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December 5, 2013

2013 UIC Urban Forum "Technology and the Resilience of Metropolitan Regions"

December 5, 2013

The University of Illinois at Chicago is pleased to announce the 2013 UIC URBAN FORUM "Technology and the Resilience of Metropolitan Regions"

People and institutions engage in the public square and the private marketplaces for the purpose of promoting commerce and growth, improving the quality of life in neighborhoods and cities, and creating institutions to promote democratic governance. These interactions are constrained and shaped by the rapidly emerging technologies and access to those technologies by individuals and institutions. Today, the capacities of institutions, communities and societies to govern collectively and ensure a sustainable and acceptable quality of life for metropolitan regions are challenged. The shape and direction of metropolitan growth and development depends on access to appropriate technology, scaled to the metropolitan region, and informed by the individual, household and community needs of the city and region.

The 2013 UIC Urban Forum will debate the role of technology as a critical element in enhancing the capacity of public institutions to adjust and adapt to metropolitan regions' emerging economic, political and social conditions. The Forum will bring together public intellectuals, stakeholders, academicians, policy analysts and citizens to examine both the enhancing and the constraining effects of technology on the capacity of local and regional governments to meet their health-care responsibilities, workforce-training and education needs, demands for promoting economic development and opportunities, and service-delivery responsibilities to their citizens.

White papers--which will inform panels that will include mayors, policy officials, scholars, thought-leaders, and journalists--will be prepared by renowned scholars:

Dr. Karen Mossberger (Arizona State University) on "the role of technology in innovation and inclusion"
Dr. Jane Fountain (University of Massachusetts, Amherst) on "connecting technologies to citizenship"
Dr. Bénédicte Callan (Arizona State University) on "technology and health care"
Dr. Howard Wial (University of Illinois at Chicago) on "technology and advanced manufacturing"
Dr. Darrell West (Brookings Institution) on "workforce development and technology"

Confirmed 2013 Urban Forum Board of Advisors:

MarySue Barrett, President, Metropolitan Planning Council
Randy Blankenhorn, Chicago Metropolitan Agency for Planning
Henry Cisneros, former Secretary of HUD, former Mayor of San Antonio
Clarence Anthony, Executive Director, National League of Cities
Michael Coleman, Mayor of Columbus
Rahm Emanuel, Mayor of Chicago
Lee Fisher, former Lt. Governor of Ohio; CEO and President, CEOs for Cities
Karen Freeman-Wilson, Mayor of Gary
Bruce Katz, Director of the Metropolitan Policy Program, Brookings Institution
Jeffery A. Malehorn, President and C.E.O, World Business Chicago
Terry Mazany, Chicago Community Trust
Toni Preckwinkle, President of the Cook County Board of Commissioners

More information about the 2013 Urban Forum will be available in the coming months at www.uicurbanforum.org.

For questions, please call 312-413-2194 or email UICurban@uic.edu.

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Previous Events

October 28, 2013

Energy Efficient Municipal Water Infrastructure
October 28, 2013
1:00 pm - 3:00pm
1043 Engineering Research Facility

To inspire the next generation of leaders within the water, sustainability, and energy efficiency fields, the German American Chamber of Commerce is pleased to bring the Innovation Seminar series to UIC on Monday, October 28th. Join us for this free event as a delegation of visiting German experts and leading companies present energy efficient technologies for the water industry. Join us for the opportunity to meet international companies and professionals during a catered networking reception.

DB Sediments GmbH offers an array of products for solving erosion and sedimentation problems, a particularly important factor in the success of dams and hydro-electric facilities. They also offer consulting services in the field of sedimentology.

Gebrüder Heyl GmbH, the European market leader in analysis and control products for water treatment. Their diverse family of automated monitoring systems result in massive energy savings for water-intensive industries.

Lauren Weinrich, senior research analyst at American Water, one of the largest and most experienced water service providers in the US.

Dr. Andreas Hutarew, board Member of the Chamber of Engineers in Baden-Württemberg and professor at the University of Stuttgart.

Following the presentations will be an opportunity to engage and network with the speakers and participants. More information online at http://www.gaccmidwest.org/en/water_innovation-seminars2013.

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October 24, 2013

Sustainability in Higher Education: How is Change Happening?
October 24, 2013
3:00 pm - 4:30 pm
Douglas Hall, room 320

Cost Free and open to the public, RSVP requested
Sponsor: Office of Sustainability and FGM Architects
Contact: Sarah Koning skonin2@uic.edu

Join the Office of Sustainability and FGM Architects for a lecture by Leith Sharpe. In this presentation, Leith Sharpe will share core lessons being learned around how change can be effectively lead and sustained in large, complex organisations such as universities. The material provided will complement the typical strategic planning focus on strategic goals by emphasizing the importance of strategic processes and conditions. The presentation will open the way for discussions about what we need to be measuring and reporting in order to achieve not only the end impacts we seek, but also the core conditions we need to put in place to enhance the organization's inherent capacity for rapid and stable change, innovation and advancement around the demands of sustainability.

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October 8, 2013

Reviving the Jordan River: Islam, Judaism, Ecology, and the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict
Gidon Bromberg, Israeli Director
Nader Khateeb, Palestinian Director
Munqeth Mehyar, Jordanian Director
Date: Tuesday, October 8, 2013 at 4:00PM to 6:00PM
Campus Address: Institute for the Humnities, Lower Level, Stevenson Hall
Address: 701 S. Morgan St, Chicago, IL

Contact: Linda Vavra
Email: huminst@uic.edu
Website: http://huminst.las.uic.edu
Phone: 312-996-6354

In the fall of 2013, Friends of the Earth Middle East (FoEME) is launching a faith-based initiative to engage Muslims, Jews, and Christians in the efforts to restore the Jordan River, currently at 3% of its historical flow. This important resource is disputed in the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict. Friends of the Earth Middle East (FoEME) works with local Palestinian, Israeli, and Jordanian communities on sharing vital resources like water and advocates for environmental justice. In this presentation, the Israeli, Palestinian, and Jordanian directors of FoEME, Gidon Bromberg, Nader Khateeb, and Munqeth Mehyar will speak about fair resource distribution and collective conservation efforts as a path to peace. They will present the new Faith-Based campaign and talk about the role of religious traditions in ecological peacemaking.

EcoPeace/Friends of the Earth Middle East (FoEME) is a unique organization at the forefront of the environmental peacemaking movement. As a tri-lateral organization that brings together Jordanian, Palestinian, and Israeli environmentalists, our primary objective is the promotion of cooperative efforts to protect our shared environmental heritage. In so doing, we week to advance both sustainable regional development and the creation of necessary conditions for lasting peace in our region. FoEME has offices in Amman, Bethlehem, and Tel-Aviv.

Click here for more information: http://huminst.las.uic.edu/ifth/events/special-events/2013-2014/2013/07/19/reviving-the-jordan-river-islam-judaism-ecology-and-the-israeli-palestinian-conflict

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October 7-8, 2013

International Environmental Protection Congress ENVICON
October 7-8, 2013

Poznan, Poland

We would like to invite you to take part in the ENVICON International Environmental Protection Congress held on 7-8 October in Poznań. The biggest Congress in Poland is accompanying the trade fair POLEKO 2013.

ENVICON 2013 is the third edition of a new formula meeting of environmental protection experts accompanying the POLEKO fair. As in the previous years, the Congress will provide a great opportunity to acquire the latest knowledge and discuss the most up-to-date and provident issues.

The representatives of administration will address new directions of environmental policy within the context of energy security which is a decisive factor shaping it. For years waste management has been an established topic during our meetings. This year implementation of a new municipal waste management system brings new quality to this discussion.

After a time of unprecedented investment within the water and waste water management new challenges appear which will be addressed during special sessions. Technical sessions will be supplemented with lectures on environmental protection financing sources, constituting yet another approach to the private public partnership PPP as an effective way to complete investments. I strongly believe that the Congress will contribute to the continuous improvement of environment in our country.

Visit the congress site for more information http://www.envicon.abrys.pl/index.php?id=277&L=1

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September 2013

UIC Sustainability Days are here!

Sustainability Days are a month long compilation of events to help the UIC campus and community learn how to conserve resources and build a more sustainable community.

There are events almost every day in September including:

• Weigh Your Waste- an informative look at food waste and composting at UIC (Sept 6)
• Heritage Garden Tours- a look at the student-run garden on the UIC Quad (Sept 9)
• Transportation Fair & Cycling Extravaganza!- a half-day event showcasing various transportation options to, from, and around UIC with special emphasis on bicycling (Sept 19)
• Climate Change Lecture- a talk about the current state of the dependence on fossil fuel (Sept 25)
• Sustainability Fun Run & Shoe Recycling- the Run Club shows that running is the "greenest" exercise by going the extra mile to help recycle old athletic shoes (Sept 10)
• Green Building Tour- a one hour tour of one of UIC's LEED® certified building Lincoln Hall, lead by the architecture firm that designed it (Sept 20)
• Great Stuff Exchange- an opportunity to bring in unwanted but useful office supplies, or to take away used supplies for free (Sept 24)
• Cycling Spectacular! with Chicago Bike Ambassadors- a fair highlighting anything and everything bike-related to get you riding around town (Sept 16)
• Energy Savings Retrofit Project- a discussion with Ameresco about how UIC is saving over 30% of the energy consumption in the Science and Engineering complex (Sept 12)
• Campus Electronic Recycling Collection- an opportunity to recycle personal and office electronics at 2 convenient locations (Sept 26 and Oct 3)
• Park(ing) Day- watch how a typical parking spot gets transformed into a park for one day (Sept 20)
• …and much, much more!

All events are free unless otherwise noted. For more information, visit sustainability.uic.edu and click on "UIC sustainability days" where you can view upcoming Sustainability Day events, or add your own!

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September 24-25, 2013

IESP External Advisory Board Meeting
September 24, 5:00pm-8:00pm: Reception at Gioco, 1312 S. Wabash Ave
September 25, 9:00am-2:00pm: Meeting at UIC Student Center East, 750 S. Halsted St, Room 613

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August 27-29, 2013

PRESCO 2013 banner

The 2nd Annual Pacific Rim Energy & Sustainability Conference
August 27-29, 2013

Hiroshima, Japan

Despite efforts since the late 1980's by the global community, especially the United Nations, to take a proactive stance on the sustainability of energy resources, the stark reality is that global consumption of energy has not diminished. In fact, CO2 emissions from fossil fuels have increased nearly 30% since 2000, and roughly 85% of global energy now comes from fossil fuels. Moreover, recent spikes in world oil prices, as well as energy related crises such as the BP oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico, and the nuclear meltdown at the Fukushima Dai-Ichi plant in Japan have focused attention on challenges with the existing energy landscape.

The 2013 Pacific Rim Energy & Sustainability Conference will be held in Hiroshima, Japan: the City of Peace. The three-day conference will provide an interdisciplinary platform for academics, researchers, policymakers, entrepreneurs, students, and professionals. Under the theme of Integrating the Disciplines, the objectives of PRESCO 2013 are to exchange ideas, present research, debate issues facing sustainable energy as it intersects with the social, environmental, and economic aspects of the global sustainability paradigm.

We invite proposals to be submitted through our online system. Proposals should focus on the following areas: Sustainable Energy, Sustainable Consumption, Resiliency and Policy Needs.

Sub-themes include: •alternative energy technology •climate change policy •energy efficiency improvement •energy and environmental quality •fuel cells and hydrogen energy •low-carbon energy •green buildings and the built environment •life cycle assessment •ecological economics •water supply •sustainable development •other topics

Special topics:
The future of electricity generation in a post-Fukushima world:
Are we on track to return to coal and oil with parallel CO2 emissions?
What might the economics of power generation look like in the 5-10 year time frame? 50 years?
Renewable energy? Safety? Conservation? Societal implications?

Visit the PRESCO 2013 website for more information and to register http://www.presdafoundation.org/pacific-rim-energy-sustainability-conference/

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August 5-16, 2013

Summer Institute on Sustainability and Energy: Sustainable Transportation
August 5-16, 2013

University of Illinois at Chicago

The Summer Institute on Sustainability and Energy (SISE) is a two-week intensive workshop and lecture series geared towards individuals interested in the title subjects: sustainability and energy. From August 5-16, a diverse body of participants will converge on the UIC campus and immerse itself in a broad spectrum of sustainability and energy related topics. Issues presented will be of interest to scientists, economists, political scientists, urban planners, engineers, architects, and entrepreneurs. Participants will engage these issues through interactive and interdisciplinary lectures and panel discussions, collaborative research projects that stress scientific innovation and entrepreneurship, networking opportunities with academics and professionals, and tours of sustainability and energy related sites in the Chicago area. This experience leaves graduates of the Summer Institute with a firm foundation for future careers in sustainability and energy, and inspires them to lead the next generation as thoughtful and informed global citizens.

APPLICATIONS ARE NOW BEING ACCEPTED

Admission into the program is highly competitive. 60-80 participants will be accepted from a pool of national applicants. Those accepted into the program can expect to receive financial support including transportation getting to and from Chicago, lodging during the duration of the program, and most meals.

Hosted by the Energy Initiative at the University of Illinois at Chicago, in partnership with Argonne National Laboratory; Clean Energy Trust; Energy Policy Institute at Chicago (University of Chicago); Energy and Sustainability Engineering (University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign); Initiative for Sustainability & Energy at Northwestern (Northwestern University); Wanger Institute for Sustainable Energy Research (Illinois Institute of Technology)

LEARN MORE ABOUT US!

We invite you to learn more about the Summer Institute. Visit us on the web at: http://sise.phy.uic.edu/

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May 20-21, 2013

International Symposium on the Design of Urban Systems of the Future
May 20-21, 2013
UIC Forum, 725 West Roosevelt Road, Chicago, IL

The International Symposium on the Design of Urban Systems of the Future will be held on May 20-21, 2013 at the UIC Forum. This symposium is part of the Building Urban Resilience and Sustainability (BURST) initiative, an Area of Excellence award approved by the Office of the Vice Chancellor for Research, with support from the Institute for Environmental Science and Policy, the College of Engineering, the College of Urban Planning and Public Affairs, and the Departments of Computer Science, Civil and Materials Engineering, and Biological Sciences.

The symposium has three main goals, first to assess the state of science, technology, and practice on urban resilience and sustainability, second to collect forward-thinking concepts that may serve as the basis for future research directions, and third to lay the groundwork for potential collaborations, both domestic and international, as we move forward to enriching research at UIC in this area.

For more information about the BURST initiative please visit the BURST website www.burst.uic.edu.

The symposium is by invitation only.

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May 9, 2013

Modeling Waterborne Health Risks
Dr. Jyotsna Jagai, PhD
Visiting Scholar
Thursday, May 9, 2013
9:45am

2121 W. Taylor St, Room 121 SPHW

Dr. Jagai is a Postdoctoral Fellow at the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) in the National Health & Environmental Effects Research Laboratory (NHEERL) in Chapel Hill, NC. She is working with a team to develop an Environmental Quality Index on the county level for the entire United States. She is also leading a research project to assess whether the association between rainfall and emergency room visits for gastrointestinal diseases varies in areas with and without combined sewer systems. She has also participated in two multidisciplinary cross-sectional field studies which are assessing beachgoer health risks, as measured by human biomarker, saliva, samples and study questionnaires and associations with water quality.

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April 2013

UIC Celebrates Earth Month!

Please visit the April 2013 Eartch Month calendar for events throughout the month go.uic.edu/earthmonth

earth month calendar april 2013

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April 16, 2013

UIC Student Research Forum
Tuesday, April 16, 2013
1:00pm - 5:00pm
UIC Forum 725 West Roosevelt Road, Chicago, IL

The Student Research Forum represents one of the finest student-run activities at UIC. It is one of the few student activities that is academic in nature and includes the entire student body; undergraduate, graduate and professional. The Forum provides a venue for students at UIC to present their scholarly efforts and is an event in which the campus celebrates the wealth of research across all disciplines carried out by the dedicated students of this campus.

Students from all disciplines (Arts, Business, Computer Science, Engineering, Humanities, Life Sciences, Mathematics, Physical Sciences, Social Sciences, among others) are invited to present their work one-on-one to Forum attendees and judges during a high-energy 3-hour session, followed by an awards ceremony. Monetary awards will be given in various categories. Research presentations are accompanied by a poster or other visual display that captures the spirit of the research work and/or highlights key features of the project.

