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iSEE Congress 2018

Oct. 3-5, 2018

Illini Union Rooms A/B/C

University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

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About the Congress

The purpose of iSEE Congress 2018 is to foster critical thinking on the strategies for meeting our growing urban transportation, housing, and food needs sustainably and for making our cities more resilient to climate change. Cities are the centers of economic activity but also large consumers of energy and water and sources of solid waste, air pollution, and greenhouse gas emissions across the world. They are hotbeds for poor air quality, congestion, and densified housing, and they are vulnerable to extreme damages to life and infrastructure due to severe weather events. Cities with more green space, permeable surfaces, and disaster-resilient infrastructure emit fewer emissions, thereby benefiting human health and well-being and increasing resilience against extreme weather events. Urban consumption patterns are being transformed with the emergence of ride sharing, e-commerce, smart phone enabled connectivity and demand for green infrastructure.

Previous iSEE Congresses on other grand challenges facing society have been attended by more than 300 faculty, students, and others from across campus — and beyond — each year.

iSEE Congress 2018 is supported by generous funding from several campus academic units.

The organizing committee includes iSEE Associate Directors Madhu Khanna, Ximing Cai, and Gillen D’Arcy Wood, and Illinois faculty members Imad Al-Qadi, Tami Bond, Arnab Chakraborty, Peter Christensen, Julie Cidell, Don Fullerton, Yanfeng Ouyang, Jeffery Roesler, Bev Wilson, and Donald Wuebbles.

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Speakers & Panelists

Listed in alphabetical order:

David Albouy

University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Session V: “Urbanization and the Environment: A Two-way Street,” 8:30-10 a.m. Friday, Oct. 5

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Arnab Chakraborty

University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Session V: “Urbanization and the Environment: A Two-way Street,” 8:30-10 a.m. Friday, Oct. 5

Presentation title: “Focusing Climate Action for Those Who Need It Most: A Multidimensional Framework for Addressing Social Vulnerability to Extreme Heat in Chicago”

Abstract: This presentation will discuss an approach for mapping and addressing the negative impacts of extreme heat on vulnerable populations. The research identifies locations of populations most vulnerable to extreme heat events in the Chicago metropolitan area using U.S. Census data and maximum likelihood factor analysis to derive an index that captures where residents exhibit greater sensitivity and lower adaptive capacity to extreme heat. Separately, the research assesses the distribution of surface temperatures using Daymet dataset (maintained by the Oak Ridge National Laboratory and hosted by the NASA-supported Distributed Active Archive Center). Using overlays and scenario analysis, the presentation will identify areas with the greatest need for emergency response in case of future extreme heat events, and well as areas that need adaptation and mitigation in the long term. Finally, the presentation will share a web-based tool under development with a number of Chicago organizations, most notably the Chicago Department of Public Health. The research project is in collaboration with Professor Bev Wilson of the Department of Urban and Regional Planning.

Bio: Chakraborty’s research concerns critical questions of housing and infrastructure development, and the role of technology in advancing urban analysis and planning. In addition to his academic appointments, he is an editorial board member of the Journal of the American Planning Association and an associate editor of the Journal of Urban Planning and Development. He is also the Dean’s Fellow in the College of Fine and Applied Arts with primary roles in research funding administration and advising faculty members seeking external grants. Chakraborty’s research has been funded by the National Science Foundation, Federal Highway Administration, Urban Institute, and the Lincoln Institute of Land Policy, among others. His ongoing projects include mapping urban vulnerability to climate change and using scenario analysis techniques to advance long range planning. His current projects are in Champaign-Urbana, Chicago, and India, and involve considerable collaboration with technology companies as well as federal and international organizations. Chakraborty received a B.Arch. in Architecture in 2001 from the Indian Institute of Technology, Kharagpur, an M.S. in Urban Planning and Policy in 2003 from the University of Illinois at Chicago, and a Ph.D. in Urban and Regional Planning in 2007 from the University of Maryland.

