Illinois Sustainable Technology Center - University of Illinois

2013 Award Ceremony & Symposium

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).


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The award ceremony and technical symposium was held October 29, 2013 at the Embassy Suites Hotel and Conference Center in East Peoria, IL. Public and private universities and colleges that have fulfilled the Illinois Campus Sustainability Compact, a program of the Illinois Green Governments Coordinating Council, was recognized for their outstanding accomplishments along with the 2013 Governor’s Sustainability Award winners.


Agenda:

Symposium*

8:30 a.m. Registration, Continental Breakfast, Displays and Networking
9:00 a.m.
 
Welcome - Debra Jacobson, Program Moderator, Technical Assistance Manager, Illinois Sustainable Technology Center, Prairie Research Institute
9:10 a.m. Technical Symposium
  Waste Characterization for Zero Waste Goals
Seth Rients - Illinois Sustainable Technology Center, Prairie Research Institute
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  Reducing E-waste Through Purchasing Decisions
Margaret Renas - Delta Institute
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  IEPA P2 Intern Program
Kevin Greene - Illinois Environmental Protection Agency
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  Illinois Groundwater Source Geothermal Resources Relevant to Using Heat Pumps for Heating and Cooling
Xinli Lu, Ph.D.- Illinois Sustainable Technology Center, Prairie Research Institute
Tom Holm, Ph.D. - Illinois State Water Survey, Prairie Research Institute
Dave Larson - Illinois State Geological Survey, Prairie Research Institute
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11:40 a.m. Adjourn for Networking Break

Award Ceremony

12:00 p.m. Awards Luncheon
1:00 p.m. Awards Ceremony*
  Welcome Remarks and Introduction
David Thomas, Ph.D. - Interim Director, Illinois Sustainable Technology Center, Prairie Research Institute
 

Keynote Address - Is Sustainability Still Possible?
Erik Assadourian, Worldwatch Institute
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  Remarks from Eric Heineman, Senior Sustainability Advisor, Office of Governor Pat Quinn
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  Moderator
Deb Jacobson, Technical Assistance Manager, Illinois Sustainable Technology Center, Prairie Research Institute
2:00 p.m.
 
Presentation of the Awards
David Thomas, Ph.D., Interim Director, Illinois Sustainable Technology Center and Pat Quinn, Governor
  Awards Presentation Moderator
John Mulrow, Business & Industrial Sustainability Specialist, Illinois Sustainable Technology Center, Prairie Research Institute
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2:45 p.m. Adjourn & Photo Session

*Order of speakers subject to change

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