The Reserach Forum features Sustainability Award in additon to it's regular categories. Submissions for the Sustainability Award should reflect a definition of sustainability as "meeting the needs of the present without impacting the ability of future generations to meet their needs," but can also include issues of systems thinking, full-cost accounting, green business or green design, for example. Sustainability frequently deals with energy resources and efficiency, active transportation and bike issues, and waste management (including recycling and composting), and land use.

For the sustainability award, projects will be evaluated on their merit to address questions or problems that deal with the overlapping issues of environmental protection, social justice, and economic equity.

Click here for more information about the Research Forum and for instructions on how to apply.

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April 3, 2013

Measuring and Forecasting: Emerging Trends in Environmental Data Collection, Analysis and Modeling
Dr. John Krummel
Director, Environmental Science Division, Argonne National Laboratory
Wednesday, April 3, 2013
2:00PM
Room 1047, Engineering Research Facility (ERF), 842 W. Taylor St, Chicago, IL

This seminar will focus on the synergies between models and data and how these synergies are improving researchers' ability to forecast changes in the state of the environment and component resources provided by Earth system processes. As models become more sophisticated and incorporate detailed system processes at numerous spatial and temporal scales, the environmental measurements that support model operation and validation must keep pace with model development. John will present examples of model-data linkages related to climate and meteorology, human health and environmental risk management, aquatic ecosystems, water quality and availability, and environmental restoration. This talk will highlight how advances in geospatial data and analysis, dedicated environmental measurement programs, and data collection technology — coupled to the appropriate modeling tools — are enhancing opportunities to improve forecasts of changes in environmental conditions resulting from human and natural perturbations.

Refreshments will be served.

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February 26, 2013

Energy: The Next 50 Years
February 26, 2013

1:00PM-4:00PM
UIC Student Center East, Cardinal Room
750 S. Halsted St, Chicago, IL

The UIC Energy Initiative and the UIC Institute for Policy and Civic Engagement invite you to join a presentation and town hall forum entitled "Energy: The Next 50 Years." The forum will bring together experts from UIC and the greater Chicago community to discuss their vision for energy in the next 50 years and how we can achieve this vision. The presentations will be followed by a panel discussion moderated by Dr. George W. Crabtree with questions from the audience. Speakers and audience participants will be asked to give suggestions on energy issues, relevant to either UIC or the City of Chicago, which will be compiled into a report and distributed to the UIC Office of Sustainability, the City of Chicago, and made available online.

A short reception will follow. RSVP is required. Please join us!

RSVP Required - http://bit.ly/E50UIC

If you require any accommodations to participate in the event please contact Thomas Aláan, (312) 996-2141, talaan@uic.edu

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February 14, 2013

Seminar: Global Warming and Antarctica
Peter T. Doran, Professor, Earth and Environmental Sciences
February 14, 2013
12:00pm

UIC Library Conference Room 1-470, 801 S. Morgan, Chicago, IL

Sponsor The Global Learning Community, College of Liberal Arts and Sciences

Peter Doran is a leading specialist on polar regions, particularly the Antarctic climate and ecosystems. He frequently travels to the Arctic and Antarctic regions, and he has made significant contributions to questions of global climate change.

Food will be served!

Lunch will be served, please RSVP to glc@las.uic.edu

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February 8, 2013

Urban Innovation Symposium: Sustainable Cities
February 8, 2013
UIC Student Center Easst
750 S. Halsted St, Chicago, IL

There are as many aspects to sustainability as there are faces among Chicago residents. On Friday, February 8th, 2013 the Urban Innovation Symposium will explore those aspect by bringing together a diverse group of pioneering professionals for a series of presentations on innovative approaches to making cities more sustainable. The third annual Urban Innovation Symposium is a two–part, day–long event organized by the Urban Planning and Policy Student Association at the University of Illinois at Chicago.

The symposium's daytime session, held at UIC, will focus on the topic of sustainability. Presenters from across the region will provide insights into cutting-edge approaches to sustainability in the realms of transportation, finance and social enterprise, food systems, and the environment.

At the evening event, a series of short presentations will be delivered at Catawampus Gallery in Wicker Park using the fast-moving, visually-oriented PechaKucha® format. This event will offer a more informal atmosphere where attendees can take part in one-on-one discussions while enjoying refreshments, including complimentary beer and wine.

Click here for more information and to RSVP

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December 7, 2012

Dupont Summit on Science, Technology and Environmental Policy
December 7, 2012
Washington, DC

Call for Proposals: Dupont Summit on Science, Technology and Environmental Policy

The Policy Studies Organization (PSO) invites you to submit a proposal for the Dupont Summit focused on science, technology and environmental policy issues. The Summit will be held at the Carnegie Institution for Science in Washington, DC on Friday, December 7, 2012. The purpose of the conference is to promote dialogue about current policy concerns and to provide a civil space for discussion across the political spectrum. The format will include panel discussions along with some individual presentations. You are welcomed to submit a topic proposal or a proposal that includes others beside yourself for a panel. 

Proposals should be sent to PSO executive director Daniel Gutierrez-Sandoval at dgutierrezs@ipsonet.org. There is not a required proposal format. A one page summary/abstract of your topic and speaker/panelists (if applicable) is requested. Proposals will be accepted until September 30, 2012, the final deadline.  Also, click here to see videos from last year's Dupont Summit.

The Policy Studies Organization publishes 11 academic journals and 3 book series. They promote discussion of policy concerns and further research and dissemination of policy scholarship.

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November 29, 2012

The Center for Real Estate Law at The John Marshall Law School will present “Demystifying Green Construction and the Public Sector” at 3:30p.m. on Thursday, November 29, 2012, at the law school, 315 S. Plymouth Ct., Chicago, IL

This program will provide an opportunity to learn about programs developed by governmental entities in Illinois relating to sustainability and green construction.

Guest presenters will be Erin Lavin Cabonargi, executive director of the Public Building Commission of Chicago; Lisa Mattingly, administrator of Professional Services at the Illinois Capital Development Board; and Lorence H. Slutzky, partner at Robbins Schwartz. Khaled Naja, chief operating officer at the Chicago Department of Aviation, may also join the discussion led by moderator Terri Haymaker, director of Planning for the Public Building Commission of Chicago.

Registration is at events.jmls.edu. For additional information, contact Virginia Harding, associate director of the Center for Real Estate Law, at vharding@jmls.edu.

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November 19-20, 2012

International Environmental Protection Congress ENVICON
November 19-20, 2012

Poznan, Poland

The International Environmental Protection Congress is, at present, the biggest congress on environmental protection in Poland. ENVICON precedes the POLEKO International Trade Fair of Environmental Protection.

Every year the topics addressed during the ENVICON Congress as well as up-to-date information and state-of-the-art knowledge attract approximately five hundred participants. The ENVICON Congress has proved to be a reliable forum gathering key representatives of public administration, local authorities, and representatives of national and foreign companies as well as waste management and water and wastewater specialists. The opening session will address the seventh framework programme (FP7) in the context of green management in Europe with particular consideration of respective Polish activities. Discussion of the effects of the Rio de Janeiro summit will be also included. The opening session will be followed by a discussion panel gathering key decision makers responsible for environmental protection from Poland and Europe.

Further proceedings of the ENVICON Congress will be divided into two parallel sessions, one on waste management and the other one on water and wastewater management. The first session will focus on the role of public administration within the waste management system, relations between a municipality and region and on presentation of the best practices of cooperation. Changes to the law will be also covered as well as evolution of waste management towards thermal treatment and alternative fuel production.

The second session will cover the subject of the Polish water and wastewater management sector which has been undergoing dynamic changes. We will focus on analysis of issues concerning modern technologies, rehabilitation of sewerage networks in municipal areas, small wastewater treatment facilities, water and sewerage networks in rural areas, and problems of wastewater sludge management.

Both sessions will be hosted interactively and dynamically. After each lecture there will be time for questions and answers, and the following discussion will be held according to the popular panel concept. It will allow to identify the most actual and crucial problems, orientate actions and determine cooperation platforms among public administration, companies and other entities which are active in the environmental protection sector.

The first day of the Congress will be marked with a celebration Gala. The Gala poses an excellent possibility to offer gratitude and present distinctions for actions for the benefit of environmental protection. A concert of one of the most popular Polish artists will bring unforgettable moments for all participants.

For more information visit the ENVICON Congress website

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November 15, 2012

Chicago Wilderness Congress 2012: Shaping the Future of Regional Conservation
Thursday, November 15, 2012
University of Illinois at Chicago
The Forum, 725 W Roosevelt Road, Chicago, IL

The Chicago Wilderness biennial Congress provides the representatives of the alliance’s 260 member organizations a forum to join students, educators, volunteers, community partners, and interested members of the public in a dynamic exchange of ideas, success stories, and lessons learned.
We’ll consider the future of regional conservation in the context of:

  • Applying lessons-learned and innovative best practices to the restoration and management of the region’s natural systems;
  • Inspiring the next generation of conservation leaders by engaging youth;
  • Adapting land and water conservation strategies to mitigate the impacts of climate change; and
  • Realizing the goals of a refined Green Infrastructure Vision through strategic partnerships and engagement of municipalities across the region.

The 2012 Congress will provide an opportunity for participants to address how our growing and diversifying alliance can continue shaping the future of this region as a national and international leader in collaborative conservation.

Visit the Chicago Wilderness Congress webpage for more information.

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November 15, 2012

Zona Abierta: From the Hood to Sierra Club
Juan Martinez
Thursday, November 15th, 2012
3:30pm-5:00pm
Latino Cultrual Center, Lecture Center B2

Join us for an interactive discussion with environmentalist, educator, National Geographic Explorer, and Sierra Club Board of Directors member, Juan Martinez. As a proud native of South Central Los Angeles, he works with at-risk youth helping them keep off the streets and sharing with them the beauty of the great outdoors.

Sponsors: Latino Cultural Center, Chicago Wilderness, the Trust of Public Land, the Field Museum's ECCo, Honors College, LALS, LARES, Office of Sustainability, Social Justice Initiative, and Sigma Lambda Gamma and O.W.L.S. in C.U.S.

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November 14, 2012

Civic Cinema: Thirst
Wednesday, November 14th, 2012
3:00pm-4:30pm
Latino Cultural Center, Lecture Center B2

Is water part of a shared "commons," a human right for all people, or is it a commodity to be bought, sold, and traded in a global marketplace? "THIRST" tells the stories of communities in Bolivia, India, and the United States that are asking these fundamental questions, as water becomes the most valuable global resource of the 21st Century. Screening followed by discussion facilitated by Rachel Havrelock, Department of English and Program in Jewish Studies.

Sponsors: Latino Cultural Center, Honors College, Latin American and Latino Studies Program, Office of Sustainability, Social Justice Initiative, and student organization LABS

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November 13, 2012

Re-Thinking Soup: Sofrito Project
Carlos de Jesus, Assistant Principal, Dr. Pedro Albizu Campos High School
Tuesday, November 13th, 2012
12:00pm noon-1:00pm
Latino Cultural Center, Lecture Center B2

Dr. Pedro Albizu Campos High School uses the term "social ecology" to help students understand the cause and effect
between human beings and their environments. The "social" in "social ecology" also helps them understand that
environments are different – some better than others – because of human manipulation of those environments. Urban
agriculture is one example of a community taking control of its environment and making a positive impact on the members' health and wellbeing. Join us and learn how this school's hydroponic rooftop greenhouse has helped improve nutrition in Humboldt Park through their "Sofrito Project."

Sponsors: Latino Cultural Center, Hull-House Museum, College of Architecture and the Arts

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November 8, 2012

Walkable, Affordable and Preferable: Nuancing the Sustainable NeighborhoodEMILY TALEN
Dr. Emily Talen
Professor, School of Geographical Sciences & Urban Planning, School of Sustainability
Arizona State University

Thursday, November 8, 2012
3:00pm - 4:30pm
Great Cities Institute
412 S. Peoria St, 4th FL, CUPPAH 400

For more info and to RSVP: gcities@uic.edu

The neighborhood context of affordable housing has been a significant concern among policymakers for decades. A new “place-conscious” federal urban policy has recently elevated “walkability” as an especially important goal in part because of its link to health and other benefits, yet research continues to find that walkability and affordability are often at odds because of land prices. Additionally, some research has questioned whether affordable housing in walkable locations should even be viewed as necessarily beneficial. In this talk, Professor Talen will discuss the issues involved in relating “walkability” to “affordability” by comparing several case scenarios from around the U.S. that expose the contextual variation involved in neighborhoods that, on the surface, meet both of these goals.

Professor Talen’s research focuses on urban form, sustainable cities, and new urbanism. In her roles as Professor, Director of the Phoenix Urban Research Lab (PURL), Senior Sustainability Scientist at the Global Institute of Sustainability, and founding co-editor of the Journal of Urbanism, among others, she explores the spatial patterns of cities and their accessibility, spatial equity, sprawl and social interactivity. Prior to earning her PhD in Geography from the University of California, Santa Barbara, Talen worked for six years as a professional planner in Santa Barbara and Columbus, Ohio.

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November 2-4, 2012

Great Lakes Bioneers Chicago Meeting
November 2-4, 2012
University of Illinois at Chicago
Student Center East, 750 S Halsted St, Chicago, IL

This year UIC is hosting the first annual gathering of Great Lakes Bioneers Chicago, from November 2-4 at Student Center East.  Also known as Chicago Bioneers it is a local, self-organized National Bioneers partner. 

For 23 fall seasons, Bioneers conferences have been held in various cities. Content focuses on topics relating to social, environmental, and economic sustainability, offering progressive presentations, workshops and performances.  These conferences uniquely emphasize solutions-based approaches that draw inspiration from nature.  Chicago will be the largest city in the country to host an event with 1,000 attendees expected.

Under the inaugural theme of “The Living City”, sessions will be relevant to students in many areas of study touching on: Active Transportation; Adaptive Reuse; Anthropology; Art & Music; Biomimicry & Ecological Design; Brownfield Redevelopment; Civic Engagement; Climate Change; Ecological Restoration; Economic & Community Development; Education; Energy Efficiency & Conservation; Environmental Engineering; Green Infrastructure; Improvisation & Career Development; Native American Culture; Permaculture; Public Health; Religion & Spirituality; Renewable Energy; Resilience & Transition; Social & Environmental Justice; Urban Food Systems; Urban Planning; Yoga & Meditation.

There are more than 50 dynamic scheduled speakers and performers, based in Chicago or regionally.  Anchoring them each day will be both local and internationally-renowned visionaries that include:

  • Vandana Shiva, internationally-recognized environmental activist, scientist and author
  • UIC alumnus John Edel, Chicago-area “Eco-Preneur” and creator of the world’s first vertical farm, the Plant
  • Nina Simons, co-founder of National Bioneers
  • Starhawk. activist and author on earth-based spirituality
  • Jerry Wilhelm, writer and nationally-recognized botanist and ecologist
  • Mark Lakeman, co-founder of the City Repair Project in Portland, Oregon
  • Richard Heinberg, author and senior fellow at the Post Carbon Institute

You can read more about the event and register at http://chicagobioneers.org

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October 30, 2012

Recreating the Electrical Energy Supply Chain up to and beyond 2050
Dr. Aoife Foley
Lecturer in Energy Systems, School of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering
Queen's University, Belfast

Tuesday, October 30, 2012
Science and Engineering South (SES), Room 2214
12:00-2:00pm

Lunch provided
RSVP AT: http://bit.ly/QO8xPx

 The electrical energy supply chain globally is undergoing a radical transformation, driven on one hand by the challenges of climate change associated with anthropogenic activities, natural disasters and energy security, and on the other by major innovations in technology. This transformation can be seen in the changing power generation portfolios and wholesale electricity market structures, as well as the rapid rise of renewable resources – mainly wind and solar. In Europe these changes are driven by the overarching European Union target to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 20% below 1990 levels, to improve energy efficiency by 20% and to increase the proportion of final energy consumption from renewable sources by 20%, all by 2020. This is the so-called ‘20-20-20 by 2020 target’. A key and necessary enabler for this transformation in the electrical energy supply chain is innovation and radical changes in policy, social and corporate acceptance, technological advancements and a revamp of so-called ‘liberalised’ electricity market structures. This presentation will discuss these ‘enablers’ and look far beyond 2020 with an eye to deliver massive carbon reductions by 2050. Ultimately identifying some of the possible pathways to achieving the panacea of a totally carbon neutrality society.

