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.


Sustainability Film Festival: Living Downstream

April 22, 2014
Spurlock Museum Knight Auditorium, 600 South Gregory St., Urbana, IL
Type: Event

Description:
With funding from the UI Office of Public Engagement, the Illinois Sustainable Technology Center (ISTC) is hosting a Sustainability Film Festival during Earth Week on the campus of the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Three documentaries will be screened at the Spurlock Museum's Knight Auditorium on the evenings of April 22, 23, and 24th from 6-7:30 PM: Living Downstream, Terra Blight, and Waste=Food, respectively. Admittance will be free and open to the public on a first come, first served basis; doors open at 5:30 PM. After each film, a Q&A/discussion will be held with ISTC staff and other relevant campus and community experts. The DVDS of the documentaries will be made available after the film series at the Prairie Research Institute Library for professors, students, and members of the general public to check out for use in classes, meetings, and for personal enrichment. The general public will have access to materials either from their local public library via inter-library loan through the University's participation in the Illinois Heartland Library System, or directly from the Institute library if they have a UIUC Library courtesy card. The DVDs will have downloadable activities and resource lists associated with them to enhance the educational impact of the films.

Living Downstream is based on the acclaimed book by ecologist and cancer survivor Sandra Steingraber, Ph.D. This poetic film follows Sandra during one pivotal year as she travels across North America, working to break the silence about cancer and its environmental links. After a routine cancer screening, Sandra receives some worrying results and is thrust into a period of medical uncertainty. Thus, we begin two journeys with Sandra: her private struggles with cancer and her public quest to bring attention to the urgent human rights issue of cancer prevention. At once Sandra's personal journey and her scientific exploration, Living Downstream is a powerful reminder of the intimate connection between the health of our bodies and the health of our air, land, and water.

For more information, contact Joy Scrogum, jscrogum@illinois.edu or 217-333-8948.


Contact Information:
Contact: Joy Scrogum
Phone: 217-333-8948
E-Mail: jscrogum@illinois.edu
URL: http://istc.illinois.edu/docs/SustainabilityFilmFestFlyer.pdf


Sustainability Film Festival: Terra Blight

April 23, 2014
Spurlock Museum Knight Auditorium, 600 South Gregory St., Urbana, IL
Type: Event

Description:
With funding from the UI Office of Public Engagement, the Illinois Sustainable Technology Center (ISTC) is hosting a Sustainability Film Festival during Earth Week on the campus of the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Three documentaries will be screened at the Spurlock Museum's Knight Auditorium on the evenings of April 22, 23, and 24th from 6-7:30 PM: Living Downstream, Terra Blight, and Waste=Food, respectively. Admittance will be free and open to the public on a first come, first served basis; doors open at 5:30 PM. After each film, a Q&A/discussion will be held with ISTC staff and other relevant campus and community experts. The DVDS of the documentaries will be made available after the film series at the Prairie Research Institute Library for professors, students, and members of the general public to check out for use in classes, meetings, and for personal enrichment. The general public will have access to materials either from their local public library via inter-library loan through the University's participation in the Illinois Heartland Library System, or directly from the Institute library if they have a UIUC Library courtesy card. The DVDs will have downloadable activities and resource lists associated with them to enhance the educational impact of the films.

Terra Blight is a 55-minute documentary exploring America's consumption of computers and the hazardous waste we create in pursuit of the latest technology. Terra Blight traces the life cycle of computers from creation to disposal and juxtaposes the disparate worlds that have computers as their center. From a 13-year-old Ghanaian who smashes obsolete monitors to salvage copper to a 3,000-person video game party in Texas, Terra Blight examines the unseen realities of one of the most ubiquitous toxic wastes on our planet. By the film's end, the audience will never look at their computer the same way again.

For more information, contact Joy Scrogum, jscrogum@illinois.edu or 217-333-8948.


Contact Information:
Contact: Joy Scrogum
Phone: 217-333-8948
E-Mail: jscrogum@illinois.edu
URL: http://istc.illinois.edu/docs/SustainabilityFilmFestFlyer.pdf


Sustainable Seminar Series - Top 10 Ways EPA Uses the Principles of Sustainability to Accomplish Its Mission

April 23, 2014
noon to 1pm in the SJW conference room at ISTC (1 E. Hazelwood Dr. Champaign, IL 61820)
Type: Event

Description:

Presented by Margaret Guerriero - Director of the Land and Chemicals Division, Region 5, U.S. EPA

Born in the wake of elevated concern about environmental pollution, EPA was established on December 2, 1970 to consolidate in one agency a variety of federal statutes pertaining to research, monitoring, standard-setting and enforcement activities to ensure environmental protection of air, water and land. Throughout the years, EPA has incorporated the concept of sustainability into many of its programs. Margaret Guerriero will be discussing the top ten ways EPA uses the principles of sustainability to accomplish its mission to protect human health and the environment.

If you cannot attend the event at ISTC you may view the webinar live by registering at https://www4.gotomeeting.com/register/419336127. The webinar will also be archived on our website www.istc.illinois.edu for later viewing.


