Olivet recently completed a massive solar project, installing over 3100 solar panels across 3 acres of campus rooftop, the carbon saving equivalent to planting 15,000 trees each year! This project emerged from the work of faculty, staff and Environmental Science students, and demonstrates the commitment of the University to Creation Care. In addition to campus solar production, Olivet also utilizes geothermal, wind energy and campus-wide LED.
Conservation & Restoration Partners
Students at Olivet have access to over 2.5 acres of student managed tallgrass prairie on campus and the 100-acre ONU Swanberg Biological Sanctuary 10 minutes off campus where students can walk 3 miles of trails study and explore marsh, river, prairie and forest ecosystems. These resources, in addition to relationships and partnerships with nearby organizations like Midewin National Tallgrass Prairie, The Nature Conservancy, Kankakee River State Park, Kankakee Soil and Water Conservation District and the Bourbonnais Township Park District provide students opportunities for research, internships and volunteer experiences while completing their studies.
Environmental scientists take God’s call to care for His world and restore broken relationships seriously. At Olivet, students have been involved in restoring a long-lost tall grass prairie near campus, providing homes for now rare plants and animals and an extending the life of an exemplary outdoor lab space for research.
Recent Environmental Science student/faculty excursions include:
- Arctic Field Biology course & research to the Arctic Circle, Alaska
- Tropical Field Biology course & research to the cloud forests of Costa Rica
- Habitat study of 14,000 sandhill cranes at Jasper-Pulaski Fish & Wildlife Area, Indiana
- Summer research with faculty studying prairies, black oak savannas, tropical cloud forests, and invasive fish in prairie streams
- Small mammal studies for the Illinois DNR at Kankakee River State Park
- Marine and Island Ecology course with the Shedd Aquarium to the Bahamas
- 12+ summer courses at Au Sable Institute of Environmental Studies in northern Michigan and Washington State