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 - Loyola University Chicago's Gallons Saved & Shared Project

March 3, 2016
noon-1pm at ISTC (1 E. Hazelwood Dr., Champaign, IL)
Type: Event

Description:

Presented by Aaron Durnbaugh - Loyola University Chicago

In a partnership with the Departments of Residence Life, Facilities, Psychology, and the Institute of Environmental Sustainability, Loyola University Chicago installed water efficient fixtures on campus, engaged students to reduce their water use, and is sharing lessons learned with Illinois colleges and universities via a tool kit. Our findings on the three initiatives will be discussed during the seminar.

This webinar will be broadcast live and also archived on ISTC's website, www.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/7619991985337201154. ISTC is a part of the Prairie Research Institute at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign.


Contact Information:
Contact: Elizabeth Meschewski
Phone: 217-333-7403
E-Mail: elm2@illinois.edu
URL: https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/7619991985337201154


Solar Power Hours

March 10, 2016
noon at ISTC (1 E. Hazelwood Dr., Champaign, IL)
Type: Event

Description:

The first step to participating in Solar Urbana-Champaign is to attend a free Solar Power Hour and discover the benefits of solar energy for your home, small business or farm.


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Overview of the Illinois Green Office Challenge

March 15, 2016 , Time: 9:00-10:00 AM CDT
Webinar
Type: Event

Description:
Join Bart Bartels of the Illinois Sustainable Technology Center to learn more about the IL Green Office Challenge. This is a friendly competition among office buildings to achieve energy and water conservation and waste reduction. It aims to make Illinois more livable, sustainable, and prosperous. The next competition begins March 1, 2016.

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Sustainable Seminar Series - Conservation by Design: Promoting Resilient, Sustainable Lands and Waters in the Upper Midwest and Great Lakes

March 17, 2016
noon-1pm at ISTC (1 E. Hazelwood Dr., Champaign, IL)
Type: Event

Description:

Presented by Mark Davis - Illinois Natural History Survey

The Anthropocene has ushered in an era of unprecedented pressures on natural systems. Balancing the maintenance of critical ecosystem functions and values in working landscapes presents a particular challenge in the upper Midwest and Great Lakes geography. Comprehensive, partnership driven approaches in which collective action can bring about landscape-scale habitat conservation is thus an important goal in heavily impacted landscapes. As a component of Strategic Habitat Planning, Landscape Conservation Design is such an approach and has become the preeminent paradigm for addressing landscape scale conservation issues. The Prairie Research Institute is actively engaged in several landscape designs, each addressing unique challenges and geographies by convening a diverse and collaborative assemblage of state, federal, tribal, and non-governmental organizations. The convened working group then engages in a science-based approach to evaluate every acre of the landscape and identify key locations and creative practices to protect, enhance, and restore resilient, well-connected, and geographically broad ecosystems. The ultimate goal is to promote functions and values essential for water quality, fish and wildlife, and people throughout a given geography. In this seminar I will detail the process being employed to achieve this objective in several contexts, discuss a preliminary suite of ecological, socioeconomic, and cultural conservation targets, and identify expected products that comprise these Landscape Conservation Designs. Finally, we will discuss the overarching objective of these initiatives, which is the effective and efficient leveraging of conservation knowledge, capacities, and resources to achieve and sustain ecosystem functions and values of lands and waters for current and future generations.

This webinar will be broadcast live and also archived on ISTC's website, www.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/7960708648552810498. ISTC is a part of the Prairie Research Institute at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign.


Contact Information:
Contact: Elizabeth Meschewski
Phone: 217-333-7403
E-Mail: elm2@illinois.edu
URL: https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/7960708648552810498


Sustainable Seminar Series - Applications of Gases for Environmental Issues

March 31, 2016
noon-1pm at ISTC (1 E. Hazelwood Dr., Champaign, IL)
Type: Event

Description:

Presented by Sudhir Brahmbhatt - President, Technology Services Inc.

Industrial gases such as oxygen, nitrogen, carbon dioxide, argon, ozone are important chemicals for the industries as they offer simple and effective solutions with excellent return on investment (ROI) for issues such as productivity, efficiencies, yield, environmental, etc. This presentation is focused on applications of these gases for Environmental issues such as sewage and process water treatment, pH control, drinking and surface water processes, emission from the chemical plants and aerobic fermentation processes, oxidation and high temperature processes, operational safety, repair and maintenance, extraction and pressure applications, etc. in a variety of industries with attractive ROI.

This webinar will be broadcast live and also archived on ISTC's website, www.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/5205733831727001345. ISTC is a part of the Prairie Research Institute at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign.