Biography:

Aoife Foley obtained her BE(Hons) in Civil Engineering and PhD in Energy Engineering from University College Cork in 1996 and 2011 respectively and an MScEng in Transportation Engineering from Trinity College Dublin in 1999. She is currently a Faculty Member in the School of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering at Queen's University, Belfast. She is also a Chartered Engineer (1999) and Fellow of Engineers Ireland (2012). In 2008 Aoife returned to academia fulltime as a Faculty Member initially and later as a European Union funded Irish Environmental Protection Agency Climate Change Research Fellow in University College Cork after 12 years in industry. While in industry she worked for ESB International, Siemens and PM Group primarily in medium to large infrastructure project delivery in energy, waste and telecommunications. Her specific research interests lie within the area of wind power, variable renewable energy integration and power system efficiency using demand side management techniques including intelligent ICT at the distribution level and below, utility scale energy storage and alternative fuel vehicles.

Talk sponsored by: The Energy Initiative

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October 29, 2012

Sustainability and the Rebound Effect
Dr. Harry Saunders
Managing Director, Decision Processes, Inc.

Monday, October 29, 2012
3:30pm-5:00pm

Dearborn Room, 3rd Floor Conference Center, Student Center East
750 S Halsted St, Chicago, IL

This seminar will discuss the implications for sustainable economic development of the phenomenon known as the “rebound effect.” This phenomenon arises because efficiency gains in the use of resources do not reduce resource consumption in the one-for-one fashion assumed by many researchers and institutions, for reasons that will be explained. After a brief discussion of the history of this field, the discussion will touch on the theoretical foundations of rebound and will rely on examples from energy (lighting, transportation, industrial and commercial use) to inform intuition and to highlight important clarifying distinctions.  All of which will set up a series of sustainability issues that will provide fodder for an open and robust discussion among participants.

Dr. Harry Saunders is the Managing Director of Decision Processes Incorporated. In this capacity he has helped institute the Decision and Risk Analysis Training Program at a number of leading corporations. He has presented seminars and training programs in the Strategic Dialog Process (SDP) to many hundreds of corporate managers and senior executives, and has provided coaching and management consulting on the SDP process.

Recent clients include Unocal, Disneyland, Chevron, Caltex, Honam Oil, and General Motors. Dr. Saunders has coached top executives at these firms through high-level applications of the process while growing the internal capability to execute the process in support of their future decision making.

Prior to co-founding Decision Processes Incorporated, Dr. Saunders was a partner in its predecessor company, Decision and Risk Analysis, Inc. Before that, Dr. Saunders was a Senior Associate at Strategic Decisions Group, where he facilitated strategy projects for several corporations and created a probabilistic forecasting system. Previously, he was Manager of Strategy at Tosco Corporation, then the largest U.S. independent oil refiner. Prior to that, he held positions at the U.S. Department of Commerce in Washington, DC, at the International Energy Agency in Paris, France, and at the Alberta Energy Resources Conservation Board in Calgary, Alberta. He also spent two years as a private consultant to Gulf Oil Corporation, and Gulf Oil Canada, Ltd.

Dr. Saunders was a key contributor to the writing "Decision and Risk Analysis," an award-winning Korean book authored by Mr. W.B. Rha and Mr. C.S. Chung of Honam Oil. This book explains to Korean companies how to institute effective decision processes, an outgrowth of Honam's experience with the tools and processes introduced by Dr. Saunders.

Dr. Saunders has a B.S. in Physics from the University of Alberta, an M.S. in Resources Planning from the University of Calgary, and a Ph.D. in Engineering-Economic Systems from Stanford University.

This seminar is sponsored by: Institute for Environmental Science and Policy, the Energy Initiative, Department of Public Administration, Department of Civil and Materials Engineering, Department of Biological Sciences, Department of Economics, College of Engineering, Honors College, Office of Sustainability.

Refreshments will be served.

harry saunders flier

harry saunders flier

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October 24, 2012

Register for the Campus Sustainability Day 
Keynote Broadcast | October 24th 2012, 2-3:30pm EST

Preparing Students for a Changing Climate
A live panel and keynote conversation for Campus Sustainability Day 
Wednesday October 24th, 2012, 2:00-3:30pm EST
Register to watch or broadcast this event

Join us in celebrating the 10th anniversary of Campus Sustainability Day by attending or screening this live panel on your campus! Leading experts will discuss - how can colleges and universities prepare students for a changing climate, society, and economy through sustainability education?

The panel invites questions from the audience to discuss best practices for creating sustainability curriculum, advancing experiential and living laboratory learning, and engaging faculty and the surrounding community in meaningful and critical education.  This is an interactive event! Panelists will discuss questions provided by participants during the panel.  

Click here for more informaiton

Institutions are encouraged to participate in the keynote broadcast as a way to jumpstart regional conversations. Learn more about participating in, or organizing, a regional conversation secondnature.org/csd

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October 16, 2012

Chicago Regional Forum on Ethics and Sustainability
Tuesday, October 16, 2012
Chicago Botanic Garden
Glencoe, IL

The Center for Humans and Nature and the Chicago Botanic Garden are collaborating to present this year’s 2012 Regional Forum on Ethics and Sustainability: Healing Nature. Why is nature critical to human well-being? Why is it important that we humans contribute to the well-being of nature?  A robust body of research from across disciplines—including ecopsychology, city planning, landscape design, evolutionary biology, conservation psychology, and the health professions, among many others—points to the physical, social, psychological, and spiritual benefits of interacting with nature.  This year’s Forum will bring together local and national experts to present their perspectives on the relationship between nature and personal/social health, and to engage in a discussion about how our current knowledge can inform community goals and policies for shared natural areas, effective conservation strategies, and ultimately, ethical relationships to place.

The Forum will take place on Tuesday, October 16 from 9am-4pm at the Chicago Botanic Garden in Glencoe (accessible via the Union Pacific North Metra line, Braeside stop). Details and a link to registration can be found at http://www.humansandnature.org/healingnature.

The Center offers a number of scholarships available to students who are interested in attending. For more information and details on how to apply, please contact Beth Pinargote (847-835-8278) manager of symposia and special programs at the Chicago Botanic Garden

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October 16, 2012

Dr. Brenda Ekwurzelbrenda ekwurzel
Climate Scientist, Assistant Director of Climate Research and Analysis at the Union of Concerned Scientists
Author of “Cooler Smarter: Practical Steps for Low-Carbon Living”

Tuesday, October 16, 2012
2:00pm
2214 Science & Engineering South Building
845 W. Taylor St, Chicago, IL 60607

Does driving a hybrid really make a difference when it comes to global warming? Or choosing organic cotton or vegetables? Join Brenda as she dispels myths often fed to us by companies interested in their bottom line rather than concern over their impact on the environment. Learn how she made science her life's work and what each of us can do in our personal and professional lives to lead a low-carbon lifestyle.

cooler smarter book cover

Refreshments will be served

Sponsored by

  • Women in Science & Engineering
  • Institute for Environmental Science and Policy
  • The Energy Initiative
  • Department of Earth and Environmental Sciences
  • Department of Physics
  • Office of Sustainability

RSVP & invite others at https://www.facebook.com/events/370115573066011/

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September 13, 2012

UIC Student Dialogue: Climate Change and the Campus
Thursday, September 13, 2012
9:30 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.
University of Illinois at Chicago  
Student Center East, Room 302
750 S. Halsted Street, Chicago, IL

The Institute for Policy and Civic Engagement in partnership with the Office of Sustainability and the Energy Initiative will host "Climate Change and the Campus," a campus student dialogue intended to increase understanding about climate change science, increase awareness of climate change policy issues, and provide a forum for discussion among students and experts about those issues.  The event will include examining climate action approaches on the UIC campus. The forum will be held in a deliberative dialogue format, with participants discussing issues in small groups and then engaging a panel of experts with questions.
   
Panelists include:
Science Panelist - Kathryn Nagy, Earth and Environmental Sciences
Planning Panelist - Martin Jaffe, College of Urban Planning and Public Affairs (CUPPA)
Policy Panelist - Tom Theis, IESP and Civil and Materials Engineering
Campus Panelist - Cindy Klein-Banai, Office of Sustainability
Food Panelist - Molly Doane, Anthropology
 
Lunch will be provided.  Registration deadline is Friday, September 7, 2012.
Limited seating is available. RSVP required: https://illinois.edu/sb/sec/875564

This dialogue is one of more than 20 similar dialogues happening on university campuses around the country this fall. For more information about climate change science and policy issues, participants are strongly encouraged to review a background document on the science of climate change, Climate Change and the Campus http://hss.cmu.edu/pdd/polls/climate/campus/CC_US_letter_2011-12-20%20%28full%20doc%29.pdf, made available by Carnegie Mellon University. For more information visit www.ipce.uic.edu or call (312) 355-0088.

Sponsored by the Institute for Policy and Civic Engagement in partnership with the Office of Sustainability and the Energy Initiative.

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August 9-17, 2012

Summer Institute on Sustainability and Energy

The Summer Institute on Sustainability and Energy (SISE) at the University of Illinois at Chicago is an intense interdisciplinary program for graduate and senior-level undergraduate students. From August 9-17, participants from diverse academic backgrounds will be immersed in a broad spectrum of sustainability and energy related topics: policy, economics, health, science, engineering, environment, urban planning, business, and entrepreneurship.

The theme of the SISE 2012 program will be Election 2012: Energy, Economics and Environment. Using the presidential election as the point of departure for a critical analysis of national energy and sustainability issues, students will be enveloped in discussions about national challenges such as energy security, economic recovery and growth, US competitiveness, and climate change. Students will divide into teams to propose innovative solutions that rely on combinations of technology, policy and entrepreneurship. The positions of the two political parties are likely to be quite distinct and the public debate lively, providing ample inspiration and engagement for the SISE2012 program. Following its treatment of US energy needs and perspectives, SISE will turn to world energy, addressing the energy relationships between the US and other regions and nations.

Admission to the Summer Institute is highly competitive with only eighty open seats. Students from across Chicago and the country are invited to apply. Perspective students are asked to submit an application and resume for consideration.

SISE is accepting applications until the beginning of June. 

Interested individuals can find out more information and apply here:  http://sise.phy.uic.edu

Questions can be directed to Thomas Lipsmeyer at talaan@uic.edu

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August 5-9, 2012

The Inaugural Pacific Rim Energy & Sustainability Congress: The Energy Debate: Challenges & Alternatives will be held on August 5-9, 2012 in Hiroshima, Japan.

Despite efforts since the late 1980’s by the global community, especially the United Nations, to take a proactive stance on the sustainability of energy resources, the stark reality is that global consumption of energy has not diminished. In fact, CO2 emissions from fossil fuels have increased nearly 30% since 2000, and roughly 85% of global energy now comes from fossil fuels. Moreover, recent spikes in world oil prices, as well as energy related crises such as the BP oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico, and the nuclear meltdown at the Fukushima Dai-Ichi plant in Japan have focused attention on challenges with the existing energy landscape.

The 2012 Pacific Rim Energy & Sustainability Congress will be held in Japan’s ‘city of peace’, Hiroshima, and will provide an interdisciplinary platform for academics, researchers, policymakers, entrepreneurs, students, and professionals. Under the theme of The Energy Debate: Challenges & Alternatives, the objectives of PRESCO 2012 are to exchange ideas, present research, debate issues facing sustainable energy as it intersects with the social, environmental, and economic aspects of the global sustainability paradigm.

Please visit the Congress webiste for more information: http://www.presco2012.org/

Please submitt abstracts at http://www.presco2012.org/scientificprogram

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July 31 - August 4, 2012

The 5th Annual International Ecosystem Services Partnership Conference, Ecosystem Services Coming of Age: Linking Science, Policy, and Participation for Sustainable Himan Well-Being

The Ecosystem Services Partnership invites you to the 5th annual ESP conference, July 31 - August 4, 2012 in Portland, OR. Don't miss your chance to interact and exchange ideas with practitioners, educators, policy-makers, researchers, and many others.  Be part of working-groups producing outcomes ranging from journal articles, white papers, book chapters, grant proposals, database structures, websites, and much more.

Come participate in a new conference model that focuses the power of groups to produce tangible and innovative solutions.

Please visit the conference Website at http://www.espconference.org/ESP_Conference

During this Ecosystem Services Partnership conference, you will have the opportunity to present a paper in a parallel session, present a poster, or organize a working group. Details of all three options are below.

Parallel session presentations. These presentations will be held on the first two days of the conference. We are planning on having only a few parallel sessions, but with shorter presentations. This will allow you to have a larger audience for your presentation. (~300 word abstracts)

Poster Presentations. Posters will be displayed throughout the conference, with specific times for being at your poster for discussion.

Working Groups. Small groups working over the course of two days (August 1-2), to solve a problem and implement the solutions. Working groups are intended to be transdisciplinary, including a diverse range of scientists, policy makers, communicators, and practitioners. They should allow sufficient time for participants to meet and interact to discuss and solve real problems in the field and also to determine how to best communicate the results. Working groups will be given a short amount of time on the final day (August 3) of the conference to report their results in plenary. (~300 word working group descriptions)

Working groups, abstracts and posters submission deadline April 15, 2012

Click here for the conference flier

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June 25 - 29, 2012

The 6th International Conference on Environmental Science and Technology sponsored by the American Academy of Sciences will be held on June 25-29, 2012 in Houston, Texas, USA. The conference will provide a multidisciplinary platform for environmental scientists, engineers, management professionals and government regulators to discuss the latest developments in environmental research and applications.

Please visit the conference Website at http://www.AASci.org/conference/env/2012  for more information or send email inquiries to env-conference@AASci.org.

Please send your abstract before December 31, 2011 to env-abstract@AASci.org.

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May 15, 2012

UIC Area of Excellence in Water, Policy, and Health Seminar Series
Which Pathogens are in EPA's New Water Sustainability Focus?
Dr. Nicholas Ashbolt, US EPA, Office of Research and Development

Tuesday, May 15, 2012
Noon - 1pm
School of Public Health - West Building, 2121 West Taylor Street - Rm 119

For further information, to RSVP, and for meal preferences please go to:

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Abstract:
The NRC 2011 book on ‘Sustainability within the U.S. EPA’ sets out the new system-based focus for the Agency; in essence presenting the need to simultaneously address the interactions between societal, environmental and economic aspects when finding solutions to environmental health issues. Within the water sector, the Office of Research and Development has initiated a transdisciplinary program for water resources, in which Dr. Ashbolt leads Project 5.1 – Tools and metrics for the next generation of water services. Dr. Ashbolt will provide the compelling case for why different water service systems to the single, centralized one of today are required to provide for more sustainable water use within metropolitan regions of the US, and globally. In particular, the need for integrated resource (energy, nutrients and water) recovery. He will focus on water-based pathogen control and how we have moved from a fecal contamination impacted society to one now dominated by environmental, water-based pathogens that are largely unregulated and not controlled. Importantly, what are the new pathogen risks if we do change our water service infrastructure?

UIC Area of Excellence in Water, Policy, and Health
Samuel Dorevitch, MD, MPH, UIC School of Public Health
Rachael Jones, PhD, UIC School of Public Health
Charlotte Joslin, OD, PhD, UIC College of Medicine
Karl Rockne, PhD, UIC College of Engineering
Ruxana Sadikot, MD, UIC College of Medicine

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May 1, 2012

Call for Presentations

Congress 2012: Shaping the Future of Regional Conservation
The 8th biennial Congress of the Chicago Wilderness alliance
Thursday, November 15, 2012

University of Illinois at Chicago - The Forum, 725 W Roosevelt Road, Chicago, IL  

Submit your presentation proposal for Congress 2012 at http://www.chicagowilderness.org/congress2012.php. The deadline for submission is May 1, 2012.

The theme for the 2012 Congress is: "Shaping the Future of Regional Conservation." This theme is reflected in the work of the alliance, including our efforts to:

  • Apply innovative best practices to restoring and managing the region's natural systems;
  • Inspire the next generation of conservation leaders;
  • Adapt land and water conservation strategies to mitigate the impacts of climate change; and
  • Realize the goals of a refined Green Infrastructure Vision through strategic partnerships and engagement of municipalities across the region.

