Illinois Sustainable Technology Center - University of Illinois

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Below is a list of of events, training sessions, and conferences that ISTC is involved in. Check back here regularly since this list is updated often.


Sustainable Seminar Series - Starting a Sustainability Program -- Where to Begin

September 11, 2014
noon to 1:00 PM at ISTC (1 E. Hazelwood Dr. in Champaign)
Type: Event

Description:

Presented by Debra Jacobson - Senior Operations Manager, Illinois Sustainable Technology Center, a division of the Prairie Research Institute at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Overview of the scope of the presentation: This presentation is a real time, boots on the ground, organization and location specific guide. It is not a high level corporate sustainability program discussion. The presentation will address developing and implementing a system that addresses the People, Planet, Profit of a sustainability program, and it will focus on key elements of a sustainability management system (SMS) including:

  • Where to begin
  • Objectives, Scope and Limits
  • Expectations of your sustainability program
  • Metrics
  • Training & Communication
  • Celebrating Successes

If you cannot attend the event at ISTC you may view the webinar live by registering at https://www4.gotomeeting.com/register/703489999. The webinar will also be archived on our website www.istc.illinois.edu for later viewing.


Contact Information:
Contact: Nancy Holm
Phone: 217-244-3330
E-Mail: naholm@illinois.edu
URL: https://www4.gotomeeting.com/register/703489999


PCBs and Their Impact on Illinois

September 17, 2014
University of Illinois, Chicago, Student Center East
Type: Event

Description:
PCBs (polychlorinated biphenyls) are a class of synthetic chemicals widely used in industry as a coolant and electrical insulator. Their use and production was banned during the 1970s as their properties as persistent organic pollutants became clear. They persist in soil, can enter the food chain and have been implicated in cancer, endocrine disruption, and neurotoxicity.

Despite these regulations, the need to manage and monitor PCB levels in waste, soil, water, and other media is still vital. The management of PCBs is of major concern to the state of Illinois. Between 1930-77, these chemicals were widely used in Illinois and throughout the U.S. as coolants and insulating fluids as well as in paints, cements, PVC coatings, flame retardants, lubricants, sealants, adhesives and many other products.

To help address this concern, a one-day workshop on PCB management will be held at the University of Illinois Chicago (UIC) campus on Wednesday, Sept. 17. This workshop brings together expert perspectives representing industry, law, public health, and environmental science, in a public forum on best practices and trends in the management of PCBs. The workshop will cover four specific topics: (1) Background on PCBs and their impact on Illinois; (2) Managing PCBs with the use of landfills; (3) Other means of managing PCBs; (4) PCB clean-up success stories.


Contact Information:

Sustainable Seminar Series - Facilitating Employee Engagement in Sustainability Initiatives

September 25, 2014
noon to 1:00 PM at ISTC (1 E. Hazelwood Dr. in Champaign) this seminar is a webinar
Type: Event

Description:

Presented by Erin Jones - Consultant with sr4 Partners LLC

Employee engagement in institutional sustainability programs holds multiple benefits to both the organization and the community. Increasing employee awareness and participation in sustainability efforts allows the individual to feel greater ownership; this often increases productivity, innovation, and efficiency. When more people become aware of such initiatives and have the opportunity to deepen their understanding of those initiatives a greater sense of ownership is developed allowing programs to be more successful, employee retention to increase, and overall reputation to improve. The concepts of project sponsorship, a network mindset and behavioral change will be discussed as a means by which to increase awareness and participation in sustainability efforts. Our intention is to provide insight into the pathway to engagement and ownership of these programs.

If you cannot attend the event at ISTC you may view the webinar live by registering at https://www4.gotomeeting.com/register/662955711. The webinar will also be archived on our website www.istc.illinois.edu for later viewing.


Contact Information:
Contact: Nancy Holm
Phone: 217-244-3330
E-Mail: naholm@illinois.edu
URL: https://www4.gotomeeting.com/register/662955711


Champaign County Residential Electronics Collection

October 11, 2014
Parkland College, Parking Lot M-4
Type: Event

Description:
The next FREE residential electronics collection event for Champaign County, IL is scheduled for Saturday, October 11, 2014 from 8 AM to 12 PM at Parkland College, 2400 W. Bradley Ave. in Champaign. The collection will be in Parking Lot M-4; you should enter from Duncan Road (see http://www.parkland.edu/Media/Website%20Resources/PDF/maps/parkinglots.pdf for map of Parkland College). Champaign County is working with COM2 Recycling Solutions to responsibly and securely recycle your unwanted electronics. Visit the link provided to learn more about acceptable devices and where you can responsibly recycle them between county collection events.

Contact Information:
Contact: Champaign County Regional Planning Commission
Phone: 217-328-33313
URL: http://www.co.champaign.il.us/county%20RRR/recycle/recycleelectronics.pdf


28th Annual Illinois Governor's Sustainability Award Ceremony

October 23, 2014
Hyatt Regency Chicago
Type: Event

Description:
Since 1987, the Illinois Sustainable Technology Center (ISTC) has presented Governor's awards to organizations in Illinois that have demonstrated a commitment to environmental excellence through outstanding and innovative sustainability practices. Sustainable technology encompasses any technique or technology that reduces the amount of and/or toxicity of pollutants that would have otherwise been released into the environment. Sustainability includes processes such as raw material and solvent substitution, preventive maintenance programs, beneficial reuse of by-products, waste reduction and recycling, and implementation of programs that support pollution prevention (e.g. ISO 14001).

The award ceremony and technical symposium will be held on October 23, 2014 at the Hyatt Regency Chicago.


Contact Information:
Contact: Irene Zlevor
Phone: (630) 472-5016
URL: http://www.istc.illinois.edu/info/2014_award_ceremony.cfm

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