Contact Information:
Contact: Elizabeth Meschewski
Phone: 217-333-7403
E-Mail: elm2@illinois.edu
URL: https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/5205733831727001345


Sustainable Seminar Series: Monitoring Sustainability Culture at the University of Michigan: An Overview from a Multi-Year Program

April 12, 2016
noon-1pm at ISTC (1 E. Hazelwood Dr., Champaign, IL)
Type: Event

Description:

Robert Marans - University of Michigan

The scientific challenges of sustainability on which organizations and cities have focused their efforts represent only part of the necessary social transition to a sustainable society. Universities can play a pivotal role in addressing the more difficult yet critical aspect of the sustainability transition. That role is in creating and maintaining a "culture of sustainability" on university campuses which can serve as a model for what is needed in cities and in the corporate world. Culture of sustainability is defined as a culture in which people are aware of major ecological and environmental challenges, are behaving in sustainable ways, and are committed to a sustainable lifestyle for both the present and future. Therefore, in order to promote a cultural transformation, nothing less than a paradigm shift is needed in society generally, and more specifically in universities, other organizations, and in governmental thinking.

The talk reviews efforts to change the culture of sustainability at the University of Michigan (U-M) and discusses an approach to measuring and monitoring that change over time. The Sustainability Cultural Indicators Program (SCIP), initiated in 2012, is intended to inform U-M officials and others responsible for day-to-day operations of the University including its academic programs. Furthermore, it is intended to serve as a model demonstrating how behavioral research can be used to address critical environmental issues within universities, in other organizational settings, and in cities.

Following a review of the SCIP process including the use of surveys of people and buildings, findings to date are summarized as indicators of cultural change.


Contact Information:
Contact: Elizabeth Meschewski
Phone: 217-333-7403
E-Mail: elm2@illinois.edu
URL: https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/6659414646753723649


Sustainable Seminar Series: Evaluation of Zero Blowdown Cooling Towers with Soft Water Makeup

April 28, 2016
noon-1pm at ISTC (1 E. Hazelwood Dr., Champaign, IL)
Type: Event

Description:

Presented by Charles Curtiss - Illinois State Water Survey, Prairie Research Institute, University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign

Refrigeration, air conditioning, and process heat removal - ubiquitous operations employed by a variety of sectors - rely on cooling towers to avoid excess heat. The evaporative cooling of these towers, if operated efficiently, performs an indispensable function. However, efficient operation is often not the norm and can result in enormous water waste. Typical barriers to achieving efficient operations include lack of availability of skilled water treatment professionals, need for diligent monitoring, and need for regular use of hazardous chemicals. This project conducted by the Illinois State Water Survey (ISWS) evaluated a technology offered by Water Conservation Technology International (WCTI) that uses soft water to efficiently maintain and operate cooling towers. Maintaining the cooling towers in this manner would allow for less chemical use and also increase the cycles of concentration, thereby conserving water. The study involved cooling towers at the Champaign Regional Office Building and Chicago Data Center as well as two refrigerated warehouses in Minooka, IL.

This webinar will be broadcast live and also archived on ISTC's website, www.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/8406587002068019714. ISTC is a part of the Prairie Research Institute at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign.


Contact Information:
Contact: Elizabeth Meschewski
Phone: 217-333-7403
E-Mail: elm2@illinois.edu
URL: https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/8406587002068019714


Sustainable Seminar Series: Drugs Down the Drain: How can we assess and manage the impacts of medicines in the natural environment?

May 3, 2016
noon-1pm at ISTC (1 E. Hazelwood Dr., Champaign, IL)
Type: Event

Description:

Presented by Alistair B A Boxall - Environment Department, University of York, Heslington, York, UK, YO10 5DD

We will probably all use pharmaceuticals at some stage in our life. Following use, pharmaceuticals are excreted into the sewage system and can then pass through sewage treatment plants into surface waters. As pharmaceuticals are biologically active molecules, in recent years there has been increasing interest from scientists and the general public over the potential impacts of pharmaceuticals on aquatic organisms and on humans that consume drinking water containing pharmaceuticals. In this talk, I will explain how pharmaceuticals move from humans to surface waters and drinking water supplies and discuss the implications of the presence of pharmaceuticals in water bodies for ecological and human health. Solutions to minimize the impacts of pharmaceuticals on the environment will also be presented.


Contact Information:
Contact: Elizabeth Meschewski
Phone: 217-333-7403
E-Mail: elm2@illinois.edu
URL: https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/7042760475869456385


International Conference on Thermal Conversion and Biogas Solutions

June 1, 2016 - June 3, 2016
Rafain Palace Hotel - Brazil
Type: Conference

Description:

The conference agenda will focus on the discussion of the role of the thermal conversion technologies in the search for sustainable solutions and security for the Brazilian energy matrix. Please visit the conference website for more information.


Contact Information:

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