New GIS/Cartography Instructors

We are happy to have two excellent GIS/Cartography instructors joining us for summer and fall! They are Daniel Huffman for GES 377 Computer Cartography (Second Half Summer 2019) and Andy Donakowski for GES 391 GIS I (Fall 2019). We would like to share with you their experiences and qualifications in this field.

Daniel Huffman received an M.Sc. in Cartography and Geographic Information Systems from the University of Wisconsin–Madison (UWM) in 2010. He has taught introductory cartography for several years at UWM. In addition, Daniel freelanced for a variety of clients, from international corporations to first-time authors. He served as the Director of Operations for the North American Cartographic Information Society (NACIS) and the Assistant Editor of Cartographic Perspectives, the open access journal of NACIS. Daniel also co-founded and edited the Atlas of Design, a biennial anthology of some of the world's best cartographic design. We hope you will enjoy exploring the creative cartographic work from his portfolio.

Adobe Illustrator will be the main software used this summer.

Andy Donakowski is a G&ES alumnus and received his M.A. in Geography and Environmental Studies and a Graduate GIS Certificate in 2015. Upon finishing his degree requirements, Andy has worked in a number of GIS positions and has further expanded his GIS and professional skills. He worked as a GIS Intern with the Cook County Forest Preserves, an Engineering Technician with the Army Corps of Engineers, a Research Assistant with the Metropolitan Planning Council, and most recently a Policy and Planning Specialist with the Friends of the Chicago River. We look forward to the technical skills and professional experiences Andy will bring into the GIS classroom!

Please register for summer and fall if you haven't! Feel free to contact Dr. Ting Liu at should you have any questions regarding the GIS courses and program.

Department adds Drones and Total GPS Station to field course Summer 2017

Past Events 

NEIU Becomes a Tree Campus USA

G&ES Students Participate in Student Research Symposium

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Check back soon for upcoming events!





Past Events

Wednesday, June 10, 2020 Virtual Open House

  • Master of Arts in Geography and Environmental Studies
  • Graduate Certificate in Geographic Information Science (GIS)
    6-7:30 p.m.

Spring 2019 Green Conservation Group volunteering opportunities:

Sunday, Feb. 17, 2019
Harms Woods 9 a.m.-12 p.m.

Meet at the forest preserve Glenview Woods parking lot on the west side of Harms Road, just south of Glenview Road.

Sunday, March 3, 2019
Clayton Smith Flatwoods 10 a.m.-1 p.m.

Directions: Enter the preserve from Harts Road, just west of Touhy and Caldwell. The approximate address is 6600 W Harts Road in Niles, Ill.

April 2019 events

4th Annual Green Initiative Conference Tuesday, April 2, 2019, 9:25 a.m.-6:55 p.m.

Alumni Hall, Northeastern Illinois University

Sponsored by the Green Conservation Group

City Nature Challenge

Friday April 26 - Monday April 29

The entire Chicago Wilderness Region!

Join the 2019 Chicago Wilderness Region City Nature Challenge project and become a citizen scientist! Help the Chicago Wilderness Region show the world how diverse our area is by observing plants, incents, animals, and other creatures between Friday, April 26 and Monday, April 29, 2019.

Sponsored by the Friends of the Forest Preserves and the Department of Geography and Environmental Studies

One Earth Film Festival screening of "Island Earth" Tuesday, March 6, 2018, 7-9 p.m.

"Island Earth" — One Earth Film Festival
Directed by: Cyrus Sutton
Free for all, but reservations recommended 

Complimentary parking for off-campus visitors on the 4th floor of parking garage   

This event is sponsored by the NEIU Green Fee Committee and the department of Geography and Environmental Studies.

700 Attend the second annual Green Business Conference, sponsored by Green Conservation Group

Green Fee Committee funds solar panels, hot water heaters, and campus vegetation improvement


10th Annual G&ES/ECON Picnic & Potluck SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 9, 2017

Please join us to celebrate the new academic year on Saturday, September 9, 12-3 p.m. at our 10th annual potluck picnic!
Please bring your loved ones and a dish to share. 
We will meet in the lawn between WTTW and the P.E. complex. Rain location is in the basement of BBH.
See you in a couple of weeks!
Questions? Please email