We are seeking proposals for dedicated sessions, individual presentations, and speed presentations that relate to one or more of the strategic initiatives of the alliance - Restoring Nature to Health, Climate Action, Leave No Child Inside, and the Green Infrastructure Vision - or cross-initiative research results.

The application for presentations is available at: http://www.chicagowilderness.org/congress2012.php 

All proposals must be submitted electronically by close of business on Tuesday, May 1, 2012.

If you have questions or need assistance, please contact Isaac Farley, Chicago Wilderness Alliance Relations and Outreach Coordinator, at isaac.farley@chicagowilderness.org or 312-580-2135.

Please share this announcement with your colleagues and others who may be interested in submitting a proposal.

Sincerely,
Congress Planning Committee Co-Chairs
Lynn Boerman, Illinois Department of Natural Resources
Johanna Garsenstein, Land Trust Alliance
Gavin Van Horn, Center for Humans and Nature 

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April 24, 2012

Outbreaks of Waterborn Illness
Jonathan Yoder, Waterborne Disease & Outbreak Surveillance Coordinator
National Center for Emerging and Zoonotic Infectious Diseases
Waterborne Disease Prevention Branch, US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Tusday, April 24, 2012
12:00pm - 1:00 PM
College of Medicine Research Building, Room 2175, 909 S. Wolcott Ave

The Water Area of Excellence is funded by the UIC Office of the Vice Chancellor for Research, with support from the UIC Institute for Environmental Science and Policy and the UIC School of Public Health, Division of Environmental and Occupational Health Sciences

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April 19, 2012

Infections and Water Exposure
Charles Daley, MD
Chief, Division of Mycobacterial and Respiratory Infections, National Jewish Health, Denver, Colorado

Thursday, April 19, 2012
12:00pm - 1:00 PM
College of Medicine Research Building, Room 3175, 909 S. Wolcott Ave

The Water Area of Excellence is funded by the UIC Office of the Vice Chancellor for Research, with support from the UIC Institute for Environmental Science and Policy and the UIC School of Public Health, Division of Environmental and Occupational Health Sciences

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April 17, 2012

UIC Student Research Forum
Tuesday, April 17, 2012
1:00pm - 5:00pm
UIC Forum
725 West Roosevelt Road

The Student Research Forum represents one of the finest student-run activities at UIC. It is one of the few student activities that is academic in nature and includes the entire student body; undergraduate, graduate and professional. The Forum provides a venue for students at UIC to present their scholarly efforts and is an event in which the campus celebrates the wealth of research across all disciplines carried out by the dedicated students of this campus.

Students from all disciplines (Arts, Business, Computer Science, Engineering, Humanities, Life Sciences, Mathematics, Physical Sciences, Social Sciences, among others) are invited to present their work one-on-one to Forum attendees and judges during a high-energy 3-hour session, followed by an awards ceremony. Monetary awards will be given in varies categories. Research presentations are accompanied by a poster or other visual display that captures the spirit of the research work and/or highlights key features of the project.

In addition to "regular" awards for project presentations in the above categories, one award each will be given at the undergraduate and graduate levels to student research projects that best reflect the principles of sustainability. Sustainability has been defined as "meeting the needs of the present without impacting the ability of future generations to meet their needs," but can also include issues of systems thinking, full-cost accounting, green business or green design, for example. Sustainability frequently deals with energy resources and efficiency, active transportation and bike issues, and waste management (including recycling and composting), and land use.

For the sustainability award, projects will be evaluated on their merit to address questions or problems that deal with the overlapping issues of environmental protection, social justice, and economic equity.

Submission Deadline: 9:00AM, Monday, March 26, 2012

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April 16, 2012

University of Common Sense: What is the Future of Nuclear Energy? Capacity, Safety, and Greenhouse Gases
Monday, April, 16, 2012
10:00AM - 1:00PM
Room 302 Student Center East (SCE), 750 S. Halsted St, Chicago, IL

The Energy Initiative and the Office of Sustainability at the University of Illinois at Chicago, in partnership with Exelon Corporation, announces the second annual University of Common Sense event.

The 2012 University of Common Sense is titled, “What is the Future of Nuclear Energy? Capacity, Safety, and Greenhouse Gases.” A panel of experts, moderated by Dr. George W. Crabtree, will present and discuss topics related to nuclear energy, sustainability, and safety.  At the conclusion of the panel discussion, audience members and panelists are invited to a free luncheon.

This year’s panel will include:
Dr. Mark Peters, Deputy Director for Programs at Argonne National Laboratory
Dr. Amir Shahkarami, CEO Exelon Nuclear Partners, Sr. VP Exelon Generation
Dr. Edwin Lyman, Senior Scientist at the Union of Concerned Scientists

All students and members of the community are invited to attend the presentation, discussion, and luncheon that follows.

Click here to view the event flier

If you plan to attend, please RSVP at: http://bit.ly/UCS2012

For all questions, please contact Thomas Lipsmeyer at talaan@uic.edu

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April 12, 2012

The Inuit: Today’s Victims of Global Warming
Carlos Velazquez, an Otomi Indian and Mechanical Engineer
-Former Director of the Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Affairs of the Southern Cherokee Nation
-Recipient of Environmental Educators of North Carolina Outstanding Partnership Award for the Southern Cherokee Nation in 2001 and Environmental Educator of the Year from Wake County NC
-Recipient of North American Association for Environmental Education Rosa Parks and Grace Lee Boggs Outstanding Service Award in 2011

Thursday, April 12, 2012
12:00pm - 1:00pm

Room 1047, Engineering Research Facility (ERF), 842 W. Taylor St

Mr. Velazquez will share the struggles of the High Arctic Inuit people in Nunavut as they face the impacts of Global Warming. He will be focusing on the environmental changes happening in the last 25-30 years. With a perspective shaped by Native American traditions, he will remind us of our connection with all things and our great power to heal Mother Earth. Mr. Velazquez’s presentation will put a face on Global Warming.

Pizza will be served!

This seminar is sponsored by the UIC Institute for Environmental Science and Policy, UIC Honors College, and UIC Office of the Vice Provost for Undergraduate Affairs.

velazquez flier

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April 10, 2012

UIC Water Research Forum

Tuesday, April 10, 2012
Location: 1043 Engineering Research Facility/CME Atrium, 842 W. Taylor St, Chicago, IL
Time: 8:30am – 5:00pm

Organized by the UIC Area of Excellence in Urban Water Infrastructure, Policy, and Infectious Diseases

All those interested in water-related issues are cordially invited to the 2012 UIC Water Research Forum on Tuesday, April 10. The goal of the forum is to highlight the innovative water-related researcher at UIC and provide a platform for networking. The forum will have two presentation tracks and a combined poster session with awards for the best student poster.

TRACK I: Water Pollution Research and Technology
This session will highlight applied and basic research focusing on pollution of the hydrosphere. Research topics include limnology and oceanography, geohydrology, and other hydrosphere processes, aquatic chemistry and biology, fluid mechanics, hydraulics, water and wastewater treatment.

TRACK II: Water Health and Policy
This session will highlight health sciences research related to water, policy and management. Topics include water-borne disease, environmental epidemiology, water supply/demand policy, forecasting and science, water economics, and other management issues.

POSTER SESSION
A combined poster session for graduate students and post doctoral researchers will be held in the CME atrium following the two research sessions. This will provide an opportunity for junior researchers to discuss their research and network with others in the UIC community.

Faculty judges will visit each poster and prizes will be given for the top posters.

Presenters should send a presentation title and a brief abstract using the abstract form template via email: UICWATERFORUM@GMAIL.COM

ABSTRACT DEADLINE IS THURSDAY, MARCH 29

Funding provided by the UIC Office of the Vice Chancellor for Research, the Institute of Environmental Science and Policy, and the School of Public Health

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April 3, 2012

Panel discussion: Rebuilding Our Trust in Tap
Tuesday, April 3rd, from 5-7 PM
Environmental Law and Policy Center, 35 E Wacker, Suite 1600

Speakers from Chicago's Water Department, the Food and Water Watch, and Loyola University's Office of Sustainability will be discussing the value of a strong public water system, and the challenges in maintaining such a system. The event is a celebration of the recent UN World Water Day on March 22nd. This discussion is particularly relevant given the recent coverage of Mayor Emanuel's infrastructure plan, especially as it addresses updates to the water system.

Click here for the event flier

Organized by students at the University of Chicago, Loyola University, and Columbia College

The event is free and open to the public, and refreshments will be provided

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April 3, 2012

Bridging the Gap between Science and Management: A Beach Water Quality Case Study
Steve Weisberg, PhD
Director, Southern California Coastal Water Research Program, Costa Mesa, California

Tuesday, April 3, 2012
12:00pm - 1:00 PM
School of Publich Health West, Room 119, 2121 W. Taylor St

The Water Area of Excellence is funded by the UIC Office of the Vice Chancellor for Research, with support from the UIC Institute for Environmental Science and Policy and the UIC School of Public Health, Division of Environmental and Occupational Health Sciences

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March 14, 2012

Call for Paper and Poster Abstracts

Cities Alive 2012: 10th Annual Green Room and Wall Conference
Chicago: October 17 - October 20, 2012

Building a Legacy of Outstanding Performance is the primary theme for this year's CitiesAlive program in Chicago. A living example of legacy urban planning, Chicago has the most green roof coverage in North America. This would have been impossible without maintenance measures and performance evaluations to protect investments in green infrastructure and to build exceptional progress. The development of performance standards is integral to the growth of any industry.

The CitiesAlive conference call for paper abstracts is looking for papers that display novel ideas on the above-mentioned theme. The abstract content will be evaluated by independent multi-disciplinary volunteers on whether the submission displays innovation, presents new information or describes a new process. The credentials of the authors will be assessed along with the relevance of the paper to the overall conference theme. Please visit www.greenroofs.org for more information and to download an application to submit a paper.

CitiesAlive 2012 (October 17 – 20, 2012) will be held "where it all started" at the Congress Plaza in Chicago, IL. This will be the 10th anniversary of North America's only conference dedicated to the green roof and wall industry. CitiesAlive 2012 will be an unbeatable opportunity to learn from a wide variety of experts the latest in research, policy, design, and product development for green roofs, walls and other forms of green infrastructure. Expand your business opportunities, develop new policy approaches, discover new design techniques and tools, share and develop new research opportunities, and have fun! For more information on CitiesAlive 2012, go to www.citiesalive.org.

All applications are due by Wednesday, March 14th, 2012.

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March 13, 2012

UIC Water Area of Excellence Seminar: Research Needs of the Municipal Wastewater Sector to Advance Public Health Protection and Forulation of Sound Public Policy
Thomas Granato, PhD, Metropolitan Water Reclamation Districtof Greater Chicago
March 13, 2012, 12:00pm-1:00pm
Room 1047, Engineering Research Facility, 842 W. Taylor st, Chiago, IL 60607

For details and to register:  http://www.cvent.com/d/mcq0cx/1Q

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March 8, 2012

UIC Water Area of Excellence Seminar: Who Polluted the Water?: Microbial Source Tracking
Jiyoung Lee, PhD, Ohio State University
March 8, 2012, 12:00pm-1:00pm
Room 119, School of Public Health West, 2121 W. Taylor St, Chicago, IL

For details and to register: http://www.cvent.com/d/2cq0xg/1Q

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March 7, 2012

Environmental and Health Effects of Hydrofracking
Mark Roberts, MD, Medical Consultant, Exponent
March 7, 2012, 12:00pm
Room 110, UIC School of Public Health West, 2121 W. Taylor St, Chicago, IL

The Occupational and Environmental Health and Safety Weekly Interdisciplinary Seminar is sponsored by the Illinois Occupational and Environmental Health and Safety Education and Research Center (a NIOSH-funded ERC) and the Division of Environmental and Occupational Health Sciences.

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March 7, 2012

Panel: Religion & Environmental Stewardship
Qaid Hassan - Founder and Managing Director, Whole Earth Meats
Kurt Esslinger - Director and Campus Minister, Agape House at UIC
Sam Fleischacker - UIC Professor of Philosophy, Director of Jewish Studies
Wednesday, March 7, 2012
12:00 pm - 1:00 pm 
Lecture Center B, the Latin American Cultural Center (North end of the Quad) Room B2

Sponsor: UIC Office of Sustainability

The panelists, representing Muslim, Christian and Jewish perspectives, will discuss views their faiths have on environmental stewardship, as well as similarities and differences from other faiths.  An engaging discussion of environmental and social justice issues from a religious perspective is expected.  Areas of discussion may include each religion’s view (or views) about environmental stewardship, sustainability, and what adherents of each faith do as a result, and what the implications would be in their daily lives.

As Founder and Managing Director of Whole Earth Meats, Qaid Hassan is involved in every aspect of the business, from farm foraging and animal harvesting to brand development. Qaid first began working on sustainable farms in 2001; he started learning humane, animal sacrifice methods while in West Africa in 2002. In 2008 Qaid helped launch the 61st Farmers Market and Englewood Farmer’s Market. He also worked closely with Taqwa Eco Foods cooperative. Qaid attended Haverford College and the University of Chicago, where he studied Social Theory and Religion.

Kurt Esslinger is the Director and Campus Minister of Agape House Christian Ministry at UIC, a community focused on developing lives of faith and working for God's justice in the world. He is an ordained minister (teaching elder) of the Presbyterian Church U.S.A. He serves as the moderator of the Immigrant and Refugee Mission Team for the Presbytery of Chicago, and he volunteers as an official for the Windy City Rollers, a Women's Flat Track Roller Derby league. His role on the UIC campus is to be a companion on the spiritual journeys of members of the UIC community, promoting spiritual growth, connecting to a community of faith, and helping students realize their power to bring about transformation in our world.

Sam Fleischacker is Professor of Philosophy at UIC, specializing in moral and political philosophy.  His writing includes A Short History of Distributive Justice (Harvard, 2004) and Divine Teaching and the Way of the World:  A Defense of Revealed Religion (Oxford, 2011).  He is Director of Jewish Studies, and of the Jewish-Muslim Initiative at UIC.  He is also on the Board of the Jewish-Muslim Community Building Initiative at the Jewish Council of Urban Affairs, and is a past member of the Board of the Interfaith Youth Core.  He speaks on a variety of Jewish topics at synagogues and community centers throughout the Chicago area.

The UIC Sustainability Lunch Series is designed to increase UIC staff, faculty and student engagement in activities that reduce negative environmental impacts both at home and on campus. By providing information that relates to our lives on and off campus, we hope to demonstrate how and why stewardship of the environment matters, and that simple actions can scale up to big impacts.

Sessions begin at Noon and are an hour in length, generally held on the first Wednesday of the month, alternating between the east and west side locations. While food will be provided, please feel free to bring a brown-bag lunch

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March 6, 2012

UIC Water Area of Excellence Seminar: Implications of River-groundwater Interactions for Management of Nutrient Dynamics and Waterborne Disease Transmission
Aaron Packman, PhD Northwestern University
March 6, 2012, 12:00pm-1:00pm
Room 1043, Engineering Research Facility, 842 W. Taylor St, Chicago, IL

Sustainable, long-term management of freshwater resources will require considerably improved understanding of relationships between watershed structure, hydrodynamic transport, chemical conditions, and biological activity. Increasing population density and animal agriculture make it particularly important to develop the capability to predict the large-scale, long-term effects of various alternatives for management of freshwater systems. Estimation of microbial processes presents a particular challenge because of the need to assess the coupling of physical, chemical, and biological processes over a very wide range of scales. This capability must be developed to improve management of a variety of critical problems including protecting and restoring aquatic ecosystems, mitigating impacts of excess nutrients in freshwater and coastal environments, and reducing the transmission of waterborne disease and propagation of invasive species. In this presentation, I will outline the important technical challenges that must be met in order to provide the necessary predictive capability for dynamic and heterogeneous freshwater systems. I will review current understanding of river-groundwater interactions, the resulting transport of biologically important solutes and particles, and the implications for managing large aquatic ecosystems.

