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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.


Sustainability Seminar Series: State & Regional Water Supply Planning in Illinois

September 10, 2015
noon-1pm at ISTC (1 E. Hazelwood Dr., Champaign)
Type: Event

Description:

Presented by Walt Kelly - Head of the Groundwater Science Section and Groundwater Geochemist at the Illinois State Water Survey, Prairie Research Institute and Adjunct Professor of Geography-Geology at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

In 2006, Executive Order 2006-01 called for the development of state and regional water supply planning under the direction of the Illinois Department of Natural Resources. Illinois has been divided into 10 regions for water supply planning. For each region, a regional water supply planning committee (RWSPC) is formed, comprised of members from major stakeholder groups (e.g., agriculture, industry, mining, environmental, municipal, etc.). The State Water and Geological Surveys are responsible for scientific studies of Illinois' water resources, working closely with the RWSPCs to optimize planning efforts. Plans have been developed for three regions (Northeast Illinois, East-Central Illinois, and the Kaskaskia River Basin). In 2014, funding was made available to start planning in two new regions (Middle Illinois River Basin and Northwest Illinois) and a sub-region (Kankakee River Basin). In this presentation, I will discuss past, current, and future water supply planning activities in Illinois, focusing on scientific work being done at the Water Survey.

If you cannot attend the event at ISTC you may view the webinar live by registering at https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/4662745508236016642. The webinar will also be archived on our website www.istc.illinois.edu for later viewing.


Contact Information:
Contact: Elizabeth Meschewski
Phone: 217-333-7403
E-Mail: elm2@illinois.edu
URL: https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/4662745508236016642


Sustainable Materials Management & Waste Audit Training Workshop

September 14, 2015
Chicago Marriott O'Hare, Chicago, IL
Type: Training

Description:
IL Recycling Association is providing a training workshop for Illinois colleges/universities and building owners/managers, along with the Illinois Sustainable Technology Center (ISTC), Illinois Green Economy Network (IGEN), Harris Consulting, and the Curbside Recycling Expo. Workshop includes expert instruction and peer interaction; Creating or updating a waste reduction / recycling plan; Optimal placement of collection containers and types of containers; Best practices for labeling and reminder-behavior prompts; Hands-on waste audit session; Spreadsheet/database templates for entering/managing data; Analyzing resulting audit data: how can the numbers guide planning, possibly cut costs or earn income? Cost: $50/person, $35/each additional attendee from the same organization.

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Green Lunchroom Challenge Kickoff Workshop

September 17, 2015 , Time: 10 AM to 2 PM
Illinois Sustainable Technology Center, Champaign, IL
Type: Training

Description:
Workshop providing an overview of the Green Lunchroom Challenge, presentations on relevant tools and programs, discussions of barriers and opportunities related to food waste prevention and reduction in K-12 schools PLUS a school food service training session presented by Greg Christian, Founder and CEO of Beyond Green Partners, a food service and consulting company focused on nutritional and environmental impacts of school food. Registration for this workshop is limited to 40 participants. Please note that you do NOT need to participate in the workshop in order to participate in the Challenge itself. Interested schools may sign up for the Challenge at any time during the Challenge period (Sept. 1, 2015- April 1, 2016) at www.greenlunchroom.org. This event is FREE. Note that we will be working through the lunch hour. You may bring your own lunch, or select an option for food to be ordered in for you. You MUST bring cash to the workshop, which will be collected to pay for your lunch (no checks or credit cards). We will provide water and coffee; there is a Coke machine outside the conference room. The training presented by Greg Christian will take place during the final two hours of the half-day workshop, and will cover the problem of food waste, multiple barriers to its reduction, front and back of house waste, measurement techniques to identify opportunities for improvement, and a systems approach to waste reduction, drawing on Greg's personal experiences and methods for maintaining a zero waste kitchen. The two hours of in-person training can be counted by school nutrition/food service professionals as continuing education for the USDA Professional Standards which went into effect on July 1, 2015 (See http://www.isbe.net/nutrition/htmls/snp-prof-stds.htm). Attendees will need to keep track of the training agenda, hours, and proof of attendance. ISTC will have a sign-in sheet at the event and can send you an email afterward confirming your presence at the training.

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Pharmaceuticals & Personal Care Products in Environment Consortium Meeting

September 24, 2015
11 a.m. - noon at ISTC (1 E. Hazelwood Dr., Champaign)
Type: Event

Description:

Faculty and staff from campus units studying PPCPs are invited to attend a meeting on Th., Sept. 24 from 11 a.m.-noon to discuss their projects and possibilities for collaborations. Lunch provided. Meeting will be followed by PPCP seminar by ISTC researchers. Location: ISTC: SJW Conference Room (1 E. Hazelwood Dr., Champaign). Contact Nancy Holm (naholm@illinois.edu) if interested in attending.