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Julie Cidell

University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Session III: “Infrastructure for Sustainable Cities,” 1:45-3:30 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 4

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Sybil Derrible

University of Illinois at Chicago

Session II: “Urban Metabolism: Managing Energy and Material Flows,” 10:15 a.m.-noon Thursday, Oct. 4

Presentation title: “Urban Data Mining to Understand Urban Metabolism”

Abstract: Every day, billions of people across the planet go about their activities in cities, consuming energy, water, and food, and traveling around, each in their own individual way. Cities are fascinating complex systems, and making sense of all the activities going on in them is challenging. Nonetheless, it is a challenge that we can now seriously tackle thanks to the amazing amount of data and data mining techniques to which we have access. In this presentation, I will dwell on three main points. First, I will talk about the need to rethink how we plan, design, and operate cities. Second, I will list several problems that need to be solved if we are truly to build sustainable cities. Third, I introduce some of the ways new data mining techniques can help us uncover important patterns and behaviors in how people consume energy and resources in cities. Einstein said, “We cannot solve our problems with the same thinking we used when we created them” — and I will argue that there has never been a better time to rethink how we can make smart, sustainable, and resilient cities.

Bio: Derrible is an Associate Professor of Sustainable Infrastructure Systems in Civil and Materials Engineering, a Research Associate Professor at the Institute for Environmental Science and Policy, and the Director of the Complex and Sustainable Urban Networks (CSUN) Laboratory at the University of Illinois at Chicago. His research is at the nexus of urban metabolism, infrastructure planning, complexity science, and data science to redefine how cities are planned, designed, and built to make them smart, sustainable, and resilient. He received a National Science Foundation CAREER Award for his work, and he obtained his Ph.D. from the University of Toronto.

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Robert Easter

University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Session IV: “Urban Agriculture: Potential for Increasing Food Security,” 3:45-5:15 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 4

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Don Fullerton

University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Session II: “Urban Metabolism: Managing Energy and Material Flows,” 10:15 a.m.-noon Thursday, Oct. 4

Presentation title: “The More Things CHANGE: Cycles of Human Activity and Natural Global Ecology”

Abstract: The limited land and other resources of urban centers make them particularly concerned with the “circular economy” — the idea of recycling post-consumer waste back into production instead of into overcrowded landfills while using new resource extraction for production. Policies toward that goal could include a price per unit garbage, a subsidy to recycling, a tax on virgin material extraction, or other mandates and incentives. But that cycle of materials — from consumers to producers and back — is not the only relevant cycle. Another natural cycle occurs as ground carbon decomposes into the atmosphere and is reabsorbed by new plants, eaten by animals, and eventually decomposes back into the atmosphere. Urban use of fossil fuels also can disrupt that cycle, with environmental consequences. The carbon cycle is affected not only by energy policies but also by waste disposal policies — connecting those two cycles. A third key cycle is general economic activity: consumers provide labor and capital to businesses that use natural resources to produce goods sold back to consumers. Thus, any income tax or other policy that affects business activity — effectively, any public policy at all — will affect the economic cycle, the carbon cycle, and the waste cycle.

Bio: Don Fullerton is the Gutgsell Endowed Professor at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, where he is in the Finance Department, the Center for Business and Public Policy (CBPP), and the Institute of Government and Public Affairs (IGPA). He is Editor of the Journal of the Association of Environmental and Resource Economists (JAERE). His research analyzes economic effects of public policies, including distributional and efficiency effects of environmental policy. He received a B.A. from Cornell in 1974 and a Ph.D. in Economics from the University of California at Berkeley in 1978. He taught at Princeton University (1978-84), the University of Virginia (1984-94), Carnegie Mellon University (1991-94) and the University of Texas (1994-2008), before joining the U of I in 2008. From 1985 to ’87, he served in the U.S. Treasury Department as Deputy Assistant Secretary for Tax Analysis.