For details and to register: http://www.cvent.com/d/4cq0xf/1Q

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March 1, 2012

UIC Area of Excellence in Water, Policy, and Health Seminar Series: Water-Related Food Safety: FDA Research Perspectives on Virology
Dr. Y. Carol Shieh, US Food and Drug Administration
March 1, 2012, 12:00-1:00pm
UIC School of Publich Health West

For further information, to RSVP, and for meal preferences please go to: http://www.cvent.com/d/pcqlmm/1Q

UIC Area of Excellence in Water, Policy, and Health
Samuel Dorevitch, MD, MPH, UIC School of Public Health
Rachael Jones, PhD, UIC School of Public Health
Charlotte Joslin, OD, PhD, UIC College of Medicine
Karl Rockne, PhD, UIC College of Engineering
Ruxana Sadikot, MD, UIC College of Medicine

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February 14, 2012

UIC's newly established Area of Excellence in "Urban Water Infrastructure, Policy, and Health" will host a series of lunch seminars this semester. This is a collaboration of faculty from the UIC School of Public Health, College of Medicine, and College of Engineering. The location of the seminars will rotate among the colleges.

Please join us on February 14th, 2012, when Prof. Martin Jaffe of the UIC
College of Urban Planning and Public Affairs kicks off the seminar series with a lecture on "Potential Risks and Emerging Issues in Integrated Water Resources Management in Northeastern Illinois"

For more information and to RSVP, please go to: http://www.cvent.com/d/wcq9p5/1Q

UIC Water Area of Excellence
Samuel Dorevitch, MD, MPH, UIC School of Public Health
Rachael Jones, PhD, UIC School of Public Health
Charlotte Joslin, OD, PhD, UIC College of Medicine
Karl Rockne, PhD, UIC College of Engineering
Ruxana Sadikot, MD, UIC College of Medicine

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February 1, 2012

UIC Sustainability Lunch Series: Sustainable Healthcare
Peter Orris, MD, MPH, FACP, FACOEM
Chief of Service for Occupational and Environmental Medicine at the University of Illinois at Chicago Medical Center
Professor at the University of Illinois at Chicago School of Public Health
12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
Room 932, School of Public Health and Psychiatric Institute, 1601 Taylor Street, Chicago, IL

Sponsor: UIC Office of Sustainability

In the last several years, studies have provided evidence of a strong linkage between the environment and health. Environmental hazards, pollution and emissions may be partially responsible for the nation's epidemic of chronic diseases that require lifetime treatments and consumes approximately 75 percent of all health care expenditures. Engaging in sustainable health care is a responsible and effective way to protect the health of patients, staff and the community.  The Healthier Hospitals Agenda <http://www.healthierhospitals.org/announce/lib/downloads/HHI_Agenda.pdf> is based on the premise that a coordinated sector-wide approach to how we design, build and operate hospitals can improve patient outcomes and workplace safety, prevent illnesses, create extraordinary environmental benefits, and save billions of dollars.

The UIC Sustainability Lunch Series is designed to increase UIC staff, faculty and student engagement in activities that reduce negative environmental impacts both at home and on campus. By providing information that relates to our lives on and off campus, we hope to demonstrate how and why stewardship of the environment matters, and that simple actions can scale up to big impacts.

Sessions begin at Noon and are an hour in length, generally held on the first Wednesday of the month, alternating between the east and west side locations. Please feel free to bring a brown-bag lunch. Drinks and cookies will be provided.

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January 31, 2012

Sustainable Energy: Fact or Fiction
George Crabtree, Professor of Physics at University of Illinois-Chicago
Senior Scientist in the Materials Science Division at Argonne National Laboratory
January 31, 2012
5pm Reception and Registration
6pm Presentation

Illinois Institute of Technology, McCormick Tribune Campus Center
McCloska Auditorium, 3201 South State Street

Click here to register

$10 Advance Reg / $15 Door / $5 Student

Sponsor: Chicago Council on Science and Technology                              

The dependence on oil and other fossil fuels for over 80% of our energy and the continued emission of carbon dioxide threatening stable climate are captured in a single term: sustainability. Although we generally agree that sustainability is valuable, there is less agreement on how much sustainability is necessary or desirable.  In this talk, three criteria describing increasingly strict features of sustainability will be presented and applied to evaluate the alternatives to oil and carbon dioxide emission, such as tapping unused energy flows in sunlight and wind, producing electricity without carbon emissions from clean coal and high efficiency nuclear power plants, and replacing oil with biofuel or electricity. The implementation of these more sustainable alternatives will require new cost effective nanoscale materials. The successful development of such materials will have a marked impact on the production of energy in a sustainable and environmentally benign fashion.

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January 11, 2012

UIC Sustainability Lunch Series: Taste of Chicago Bioneers
12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
Room B2, Lecture Center B, the Latin American Cultural Center

Sponsor: UIC Office of Sustainability

For more than 20 years leaders, innovators, scientists, activists, artists, and students have gathered annually at the Bioneers Conference in California to share ideas and solutions, inspired by nature, that solve the most pressing challenges facing our planet and our civilization.  Since 2002, local Bioneers networks have emerged around the country that connect the lessons learned at the conference to local communities and locally-relevant issues.  In the Fall of 2012, Chicago Bioneers, the largest city in the country to ever host a Bioneers event, will take place at the UIC campus in November.

The lunch series session will be a "Taste of Chicago Bioneers," an opportunity to learn more about this exciting and innovative network, view inspiring speakers from previous conferences, and connect with the nascent Chicago Bioneers group.  The session is intended to be interactive, giving the audience an opportunity to envision the direction Chicago Bioneers will take.  Anyone interested in sustainable communities, clean energy, social and environmental justice, biomimicry, native and indigenous cultures, urban agriculture and local food systems should attend!

The UIC Sustainability Lunch Series is designed to increase UIC staff, faculty and student engagement in activities that reduce negative environmental impacts both at home and on campus. By providing information that relates to our lives on and off campus, we hope to demonstrate how and why stewardship of the environment matters, and that simple actions can scale up to big impacts.

Sessions begin at Noon and are an hour in length, generally held on the first Wednesday of the month, alternating between the east and west side locations. Please feel free to bring a brown-bag lunch. Drinks and cookies will be provided.

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January 4, 2012

UIC Sustainability Lunch Series: Biking as Sustainable Transportation
George Crabtree, Professor of Physics at University of Illinois-Chicago
Senior Scientist in the Materials Science Division at Argonne National Laboratory
12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
Room B2, Lecture Center B, the Latin American Cultural Center

Sponsor: UIC Office of Sustainability

Biking produces no noise or pollution, consumes less energy than any motorized transport, provides valuable cardiovascular exercise, uses a small fraction of the space required for driving and parking cars, and costs less than private cars or public transport. Why don’t we bike more? The Netherlands, Denmark and Germany have created bike-friendly transportation cultures that attract riders to the road. Bike culture is now emerging in the US and Canada. Find out what happened in Europe and how Chicago fits into this picture.

George Crabtree is Professor of Physics at University of Illinois-Chicago and Senior Scientist in the Materials Science Division at Argonne National Laboratory. He has published more than 400 papers in leading scientific journals and has given over 100 invited talks at national and international scientific conferences. His research interests include materials science, sustainable energy, nanoscale superconductors and magnets, vortex matter in superconductors, and highly correlated electrons in metals. He has led workshops for the Department of Energy on hydrogen, solar energy, superconductivity, and materials under extreme environments, and co-chaired the Undersecretary of Energy’s assessment of DOE’s Applied Energy Programs. He has testified before the U.S. Congress on the hydrogen economy and on meeting sustainable energy challenges.

The UIC Sustainability Lunch Series is designed to increase UIC staff, faculty and student engagement in activities that reduce negative environmental impacts both at home and on campus. By providing information that relates to our lives on and off campus, we hope to demonstrate how and why stewardship of the environment matters, and that simple actions can scale up to big impacts.

Sessions begin at Noon and are an hour in length, generally held on the first Wednesday of the month, alternating between the east and west side locations. Please feel free to bring a brown-bag lunch. Drinks and cookies will be provided.

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December 7, 2011

Recycling 101: The How, Why & Huh?
Meghann Maves, LEED AP + BD&C
December 7, 2011
12:00pm-1:00pm
Room 932, School of Public Health & Psychiatric Institute, 1601 Taylor Street, Chicago, IL

Presented by: UIC Office of Sustainability

Join us for the third UIC Sustainability Lunch Series and our Green Event Sponsor, Recycling Services, Inc. will even buy you lunch!

Join Meghann Maves of Recycling Services Inc., for an introduction to recycling, and a discussion about the impacts and how-to of the materials we recycle everyday. Learn about resources and tips to help increase the amount of solid waste your office can divert from the waste stream, as well as information on how your successful home and office recycling program can positively impact the environment and your sustainability goals.

Meghann is a Program Developer for Recycling Services Inc., focusing on finding ways to educate the Chicagoland area on the benefits of recycling. She currently sits as Chair of the US Green Building Council (USGBC) Illinois chapter’s Chicago Brach, as well as serving on the Chapter’s Strategic Operation’s Circle and as a LEED Green Associate Study Session instructor. Her past roles include work as a Sustainability Consultant at Cannon Design, primarily working as LEED Project Administrator for LEED for Schools projects, and as a LEED reviewer for the Green Building Certification Institute; as well as work for the Chicago Department of Environment at the Chicago Center for Green Technology. She holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in Interior Design from the Illinois Institute of Art at Chicago, and has over 7 years experience working in sustainable design fields.

The UIC Sustainability Lunch Series is designed to increase UIC staff, faculty and student engagement in activities that reduce negative environmental impacts both at home and on campus. By providing information that relates to our lives on and off campus, we hope to demonstrate how and why stewardship of the environment matters, and that simple actions can scale up to big impacts.

Sessions begin at Noon and are an hour in length, generally held on the first Wednesday of the month, alternating between the east and west side locations.

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October 15, 2011 - November 13, 2011

New Suit Theatre Co. presents "Sizzle: A Global Warming Comedy" - an adaptation of the documentary film of the same name. It follows Dr. Randy Olson, a scientist turned filmmaker, who is convinced that he can make a movie that will end the global warming debate just by interviewing scientists and placing their ideas side by side.

"Sizzle" is a story that has its roots in the credibility crisis currently enveloping science in America.  It is about the hilarious (and not-so-hilarious) ways we behave when unable to bring others to our point of view.  Check it out! http://www.newsuittheatre.com/sizzle.html

Playing Until November 13, 2011
Thu - Sat:  8:30 pm, Sun: 3:30 pm


The West Stage at the Raven Theatre Complex
6157 N. Clark St. Chicago, IL

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November 4, 2011

The UIC Office of Sustainability will hold a tree planting event on Friday, November 4 at 1pm as part of UIC’s effort to become recognized as a Tree Campus USA by the Arbor Day Foundation. A short overview will be given of the Tree Campus USA program and what UIC has done to attain recognition.
This will be followed by the planting of several trees. The event will be held by the north doors of Lecture Center A.

If you would like to participate, please contact Andrew Lueck, graduate assistant with the UIC Office of Sustainability at alueck2@uic.edu

For more information on UIC's Tree Campus USA efforts, visit http://sustainability.uic.edu/treecampus/

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November 1, 2011

Chancellor's Lecture: Green Metropolis and Urban Sustainability
David Owen, staff writer for the New Yorker
Tuesday, November 1, 2011, 4:00-5:00PM
UIC, Student Center West, Chicago Rooms, 828 South Wolcott Ave

Book signing and reception to follow

This lecture is sponsored by the Office of the Chancellor, Great Cities Institute, School of Public Health, the Office of Sustainability and the Caterpillar Foundation.

David Owen has been a staff writer for The New Yorker since 1991. His most recent book is "Green Metropolis: Why Living Smaller, Living Closer, and Driving Less are the Keys to Sustainability." Most Americans think of cities as ecological nightmares - wastelands of concrete, garbage, diesel fumes and traffic jams - but residents of urban cores actually consume less oil, electricity, and water than hybrid-driving Vermonters do, and they have smaller carbon footprints.  Essentially, they're forced to.  In this remarkable challenge to conventional thinking about the environment, David Owen offers an invaluable environmental template for a global population that is growing as natural resources shrink.  He will change the way you may think about the environment.

RSVP to chancellor@uic.edu

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October 27, 2011

Toxic Bodies: Hormone Disruptors and the Legacy of DES
Nancy Langston, Professor
Department of Forest and Wildlife Ecology and the Nelson Institute for Environmental Studies
University of Wisconsin-Madison

1:30-3:30, Thursday, October 27, 2011
UIC Institute for the Humanities (Lower Level, Stevenson Hall)

Details: Dr. Langston's presentation will examine the history of synthetic chemicals that disrupt hormones and the struggle for a precautionary principle to protect human and environmental health. 

About Dr. Langston: Nancy Langston is Professor in the Department of Forest and Wildlife Ecology and the Nelson Institute for Environmental Studies at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. She is a past-president of the American Society for Environmental History and is currently editor of the flagship journal in the field, Environmental History. Her talk is based on her recently released book, Toxic Bodies: Hormone Disruptors and the Legacy of DES (Yale University Press). She is also the author of two earlier books published by the University of Washington Press: Forest Dreams, Forest Nightmares and Where the Land and Water Meet: A Western Landscape Transformed.

For more information contact Prof. Chris Boyer at crboyer@uic.edu

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October 21, 2011

Oil Spills, Ethics, and Society: How they Intersect and where the Responsibilities Reside
Dr. W. C. Riese, Rice University
American Association of Petroleum Geologists Distinguished Ethics Lecturer, 2011-2013
12:00 noon, SEL 1280

Increasing global demand for energy has forced societies the world over to look for and use ever more diverse and expensive forms of energy to fuel their economies. Oil is a key part of this energy supply, particularly in the arena of transportation fuels. The corporations that supply energy have been pressed into increasingly challenging environments to meet public and governmental demands for inexpensive energy. Unfortunately, as we are reminded by the Gulf of Mexico Deepwater Horizon incident, accidents can happen, the environment can be damaged, and people can lose their lives when we operate at the leading edges of technology.

When accidents occur, our responses typically tend to blame individuals, corporations, or regulators, rather than the public who’s demand for cheap, readily available energy forces exploration in new, more challenging frontiers. Public opinions on this subject are shaped by a combination of self-education, fulminating politicians, and aggressive, sensationalist journalists.

Exploring more than societal interests at a national level puts our pursuit of inexpensive energy into context. This context pits the competing interests of developing countries, which demand ever increasing shares of the world’s resources, against broader, trans-national interests groups which are worried that continued dependence on energy-dense fossil fuels may cause runaway global warming and climate changes that may in turn destroy the earth’s ecosystems.

Ultimate responsibilities for oil spills lie within this mix of competing demands and expectations – a mix far more complicated than most people are aware of or are willing to consider. All of us who consume energy have an ethical obligation to educate ourselves, and those around us, on the consequences of our demands for energy and for the environment.

For more information contact Department of Earth and Environmental Sciences

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September 6, 2011 - October 28, 2011

ACEC Offers LEED Green Associate Credential

 USGBC Course Online

In partnership with the U.S. Green Building Council, the American Council of Engineering Companies offers a unique online course providing essential knowledge of the sustainable building concepts that are fundamental to all LEED Rating Systems.

Federal rulemaking, Executive Orders, and policies, along with state laws and local ordinances, are growing the LEED building market exponentially. To date, over a billion square feet have been certified using the LEED rating system.

Green Buildings and Preparing for the LEED Green Associate is essential for those pursuing the Green Building Certification Institute’s (GBCI) LEED Green Associate professional credential – the third-party certification program and nationally accepted benchmark for the design, construction, and operation of high performance green buildings.

The 32-hour course is "live" online 24/7 and accessible to registrants at their convenience from September 6, 2011 - October 28, 2011.

After successfully completing this course, participants will be able to:
 * Apply to sit for the LEED Green Associate Exam
 * Understand the structure of the LEED rating system and certification process
 * Explain key green building concepts and goals associated with LEED
 * Describe the central role of integrative design
 * Identify and explain synergies among LEED credit categories and strategies
 * Define sustainable as it relates to green building

ACEC members may register for the course at a special discount price. For complete details on course content and to register, click here.

