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Environmental Justice Week 2020


The Civic Engagement Center wants to dedicate this year's Memorial Day week as NLU's Environmental Justice Week.  This is a topic that is of paramount importance today. 

The vision is to bring our community together, share experiences, and learn more about sustainability, climate health, and environmental justice issues. The meaning of environmental justice centers around environmental health for all and ensuring the safety, equity, and fair treatment of all people and places with respect to environmental protection and laws/policies.   

While it is true that we are all overwhelmed and this is a difficult time for the entire world, we also need to stay grounded, connected, and support each other as much as possible!  Staying true to NLU's mission, this week would help connect staff, faculty, and students and keep the environmental conversation going. 

This is an essential conversation that cannot be lost or even put on pause!  Join us – engage your inner eco-champion, and let it bloom!



Growing Good Bread: Farm to Mill to Flour
Tuesday, May 26: 12pm - 1pm
Heidi HedekerAssociate Professor, Kendall College at National Louis University
Terra Brockman, Author, The Seasons on Henry's Farm: A Year of Food and Life on a Sustainable Farm
Milling and Baking straight from the farm. The industrial food system has short-changed our nutrition and the availability of farmer-grown grains. Independent farmers are creating new pathways direct to consumers - and educating us in the process.

Terra Brockman is the fourth of five generations of a central Illinois farm family, and a James-Beard-nominated author.  Her work has appeared in The Chicago Tribune, Epicurious, Zester Daily, the Christian Century, and Edible Chicago. In 2000, she founded The Land Connection, an educational nonprofit that trains farmers in regenerative agriculture, and helps builds healthy, community-based food systems.

Clean Home, Toxic Home
Tuesday, May 26: 6pm - 7pm
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Orinna Clark, Associate Professor, Undergraduate College at National Louis University
Presentation on common hazardous household cleaners and toxic chemicals. Discussion and sharing of tips, strategies, and alternative sustainable options that are effectve without compromising our health or the environment.
Social Distancing with Local Food: Reading Food Labels
Wednesday, May 27: 12pm - 1pm
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Amanda Schield, Faculty Member, Kendall College at National Louis University
How to tell real from fake when choosing products based on ecolabels.
When Chickens Don't Roost and Cows Don't Come Home
Wednesday, May 27: 6pm - 7pm
Roy Kaelin, Assistant Professor, Undergraduate College at National Louis University
Baking workshop, featuring suggested substitutes for certain ingredients (like dairy products, if one cannot use them).
Jungian Psychoanalytic and Ecopsychological Perspectives on Eco-Justice 
Thursday, May 28: 12pm - 1pm
Dennis MerrittJungian Analyst and Ecopsychologist in Private Practice in Milwaukee and Madison, Wisconsin
Jungian ecopsychology begins at the intra-psychic level with our dreams and extends in a fractal, archetypal manner to an exploration of our dysfunctional relationships with each other and with the environment. Hexagram 42- Increase, from the  I Ching, a profound Chinese book of wisdom, provides an archetypal foundation for examining all power imbalances and serves as a base for eco-justice. Imbalances include racial, economic, and political as well as humans in relation to other species on the planet, what is being called the Anthropocene Era.
Dr. Merritt holds Ph.D. in insect pathology from the University of California, Berkeley. He later went on to study the field of psychology and earned a master’s degree in humanistic psychology with a clinical focus from Sonoma State University before heading to Switzerland where he trained as a Jungian analyst at the C.G. Jung Institute Zürich. 
Food Fights: Standing up for sustainable, organic, and fair food, one household at a time 
Thursday, May 28: 6pm - 7pm
Ericka Mingo, Assistant Professor, College of Professional Studies and Advancement at National Louis University
The way that modern society views food, its cultivation, collection, and distribution, is in many ways out of sync with nature, and certainly not sustainable. In the modern agricultural system, plant varieties are chosen for their ability to ripen uniformly, withstand harvesting, survive packing and last a long time on the shelf, so there is limited genetic diversity in large-scale production. Food labeling is often for the benefit of the seller and can be misleading to buyers looking to restrict unhealthy additives and GMOs. Urban and suburban agriculture is a viable first step in sustainability, but is often viewed as hobby at best. In this workshop we can take a look at the simple steps that we can take towards organic sustainable food, from our own household practices, to advocacy and awareness around the most important elements in the fight for fair and healthy food long term.
DIY Composting
Friday, May 29: 12pm - 1pm
Chris QuirkFaculty Member and an elite chef, Kendall College at National Louis University
Short presentation and discussion of how to start a small counter-top compost and use it effectively.

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