Creating a Sustainable Society, the senior seminar course for Environmental Studies, provides advanced ES students with the opportunity to apply what they have learned in earlier coursework to a “real world” sustainability challenge in the local community. Students identify an issue, find a community agency to collaborate with, and develop and carry out their research. Their work culminates in a professional research paper and public briefing. The papers selected for this collection represent excellent examples of student work - some with exceptional strengths in research or writing, others with seeking proactive solutions to community issues.

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Submissions from 2013

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Assessing the Biodiversity and Susceptibility of Trees in Maxwell Park to Future Invasive Tree Pest Outbreaks, Genevieve Alexander '14

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Assessing the Indoor Tanning Behaviors and Risk of Skin Cancer Among Illinois Wesleyan University Students, Ellen Cornelius '14

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Determining the Feasibility of Implementing an Effective Fungiculture Program with the Peace Garden at Illinois Wesleyan University, Mackenzie Rivkin '14

Submissions from 2012

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Exploring Strategies for Converting Illinois Wesleyan University from Dual-Stream to Single-Stream Recycling, Megan George '13

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Developing a Water Management Plan: Exploring Water Conservation Strategies on the Illinois Wesleyan Campus, Tim Griffin '13

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Examining Ways to Promote Water Conservation at Golf Courses in Bloomington-Normal, Illinois, Rose Kelly '13

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Determining the Feasibility of Universal Access to Bus Transportation for Illinois Wesleyan University Students, Liz Kuehn '14

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Obtaining Consumer Perceptions of External Costs of “Cheap” Food Products and Analyzing Quality Food Markets that Minimize External Costs in Bloomington-Normal, Illinois, Jennifer Long '13

Submissions from 2011

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Determining the Feasibility of Implementing a Beekeeping Cooperative in the Bloomington-Normal, Illinois Area, Courtney Luensman '12

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Examining the Effects of Recycling Education on the Knowledge, Attitudes, and Behaviors of Elementary School Students, Hannah Williams '12

Submissions from 2010

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Environmental Justice: Improving Inclusion of Minorities in Environmental Work in Bloomington-Normal, IL, Emmy Grace '11

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Bringing the Endangered Barn Owl Back to McLean County, Illinois: Implementing a Local Nest Box Program, Anna Groves '11

Submissions from 2008

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Growing Food Justice in West Bloomington, Illinois, Daniel Burke, '09

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The Feasibility of Incorporating Sustainable Materials in the Design of Habitat for Humanity Homes, Meaghan Collins, '09

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Environmental Evaluation of a Quaternary Wastewater Treatment Wetland, Olivia DeMeo, '09

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The Feasibility of Implementing Farm to School Programs In Bloomington-Normal Public Schools, Margaret Kane, '09

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What Impact Does Sustainable Certification Have? A Comparison of Aquatic Nitrate and Phosphate Levels between Two Golf Courses in the Bloomington-Normal Community, Jason Koval, '09

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Green Roofs for a Green Town: Possibilities of Green Roof Implementation in the Town of Normal, Lindsey Sihau, '09