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Qizhong (George) Guo

Rutgers University

Session V: “Urbanization and the Environment: A Two-way Street,” 8:30-10 a.m. Friday, Oct. 5

Presentation title: “Mitigating Combined Sewer Overflow and Restoring Urban Water Environment”

Abstract: Older cities in the United States and Europe such as Chicago, New York, Philadelphia, and London have experienced severe water pollution problems due to combined sewer overflow (CSO) during rainfall events. The same is true for expanding cities around the world where sewage is not yet entirely disposed of separately, such as in Shenzhen and Xiamen, China. This presentation will provide an overview of the CSO problems, reduction goals, solutions, evaluations, and prospects. Three existing solutions/approaches will be reviewed and compared: (1) at the source through reduction of runoff inflow by stormwater green infrastructure measures such as rain gardens; (2) along the transport pathway through detention/storage such as deep tunnels and subsequent treatment; and (3) at the overflow/discharge point (end of the pipe) through rapid disinfection and high-rate treatment. The presentation will also discuss: (a) how these existing approaches could be selected for different cities and for different management goals; (b) how these existing approaches could be combined to achieve the management goals; (c) whether additional sustainability benefits besides the water quality improvement such as urban flood mitigation and ecosystem services could be realized; and (d) what innovative approaches could be pursued. Case studies will be presented as well.

Bio: Guo is a Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering at Rutgers University. His specialty and research areas are urban stormwater and flood management, inland and coastal water environment restoration, green and sustainable water infrastructure, and hydraulics and hydrology. Guo has directed more than 40 research projects as the principal investigator, published over 150 papers and reports, and obtained two U.S. patents. His major research achievements include green and adaptive flood risk reduction strategies, maintenance intervals for emerging stormwater green infrastructure, new method for estimating freshwater input and water residence time in estuaries, innovative combined-sewer sediment flushing techniques, etc. His interest in combined sewer overflow started with his hydraulic transient modeling analysis of the Chicago Deep Tunnel Plan. Guo has also actively served the profession. He has chaired the Stormwater Technology Certification Guidelines Task Committee for the American Society of Civil Engineers, served on a project steering committee for the Water Environment Research Foundation, and served as President of the Chinese American Water Resources Association. Guo received B.E. from Tianjin University and both his M.S. and Ph.D. degrees from University of Minnesota. He is a licensed civil engineer and a Diplomat of the American Academy of Water Resources Engineers.

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Bobby Hambrick

AutonomouStuff

Lunchtime Keynote, Noon-1:30 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 4

Presentation title: “Automated Driving: Coming Sooner Than You Think”

Abstract: History has proven that humans are keen to quickly adopt new disruptive technologies. Automated driving is no different. In fact, it’s coming much faster than you can imagine. Without a doubt, we live in a time where artificial intelligence, safety requirements, high-bandwidth computing and massive investments in autonomous driving are all converging. This, combined with the initiatives of big data companies, will rapidly transform the automotive industry. It takes an ecosystem of partners, which AutonomouStuff has strategically pulled together, to address these challenges.

Bio: Bobby Hambrick is the founder and CEO of AutonomouStuff, a leader in the automotive and technology industry. Hambrick founded AutonomouStuff in 2009 to serve the growing interest in automated vehicles in various markets including automotive, mining, military, agriculture, aerospace, and academia. He is one of the first to develop and bring to market an automated R&D vehicle. As a single founder, Hambrick has developed the company like no other in the automotive industry: triple-digit growth for the last three years. As the leader of one of the most respected companies industry, Hambrick works with local robotics teams and universities to inspire the future leaders to build a safer and better world. Prior to founding AutonomouStuff, Hambrick led technical sales at Springfield Electric. He holds a B.S. in Business Administration Management.

