Annual Events & Conferences
In addition to its own iSEE Congress and Critical Conversations forums, the Institute for Sustainability, Energy, and Environment helps sponsor and promote other annual conferences and events that bring sustainability, energy, and environmental issues to the forefront. Click below to expand details on upcoming events; for day-to-day schedules, visit the Illinois Sustainability Calendar.
Sustainability Week (October)
Sustainability Week 2018: Oct. 21-27
Events related to Sustainability Week this year …
- PLOGGING: noon-2 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 21, meet at Oak Street Library, 809 S. Oak St., Champaign. “Plogging” is picking up plastic while you jog. To kick off Sustainability week, iSEE is hosting a non-competitive plogging fun run/walk in a student residential area of campus. This event is part fitness, part environmental action, part community service — and definitely ALL FUN. Come try out this European fitness trend where you take a bag along on a walk or run to collect trash and recyclables along your path. Advance registration preferred but not required >>>
- TOUR ABBOTT POWER PLANT: 1-2 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 23, 1117 S. Oak St., Champaign. Join the Student Sustainability Committee (SSC) for a free tour of Abbott Power Plant. The tour will begin at the south entrance and has a 60-minute run time. All visitors must wear long pants, shirts with sleeves, and closed-toe shoes for safety. Bags are also not allowed in the plant. Learn more and sign up >>>
- CAMPUS SUSTAINABILITY CELEBRATION: 4-6 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 25, Illini Union Room 314. Come join iSEE to celebrate the accomplishments we’ve made on campus — including Facilities & Services’ annual Energy Conservation Incentive Program (ECIP) awards, get updates from our SWATeams on progress toward Illinois Climate Action Plan goals, learn more about grassroots organizations and clubs, and enjoy a slice of cake!
- INVESTING 101 — SOCIALLY RESPONSIBLE EDITION: 2-3 p.m. Friday, Oct. 26, Huff Hall Room 209. Sponsored by SSC, this event will help you break down investing basics so you can start earning passive income while you’re in college or grad school. We’re adding a socially responsible spin to personal investing so you can align your values with your financial aspirations. Learn more and sign up >>>
- ILLINI LIGHTS OUT: 5:30-7 p.m. Friday, Oct. 26, meeting in Foreign Language Building lobby. Help us turn off the lights to reduce the energy consumption and environmental impact of our campus! By participating in iSEE’s Illini Lights Out, you will be demonstrating your commitment to fighting climate change and saving our planet. This symbolic event shows that climate change is an issue that the University of Illinois campus cares about. Learn more and sign up >>>
For more details, check out the Illinois Sustainability Calendar >>>
Highlights from Sustainability Week 2017
For Campus Sustainability Week 2017, we invited students, staff, and faculty to brainstorm one (or more!) habit they could begin to take a “Next Step” in their personal sustainability. We received more than 700 pledged actions. It’s not too late: You can still take a next step for the environment today >>>
At the Illini Lights Out event Oct. 20, more than 50 student volunteers turned off 4,972 light bulbs to save energy in campus buildings all weekend long. During the following week, we took a tour of a biomass boiler facility at the Illinois Energy Farm, “jumped for our lunch” at the Shell Synergy Truck, and watched “An Inconvenient Sequel,” taking a behind-the-scenes look at former Vice President Al Gore’s latest efforts to fuel a renewable energy revolution. (Thanks to the Student Sustainability Committee for bring the film to campus!)
iSEE hosted the second annual Campus Sustainability Celebration on Oct. 25 at the Alice Campbell Alumni Center. More than 100 students, staff, and faculty gathered to learn more about campus efforts toward sustainability and the grassroots organizations and clubs supporting them. Facilities and Services awarded nearly $170,000 to 2017 ECIP winners.
Thanks for making it a great week!
Highlights from Sustainability Week 2016
Sustainability Week 2016 was Oct. 24-28 and featured “BIN IT,” a campaign to encourage campus recycling. It won’t take a minute, just bin it!
Highlights of the week included the first annual Campus Sustainability Celebration on October 26, 2017 at the Alice Campbell Alumni Center ballroom and a recycling contest for students, staff, and faculty to compete for prizes by recycling the most items. The “BIN IT” campaign website offered specifics on campus recycling procedure, and educational resources and cheat sheets for easier recycling on campus and at home. The campaign also featured videos of several familiar campus faces recycling. Check out the iSEE YouTube channel to watch them >>>
Earth Month (April)
Earth Month is a time to enact change and real movement toward consciousness about how our decisions affect our campus environment and good ol’ Mother Earth and is celebrated each year during the week of Earth Day, April 22. Whether you’re already a passionate environmentalist or just looking to have some April fun, it’s all about showing the Earth some serious love this week! Earth Month activities are coordinated by Students for Environmental Concerns (SECS) and co-sponsored by iSEE.
In addition to SECS-organized events, iSEE coordinates with several academic and campus units to offer climate-related public lectures to go along with student activities: the Charles David Keeling Lecture; the Center for Advanced Studies’ MillerComm Lecture; the Department of Atmospheric Sciences’ Yoshi Ogura Lecture; and the University YMCA’s Friday Forum.
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Illinois Water Day (April)
Illinois Water Day is part of the UN World Water Day, a global recognition of the importance of safe, clean and abundant water resources across the world.
Organized annually in April (starting in 2014) by the International Water Resources Association (IWRA) Student Chapter at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, it aims to:
- Improve the collective understanding of water resources aspects
- Provide a space to discuss, reflect and raise awareness about water issues
- Promote the exchange of knowledge and experiences across different society actors of the Urbana-Champaign community: students, faculty, researchers, organizations; and
- Promote students’ research and foster networking.
The 2017 event was co-sponsored by iSEE, the Ven Te Chow Hydrosystems Laboratory, the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering (CEE), the University YMCA, and the Illinois Water Environment Association (IWEA).
Heartland Environmental & Resource Economics Workshop (Fall)
iSEE is a co-sponsor of this annual conference along with the Department of Agricultural and Consumer Economics, and the College of ACES Office of Research. The eighth annual HERE conference was scheduled for Sept. 30-31, 2017, at the Alice Campbell Alumni Center. More information on the conference website.