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  1. 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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  2. 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) 

  3. 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) 

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

    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!

  5. 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!

  6. 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

  7. 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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  8. 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

  9. 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!

  10. Upcoming TED Talk: Sustainable Decision-Making

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    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!

  11. 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!

  12. 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

  13. 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!

  14. Upcoming energy-themed events

    YOU are invited to iSEE's monthly TED Talk: Eco-Edition series discussion. Tomorrow (Tuesday), July 27 at 5:30 PM, Paul Foote, F&S Energy Efficiency and Conservation Specialist, will host the event and lead the July discussion on energy conservation. We will view a pre-recorded TED Talk , "The four things you need to know about the energy you use", followed by a guided discussion and roundtable. All are welcome to this (fun!) Zoom event, and I hope to see you there! Register here.

    Additionally on the topic of sustainable energy, this summer the University of Illinois Extension is hosting a series of free and online webinars on the topic of geothermal energy. There are three upcoming sessions at noon on the following dates (click the links to learn more and register): July 29 (Geothermal Energy in Illinois), on August 10 (Campus Case Study, highlighting ten existing campus geothermal projects), and August 12 (Community Case Study).

    There are many events in the coming weeks to keep you energized and engaged!


  15. Fun Times at the TED Talk: Eco-Edition Event!

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    We had a fantastic June TED Talk: Eco-Edition discussion on water conservation on 6/24! Attached is Vica Otrubina’s presentation. After watching Kelsey Leonard’s TED Talk, “Why lakes and rivers should have the same rights as humans”, Vica did a terrific job hosting the group discussion. I have been thinking about the question she posed, “Corporations are recognized to have ‘human rights’. Do you think it’s possible for us to extend these rights to water/air/etc.?” since the conversation yesterday. Stay tuned for our July conversation by signing up for the iSEE newsletter and continuing the conversation on the Waste Reduction @ Illinois Facebook group. See you soon!

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  16. TED Talk: Eco-Edition Series on Water Conservation this Thursday!

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    Hello all and happy Sunday! We have our next TED Talk: Eco-Edition event on the topic of water conservation and policy on Thursday! Vica Otrubina, a graduate student in Civil & Environmental Engineering, is this month’s host. She will be showing a pre-recorded TED Talk from December 2019 by Kelsey Leonard, “Why lakes and rivers should have the same rights as humans” followed by a guided discussion. I am really looking forward to this topic and hope you are able to join!

    The discussion will be held on Thursday evening, June 24, from 6 – 7 PM on Zoom. Register here. As always, all are welcome to attend. Grab a snack, invite anyone else who may be interested, and get ready for a thought-provoking and enlightening discussion in a casual environment – not to mention, a fun time with great folks! J Have suggestions for future TED Talk topics or hosts? Let me know!

    Have a good week and see you on Zoom Thursday evening,

  17. Article: An Earth Month to Remember

    The Spring 2021 iSEE Quarterly Update (iQ) highlighted a diverse array of campus initiatives that made this year's Earth Month one to remember. Ranging from hosted events to sustainable energy, the article discusses the launch of the "TED Talk: Eco Edition" series, Solar Farm 2.0, community trash pickup, and more!

    Read the article in the attached files below. 

  18. TED Talk: Eco Edition Series - Bikes

    Thank you for attending another excellent TED Talk: Eco-Edition series discussion all about bikes on 5/26! Sarthak Prasad led a great discussion on Wednesday evening after watching Adam Stone’s TED Talk, “How cycling transforms people and places.” Sarthak’s presentation is attached. Be sure to check out the Bike @ Illinois website for more information about the Bike Center, bike routes, safety, and other helpful resources! You are welcome to contact at any time with questions or feedback.

    Thank you again for attending on Wednesday, and we look forward to seeing you at our next TED Talk discussion in June on the topic of water! Stay tuned for more details by checking out the iSEE Sustainability Calendar and signing up for the newsletter. Have a nice and safe Memorial Day weekend!

  19. Weekly Update: Summer hours, Donations, iSEE Ted Talk

    All, This week’s report is delayed as I was off last week.

    From the 10th – 14th we had some volunteer interest, slightly busier times, and some more donations. Just today we received another batch of donations: tires/tubes, a wheel, and whole lot of jerseys/clothing that we likely will not be able to even give away. I’ll reach out to some cycling clubs and see if they’re interested.

    This week we’ll be debuting our new hours of M/W/F 2 – 6p. These will be our hours all summer, effective immediately. iSEE is hosting a Zoom TedTalk thing on Wednesday and tonight is TBPs member meeting.

    I’ll be understaffed to start the summer as one of my summer workers got an internship and won’t be available after all. I’ll work on drumming up some more help this week.

    The numbers:

    Visitors: 24 (I-card only)
    Sales: $565
    Bikes (refurb): 2 for $340
    Membership: 1 for $30


    Jacob Benjamin
    Manager, Campus Bike Center

  20. Post-TED Talk Resources

    Nan Holda, one of the participants in the latest TED Talk: Eco-Edition event provided some great resources to follow up from the conversation on 4/29.  

    • Joan Gregerson's book “Climate Action Challenge.” Here’s a link to her book and workbook:
    • Link to where people can sign up for her free, quick start online training:  2021 International Climate Action Challenge
    • Joan’s weekly Green Team Academy Podcast:
    • Climate Crisis Policy/Earth Bill Network is an umbrella organization wrangling in all other US environmental orgs to create one comprehensive Earth Bill to present to President Biden ( IMO their approach to passing federal policy is more inclusive, unified, and broader than Citizens’ Climate Lobby (which is another big lobbying org). The Earth Bill Network would love to have some college student volunteers working to create a college/university student network for the Earth Bill. If anyone is interested, they should check out the website and register at, noting how they would like to volunteer.