Contact Information:
Contact: Kishore Rajagopalan
Phone: 217-244-8905
E-Mail: nrajagop@illinois.edu
URL: https://www4.gotomeeting.com/register/419336127


Sustainability Film Festival: Waste = Food

April 24, 2014
Spurlock Museum Knight Auditorium, 600 South Gregory St., Urbana, IL
Type: Event

Description:
With funding from the UI Office of Public Engagement, the Illinois Sustainable Technology Center (ISTC) is hosting a Sustainability Film Festival during Earth Week on the campus of the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Three documentaries will be screened at the Spurlock Museum's Knight Auditorium on the evenings of April 22, 23, and 24th from 6-7:30 PM: Living Downstream, Terra Blight, and Waste=Food, respectively. Admittance will be free and open to the public on a first come, first served basis; doors open at 5:30 PM. After each film, a Q&A/discussion will be held with ISTC staff and other relevant campus and community experts. The DVDS of the documentaries will be made available after the film series at the Prairie Research Institute Library for professors, students, and members of the general public to check out for use in classes, meetings, and for personal enrichment. The general public will have access to materials either from their local public library via inter-library loan through the University's participation in the Illinois Heartland Library System, or directly from the Institute library if they have a UIUC Library courtesy card. The DVDs will have downloadable activities and resource lists associated with them to enhance the educational impact of the films.

In a world where more and more societies with high consumption rates generate excessive amounts of waste, traditional environmental notions of reducing or recycling waste products are no longer sufficient. The new theory of ecologically intelligent design, green design and building, argues that manufacturers' products, when discarded, should either be completely recyclable in the Technosphere or become biodegradable food for the Biosphere. Waste = Food explores this revolutionary "cradle to cradle" (as opposed to "cradle to grave") concept through interviews with its leading proponents, American architect William McDonough and German ecological chemist Michael Braungart, coauthors of Cradle to Cradle: Remaking the Way We Make Things. Their ideas are increasingly being embraced by major corporations and governments worldwide, unleashing a new, ecologically-inspired industrial revolution.

For more information, contact Joy Scrogum, jscrogum@illinois.edu or 217-333-8948.


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Sustainable Seminar Series - iSEE a Sustainable Campus

April 24, 2014
noon to 1pm in the SJW conference room at ISTC (1 E. Hazelwood Dr. Champaign, IL 61820)
Type: Event

Description:

Presented by Ben McCall - Associate Director for Campus Sustainability, Institute for Sustainability, Energy, and the Environment (iSEE), University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Our campus's newest institute is the Institute for Sustainability, Energy, and the Environment (iSEE), which has three foci: research, education & outreach, and campus sustainability. I will give an overview of iSEE, a look at how well our campus is meeting the targets set out for 2015 in the Illinois Climate Action Plan (iCAP), and a vision of how our campus will set concrete plans in place to meet our long-term sustainability goals, including carbon neutrality by 2050.

If you cannot attend the event at ISTC you may view the webinar live by registering at https://www4.gotomeeting.com/register/869934591. The webinar will also be archived on our website www.istc.illinois.edu for later viewing.


Contact Information:
Contact: Kishore Rajagopalan
Phone: 217-244-8905
E-Mail: nrajagop@illinois.edu
URL: https://www4.gotomeeting.com/register/869934591


Sustainable Seminar Series - Agricultural Plastics: Progress and Barriers in Closing the Loop

April 25, 2014
noon to 1pm in the SJW conference room at Illinois Sustainable Technology Center (1 E. Hazelwood Dr. Champaign, IL 61820)
Type: Event

Description:

Presented by Roger Springman - Agricultural Plastics Consultant (Madison, WI)

Plastic provides agriculture with many options to cost-effectively store commodities, ensile forage, contain fertilizers/pesticides, protect crops, etc. But, at the end of its life cycle, agricultural plastic is more likely to become a waste than a resource even though its common resins (i.e. HDPE, LDPE, PP, and PS) are recognized as being some of the most valuable for recycling and plastics-to-fuel technologies. What is happening? Why hasn't more progress been made? Are there any technologies or break-throughs on the horizon? To be sure, there is hope, but continuing patience will be needed. This seminar will examine the current state-of-the art and offer directions for the future.

If you cannot attend the event at ISTC you may view the webinar live by registering at https://www4.gotomeeting.com/register/577612959. The webinar will also be archived on our website www.istc.illinois.edu for later viewing.


Contact Information:
Contact: Kishore Rajagopalan
Phone: 217-244-8905
E-Mail: nrajagop@illinois.edu
URL: https://www4.gotomeeting.com/register/577612959


Nunavut: Canada's Frozen Territory

April 30, 2014
4 p.m. Beckman Auditorium of the Beckman Institute (405 N. Mathews, Urbana, IL)
Type: Event

Description:

Presented by Bill Shilts - Founding Executive Director, Prairie Research Institute

This lecture is free and open to the public

Optional: RSVP via facebook

Nunavut, created in 1999, is one of the most remote, sparsely populated regions in the world with only 32,000 residents in an area larger than Mexico. Nearly all of Nunavut is in the zone of continuous permafrost, and glaciers and ice caps abound in its northernmost plateaux and highlands. In his 30-year career with the Geological Survey of Canada, Dr. Shilts carried out major research projects that provided a unique understanding of the permafrost, periglacial features, and glaciers of this arctic region. The modern world he experienced in Canada's arctic is virtually identical to the world we would inhabit in Champaign County, if we had lived here 19,000 years ago.


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ISTC Sustainability Teacher Workshop

August 1, 2014
ISTC, Champaign IL
Type: Training

Description:
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.


Contact Information:
Contact: Kirsten Walker
E-Mail: khw@illinois.edu
URL: https://illinois.edu/fb/sec/8255332

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