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Kathryn Olson, senior environmental studies major, shows two-year-old Eleanor Burlingame how to make paper-bag trees on Saturday at the Green Family fun day in Haish Gym.

City offers resources for Earth Week

By Erin Kolb | April 21, 2013

Earth Day is April 22, and there are many ways people can keep the environment in mind. Melissa Burlingame, program coordinator for NIU’s Institute for the Study of the Environment, Sustainability and Energy, said saving energy is one of the easiest...

Non-profit looks to add bikes lanes to DeKalb

By Logan Love | February 27, 2013

The Green Paws Environmental Alliance (Green PEA) is working on getting bike lanes installed in and around campus and its H2O to Go initiative. “The university would do well to have bike lanes and try to have a more sustainable campus here,” said...

Taxco Restaurant holds STEM Cafe Event

By Jessi Haish | February 20, 2013

Genetically modified organisms (GMOs) were discussed over Mexican dishes Thursday night. Thomas Sims, associate professor of biological sciences, talked “GMO’s - Miracle Crops or Frankenfoods” in a NIU STEM Cafe Event at Taxco Restaurant, 223 W....

DeKalb commission looks to keep the town clean

By Ali Combs | February 10, 2013

Chapter 50 of the city of DeKalb’s municipal code established a Citizen Environmental Commission and with the help of the commission, the city of DeKalb has worked to be more environmentally aware and sustainable in a variety of ways. “We instituted...

Find alternative ways to stay clean

By Hayley Devitt | January 14, 2013

Whether you are cheap, lazy, concerned about plastic bottles polluting the Earth or the chemicals that societal norms urge you to slather on yourself, there is a solution for you. I’m talking about the “no poo movement,” and no, it is not about...

Guest Column: Lead the environmental movement

By Melissa Burlingame | November 3, 2011

"Learning today, leading tomorrow." NIU's motto is fitting, but students should also focus on leading today. In the environmental movement, we can't wait until tomorrow; we need leaders to inspire action today. The evidence for climate change is clear...

Guest Column: Buying organically-grown food is good for you and the environment

By MELISSA BURLINGAME | September 25, 2011

What is organically-grown food? Organic growing practices are farming methods to control pests and retain soil nutrients that exclude the use of manufactured (the key word!) pesticides, fertilizers, or other additives to regulate growth, and include other...

Guest Column: Make your major green

By Melissa Burlingame | September 8, 2011

More and more companies - read "potential employers" - are working to improve their green images and start green initiatives.Being prepared for these demands gives students with a background in environmental studies a competitive edge in the job market...

Guest Column: The Three Rs: Focusing on Reduce!

By Melissa Burlingame | August 30, 2011

Melissa BurlingameProgram Coordinator of Environmental Studies After getting settled in from the first week of classes, some students may be wondering what can be done to support the Three Rs: Reduce, Reuse, and Recycle. The possibilities to practice...

Black and Yellow meets black and red

‘Black and Yellow’ meets black and red

By Takia Simpson | April 14, 2011

The green carpet was rolled out as Wiz Khalifa performed Wednesday night in the Convocaton Center. Mac Miller, one of Khalifa's artists and a member of his team Taylor Gang, opened the show. Miller, like Khalifa, had no problem with crowd appeal as he...