Dy5E

  5. March 2022 TED Talk: Eco-Edition Series

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    Shallon Malfeo, intern at the Student Sustainable Farm and president of Students for Environmental Concerns, hosted the iSEE March TED Talk: Eco-Edition around the topic of sustainable agriculture on March 28th at 7pm. The presentation is attached.

    The TED Talk: Eco-Edition series is designed to unite campus and community members for a passionate, respectful, and thought-provoking dialogue about a certain aspect of sustainability. We hope that everyone is as energized by this talk as we are, and ready to engage in another open conversation! Grab your favorite snack and get comfortable! Topics and hosts vary each month.

    TED Talk: https://www.ted.com/talks/ron_finley_a_guerrilla_gardener_in_south_centr...

  6. February 2022 Ted Talk: Eco-Edition Series

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    Josh Jay James, marketing student and Chief Marketing Officer of Karma Trade, hosted the iSEE February TED Talk: Eco-Edition around the topic of fast fashion and sustainability in the fashion industry on February 22nd at 7pm. The presentation is attached.

    The TED Talk: Eco-Edition series is designed to unite campus and community members for a passionate, respectful, and thought-provoking dialogue about a certain aspect of sustainability. We hope that everyone is as energized by this talk as we are, and ready to engage in another open conversation! Grab your favorite snack and get comfortable! Topics and hosts vary each month.

    TED Talk: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sCSn2HKTg-U

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  7. TED Talk: Eco-Edition Series - Fast Fashion 2/22

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    TED Talk: Eco-Edition series - Fast Fashion

    Join iSEE's February TED Talk: Eco-Edition event on 2/22 from 7-8 PM! Mona Fang (Co-Founder of Karma Trade/Aerospace Engineering student) and Josh Jay James (Chief Marketing Officer/Marketing student) will host the discussion on sustainability in the fashion industry. We will view a prerecorded TED Talk followed by a group discussion. All are welcome to this fun event; no preparation is necessary!

    February 22, 7–8 pm • Zoom

    Meredith Moore • Institute for Sustainability, Energy, and Environment

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  8. December 2021 TED Talk: Eco-Edition

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    Ainsley Hanner and Hatoon Bashanfar, co-chairs of the Society of Women Engineers Illinois Diversity Committee, hosted the iSEE TED Talk: Eco-Edition on December 9 from 6 - 7 PM. The discussion focused on diversity and representation in the environmental movement and activism. The presentation of the event is attached. 

    TED Talk: Diversity Builds a More Resilient Environmental Movement (Charles Orgon III) 

  9. January 2022 TED Talk: Eco-Edition Series

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    Sakshi Vaya hosted the iSEE January TED Talk: Eco-Edition around the topic of sustainability and equality in education on Monday, January 24 from 6 - 7 PM. The presentation is attached. 

    The TED Talk: Eco-Edition series is designed to unite campus and community members for a passionate, respectful, and thought-provoking dialogue about a certain aspect of sustainability. We hope that everyone is as energized by this talk as we are, and ready to engage in another open conversation! Grab your favorite snack and get comfortable! Topics and hosts vary each month.

    TED Talk: The Dream of Educating Afghan Girls Lives On (Shabana Basij-Rasikh) 

  10. TED Talk: Eco-Edition Series - America Recycles Day 11/15/21

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    iSEE's November TED Talk: Eco-Edition event was held on America Recycles Day, November 15, 2021! Nichole Millage (City of Champaign Environmental Sustainability Specialist) and Susan Monte (Champaign County Planner and Recycling Coordinator) led a thought-provoking discussion on the importance of recycling and our role in reducing waste and being part of the solution for solving our plastic pollution problem. The TED Talk by Rachel Lincoln Sarnoff, “Trash is Ruining Recycling” highlighted new innovations and a mindset pivot where we no longer fuel the supply and demand cycle of single-use and non-sustainable items. I encourage you all to share the TED Talk, the presentation (attached), and other information and resources with your colleagues, friends, and families. Continue the conversation and share ideas on our Facebook group, Waste Reduction @ Illinois!