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September 30, 2011

IESP External Advisory Board Meeting

Friday, September 30, 2011
9:00AM - 2:00PM
Student Services Building, Conference Room A
1200 W. Harrison St, Chicago, IL

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September 29, 2011

Our Common Future: Sustainable Development in A Deteriorating World

Dr. Gro Harlem Brundtland
United Nations Special Envoy on Climate Change
Former Prime Minister of Norway
Former Director-General of the World Health Organization
Chair of the World Commission on Environment and Development (The Brundtland Commission)

Thursday, September 29, 2011 At 3:00PM - reception to follow

Student Services Building, Conference Rooms B & C, 1200 West Harrison Street, Chicago, IL

This event is free and open to the public

This event is sponsored by: Institute for Environmental Science and Policy, Office of the Vice Chancellor for Research, University of Illinois Open Source Textbook Initiative

Additional support provided by: School of Public Health, College of Engineering, College of Urban Planning and Public Affairs, College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, Office of Sustainability, Vice Chancellor for Administrative Services, Honors College, Office of the Vice Provost for Undergraduate Affairs

Abstract:
As the emerging effects of climate change are becoming ever more evident, we find ourselves not only facing a financial crisis, but an increasing pattern of worsening scenarios due to global warming. To combat potential deterioration, poverty reduction must happen in parallel with emissions reduction, two of the most important challenges facing us today. We must simultaneously succeed on both fronts. This is what sustainable development is all about. In this lecture, Dr. Brundtland explores potential solutions. She stresses the importance of taking the right steps across both the private and public sector to safeguard the planet on which we all depend, and move towards a future of sustainable development - a future that is better, more just, and more secure.

Dr. Brundtland's Bio:
An energetic blend of stateswoman, physician, manager, politician, and international activist, Dr. Brundtland has always led the world on issues of global significance. For over four decades, she has been dedicated to global interdependence, focusing on promoting sustainable development, increasing environmental awareness, and advocating for good health as a basic human right. She spent ten years as a physician and scientist in the Norwegian public health system and served twenty years in public office, including ten years as Prime Minister of Norway.

In the 1980s she gained international recognition, championing the principle of sustainable development as the Chair of the World Commission of Environment and Development (the Brundtland Commission).

As a young mother and newly qualified doctor, she won a scholarship to the Harvard School of Public Health. There, working alongside distinguished public health experts, Dr. Brundtland's vision of extending health beyond the confines of the medical world into environmental issues and human development began to take shape. In the ensuing decade, while also bringing up her children, Dr. Brundtland returned to Oslo and the Ministry of Health, and became Director of Health Services for Oslo's schoolchildren. In 1974, Dr. Brundtland became Minister of the Environment and received international recognition for her work.

In 1981, at 41 years old, she was appointed Prime Minister for the first time – the youngest person and the first woman to hold the office in Norway. She served more than ten years as Head of Government over three terms until 1996. In 1998 she became Director-General of the World Health Organization for five years until her retirement in 2003. Since then, Dr. Brundtland has served on the Board of the United Nations Foundation and as Health Policy Fellow at Harvard University. She is also a member of the High Level Panel on Threats, Challenges and Change appointed by the United Nations Secretary General. Her forward-thinking and global awareness continues to elevate her worldwide profile. She now serves as United Nations Special Envoy on Climate Change, seeking ways to balance human enterprise and the planet’s limits.

As a member of The Elders, a group founded by Nelson Mandela, Graca Machel, and Archbishop Desmond Tutu, she contributes her wisdom, independent leadership, and integrity to tackling the world’s toughest problems, aiming to make the world a better place.

Plesae click on the images below or here to view the event flier

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brundtland lecture flier

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September 21, 2011

EOHS Seminar Series
Climate Change:  Science, Politics, and Solutions
Milton Clark, Ph.D.
Adjunct Associate Professor
Former Senior Health and Science Advisor, U.S. EPA

Wednesday, September 21, 2011
12:00-1:00 pm
Room 110
2121 W. Taylor St, Chicago, IL

Climate change is the most significant public health and environmental problem facing future generations.  Human induced climate change is already a contributor to floods, droughts, agricultural losses, and human disease.  Major shifts in the sources and use of energy are needed within
the next decade to prevent significant and potentially irreversible impacts on human health and the environment from greenhouse gas emissions.

Dr. Milton Clark will cover the science, politics, and proposed solutions to address climate change.  While with U.S. EPA, Dr. Clark worked on
complex environmental problems, including reducing human exposure to toxic chemicals in the Great Lakes ecosystem.  He is the recipient of three gold
medals from EPA for excellence in environmental protection and Outstanding Teacher of the Year at the School of Pubic Health.

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September 13, 2011

Alice Hamilton Centennial Celebration

Tuesday, September 13th 2011
Program 1-4 PM at UIC Student Center East, 750 South Halsted

Reception & Tour 4-6 PM at Hull House Museum, 800 South Halsted

Registration cost: $15

Please join the Environmental and Occupational Health Sciences Division at the UIC School of Public Health and the Illinois Education and Research
Center for a program and reception honoring Alice Hamilton, a pioneer in the field of occupational health.

This year marks the 100th anniversary of the Deneen Commission Report, which was a set of recommendations for preventing occupational illnesses in Illinois. The Deneen Commission was charged with determining the extent of occupational illness in Illinois by defining and finding poisonous
occupations and gaining access to those workplaces.  Alice Hamilton was the lead investigator and principal editor of the Report made by the Commission. To celebrate this centennial anniversary, Illinois Governor Pat Quinn has designated September 13th "Alice Hamilton Day" in order to recognize her contribution to occupational health and safety over the last 100 years.

IH Maintenance Points are being requested/SPH Contact Hours provided

Please contact Jennifer McGowan for more information about the program:
Jennifer McGowan
Coordinator of Special Projects, Continuing Education/Outreach
University of Illinois-Chicago
SPH, Great Lakes Center for Occupational and Environmental Science
Phone: 312-355-3500
jlmcgow@uic.edu
http://www.uic.edu/sph/erc/

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August 8, 2011 - August 15, 2011

UIC Summer Institute on Sustainability and Energy

The world is undergoing a historic transition from fossil fuels to more sustainable energy alternatives and to proactive stewardship of our natural environment. Dealing with these challenges requires decision makers in public and private institutions who are well informed on energy and sustainability issues, spanning science, technology, economics, behavior, policy, planning and entrepreneurship.

The Summer Institute will educate future decision makers on energy and sustainability through interdisciplinary lectures dealing with “big picture” issues presented at an accessible level. Graduates of the Institute will achieve an overview of the technical challenges and potential solutions, the economic and social barriers to implementation, the policy and planning needed to implement sustainable energy and the entrepreneurship that will deliver innovative energy technologies.

For the span of eight days, students will be intensely immersed in the Summer Institute. Students will experience a range of activities, including lectures, panel discussions, tours of energy and environmental sites, and group projects addressing energy and sustainabilty challenges. Topics to be addressed during the week have been broken into themes, including:

  • Energy and Sustainability Challenges
  • Carbon and Energy Supply
  • Energy Delivery
  • Economics and Policy
  • Entrepreneurship

For more information and to register please visit the Summer Institute's webiste http://sise.phy.uic.edu/index.php

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June 20, 2011 - August 3, 2011

Foresight Immersion
Transformative Possibilities for You, Your Career, and the World

Chicago, IL

Are you an aspiring sustainability leader? Take six weeks this summer to accelerate your professional development. No other program offers the unique combination of:

  • Projects: Through working on projects that are grounded in real world constraints, gain the practical experience necessary to be an effective leader
  • Career Tracks: Choose one track––Business, the Built Environment, Graphic Design, Product Design, or Civic Innovation––in order to specialize in your area of interest
  • Experts: Get insider perspectives on how to maximize your impact through frank conversations with experts "in the trenches"
  • Knowledge: Understand the future of the sustainability movement through deepening your knowledge of drivers, issues, and trends
  • Skills: Acquire the skills––including public speaking, visual thinking, and systems analysis––required to be an adept practitioner in the field 

  Read more here

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May 16, 2011

Promoting Brownfield Development with Academic Intentdeborah lange
Deborah Lange, PhD, PE, DEE
Carnegie Mellon University
Monday May 16, 2011
11:00AM
Room 524 School of Public Health West, 2121 W. Taylor St, Chicago, IL 60612

 

The Western Pennsylvania Brownfields Center (WPBC) at Carnegie Mellon University was formed in 1996 by a group of interdisciplinary faculty members.  ‘Rich’ with brownfields, the Pittsburgh region has many notable successes and the WPBC has played a variety of roles in the process.  WPBC Executive Director, Deborah Lange, will talk about the public-private partnerships that have helped to advance brownfields in Southwestern Pennsylvania; past outreach and community engagement initiatives of the WPBC; and, the current USEPA Training, Research and Technical Assistance grant.  The latter, titled “Assessing Brownfield Sustainability: Life Cycle Analysis and Carbon Footprinting”, includes a partnership with the Pennsylvania Downtown Center’s Main Street and Elm Street Managers’ (training); using life cycle assessment to estimate the environmental impact of brownfield vs. greenfield residential developments (research); and, the preparation of a multi-attribute decisionmaking tool to assist communities in preparing inventories and prioritizing limited resources (technical assistance).

Dr. Lange is also the Executive Director of the Steinbrenner Institute for Environmental Education & Research at Carnegie Mellon University.  She has a long history of work in brownfields, including her dissertation which considered the engineering economics of brownfield development.

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May 11, 2011

Playing, Learning and Planning Together: An Application of Participatory Agent-Based Modeling to Environmental Planning
Moira Zellner, Assistant Professor-Department of Urban Planning & Policy, Research Assistant Professor-Institute for Environmental Science & Policy
University Hall 2850
Wednesday, May 11, 2011
Noon to 1 PM

Sponsor: Office of Sustainability

Moira Zellner will discuss her current research "Playing, Learning and Planning Together: An Application of Participatory Agent-Based Modeling to Environmental Planning"

Agent-based modeling (ABM) offers a powerful way to represent interactions because users learn to assess how different components of a complex system contribute to simulated effects. These models can represent decisions and environmental dynamics in a way that invites non-expert users’ involvement in both developing a model and meaningfully interpreting model outputs, thus inspiring trust in the modeling process. Understanding how the rules produce the simulated outputs help stakeholders learn how their choices extend beyond their individual areas of concern. Exposing them to shared vulnerabilities like water depletion helps motivate deliberate coordination to explore potential remedies to such threats. Thus, ABM can both improve the cognitive quality of planning deliberations around complex environmental problems, and improve the psychological and social sensitivity to common environmental goods.

More details available at http://sustainability.uic.edu/events

The UIC Sustainability Lunch Series is designed to increase UIC staff, faculty and student engagement in activities that reduce negative environmental impacts both at home and on campus. By providing information that relates to our lives on and off campus, we hope to demonstrate how and why stewardship of the environment matters, and that simple actions can scale up to big impacts.

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April 1, 2011 - April 30, 2011

Earth Month 2011 Calendar

uic earth month 2011 calendar

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April 22, 2011

Using a Bayesian Network to Model the Interacting Ecological Pathways Leading to Impaired Stream Biology in Urban WatershedsRoxolana Kashuba
Roxolana Kashuba, PhD
Hydrologist/Environmental Modeler
U.S. Geological Survey
Friday, April 22, 2011
12:00pm - 1:00pm
CUPPA Hall Room 110, 412 S. Peoria St, 1st FL

Urbanization causes myriad changes in hydrological, physical, and chemical processes in watersheds, which ultimately disrupt stream ecosystems.  These complex, interacting changes and their impacts are challenging to model.  Traditional regression techniques that calculate empirical relationships between pairs of environmental factors do not capture the interconnected web of multiple stressors, while urbanization effects are not yet understood at the detailed scales required to make mechanistic modeling approaches feasible.  Instead of using either a fully deterministic or fully statistical modeling approach, a Bayesian network model can be used as a hybrid approach to represent known general associations between variables while acknowledging uncertainty in the specifics.  A Bayesian network is a graphical model that quantifies a network of probabilistic relationships between variables.  This type of model is flexible in accommodating many model structure configurations and input information types; efficient in storing and manipulating complex information, and to parameterize; and transparent both in the relationships it describes with nodes and arrows and in the uncertainties it describes with discrete probability distributions for each variable.  Taking advantage of these assets, a Bayesian network model was constructed to characterize the impact of urbanization on aquatic invertebrate stream communities through three simultaneous, interacting ecological pathways affecting stream hydrology, habitat, and water quality across watersheds.  This model systematically incorporates both expert knowledge from ecologists, hydrologists and urban planners and data from the U.S. Geological Survey’s (USGS) Effect of Urbanization on Stream Ecosystems (EUSE) studies for the National Water-Quality Assessment (NAWQA) program.  The parameterized Bayesian network model can calculate the probabilities of attaining desired aquatic ecosystem conditions assuming different levels of urban stress, environmental conditions and management options.  This approach to evaluating urbanization-induced perturbations in watersheds integrates statistical and mechanistic perspectives, different information sources, and several ecological processes into a comprehensive description of the system.  When linked to a standardized environmental metric, such as the six-tiered Biological Condition Gradient (BCG), managers can use this type of model as a decision-making tool which probabilistically evaluates the likely impacts of different management decisions on biologic endpoints of concern.

Roxolana Kashuba is a hydrologist and environmental modeler with the US Geological Survey, North Carolina Water Science Center, and is currently working on Bayesian statistical approaches to understand and manage the impact of urbanization on stream ecosystems.  Previously, she was an environmental scientist at the US Environmental Protection Agency in Washington, DC, predicting pesticide fate and transport as part of ecological risk assessment in support of pesticide registration.  She has a BA in Chemistry (Northwestern University), a MS in Environmental and Occupational Health Science (University of Illinois at Chicago), and a PhD in Environmental Modeling (Duke University).

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February 28, 2011

Beyond Carbon: Assessing the Impacts of an Emerging Bioenergy Industryshelie miller
Shelie Miller, Assistant Professor, School of Natural Resources and Environment, University of Michigan
Monday, February 28, 2011
Engineering Research Facility (ERF), Room 1047, 842 W. Taylor St
3:00PM-4:00PM

Bioenergy has the potential to diversify the global energy portfolio, provide a viable renewable alternative that can be implemented at a large scale, and reduce carbon emissions in the energy sector.  There are also potential drawbacks to bioenergy development, such as disruptions to the nitrogen and phosphorus cycles, changes in water quality, and the potential consequences of land use change.  Life cycle assessment (LCA) is a tool that systematically quantifies a product’s environmental impact.  LCA methods are most effective on established systems where data is available; however, the systems that could benefit most from these analyses are still under development.  This research explores a potential method to develop a predictive and dynamic LCA, focusing on switchgrass.  Switchgrass is a perennial grass that has been proposed as one of the major next-generation biofuels; however, switchgrass has never been cultivated on a large scale.  The environmental impacts of switchgrass-derived biofuel will be largely depended on the prior land use. The large-scale ramifications of major land use conversions to switchgrass must be identified prior to implementation to better understand and mitigate potential unintended consequences. This research will discuss efforts to predict potential land use conversions, the impacts of switchgrass production given prior land use occupation, and the overall environmental impact of second-generation biofuels.

Shelie Miller is an Assistant Professor in the School of Natural Resources and Environment at the University of Michigan. She received her PhD in Civil and Materials Engineering from the University of Illinois at Chicago in 2006.  Dr. Miller was recently awarded the Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers (PECASE), the highest honor bestowed upon early career scientists and engineers by the U.S. government.

Shelie Miller’s research interests focus on life cycle assessment (LCA) and the environmental impacts of bioenergy.  She is particularly interested in evaluating tradeoffs that arise between climate change improvements and potentially negative consequences of changes in land use patterns, such as increased nitrogen and phosphorus runoff.  Because much of the bioenergy sector is still developing, her research group is working on novel methods to produce dynamic and predictive LCAs, in an effort to understand potential unintended consequences before they occur.  Much of her research centers on the large-scale ramifications of major land use conversions to switchgrass, but can also be extended to other emerging energy systems.

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January 13, 2011

Lunch & Learn: The Sustainable Consumer
George Crabtree, UIC Distinguished Professor of Physics and Special Advisor on Energy, and Senior Scientist at Argonne National Laboratory
Thursday, January 13, 2011
College of Medicine Research Building, Room 2175
Noon-1PM

Sponsor: Office of Sustainability

Since the 1970s the world has consumed resources faster than the earth can regenerate them.  The world's ecological footprint has now expanded to 1.5 earths and continues to climb with growing population and rising lifestyle expectations in the developed and developing countries. If the world lived like western Europe, 3 earths would be required to supply its needs; if it lived like the United States, five earths would be required.  Achieving sustainable consumption requires a fresh look at our habits for buying, using and disposing of goods and services. A few thoughts on personal consumer sustainability will be presented, including transportation, food, recycling, and energy.

