Below is a list of of events, training sessions, and conferences that ISTC is involved in. Check back here regularly since this list is updated often.
April 27, 2017
, Time: noon-1pm
ISTC (1 E. Hazelwood Dr., Champaign)
Presented by Alan Steinman, Ph.D. -- Director of Grand Valley State University's Annis Water Resources Institute (MI)
Excess nutrient runoff is negatively impacting aquatic ecosystems in the Great Lakes and throughout the world. Understanding these impacts and how to mitigate them have become, for better or worse, something of a growth industry in the environmental and ecological disciplines. In this talk, I will describe three coastal systems located in west Michigan that have been exposed to a history of environmental abuses. Excess nutrients, phosphorus in particular, have resulted in impaired ecological structure and function, including potentially toxic algal blooms. I will discuss the unique attributes of each system, the nature of the key stressor(s), our restoration approach, and how successful we have been in meeting our restoration targets. Two key themes underpinning our efforts include: 1) a modest upfront investment in scientific investigations can save substantial resources in the long run, despite societal anathema to "studies"; and 2) post-restoration monitoring is critical to assess restoration success, and when necessary, be sufficiently nimble to make adjustments as necessary.
May 16, 2017
, Time: 8-9:30 AM CDT
Union League Club (65 W. Jackson Blvd., Chicago, IL)
Dr. Christopher Stohr is an engineering geologist specializing in remote sensing, image processing, photogrammetry, LiDAR, 3D mapping, conventional and satellite surveying, natural hazards, and waste management at the Illinois State Geological Survey, a unit of the Prairie Research Institute at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Dr. Stohr has served as a consult expert on the Earthline landfill in Wilsonville, Illinois. He is currently working with colleagues to refine a remote sensing method that will improve monitoring of landfills (dumps) that will help protect water quality.
May 31, 2017
- June 1, 2017
I Hotel & Conference Center (1900 South First Street, Champaign, IL)
The Illinois Sustainable Technology Center (ISTC) and Illinois-Indiana Sea Grant (IISG) are co-organizing the Emerging Contaminants in the Aquatic Environment Conference (ECAEC17) which will be held on May 31 - June 1, 2017, in Champaign, IL.
The conference is an expansion of the successful conference on pharmaceuticals and personal care products in the environment held in April 2016. It will feature presentations and posters on the latest in emerging contaminant research, policies, and education. In addition, there will be opportunities for discussion with those interested in all aspects of emerging contaminants in the aquatic environment.
ISTC and IISG encourage researchers, educators, businesses, government officials, outreach and extension professionals, environmental groups, and members of the general public to attend the conference.
The event will take place at the I Hotel Conference Center in Champaign, IL. On May 31, oral sessions will run from 9:00 a.m. to 4:15 p.m. CDT, with a reception and poster session following from 4:15 - 6:00 p.m. On June 1, oral sessions and a panel discussion will run from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Registration will open mid-February. (Times are subject to change once the agenda is finalized.)
Visit the conference website for up-to-date information.