UChicago Program on the Global Environment

UChicago Program on the Global Environment PGE's interdisciplinary programs include the Environmental and Urban Studies BA major and minor, the Environment, Agriculture and Food Working Group, the Frizzell Family & Learning Series and the Chicago Studies Quarter.
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PGE professors Sabina Shaikh and Evan Carver share their thoughts on saving the planet in the Chicago Tribune ! 🌎
12/18/2020
How to finally start saving the planet, according to environmental experts

PGE professors Sabina Shaikh and Evan Carver share their thoughts on saving the planet in the Chicago Tribune ! 🌎

When talking about saving the environment, the classic three R’s — reduce, reuse, recycle — are the first solution many think of, and the suggestion to eliminate single-use plastics dominates the current conversation as well. But as forests are burning, CO2 levels in the atmosphere are hitting...

PGE Graduate Preceptor Robert Suits is quoted in this Atlantic piece about the history of energy use in America, fossil ...
12/15/2020

PGE Graduate Preceptor Robert Suits is quoted in this Atlantic piece about the history of energy use in America, fossil fuel trends, and, as the title suggests, beefy horses. Suits and his research colleagues have used a Sankey diagram to map the history of American energy. His biggest takeaway from the project? "'...the bulk of any given transformation has to have this layer of infrastructure that enables scaling up.'" Read more here: http://ow.ly/5pwt50CLxYH

We are so proud of PGE's very own Alison Anastasio, Assistant Instructional Professor and urban ecologist, who was featu...
12/02/2020

We are so proud of PGE's very own Alison Anastasio, Assistant Instructional Professor and urban ecologist, who was featured in the fall issue of 'Medicine on the Midway,' a University of Chicago Medical & Biological Sciences Alumni Association magazine. Alison discusses the complex interaction between humans and nature in urban environments while leading a nature walk through the Calumet region. We are lucky to have faculty in our program that are dedicated to considering big questions like the COVID-19 pandemic, racial injustice, and climate change all while using the city of Chicago as a living laboratory to bring a real-word focus and connection. Read the whole article here: https://bit.ly/MedMidwayPGE. Photos by Nancy Wong.

You don't want to miss these final presentations from Dr. Shaikh's fall courses!
11/25/2020

You don't want to miss these final presentations from Dr. Shaikh's fall courses!

"This is not the first pandemic that has caused humans to think hard about the structure of urban societies. There’s a l...
11/24/2020

"This is not the first pandemic that has caused humans to think hard about the structure of urban societies. There’s a long history of scholarship—and big, complex ideas to engage with.” Prof. Evan Carver created his fall course ENST 20170: Pandemics, Urban Space, and Public Life to meet the moment. UChicago News highlighted the course and its student projects just last week: http://ow.ly/g8EP50CsNqh

Love Lake Michigan? Love architecture and design? Take Lakefront Kiosk/ARTH 24197! In this Winter 2021 course cross-list...
11/19/2020

Love Lake Michigan? Love architecture and design? Take Lakefront Kiosk/ARTH 24197! In this Winter 2021 course cross-listed in the departments of Art History and Architecture Studies, students will design kiosks on Chicago's lakefront, one of the city's most vibrant public spaces! The class meets Mondays from 4:10-5:30pm and Wednesdays from 4:10-7:00pm. Find more info in the course catalog or contact Martin Felsen ([email protected]) for more information.

Calling all sustainable food nerds! The Big Foodivate Challenge is a startup pitch competition organized by Big Idea Ven...
11/18/2020

Calling all sustainable food nerds! The Big Foodivate Challenge is a startup pitch competition organized by Big Idea Ventures that seeks to identify and support students providing solutions for food security and sustainability. Big Idea Ventures UChicago Sustainability
Find out more:
http://ow.ly/zBbO50CkkA4

This Thursday, November 19th, there will be another SISRM info session at 3pm! If you're looking to gain experience in s...
11/17/2020

This Thursday, November 19th, there will be another SISRM info session at 3pm! If you're looking to gain experience in social science research this is the program for you, especially if you're interested in a research assistantship! Learn more and RSVP here: https://bit.ly/38wvyZi

