Styles to Discuss Green Fees and Campus Sustainability Efforts

Posted on 2/23/2018 9:16:29 AM

The Sustainability Studies program at IUP is excited to announce a guest lecture by Megan Styles of the Environmental Studies Department at the University of Illinois–Springfield. Styles will discuss how campus sustainability efforts can be driven by a “green fee.” Please join us on Friday, March 30, at 4:30 p.m. in the Humanities and Social Sciences building, room B03, for a talk by Styles followed by a question-and-answer session.

Styles notes that students at many US universities have voted to approve a small green fee to fund campus sustainability projects. A green fee can be an excellent way to empower students to take a leadership role in “greening” campus infrastructure, planning service events, and designing educational programming on sustainability issues. Students determine which projects and programs to fund and work with faculty and staff to implement these projects. In the process, students build strong relationships, develop career-related skills, and help determine the future of the university.

Styles will explain the green fee program recently introduced at the University of Illinois–Springfield. Students voted to approve the green fee in spring 2016, and it was implemented in summer 2017. Last December, students chose to fund eight exciting new green projects, including a rain water catchment system, a spiral herb garden, green parking spaces, a bike repair station, and water-bottle filling stations in campus buildings. Styles will explain how the fee works and the leadership role that students now play in directing sustainability efforts at UIS.

About Dr. Styles:

Megan Styles holds a PhD in Environmental Anthropology from the University of Washington. She is currently an assistant professor of Environmental Studies at the University of Illinois–Springfield, where she co-chairs the Sustainability Committee and is the faculty adviser for Students Allied for a Greener Earth and the UIS Campus Community Garden. She worked closely with student leaders to implement the new green fee, and she serves on the student-led Green Fee Committee.

Styles teaches a number of graduate and undergraduate courses focused on sustainability issues, including Introduction to Sustainability, Sustainable Food Systems, American Environmental History, and Introduction to Environmental Education. Her research focuses on the social and environmental effects of rose farming in Kenya and the economic and ecological resilience of local food systems in Central Illinois.

Please join us on March 30 at 4:30 p.m. in the Humanities and Social Sciences building, room B03, for a talk by Styles followed by a question-and-answer session. Attendance vouchers will be offered.