The UIC Sustainability Lunch & Learn is designed to increase UIC staff, faculty and student engagement in activities that reduce negative environmental impacts both at home and on campus. By providing information that relates to our lives on and off campus, we hope to demonstrate how and why stewardship of the environment matters, and that simple actions can scale up to big impacts.

Sessions begin at Noon and are an hour in length, generally held on the second Wednesday on the east side and second Thursday on the west side of campus. Please feel free to bring a brown-bag lunch. Lunch and refreshments provided.

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January 12, 2011

Lunch & Learn: Expanding the Idea of Sustainability at the Jane Addams Hull-House Museum
Lisa Junkin, Education Project Coordinator, Jane Adams Hull-House
Wednesday, January 12, 2011
University Hall 2850
Noon-1 PM

Sponsor: Office of Sustainability

For the past two years, the Hull-House Museum has delved into issues of environmental and food justice, tying present day issues to the history of Jane Addams and the Hull-House Settlement. In doing so, we realized that sustainability extends beyond the environment and connects in surprising ways to the other core issues at Hull-House, including immigrants' and women's rights, labor issues, community development, the arts, and much more. Using Hull-House history as a framework, this presentation will offer an expanded understanding of sustainability and encourage those in the environmental movement to form strategic partnerships and alliances with unlikely partners.

The UIC Sustainability Lunch & Learn is designed to increase UIC staff, faculty and student engagement in activities that reduce negative environmental impacts both at home and on campus. By providing information that relates to our lives on and off campus, we hope to demonstrate how and why stewardship of the environment matters, and that simple actions can scale up to big impacts.

Sessions are an hour in length, generally held on the second Wednesday on the east side and second Thursday on the west side of campus. Please feel free to bring a brown-bag lunch.

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January 10, 2011 - April 29, 2011

Department of Physics has a new course for the Spring 2011 Semester: Physics 116 - Energy for Future Decision-Makers (CRN 32112).

Course will be taught by George Crabtree, UIC Distinguished Professors of Physics and Special Advisor on Energy, and Senior Scientist at Argonne National Laboratory.

The course's focus: Survey of energy sustainability and environmental issues; all energy forms of production, sources, storage, and uses; their environmental implications on a global scale within the scientific, technological, political, economic, and social context.

Time: Tuesdays and Thursdays 9:30AM - 10:45AM
Location: 2SH 100

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December 9, 2010

Sustainability Lunch & Learn: Green and Sustainable Remediation of Polluted Sites
Krishna R. Reddy, Professor of Civil & Environmental Engineering
Thursday, December 9, 2010
College of Medicine Research Building, Room 2175
Noon-1 PM

Traditional site remediation approaches often focus on reducing the contaminant levels to the risk-based levels at low cost in a short period of time. In contrast to a traditional remediation approach, green and sustainable remediation (GSR) is a holistic approach to remediation that also minimizes ancillary environmental impacts. The GSR approach addresses a broad range of environmental, social and economical impacts during all remediation phases. The objective of GSR is to achieve remedial goals through more efficient, sustainable strategies that conserve resources and protect air, water, and soil quality through reduced emissions and other waste burdens. GSR also simultaneously encourages the reuse of remediated land and increased long-term financial returns for investments. Though the potential benefits of GSR are enormous, many environmental professionals and project stakeholders do not utilize GSR technologies because they are unaware of methods for selection and implementation. However, with continued public awareness of sustainability issues, GSR will increasingly be pursued. This presentation will discuss the decision framework including the metrics to assess sustainability of GSR, reviews the potential GSR technologies, and finally highlights the challenges in promoting GSR in practice.

The UIC Sustainability Lunch & Learn is designed to increase UIC staff, faculty and student engagement in activities that reduce negative environmental impacts both at home and on campus. By providing information that relates to our lives on and off campus, we hope to demonstrate how and why stewardship of the environment matters, and that a few simple actions can scale up to big impacts.

Sessions begin at Noon and are an hour in length, generally held on the second Wednesday on the east side and second Thursday on the west side of campus. Please feel free to bring a brown-bag lunch.

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November 4, 2010
Chicago Wilderness Congress 2010
The 7th Biennial Congress of the Chicago Wilderness Alliance
University of Illinois at Chicago
The Forum 725 W Roosevelt Road, Chicago, IL
Program: 9:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
Networking Reception: 4:30 - 6:00 p.m

Congress 2010 is the premier event showcasing the collaborative conservation action of the Chicago Wilderness alliance. Since 1998, the Chicago Wilderness (CW) alliance has convened a biennial Congress as a forum to share information, build partnerships, and identify opportunities for future collaborative work. The region's top conservationists will address critical issues related to CW's four strategic initiatives: to restore the health of local nature, implement the Chicago Wilderness Green Infrastructure Vision, combat climate change, and leave no child inside.

David Wise, Associate Director of the Institute for Environmental Science and Policy, will present opening remarks at the Congress.

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October 26, 2010

The Sustainable Energy Challenge - George Crabtree presents at the Chancellor's Lectures & Events Series, October 26
George Crabtree
UIC Distinguished Professor of Physics & Special Advisor on Energy
Senior Scientist & Distinguished Fellow, Argonne National Laboratory
Illinois Room, Student Center East, 750 South Halsted Street, Chicago, IL 60607
12:00 p.m. - 1:00 p.m

The global dependence on fossil fuels is among the greatest challenges facing our economic, social and political future. The uncertainty in the cost and supply of oil threatens the global economy and energy security, the pollution of fossil combustion threatens human health, and the emission of greenhouse gases threatens global climate. Meeting the demand for double the current global energy use in the next 50 years without damaging our economy, security, environment or climate requires finding alternative sources of energy that are clean, abundant, accessible and sustainable. The transition to greater sustainability involves tapping unused energy flows such as sunlight and wind, producing electricity without carbon emissions from clean coal and high efficiency nuclear power plants, and using energy more efficiently. Achieving these goals requires creating new materials of increasing complexity and functionality to control the transformation of energy between light, electrons and chemical bonds. Challenges and opportunities for developing the complex materials and controlling the chemical changes that enable greater sustainability will be presented.

 

George Crabtree

Dr. Crabtree presenting at the lecture

George Crabtree with Chancellor

Dr. Crabtree discusses the topic with participants

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October 21, 2010
Lunch & Learn: Deforestation
Holly Gillis
2175 College of Medicine Research Building (West Campus)
12pm-1pm

Holly Gillis is a senior Economics student who recently spent 4 months in Pará, a state in Brazil's northern Amazon region. She received a Gilman Scholarship from the U.S. Institute for International Education to study Resource Management and Human Ecology, and had the opportunity to participate in research involving native beekeeping in the region. She has been a leader in several student-led sustainability initiatives, as well as an employee of the Office of Sustainability for the past 3 years. To sweeten the lecture, she will be bringing tropical honey to sample.

The UIC Sustainability Lunch & Learn is designed to increase UIC staff, faculty and student engagement in activities that reduce negative environmental impacts both at home and on campus. By providing information that relates to our lives on and off campus, we hope to demonstrate how and why stewardship of the environment matters, and that simple actions can scale up to big impacts.

Please feel free to bring a brown-bag lunch. Drinks will be provided.

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October 20, 2010

Lunch & Learn: Case study in how NOT to Sustainably Regulate Pesticides
Dr. Karl Rockne
2650 University Hall (East Campus)
12pm-1pm


Following a sabbatical year at École Nationale des Ponts et Chaussées in Paris, Professor Rockne was invited to the French West Indies Islands of Martinique and Guadeloupe as part of an international expert group to investigate and develop a management strategy to remediate chlordecone (US trade name Kepone). Although Kepone was banned in the US decades ago, its usage continued as chlordecone in the French West Indies into the 1990s, resulting in widespread pollution of agricultural areas and the entire water supply of both Islands. This working group undertook an intensive weeklong interdisciplinary workshop and fact finding mission, culminating in a management plan presented to the President, local magistrates and public.

The UIC Sustainability Lunch & Learn is designed to increase UIC staff, faculty and student engagement in activities that reduce negative environmental impacts both at home and on campus. By providing information that relates to our lives on and off campus, we hope to demonstrate how and why stewardship of the environment matters, and that simple actions can scale up to big impacts.

Please feel free to bring a brown-bag lunch. Drinks will be provided.

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September 13-17, 2010

Sustainability Week at UIC

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May 5, 2010

3:00pm
Seminar: Linda Birnbaum, Director, National Institute of Environmental Health
1603 W. Taylor Street, SPHW Auditorium

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April 28, 2010

3:30pm
Seminar: Pekka Lintu, Finland's Ambassador to the US
202 Lincoln Hall

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April 2010: EARTH MONTH

Please see the calendar of Earth Month activities sponsored by the Office of Sustainability.

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March 17, 2010

4:00pm
Seminar: Deb Niemeier, UC Davis
1043 ERF

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March 5, 2010

10:00am
Seminar: Timothy Gutowski, MIT
1047 ERF

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May 7, 2009

3:00pm
IESP Spring Steering Committee Meeting
School of Public Health West, Room 524

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April 28 - 30, 2009

DECON '09 Conference on Building Deconstruction and Building Material Reuse and Recycling
UIC Student Centers East

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April 9, 2009

12:00pm
School of Public Health West, Room 524

Seminar: Gregory R. Biddinger, Ph.D., ExxonMobil Biomedical Sciences, Inc.
Natural Land Management: A Property Management Strategy to Enhance Ecological Value

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April 8, 2009

11:30 - 12:30 p.m.
Learn How to Bike in the City

The Wellness Center, Student Center East

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April 3, 2009

2:30 - 4:30 p.m.
SUSTAINABILITY RESEARCH ROUNDTABLE

Student Services Building, Meeting Room A

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March 18, 2009

6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
International House at the University of Chicago, 1414 East 59th Street, Chicago

All's Fair in Oil and Water: Conflicts, Compromises, and Compacts

This event is free and open to the public. Reservations are required.

Access to valuable natural resources has often generated conflict between nations, regions, communities, individuals, and corporations. What can we learn about how tensions over oil and water have been handled in the past? How are communities pitted against each other when it comes to access and control of these resources? In All's Fair in Oil and Water, we will use the story of the Great Lakes Compact, current conflict over oil in Nigeria, and the documentary Water Pressures, which tells the story of a collaborative water management model in India, to examine conflict over oil and water.

For more information about the All-Consuming series, visit www.prairie.org/OilandWater or call 312.422.5580.

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March 13, 2009

SEO Room 236 at 12pm
Seminar: Environmental Management Metrics for Sustainability: The San Luis Basin Project
Heriberto Cabezas, Ph.D., U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, Office of Research and Development

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January 27, 2009

Join the Illinois Humanities Council for the next event in the All-Consuming: Conversations on Oil and Water program series.

Yours, Mine, Ours, or Theirs? Accessing and Controlling Oil and Water
6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Loyola University Chicago
Kasbeer Hall, 25 E Pearson St Fl 15

This event is free and open to the public. Reservations are required and can be made online, by email at events@prairie.org, or by calling 312.422.5580.

Are oil and water resources to be stewarded and shared or commodities to be bought and sold? Does any person, country, or community own oil and water resources? How do the concepts of ownership and stewardship affect access to oil and water? What questions are raised by the privatization of resources?

Panelists:

Fernando Coronil, Ph.D. - Presidential Professor, Department of Anthropology, City University of New York

Marian Kramer - National Co-Chair, Michigan Welfare Rights Organization (featured in The Water Front)

Elizabeth Miller - Director, The Water Front

Sabina L. Shaikh, Ph.D. - Lecturer, Public Policy and Program on Global Environment, University of Chicago Senior Research Economist, RCF Economic Consulting (moderator)

Maureen D. Taylor - State Chair, Michigan Welfare Rights Organization (featured in The Water Front)

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January 20, 2009

IESP Annual Holiday Party

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November 13 , 2008

Chicago Wilderness Congress 2008

Congress 2008 is the premier event to highlight the resources, science, and collaborative conservation action of the Chicago Wilderness consortium. Congress 2008 will feature the strategic initiatives of Chicago Wilderness: Green Infrastructure, Leave No Child Inside, Restoration & Management, and Climate Change.

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November 6 , 2008

Environmental Town Hall Meeting
12:00pm, SCE, Room 713

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September 25 , 2008

Environmental Town Hall Meeting
12:00pm, SCE, Room 613

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September 16-17, 2008

IESP External Advisory Board Meeting
September 16, 6:00pm: Reception and Dinner
September 27, 9:30am-2:00pm: Meeting at IESP, 2121 W. Taylor Street, Room 524

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August 26, 2008

IESP Steering Committee Meeting
12:00pm, IESP, 2121 W. Taylor Street, Room 524

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June 5, 2008

Celebrate the United Nations Environment Programme’s
World Environment Day at the Chicago Botanic Garden


Hear experts on global warming at the International Climate Change Forum, learn dozens of fun ways to reduce your carbon footprint at the Knowledge & Action marketplace, and enjoy the International Cildren’s Painting Competition.

Go Green! Use public transportation to visit the Garden on June 5, or anytime throughout the year.

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May 19 – May 23, 2008

Announcing a ONE-WEEK GRADUATE COURSE
Interdisciplinary Perspectives on Global Environmental Changes

Course Description:
Planet earth has been experiencing increasing environmental assault from adverse human activities. This course provides an overview of current components of global environmental change including their causes and consequences. The course focuses on the sources and impacts of deteriorating air quality, water resources and quality, soil quality, greenhouse gasses, and global warming in native and urban ecosystems. The need for interdisciplinary knowledge to assess, manage and restore environmental quality is emphasized. Emerging strategies to prevent pollution through the development of recycling, green materials, emission reduction and clean manufacturing methods based on life cycle approaches are also presented and discussed. In addition to regular lectures, presentations also will be given by experts from industry, government agencies and other institutions involved in global environmental change.

Presentations from this course are available here.

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April 22, 2008

Town Hall Meeting:
Environmental Research
and Education at the University of Illinois at Chicago

Meeting Transcript

Tuesday, April 22, 2008 at 12pm Student Center East room 713

The Institute for Environmental Science and Policy is sponsoring a town hall meeting to explore opportunities for environmental research and education within the UIC community, including prospects that support the new campus sustainability initiative. All interested faculty, administrators, and students are invited to brainstorm new ideas for research and education as the next step in expanding environmental scholarship over the next decade.

 The meeting will include a panel of faculty members and administrators from across the university, followed by questions and comments from those in attendance.

 Panel members:
           Eric Gislason, Interim Chancellor, University of Illinois at Chicago
           Russell Betts, Vice Provost for Planning and Programs, Academic Affairs
           Peter Nelson, Interim Dean, College of Engineering
           Eric Welch, Associate Professor, Public Administration
           David Wise, Professor, Biological Sciences and IESP 

Moderator:
        Thomas Theis, Director, Institute for Environmental Science and Policy

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March 29, 2008

Earth Hour at UIC

Turn off your lights from 8-9 p.m. local time on Saturday March 29, 2008. During that hour replace your old light bulbs with energy-efficient compact fluorescent bulbs. Commit to reducing your energy consumption in the year ahead. Visit earthhour.org to find out how to make a difference in the fight against climate change.

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February 26, 2008

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Spring 2008

Faculty Search, Landscape Ecology Presentations

Audrey Mayer, University of Helsinki
Tuesday, January 29  4:00 p.m.
Room 4289 SEL
Title:  "Biodiversity conservation in heterogeneous landscapes"

Caroline Taylor, Center for Wildlife Ecology
Simon Fraser University
Tuesday, February 5  4:00 p.m.
Room 4289 SEL
Title:  “Plant invasion and shorebird migration: Spatial ecology of the Pacific coast “

Douglas Bruggeman, Department of Fisheries and Wildlife
Michigan State University
Arrives Wednesday, February 6th
Thursday, February 7  4:00 p.m.
Title:  “Incorporating landscape dynamics into tradable credit systems for biodiversity”

Maria Miriti, Ohio State University
Department of Evolution, Ecology and Organismal Biology
Tuesday, Februrary 12  4:00 p.m.
Title: TBD

Bethany Bradley, Princeton University
Woodrow Wilson School
Tuesday, February 19    4:00 p.m.
Room 4289 SEL
Title: “Impacts of land use and climate change on regional plant invasion: Cheatgrass in the western U.S”.