Calling all sustainable food nerds! The Big Foodivate Challenge is a startup pitch competition organized by Big Idea Ven...
11/16/2020

Calling all sustainable food nerds! The Big Foodivate Challenge is a startup pitch competition organized by Big Idea Ventures that seeks to identify and support students providing solutions for food security and sustainability. Big Idea Ventures UChicago Sustainability
Find out more:
http://ow.ly/zBbO50CkkA4

Are you interested in an environmental career (policy, science, advocacy, etc.)? If so, UChicago’s Phoenix Sustainabilit...
11/13/2020

Are you interested in an environmental career (policy, science, advocacy, etc.)? If so, UChicago’s Phoenix Sustainability Initiative (PSI), an environmental RSO on campus, wants to hear from you about your experience with Career Advancement!

PSI’s Professional Development project group is collecting feedback from UChicago students regarding their experience with environmental career advising and resources at the university. Please find our brief survey below - it will only take a few minutes!

http://ow.ly/RsHg50CjmwP

Chicago Studies is hiring a Program Coordinator for Urban Curricular Programs! Interesting in joining this amazing team?...
11/11/2020

Chicago Studies is hiring a Program Coordinator for Urban Curricular Programs! Interesting in joining this amazing team? See the job description and qualifications here: https://bit.ly/38rJ2pb @ChicagoStudies Chicago Studies

Stretch your research and policy muscles and work with EJ issues in Chicago and the South Side in Prof. Lodato's Environ...
11/11/2020

Stretch your research and policy muscles and work with EJ issues in Chicago and the South Side in Prof. Lodato's Environmental Justice Field Research Project II (cross-listed as a public police course)! Read more about this and other winter courses: https://bit.ly/2TYEzBQ 🏙️🌲⚖️

Dive into Prof. Kubler's new Humans and the Sea course this winter! Fulfill major requirements AND read sailors' diaries...
11/11/2020

Dive into Prof. Kubler's new Humans and the Sea course this winter! Fulfill major requirements AND read sailors' diaries! See the full descriptions of this and other courses here: https://bit.ly/2TYEzBQ 🐋🌊⛵

The Summer Institute in Social Research Methods will provide you with immersive training in theoretically-grounded resea...
11/10/2020

The Summer Institute in Social Research Methods will provide you with immersive training in theoretically-grounded research methodologies through a combination of classroom instruction, skills-building workshops, and hands-on research experience. Info session tomorrow 4/11 at 4pm CDT. Can't make it? Don't worry, there will be another one next week! RSVP here: https://bit.ly/2ImyEEj

Introducing Urban Spaces and Unnatural Disasters with Prof. Shaikh! If the intriguing title alone doesn't immediately co...
11/10/2020

Introducing Urban Spaces and Unnatural Disasters with Prof. Shaikh! If the intriguing title alone doesn't immediately convince you to take this amazing course with our Program Director Dr. Shaikh, see the full description of this and other courses here: https://bit.ly/2TYEzBQ 🏙️

Next up is (Re)constructing Nature with Prof. Anastasio! All new this quarter, this course promises a multidisciplinary ...
11/10/2020

Next up is (Re)constructing Nature with Prof. Anastasio! All new this quarter, this course promises a multidisciplinary exploration of restoration ecology! See a full description of this and other courses (you'll have to scroll down a bit!): https://bit.ly/2TYEzBQ 🌿🌲🌴🌵

Introducing ✨new ✨courses! Over the coming days we'll be highlighting some of the  shiny new courses PGE is offering for...
11/07/2020

Introducing ✨new ✨courses! Over the coming days we'll be highlighting some of the shiny new courses PGE is offering for the first time in Winter 2021! First up is Visualizing the City w/ Evan Carver - see a full description of this and other courses: https://bit.ly/2TYEzBQ

Interested in majoring or minoring in Environmental and Urban Studies? Need to complete a few course requirements this y...
10/30/2020
Nature and Society

Interested in majoring or minoring in Environmental and Urban Studies? Need to complete a few course requirements this year? Consider signing up for the winter course bundle, "Nature and Society," which will feature two required courses for the major, Making the Natural World and Sustainable Urban Development. The bundle will provide opportunities for students to engage with concepts and methods of how humans have “made” the natural world both conceptually and through direct action in and on the landscape.