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Zoe Hamstead

University at Buffalo

Session VI: “Building Smart and Sustainable Communities,” 10:30 a.m.-12:15 p.m. Friday, Oct. 5

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John Harvey

University of California at Davis

Session III: “Infrastructure for Sustainable Cities,” 1:45-3:30 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 4

Presentation title: “Approaches for Evaluating Infrastructure Choices for Sustainable Cities”

Abstract: A number of goals for improving the sustainability of cities can be addressed by planning and decision alternatives for changes in built infrastructure — and processes by which those changes are planned, designed, delivered, maintained and removed or rebuilt. This presentation reviews some of the goals for improving the sustainability of built infrastructure, and discusses several frameworks and approaches that have been developed for quantitatively evaluating, comparing and prioritizing alternatives using cost, environmental and social performance measures based on those goals in the planning, design and asset management stages of infrastructure delivery. Opportunities and obstacles for inclusion of these quantitative performance metrics in business practices of local and state governments are noted based on work to date. Examples are given of application and/or current research and development of these measures and approaches. Conclusions are drawn regarding progress to date, gaps that need to be addressed, and recommended future work and actions.

Bio: Harvey is Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering, Director of the UC Pavement Research Center (UCPRC) with additional laboratories at UC Berkeley, and past chair of the Transportation Technology and Policy Graduate Group at the University of California, Davis. He is Director of the newly created City and County Pavement Improvement Center (CCPIC), a consortium of the UC and California State University campuses working with California cities and counties to help local governments through training, implementation support and research. Harvey is a Principal Investigator for projects for research, development and implementation for a wide range of pavement technology, pavement management, cost and environmental topics for Caltrans, FHWA, FAA, CalRecycle, the California Air Resources Board, the Transportation Research Board, other state DOTs and industry. He has a B.Sce. from Oregon State University and completed his M.S. and Ph.D. degrees at UC Berkeley after working five years in consulting in Texas and as a federal government officer in Nigeria. He is a professional civil engineer in California.

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Adam Hechtman

Microsoft Cities Team

Session VI: “Building Smart and Sustainable Communities,” 10:30 a.m.-12:15 p.m. Friday, Oct. 5

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Gerrit-Jan Knaap

University of Maryland

Opening Keynote, 5:15-6:30 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 3

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Brad Lane

AT&T

Session VI: “Building Smart and Sustainable Communities,” 10:30 a.m.-12:15 p.m. Friday, Oct. 5

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Joshua Linn

Resources for the Future/University of Maryland

Session I: “Pathways to Sustainable Transportation,” 8:30-10 a.m. Thursday, Oct. 4

Presentation title: “Driving and Vehicle Choices in Cities — and Challenges for Policy Makers”

Abstract: Passenger vehicles offer comfort and convenience, and most U.S. households rely heavily on passenger vehicles for their transportation needs. But when someone decides to drive a car, this decision affects the environment, traffic accidents, and travel times for other people. These negative consequences of driving depend on the amount people drive and the emissions from their vehicles. Policy makers trying to reduce these costs and improve sustainability of the transportation system can choose policies that incentivize less driving and lower vehicle emissions. Current federal policies aim to reduce vehicle emissions by setting emissions standards and promoting electric vehicles and cleaner fuels. Many state and local governments also promote electric vehicles, and some are experimenting with policies that try to reduce the amount people drive compared to other, more environmentally friendly transportation options. The success of these policies will depend on their ability to affect decisions by households and many businesses, including vehicle manufacturers. This presentation will consider recent experiences with these policies, and based on these experiences identify some of the key challenges for policy makers in the future.

Bio: Linn is an Associate Professor in the Agricultural and Resource Economics Department at the University of Maryland and a Senior Fellow at Resources for the Future (RFF). His research centers on the effect of policy and market incentives on technology, with particular focus on the electricity sector and passenger vehicles. His work on the electricity sector has compared the effectiveness of cap and trade and alternative policy instruments in promoting new technology, including renewable electricity technologies. Several of his studies on passenger vehicles investigate the effect of fuel economy standards on consumers and manufacturers. His research has also examined driving patterns, and the effects of gas prices and other factors on household driving decisions. Past research on the manufacturing sector has explored the effect on new technology of price and consumer demand incentives. He has published in leading general interest and field journals in environmental, energy, and health economics. Linn joined Maryland in 2018 and RFF in 2010. Before that, he was an Assistant Professor in of Economics at the University of Illinois at Chicago and a Research Scientist at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, from where he received a Ph.D. in Economics in 2005. Linn received B.A. in Astronomy and Physics from Yale University in 2000.