Contact Information:
Contact: Nancy Holm
Phone: 217-244-3330
E-Mail: naholm@illinois.edu


Sustainability Seminar Series: Emerging Contaminants in the Environment: Extending Knowledge and Mitigation Strategies

September 24, 2015
noon-1pm at ISTC (1 E. Hazelwood Dr., Champaign)
Type: Event

Description:

Presented by Wei Zheng - Senior Research Scientist, Illinois Sustainable Technology Center, Prairie Research Institute and Adjunct Faculty in the Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Science at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

The widespread occurrence in watersheds of emerging contaminants, including pharmaceutical and personal care products (PPCPs) and steroid hormones, has been recognized as a critical environmental issue. Effluents from sewage treatment plants (STPs) and reuse of wastewater from concentrated animal feed operations (CAFOs) have been identified to be the major sources discharging these emerging contaminants into the surrounding water bodies. Using these contaminated waters for agricultural irrigation may introduce wastewater-related emerging contaminants to soil and food products. Especially in arid and semi-arid regions, reclaimed wastewater is currently becoming an important source to supplement increasingly scarce fresh water sources for landscape irrigation. In this presentation, we will introduce and discuss our several completed and ongoing projects associated with emerging contaminants funded by USDA, Illinois Hazardous Research Funds, and UI Extension Initiatives Grants. In these projects, we developed isotopic dilution methods for simultaneous analysis of trace levels of emerging contaminants in a variety of environmental samples. With the developed methods, we identified and quantified the occurrence of PPCP and hormone contaminants in STP effluent and CAFO wastewater, monitored their occurrence in receiving watersheds and surrounding fields, and investigated their degradation and transport processes in water-soil systems. In addition, the potential uptake and accumulation of emerging contaminants by plants irrigated with contaminated water were further evaluated. Several pollution prevention strategies and water treatment techniques associated with emerging contaminants were developed and illustrated, including a medicine take-back program, an on-site oil-sequester treatment approach, and an artificial riverbank filtration technology. These interdisciplinary works increase public knowledge about emerging contaminants, as well as expand our research and outreach capacity by partnering with Extension personnel.

If you cannot attend the event at ISTC you may view the webinar live by registering at https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/6647723536738560514. The webinar will also be archived on our website www.istc.illinois.edu for later viewing.


Contact Information:
Contact: Elizabeth Meschewski
Phone: 217-333-7403
E-Mail: elm2@illinois.edu
URL: https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/6647723536738560514


Sustainable Seminar Series: Plastics Pollution: Where are We & Where are We Going?

October 8, 2015
Webinar: noon-1pm at ISTC (1 E. Hazelwood Dr., Champaign)
Type: Event

Description:

Presented by Sherri A. Mason - Professor of Chemistry and Environmental Sciences Program Coordinator at the State University of New York at Fredonia

More information coming soon!


Contact Information:
Contact: Elizabeth Meschewski
Phone: 217-333-7403
E-Mail: elm2@illinois.edu


Sustainable Seminar Series: Carus Corporation Water Conservation through Softener Feed Water Reduction

October 22, 2015
noon-1pm at ISTC (1 E. Hazelwood Dr., Champaign)
Type: Event

Description:

Presented by Tom Moshage - Senior Process Development Specialist and Project Engineer, Carus Corporation


Contact Information:
Contact: Elizabeth Meschewski
Phone: 217-333-7403
E-Mail: elm2@illinois.edu


Sustainable Seminar Series:

November 5, 2015
Webinar: noon-1pm at ISTC (1 E. Hazelwood Dr., Champaign)
Type: Event

Description:

Presented by David Hughes - Water Research Manager for American Water Company's Office of Innovation and Environmental Stewardship

More information coming soon!


Contact Information:
Contact: Elizabeth Meschewski
Phone: 217-333-7403
E-Mail: elm2@illinois.edu


ISTC's 30th Anniversary Celebration

November 9, 2015 , Time: 9 AM - 6 PM - November 10, 2015
ISTC - 1 E. Hazelwood Dr. Champaign, IL
Type: Event

Description:

ISTC will be hosting a celebration to honor its 30th anniversary. More details to come!


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Carbon Management Technology Conference 2015

November 17, 2015 - November 19, 2015
Sugar Land Marriott Town Square, TX
Type: Conference

Description:

The 2015 Carbon Management Technology Conference (CMTC 2015) will focus on carbon capture, utilization, and storage (CCUS) technologies that provide options for lowering greenhouse gas emissions while maintaining fuel diversity for sustainable growth. CMTC 2015 provides an unbiased platform to present information on carbon management solutions for continued energy and economic growth. This conference is unique in its focus on industry and sustainable/economical CCUS options that are already being performed at large-scale.


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Sustainable Seminar Series: Sustainability at Shedd Aquarium

November 19, 2015
Webinar: noon-1pm at ISTC (1 E. Hazelwood Dr., Champaign)
Type: Event

Description:

Presented by Aislinn Gauchay - Manager of Great Lakes and Sustainability at Shedd Aquarium

More information coming soon!


Contact Information:
Contact: Elizabeth Meschewski
Phone: 217-333-7403
E-Mail: elm2@illinois.edu


Sustainable Seminar Series: TBD

December 3, 2015
noon-1pm at ISTC (1 E. Hazelwood Dr., Champaign)
Type: Event

Description:

TBD


Contact Information:
Contact: Elizabeth Meschewski
Phone: 217-333-7403
E-Mail: elm2@illinois.edu

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