Winter 2021 Course Bundle

UChicago Energy
10/19/2020

UChicago Energy

We are having our first #Sustainability Ambassadors meeting on Thursday, 10/22! If you are a student living in Housing, contact [email protected], to find out how to get involved! #motivationmonday #climatechange #energyefficiency

UChicago Sustainability, UChicago College, The University of Chicago

The first Data in Dialogue event with Chicago Studies is happening TODAY at 12:30pm. Join former Chicago Chief Data Offi...
10/14/2020
Welcome! You are invited to join a meeting: Data in Dialogue: Chicago Data Portal. After registering, you will receive a confirmation email about joining the meeting.

The first Data in Dialogue event with Chicago Studies is happening TODAY at 12:30pm. Join former Chicago Chief Data Officer Tom Schenk, Jr. for a "behind the scenes" look at a Chicago-relevant dataset, archive, or other resource for research about the city. Schenk was one of the architects of the City of Chicago Data Portal, a massive collection of data published regularly by the city government in response to an executive order by Mayor Rahm Emanuel in 2012. The portal was created, in part, to improve transparency in city government and its operations. But what data are included in the portal, and why? And how might this influence the kinds of research we can (and can't) do about Chicago, using this important information source? Register now!

Welcome! You are invited to join a meeting: Data in Dialogue: Chicago Data Portal. After registering, you will receive a confirmation email about joining the meeting.

Students! Join us tonight from 5-6pm for our Open House. Hear about the Environmental and Urban Studies major/minor, cou...
10/07/2020
Welcome! You are invited to join a meeting: PGE Open House. After registering, you will receive a confirmation email about joining the meeting.

Students! Join us tonight from 5-6pm for our Open House. Hear about the Environmental and Urban Studies major/minor, courses, research opportunities and meet our faculty. Register in advance: https://uchicagogroup.zoom.us/meeting/register/tJAvceuoqD8sH9EK2m7odr6-7xJJH_g7gZ-j

Want to learn more about the Environmental & Urban Studies major and minor, the Chicago Studies Quarter, or environmental career opportunities? Join the Program on the Global Environment for our annual open house!

Over the summer, PGE Director Sabina Shaikh was fortunate to witness the brilliance of the student researchers in the #U...
09/23/2020

Over the summer, PGE Director Sabina Shaikh was fortunate to witness the brilliance of the student researchers in the #UChicago College Summer Institute on Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences. Join them TOMORROW for presentations of their fiction, non-fiction, podcasts, maps, and compositions. More information on the event and how to register can be found here: http://bit.ly/CCRFCSI2020

So much happening in Chicago Studies this quarter! See you at these fantastic virtual events!
09/19/2020

So much happening in Chicago Studies this quarter! See you at these fantastic virtual events!

Welcome to a new year of Chicago Studies! We have an exciting Fall ahead of us, whether you're in Chicago or not. Learn about ALL our offerings at https://chicagostudies.uchicago.edu/events, and download our events calendar here!

Program on Global Environment director, Sabina Shaikh, has been participating in this year's College Summer Institute an...
09/18/2020
2020 College Summer Institute Closing Symposium | College Center for Research and Fellowships | The University of Chicago

Program on Global Environment director, Sabina Shaikh, has been participating in this year's College Summer Institute and the session is coming to a close next week. The College Center for Research and Fellowships is thrilled to invite the University of Chicago community to the final symposium on September 24. “The Place of Water: histories, presence, and futures” explores and examines water through the arts, humanities, and social sciences perspective. Register now to hear final research presentations from student participants!

2020 College Summer Institute in the Arts, Humanities, and Social Sciences Symposium: “The Place of Water: histories, presence, and futures” Thursday, September 24, 10:00 am – 4:00 pm CDT Virtual through zoom REGISTER HERE in advance to receive event link Symposium Program 10:00 – 10:15 am: ...

08/28/2020
UChicago Program on the Global Environment | LinkedIn

PGE is now on LinkedIn! We hope to connect with current students, alumni, friends, collaborators and anyone interested in Environmental and Urban Studies. Please follow our page to stay up to date!