    There are no shortage of resources, documentaries, and information on our waste problem and potential solutions, and we applaud you for staying engaged and informed! Helping to keep the momentum going and spreading the word is a great place to start. Here are a few additional resources that were published this month:

    As a reminder, the TED Talk: Eco-Edition series is a monthly event that is open to everyone. We hope to see you at our next event on Thursday, December 9 at 6 PM (sign up here!). Be sure to sign up for the iSEE Newsletter to stay up-to-date on campus and community sustainability initiatives, programs, events, and opportunities. Lastly, do you promise to always use the recycling bin? You should! Sign the pledge!

    Please reach out with any questions, ideas, or feedback – we’d love to hear from you! Thanks again!

  11. Circular Economy TED Talk 10/19/21

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    Alexa Smith, NRES senior and Zero Waste and Engagement iCAP Team clerk, led the TED Talk: Eco-Edition event on 10/19/21. This month's theme focused on the circular economy. Access her presentation here. 

    Together, we viewed Kate Raworth's TED Talk, "A healthy economy should be designed to thrive, not grow"

    All are welcome to join this fun and engaging monthly Zoom event!

  12. TED Talk: Eco-Edition - America Recycles Day on 11/15!

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    TED Talk: Eco-Edition series - America Recycles Day on 11/15!

    Join iSEE's November TED Talk: Eco-Edition event on Zoom in celebration of America Recycles Day! Nichole Millage (Champaign Environmental Sustainability Specialist) and Susan Monte (Champaign County Recycling Coordinator) will discuss local recycling efforts, the importance of waste reduction, and actions you can take. We will view a TED Talk followed by a guided conversation. All are welcome!

    November 15, 6–7 pm • Map

    Meredith Moore • Institute for Sustainability, Energy, and Environment

  13. New Take on "TED"

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    Led by Sustainability Programs Manager Meredith Moore, iSEE has been drawing dozens of campus and community members to participate in monthly ‘TED Talk: Eco-Editions.’

    One evening a month on Zoom, these iSEE Certified Green Events take on a different sustainability issue — from discussions of climate justice to waste reduction to plenty more.

    A pre-recorded TED Talk is shown, then a student, staff, or faculty member leads participants through a discussion and roundtable as our community explores how a topic can apply to campus, work, or everyday life.

    Find the next one on the Sustainability Calendar. And, see the attached file for the iQ Fall 2021 to read this article in its original form.

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  14. TED Talk: Eco Edition - Sustainable Economy

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    Join iSEE for our monthly "TED Talk: Eco-Edition" event! Participants will view a prerecorded TED Talk by Kate Raworth, “A healthy economy should be designed to thrive, not grow.” Afterward, iCAP Team Clerk Alexa Smith, a U of I senior, will lead a guided discussion on what makes a sustainable, beneficial economy. Sign up to learn, discuss and connect with peers on an important sustainability topic!

    October 19, 6 pm • Zoom

    Julie Wurth • Institute for Sustainability, Energy, and Environment

    TED Talk: Eco Edition - Sustainable Economy

  15. Campus Sustainability Month is almost here!

    Campus Sustainability Month is right around the corner and we are very excited to invite you to a series of events throughout the entire month of October! Starting this week, Wednesday, September 29 at 6:00 PM, Dr. Ann Perry-Witmer is hosting the next TED Talk: Eco-Edition series over Zoom. She will present a pre-recorded TED Talk and lead a discussion on sustainable decision-making in everyday life - you won’t want to miss out. Register HERE

    Next, back by popular demand, the second Waste Reduction Challenge begins on Monday, October 4. Participants track items they throw away from October 4 – October 31 to learn about and reduce individual waste generation as the month progresses. It is a fun and results-driven challenge with a supportive community. Throughout the month, we send helpful tips and tricks to make it as easy and informative as possible. Sign up HERE.

