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.
September 8, 2016
noon-1pm at ISTC (1 E. Hazelwood Dr., Champaign, IL)
Presented by Diana S. Aga - Henry Woodburn Professor of Chemistry, Chemistry Department, University at Buffalo, The State University of New York, Buffalo, NY 14260
In the last twenty years, thousands of research papers covering different aspects of emerging contaminants have been published, ranging from environmental occurrence to treatment and ecological effects. Emerging contaminants are environmental pollutants that have been investigated widely only in the last 20 years, and include man-made and naturally occurring chemicals such as pharmaceuticals and personal care products and their metabolites, illicit drugs, engineered nanomaterials, and antibiotic resistance genes. The advancement in our knowledge on emerging contaminants has been the result of the appearance of highly sensitive and powerful analytical instrumentation that rapidly developed, allowing trace quantification and identification of unknown contaminants in complex environmental matrices. High efficiency chromatographic separations coupled to high-resolution mass spectrometers have become commonplace in environmental laboratories and the pillars of environmental research, increasing our understanding and awareness of the presence of emerging contaminants in the environment, their transformation and fate, and the complex ecological consequences that they pose on exposed biological systems. In this presentation an overview on key research milestones in the area of emerging contaminants, focusing on pharmaceuticals and personal care products and endocrine disrupting compounds, and highlighting some of our own research, will be presented to identify knowledge gaps and future needs where the analytical scientists and environmental engineers can contribute to advance this important area of research and provide solutions to problems related to the impacts of emerging contaminants in the environment.
September 12, 2016
- September 14, 2016
University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign
As part of its outreach mission, the Institute for Sustainability, Energy, and Environment (iSEE) hosts a major international conference each fall. We call it the iSEE Congress.
The Congress is an assembly of the leading University of Illinois, national and international scientists from different disciplines. These experts present the latest scientific research on grand world challenges of sustainability, energy generation and conservation, and the environment. Attendees gain understanding about the latest knowledge in these areas -- and the directions for future research, actions and policy frameworks that could contribute to long-term breakthroughs.
Each Congress provides a forum to not only discuss the challenges facing global water availability, but also to highlight an agenda for actionable research. By bringing local, national, and international experts -- from academia, industry, governments, and NGOs -- together for these discussions, iSEE is fostering new research collaborations across disciplines and across continents to solve grand world challenges.
September 22, 2016
noon-1pm at ISTC (1 E. Hazelwood Dr., Champaign, IL)
Presented by John Scott - Senior Analytical Chemist, Illinois Sustainable Technology Center, Prairie Research Institute, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Unconventional sources of oil and gas are becoming increasingly important in meeting US energy demands. Horizontal drilling and hydraulic fracturing of shales in locations such as Pennsylvania are commonplace in response to the need for domestically sourced energy. Although development of these new technologies has increased the domestic production of gas and oil, there have been many concerns relating to contamination of surface water, groundwater and drinking water supplies.
Fluorescence excitation-emission spectroscopy is a rapid and inexpensive technique that could be utilized as a screening tool for water samples suspected of contamination by hydraulic fracturing operations. In conjunction with computational analysis of the fluorescence data using techniques such as parallel factor analysis (PARAFAC) questions such as "Has there been contamination caused by fracking" can be answered rapidly and inexpensively.
Chemical additives used in fracturing fluids and chemical contaminates in produced waters, such as polyaromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs), could be used as a surrogate to determine if contamination of surface waters, groundwaters, and drinking waters was due to hydraulic fracturing operations in nearby locations. Methods developed in this project could aid in water quality monitoring and help guide decisions regarding further testing of water samples suspected of contamination.
This webinar will be broadcast live and also archived on ISTC's website, istc.illinois.edu, for later viewing. If you cannot attend the event at ISTC, you may view the webinar live by registering at: https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/1595124567444122626. ISTC is a part of the Prairie Research Institute at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign.
November 1, 2016
Union League Club, 65 West Jackson Blvd., Chicago IL
Since 1987, the Illinois Governor's Sustainability Award has recognized private and public Illinois organizations who have implemented outstanding and innovative sustainable techniques or technologies, demonstrating a commitment to sustaining our environmental, social and economic health.
Governor's Sustainability Award winners are an elite group of committed leaders reducing environmental impact, contributing to the growth of a more sustainable Illinois economy. By prioritizing sustainability throughout their operations, programs, technology, products and company culture, they serve as a model within their industry and community.
Each year, the Illinois Sustainable Technology Center honors Illinois Governor Sustainability Award winners at an Awards Ceremony in the fall. Organizations that attend the Award Ceremony have an opportunity to interface and network directly with leading sustainable organizations, speakers and keynotes and learn more about how organizations throughout Illinois are implementing sustainability.
On September 17, 2015, a Green Lunchroom Challenge Kickoff Workshop and Training was held at the Illinois Sustainable Technology Center in Champaign, IL. This session provided an overview of the Green Lunchroom Challenge, presentations on relevant tools and programs, and a group discussion of barriers and opportunities related to food waste prevention and reduction in K-12 schools. A free school food service training session was also 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.
The presentations and training were videotaped to enable schools unable to attend, or which learned of the Challenge after the kickoff, to benefit from the information shared. Videos and PDF versions of the presenter's slides are available. Also, a summary of the group discussion focused on barriers and opportunities to prevent and reduce food waste in K-12 schools is provided. Our goal is to help schools fight food waste while providing nutritious meals and meeting legislative requirements; your input helps us ensure we're providing the necessary support and assistance.