UChicago Program on the Global Environment | 112 followers on LinkedIn | Home of the Environmental and Urban Studies BA major and minor program at the University of Chicago | The Program on Global Environment (PGE) fosters undergraduate study of the complex intersections of urbanism, environment, an...

Cities are engines of growth, change, and economic development, but why do inequality and poverty exist? To understand h...
08/27/2020
Creating Meaningful Change in Cities Takes Decades, Not Years, and Starts From the Bottom, According to New Research | Mansueto Institute for Urban Innovation

Cities are engines of growth, change, and economic development, but why do inequality and poverty exist? To understand how cities can both be innovative and unstable, Luis Bettencourt, director of the Mansueto Institute for Urban Innovation and affiliated faculty in Environmental and Urban Studies, wrote a paper entitled “Urban Growth and the Emergent Statistics of Cities.” In the paper, Bettencourt develops a new set of mathematical models to describe cities along a sliding scale of processes of change. Read more about the results here.

Creating Meaningful Change in Cities Takes Decades, Not Years, and Starts From the Bottom, According to New Research New mathematical models reveal the links between the structure of cities and the dynamical nature of growth and inequality in human societies Chicago, IL – Newly published research ...

#tbt last summer's Galapagos Urbanization and Sustainable Development Research experience. We look forward to being back...
08/06/2020
Galapagos in 360 Degrees - xyHt

#tbt last summer's Galapagos Urbanization and Sustainable Development Research experience. We look forward to being back in 2021!

“I wanted to study the urban system of the Galapagos because its remoteness makes it a perfect case of the dynamics of small urban agglomerations.”

Interested in applying to an Environmental and Urban Studies course bundle for Autumn 2020? The deadline has been extend...
08/03/2020

Interested in applying to an Environmental and Urban Studies course bundle for Autumn 2020? The deadline has been extended to August 5th! You can enroll in the Urban Design or Urban Science bundles. The bundles will feature both curricular and para-curricular opportunities to engage with the City of Chicago as a place to test and inform ideas explored in the classroom. Learn more and apply here: https://college.uchicago.edu/academics/sscd-innovation-2020

Happy Friday! Click through the photos below to take a look at autumn 2020 class offerings in Environmental and Urban St...
07/31/2020

Happy Friday! Click through the photos below to take a look at autumn 2020 class offerings in Environmental and Urban Studies. There's something for everyone, including a course on pandemics, hands-on learning, and interdisciplinary courses.

Environmental and Urban Studies is offering “bundled” courses for autumn quarter! They feature both curricular and para-...
07/29/2020
Social Sciences Course & Program Innovations

Environmental and Urban Studies is offering “bundled” courses for autumn quarter! They feature both curricular and para-curricular opportunities to engage with the City of Chicago including learning related to urban design, urban science, and public spaces. Find details about course offerings and application details here: https://college.uchicago.edu/academics/sscd-innovation-2020

The 2020-2021 academic year presents opportunities for creative and stimulating approaches to your programs of study. We invite all continuing students to consider the following “bundled” Core Sequences and courses. Students who apply for admission to course bundles will be given priority in reg...

How has the Chicagoland community, including donors, distillers, and distributors, come together to get hand sanitizer t...
07/15/2020

How has the Chicagoland community, including donors, distillers, and distributors, come together to get hand sanitizer to first responders and consumers? Find out on the latest episode of the Hidden Gems student podcast, featuring KOVAL Distillery EU's President Sonat Birnecker Hart: uchicagohiddengems.com/podcast

This year’s Frizzell Series event was an informative, engaging panel discussion centered around how the COVID-19 pandemi...
06/23/2020
SARC Blog

This year’s Frizzell Series event was an informative, engaging panel discussion centered around how the COVID-19 pandemic has influenced the global issues of hunger and food insecurity as well as strategies to address these crises. Didn't get a chance to see the webinar live? Not to worry! You can read the blog recap by rising fourth-year Sophia Corning, watch the panel, and listen to the Hidden Gems podcast by clicking the link below! Thank you again to our partners at Mansueto Institute for Urban Innovation, Chicago Studies, and The University of Chicago Institute of Politics for making it a great event. See you at next year's Frizzell event!

Food in Focus: Global Hunger and the COVID Pandemic

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