Local Students Invited to SMHEC Student Sustainability Summit at JJC April 10

JJC and other local college students are invited to the South Metropolitan Higher Education Consortium (SMHEC) Student Sustainability Summit on Friday, April 10 from 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. in the lower level of J-Building on the JJC Main Campus, 1215 Houbolt Road in Joliet.

Students need to register for this free conference by April 6 at the SMHEC website, www.SouthMetroEd.org.

SMHEC Executive Director Genny Boesen said this event is for all students – not just those interested in sustainability.

“We believe this event is a great thing for any student because sustainability isn’t just a career – it’s a life choice,” she said. “This event is created for students and designed by students. It’s a great opportunity for students to network with sustainability professionals and students from other schools.”

In addition to networking, internship opportunities will be available and ten students will give sustainability presentations.

One presentation will cover the importance of using local food, led by the JJC Culinary Arts Department. Another, given by JJC student James Wallace, will address an ecological research project, and a third presentation will be about designing a sustainable one-room schoolhouse, presented by JJC student Steve Mark.

In addition, a free sustainable lunch will be provided to all attendees. JJC Food Services will serve a variety of pizzas made from local ingredients. Breakfast will also be provided for free.

Every student at the conference will have a chance to enter into a raffle for five $100 gift certificates to the winning students’ college bookstore.

Some sustainability professionals at the conference will include: the Indiana Dunes National Park, Morton Arboretum, Will County Land Use, Friends of the Forest Preseve, Pace Bus, Gilbane Construction, SouthSTAR Services, Demonica Kemper Architects, the Illinois Environmental Council and more.

For more information, or to register for the Student Sustainability Summit, visit www.SouthMetroEd.org.

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