    Other events in October include:

    • Green Quad Day – October 7 from 10 – 4 PM
    • Virtual Solar Open House – Topia online platform – October 15 from 1 – 2:30 PM
    • Campus trash cleanup – Engineering Quad - October 15 from 3:30 – 5 PM
    • TED Talk: Eco-Edition – Sustainable Economy with Alexa Smith – October 19 from 6 – 7 PM. Register for the Zoom event HERE.
    • Campus Sustainability Celebration – NCSA (1205 W Clark St, Urbana) – October 20 from 1 – 4 PM
    • Illini Lights Out – Foreign Language Building – October 22 from 5:30 – 7 PM. Sign up HERE.  
    • Student Sustainability Summit: Research Symposium – Campus Instructional Facility 4029 - October 26 from 5 – 8 PM 

    Check out more information and other Campus Sustainability Month events on iSEE’s Sustainability Calendar HERE. If you are aware of a sustainability event that is not listed on the calendar, let us know!  

    Start filling your calendars – there are many opportunities to get involved, make a difference, and meet new people. Remember, while we have sustainability events all year long, Campus Sustainability Month is a month-long opportunity to highlight our environmental pride, connect with others, and increase participation in sustainability-related events by the U of I community and beyond. Get involved and come show your support! As always, we are here to answer any questions and guide you in the right direction.

    Have a great week and happy Campus Sustainability Month!

  16. Upcoming TED Talk: Sustainable Decision-Making

    Associated Project(s): 

    Join us for the latest edition of iSEE's popular Zoom series, which will focus on "Sustainable Decision-Making." Participants will watch a prerecorded TED Talk by Catherine Mohr, "The Tradeoffs of Building Green," then join in a thought-provoking discussion led by Ann-Perry Witmer, research scientist at the Grainger College of Engineering Applied Research Institute and lecturer in the Department of Agricultural and Biological Engineering.

    The event will take place on Wednesday, September 29th, 2021 at 6 PM CST.

    Register for the virtual TED Talk online!

  17. TED Talk: Eco-Edition - Environmental Action - Resources!

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    The August TED Talk: Eco-Edition event on environmental action was a great conversation to kick off a new semester at Illinois! Alexandra Gergova was a terrific host at the event and showed an inspiring TED Talk by Majora Carter, “Greening the ghetto”. Learn more about Majora’s work and environmental activism here. In addition to the resources outlined in Alex’s presentation (see attached), below are additional and resources that were shared during the conversation:

    I hope that you enjoyed the discussion on Tuesday evening and that you learned about a new opportunity or way to take action and get involved. Every action has an impact – it is up to all of us to talk about it, tell someone else, and empower others to show up and take action, too!  As always, please reach out with any questions, feedback, or to share additional resources/opportunities!

  18. Next week — ‘TED Talk: Eco Edition’ Aug. 31

    iSEE's August edition of this Zoom series will feature Alexandra Gergova, incoming Chair of the Illinois Student Government Committee on Sustainability, showing the video "Greening the Ghetto" by Majora Carter. Gergova will then lead a discussion on environmental activism and the importance of getting involved! 

    Next week — ‘TED Talk: Eco Edition’ Aug. 31.


    7-8 p.m. | Tuesday, Aug. 31 | Register on Zoom

  19. TED Talk: Eco-Edition on Energy Conservation Follow-up

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    Paul Foote, F&S Energy Efficiency and Conservation Specialist, led a thought-provoking discussion on 7-27-21 about the many uses of energy – even the hidden ones! – in our daily lives, how we can become more energy-conscious, and actions that we can all take to reduce consumption. Attached is the presentation and here a few resources additional resources that were discussed during the event:

    Be sure to sign up for the iSEE newsletter to stay up-to-date on other campus and community sustainability opportunities, including our future TED Talk discussions. Topics and hosts vary each month! Please reach out if you have any questions. Thank you again and have a great week!

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