Emily Minor, Appalachian Laboratory
University of Maryland
Tuesday, February 26, 4:00 p.m.
Title:  “Landscape connectivity:  for better or for worse?"

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October 9, 2007

2007 AEESP Distinguished Lectureship featuring Dr. David Allen, Gertz Regents Professor of Chemical Engineering and Director of the Center for Energy and Environmental Resources, University of Texas at Austin
3:15pm at the Perlstein Hall Auditorium, Illinois Institute of Technology, 10 W. 33rd Street

SUSTAINABLE ENGINEERING: A model for engineering education in the twenty-first century?

How do we design a sustainable built environment for ten billion people?
What technologies and policies will move us in this direction? These are questions that will challenge engineers, who will create the built environment of the twenty-first century. An engineering education in the 21st century must prepare students to address these challenges.

For more information on the AEESP Lecture contact Liz Alva 312.567.3009 alva@iit.edu

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Spring 2007 ENVIRONMENTAL & WATER RESOURCES SEMINAR SERIES
Fridays, 11:00 am - 12:00 pm, ERF 1047

January 19: Christophe Darnault, UIC, Assistant Professor, Dept. of Civil and Materials Engineering, Sustainable development and integrated management of shared groundwater resources

January 26: Amid Khodadoust, UIC, Associate Professor, Dept. of Civil and Materials Engineering, Adsorption of PAHs in Aged Harbor Sediments

February 2: Scott Cieniawski, USEPA, Ashtabula river sediment remediation presentation

February 9: Melissa Lenczewski, Northern Illinois University, Assistant Professor, Dept. of Geology and Environmental Geosciences, Use of large undisturbed columns for examination of the fate and transport of organic contaminants

February 16: Peter Doran, UIC, Associate Professor, Dept.of Earth and Environmental Sciences, Climate and hydrology in the McMurdo dry valleys, East Antarctica

February 23: Pratibha Naithani, UIC, Ph.D. Student, Dept.of Civil and Materials Engineering, Arsenic in Alkaline Coal Fly Ash:  Column Leaching vs. Batch Sequential Leaching

March 2: Jean Francois Gaillard, Northwestern University, Professor, Dept. of Civil and Evironmental Engineering, Biogenic manganese oxides: Structure & environmental importance

March 9: Nancy Tuchman, Loyola University, Professor, Dept. of Biology, Invasive cattails in Great lakes coastal wetlands and their mechanisms for dominating

March 16: Krishna Reddy, UIC, Professor, Dept. of Civil and Materials Engineering, Field Monitoring and Performance Evaluation of Bioreactor Landfills

March 23: Karl Rockne, UIC, Associate Professor, Dept. of Civil and Materials Engineering, Kinetic aspects of iron oxidation in a facultative wastewater stabilization pond 

April 6: Christopher G. Peterson, Loyola University, Dept. of Natural Science, Species representation in benthic algal communities and the functional attributes of aquatic ecosystems

April 13: Alessandro Franchi, Carrolo Engineers, Ph.D. Drinking water: perspectives on regulations and the future of the industry

April 20: Aaron Packman, Northwestern University, Professor, Dept. of Civil and Environmental Engineering, Interplay of surface-subsurface hydrodynamic interactions and microbial processes in sedimentary environments

April 27: Paul Anderson, Illinois Institute of Technology, Associate Professor, Dept.of Chemical and Environmental Engineering, Water reuse in Northeast Illinois

May 4: Andy Jazdanian, TODA America, Aquifer remediation with reactive nanoscale zerovalent iron

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January 18, 2007

Seminar: Using Bus Rapid Transit to Reduce Urban Air Pollution
Simon McDonnell
University College Dublin
3:00 pm, CUPPA Hall, Room 110, 412 S. Peoria Street

Sponsored by IESP and the College of Urban Planning and Public Affairs

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December 18, 2006

IESP Holiday Reception
Gioco, 1312 South Wabash, Chicago, IL 60605

Please join us for light refreshments to celebrate the end of the year!

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October 31, 2006

Land Re-Use Symposium: Everything You Wanted To Know About Brownfields and Land Re-use
School of Public Health West, 2121 West Taylor St., Room 121, Chicago, IL 60612

The Society for Risk Analysis (SRA), Chicago Regional Chapter is hosting a ½-day symposium on brownfield and re-use sites from a risk assessment perspective.

To register, contact Dr. Mario Mangino at mangino.mario@epa.gov or 312-886-2589. The registration fee is $15.00 ($7.50 for students), payable by cash or check the day of the event. Checks should be made payable to Mario Mangino, the SRA Treasurer.

For more information, contact Dr. Laurel Berman, SRA Events Councilor, at 312-886-7476 or c/o berman.laurel@epa.gov

DRAFT AGENDA
8:30 - 9:00 Registration
9:00 - 10:00 Presentations: Brownfields, Land Re-Use, and Public Health (Speakers: Jim Van der Kloot - EPA Region 5, Ann Carroll - U.S. EPA, and Laurel Berman - ATSDR)
10:00 - 12:30 Field trip by bus to tour three redeveloped brownfield sites:
10:00 - 10:45 Travel and tour of the Chicago Christian Industrial League
10:45 - 11:30 Travel and tour of the Chicago Center for Green Technology
11:30 - 12:15 Travel and tour of Bethel New Life former brownfield site at the Lake and Pulaski Green Line stop
12:15 - 12:30 Return to UIC SPH-W

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October 23, 2006

Seminar: Integrating Land-use Change and Environmental Modeling
Professor John D. Landis
Department of City and Regional Planning UC Berkeley
10:00 am, UIC Great Cities Institute, CUPPA Hall, 4th Floor, 412 S. Peoria St., Chicago, IL

Sponsored by IESP, LEAP, College of Urban Planning and Public Affairs, Urban Planning and Policy, and the Urban Transportation Center

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September 26-27, 2006

IESP External Advisory Board Meeting
September 26, 6:00pm: Reception and Dinner at Sal and Carvao, 739 N. Clark Street
September 27, 9:00am-2:00pm: Meeting at IESP, 2121 W. Taylor Street, Room 524

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September 19, 2006

IESP Steering Committee Meeting
12:00pm IESP, 2121 W. Taylor Street, Room 524

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ENVIRONMENTAL RESEARCH SEMINAR SERIES*

FALL 2006 SCHEDULE, Fridays, 11:30 am - 12:30 pm

September 1 Perni Venkateswarlu, Associate Professor Institute of Environmental Science and Technology, JNTU, India Geoinformatics for Environmental Applications
September 8 Hormoz BassiriRad, Professor Department of Biological Sciences, UIC Global Change and Terrestrial Ecosystem: How Do We Do Impact Assessment?
September 15 Amid Khodadoust, Associate Professor Department of Civil & Materials Engineering, UIC Ionic Liquids as Extractants of Organic Contaminants from Soils
September 22 Krishna Reddy,Professor Department of Civil & Materials Engineering, UIC Integrated Electrochemical Remediation Technologies
September 29 Ajit Vaidya, Project Manager US EPA Great Lakes National Program Office, Chicago Contaminated Sediment Remediation in the Great Lakes
October 6 Karl Rockne, Associate Professor Department of Civil & Materials Engineering, UIC Sediment Remediation Field Demonstration in Chicago
October 13 Pratibha Naithani, Ph.D. Student Department of Civil & Materials Engineering, UIC Leaching Characteristics of Arsenic from Coal Fly Ash
October 20 Serap Erdal, Associate Professor Department of Environmental and Occupational Health Sciences, UIC Assessment of Health Protectiveness of the Risk-Based Soil Remediation Standards of the Midwestern States
October 27 Yin Ke, Ph.D. Student Department of Civil & Materials Engineering, UIC Modeling Active Capping Efficiency for Mixed Waste
November 3 Daniel McGrath, Associate Director Institute for Environmental Science and Policy, UIC Land Use Issues/Policy
November 10 Solenne Grellier, Post-Doctoral Fellow Department of Civil & Materials Engineering, UIC Monitoring of Bioreactor Landfills
November 17 Priscilla Viana, Ph.D. Student Department of Civil & Materials Engineering, UIC Gas Ebullition in
Contaminated Sediments
November 24 Thanksgiving Holiday
December 1 Andy Jazdanian, Technical Manager TODA America, Schaumburg, Illinois Aquifer Remediation with Reactive Nanoscale Zerovalent Iron
December 8 Ravikumar Srirangam, Ph.D. Student Department of Civil & Materials Engineering, UIC Biodegradation of PCBs in Contaminated Lake Sediments
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* Open to public; Sponsored by the Department of Civil & Materials Engineering (CME) and the Institute for Environmental Science & Policy (IESP)
Location: ERF 1047, Department of Civil & Materials Engineering, 842 West Taylor Street, Chicago
Contact: Amid Khodadoust; akhodado@uic.edu

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May 11, 2006

IESP Spring Steering Committee Meeting
10am - 1:30pm School of Public Health West Room 524 (IESP Conference Room)

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April 17, 2006

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April is Earth Month!

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Spring 2006 IESP / CME: ENVIRONMENTAL RESEARCH SEMINAR SERIES

Location: Department of Civil & Materials Engineering, Room 1047ERF
842 West Taylor Street, Chicago (Directions: www.uic.edu/~kreddy/mapdir.htm)
Time: 12:00 p.m. - 1:00 p.m.

January 13 Krishna R. Reddy, Associate Professor Department of Civil & Materials Engineering, UIC
Environmental Pollution Control and Remediation: An Overview

January 20 Tom Theis, Director & Professor Institute for Environmental Science & Policy, UIC
Life Cycle Assessment Research

January 27 Jennifer Dunn, Environmental Engineer U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, Region 5, Chicago
Technological and Operational Strategies to Reduce Diesel Emissions in the Midwest

February 3 Amid Khodadoust, Assistant Professor Department of Civil & Materials Engineering, UIC
Soil Washing of Contaminated Soils from Wood Preserving Sites

February 10 G. Ali Mansoori, Professor Departments of Bioengineering & Chemical Engineering, UIC
Environmental Aspects of Nanotechnology

February 17 Solenne Grellier, Post-Doctoral Fellow & J. Gangathulasi, Ph.D. Student
Department of Civil & Materials Engineering, UIC
Dynamic Water Balance and Geotechnical Stability of Bioreactor Landfills

February 24 Christophe Darnault, Assistant Professor Department of Civil & Materials Engineering, UIC
Transboundary Water Resources Management

March 3 Jean-François Gaillard, Professor Department of Civil & Environmental Engineering, Northwestern University
Metals in the Environment: Why do We Need to Better Understand Speciation?

March 10 Phil Carpenter, Professor Department of Geology and Environmental Geosciences, Northern Illinois University
Geophysical Investigations on Landfills

March 17 Jim Olsta, Technical Manager Lining Technologies Group, CETCO, Arlington Heights, IL
Recent Developments in Research and Application of Geosynthetic Clay Liners

March 24 Spring Break

March 31 Jim Mueller, Director of Remedial Solutions & Strategies Adventus Americas, Inc., Bloomingdale, Illinois
In Situ Chemical Reduction Technologies for Remediation of Soil, Sediments and Groundwater Environments

April 7 An Li, Associate Professor Environmental Occupational Health and Safety, School of Public Health, UIC
Rapid Debromination of Decabromodiphenyl Ether by Nanoscale Zero-Valent Iron

April 14 Moira L. Zellner, Assistant Professer Department of Urban Planning and Policy, UIC
Impact of Land-Use Patterns on Groundwater Dynamics

April 21 Krishna Pagilla, Associate Professor Department of Chemical & Environmental Engineering, IIT
Membrane-assisted Wastewater Treatment Technologies for Nutrient Removal

April 28 Mary Ashley, Professor Department of Biological Sciences, UIC TBA

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April 19, 2005

Seminar: The EcoLabOrative: An Interdisciplinary Collaborative Experiment in Sustainable Product Design Education
Professor Dale Murray
Associate Professor of Industrial Design
University of Cincinnati
5:30 pm, Lecture Center D

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April is Earth Month! 2005
Thursday, March 31
Opening Reception; 4:00-5:30 p.m.; Montgomery Ward Lounge; UIC Student Center East

Why Wait? Start Earth Month early!
"Environmental Challenge of the 21st Century: Building a Sustainable Community"
Speaker Ken Dunn, founder and Director of Chicago's Resource Center, discusses sustainable living to kick off Earth Month. This event includes a catered reception and is free and open to the public. For more information, write to esitri1@uic.edu.

Monday, April 4
UISeedlings Kickoff; 11:00 a.m.-2:00 p.m.; Biological Sciences Greenhouse; SE corner of Halsted and Taylor

Get dirty! Come learn hands-on about native plant propagation and prairie landscaping with Professor Darrel Murray. This is the first of a series of work days in the greenhouse and around UIC, and later you will have an opportunity to help design an ecological study space on campus. Bring gardening gloves if you have them. For more information, write to spriet1@uic.edu.

Tuesday, April 5
Awareness Booth; 11:00 a.m.-2:00 p.m.; West Concourse; UIC Student Center East

Stop by EcoCampus's informational booth to learn about the environmental problems facing us today and what you can do to turn the tide!

Monday, April 11
Awareness Booth; 11:00 a.m.-2:00 p.m.; West Concourse; UIC Student Center East; (See April 5 for details)

Tuesday, April 12
Wellness Jam; 11:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m.; E/W Concourse; UIC Student Center East

Eco-Twister and edible landfill pies! Come out to the Wellness Jam where you can also calculate your own ecological footprint, test your environmental trivia knowledge, and take the jelly bean challenge! Table co-hosted by EcoCampus and the Institute for Environmental Science and Policy. The Wellness Jam is sponsored by the Wellness Center. For more information, contact esitri1@uic.edu.

Monday, April 18
Awareness Booth; 11:00 a.m.-2:00 p.m.; West Concourse; UIC Student Center East; (See April 5 for details)

Thursday, April 21
Earth Day Fair; 11:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m.; Lecture Center Plaza

Why wait for Earth Day? Celebrate a day early! This outside event will feature live entertainment, a raffle, crafts, recycled notebook sale, design submissions for an ecological Oasis, and informational booths. For information, contact esitri1@uic.edu.

Friday, April 22
Campus Clean-up; 1:00-4:00 p.m.; Teams leave every hour from the sculpture between the Daley library and LC-A.

Celebrate International Earth Day by beautifying your campus! Spend an hour outdoors, working with other volunteers to pick up litter around campus. For details, write to lsimon2@uic.edu.

Monday, April 25
Panel discussion: Globalization and the Environment; 2:00-3:30 p.m.

UIC faculty members will present and discuss the relationship between ecology, social justice, and human rights worldwide. There will be time for questions; all are invited to participate. For more information, contact esitri1@uic.edu.

Friday, April 29
Critical Mass Bike Ride; 4:45 p.m.; Lecture Center Plaza

Gather at UIC and ride in a group to the loop to join the Chicago Critical Mass bicycle ride. This monthly ride around the city is a great tribute to healthy, sustainable transportation!

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March 10, 2005

Seminar: Lessons from the Cycles of Metals
Professor Thomas Graedel
Clifton R. Musser Professor of Industrial Ecology
Center for Industrial Ecology
Yale School of Forestry and Environmental Studies
3:00 pm, 1047 ERF

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February 24, 2005

Seminar: Is It Worthwhile to Fight for Energy Security?
Professor Clint Andrews
E.J. Bloustein School of Planning and Public Policy
Rutgers University
3:00 pm, 1047 ERF

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December 5, 2003

Cross Campus Seminar: Well-to-Wheels Energy and Emission Effects of Fuel-Cell Vehicles Powered with Different Fuels
Michael Wang
Center for Transportation Research, Argonne National Laboratory
11:00 am, UTC 430, 412 S. Peoria

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November 5, 2003

Cross Campus Seminar: Sustainability by Design: A Role for Industrial Ecology
John Ehrenfeld
Director Emeritus, MIT Technology, Business and Environment Program
4:00 pm, 1047 ERF

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October 2, 2003

Cross Campus Seminar: A False Hypothesis? Implications for Agriculture and Culture If True
Wes Jackson
President, The Land Institute
7:00 pm, Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum, 2430 N. Cannon Drive

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