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Sustainability Teacher Workshop

  • woodchips on the left and biochar made from wood chips on the right
  • woman holding bags of soil
  • woman holding bags of soil
  • biochar cookstove: a metal cylinder with woodchips inside that burn under low oxygen conditions

The ISTC Sustainability Teacher Workshop is designed to introduce sustainable technologies into the classroom. Each year a different topic related to sustainable research will be featured with the opportunity to collaborate with other teachers of similar grade levels to produce an NGSS compatible learning unit related to that technology. CPDUs will be available through the University of Illinois.

This year's sustainability topic is biochar (a byproduct of pyrolysis). Teachers will participate in an experiment using scientific methodology to determine the effect of biochar on an agricultural crop.

Date: August 1, 2014
Time: 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
CPDUs: 8 hours
Cost: Free! Lunch provided
Where: 1 E. Hazelwood Dr., Champaign, IL 61820
Eligibility: Illinois high school science teachers
Registration: Open until full (30) (
Questions? Contact Kirsten Walker at

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