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Hani Mahmassani

Northwestern University

Session I: “Pathways to Sustainable Transportation,” 8:30-10 a.m. Thursday, Oct. 4

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Chris McCarthy

S&C Electric Co.

Session II: “Urban Metabolism: Managing Energy and Material Flows,” 10:15 a.m.-noon Thursday, Oct. 4

Presentation title: “Microgrids — The Backbone for Resiliency”

Abstract: With an increased focus on reliability and a desire to reduce environmental impacts, the energy industry is beginning to explore the advantages of advanced microgrids as a complement to centralized power distribution. Microgrids combine renewable resources, energy storage, and smart grid technology with layered intelligence, allowing the system to act alone without central grid control or to feed back into the main grid when electric demand is high. For this reason, cities, universities, data center campuses, military bases, corporations, hospitals, and others have taken note of the benefits, seeing microgrids as a means to provide continuous, reliable, clean and sustainable power so that operations can continue 24/7. During this session, we will further demonstrate the promise microgrids bring to the future of sustainable electric distribution by exploring the concept of microgrids, examples of successful installations to date — including why Illinois is home to two of the nation’s most sophisticated microgrid projects — and the business case for installing microgrid systems..

Bio: Chris McCarthy is S&C Electric Co.’s Vice President of Sales Enablement, where he is responsible for global marketing, advanced sales messaging, regulatory affairs, and certain niche market segments — which includes microgrids. He previously served as S&C’s Managing Director for Europe, the Middle East and Africa, working to apply his passion and experience to increase the reliability and efficiency of the electricity grid across regions. Prior to that, he served as Director of Grid Automation and Control, responsible for product management and global strategy for all of S&C’s automations offerings, including award-winning products. McCarthy joined S&C at its Chicago headquarters in 2006. He received a B.S. in Electrical Engineering from the University of Illinois at Champaign-Urbana; an M.S. in Electric Power Engineering from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in Troy, N.Y.; and an MBA from the Keller Graduate School of Management.

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Mary Pat McGuire

University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Session III: “Infrastructure for Sustainable Cities,” 1:45-3:30 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 4

Presentation title: “Landscape as Infrastructure: Regenerating Cities through the Urban Surface”

Abstract: The future of urbanization depends on the rebuilding of infrastructures that are adaptable to change and disturbance. McGuire, whose work focuses on the relationship between water and cities, will present the concept of landscape as infrastructure and will discuss landscape’s role as ecological infrastructure for cities, with an emphasis on urban stormwater design. In doing so, she addresses two related and fundamental questions: What are the opportunities to regenerate cities through living systems infrastructure, and in particular how do climate change and the fresh water crisis drive reconsiderations of the role of landscape? She will present historical and contemporary examples from landscape architecture, where landscape serves as ecological and social infrastructure at the urban and regional scale, providing vital and systemic performance through land and landscape processes. She will share a vision of urban landscape beyond traditional parks and gardens, that includes the whole surface of the city. McGuire will emphasize the need to reduce and transform imperviousness throughout cities as a critical landscape infrastructure network for future resilience.

Bio: McGuire is a Registered Landscape Architect, Assistant Professor in Landscape Architecture at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, and principal designer at The Water Lab. Her design research and teaching focus on water-based landscape architecture and urbanism, investigating the retrofit design of abandoned land, urban pavements, and public rights-of-way as hydrologically active surfaces and spaces for cities. Her current work is supported by the Wright Ingraham Foundation, FAA Design Research Fellowship, and a NOAA Sea Grant, and profiled in Landscape Architecture Magazine and Architects Newspaper. She has an M.S. in Landscape Architecture from the University of Virginia School of Architecture and a Certificate in Leadership in Sustainability Management from the University of Chicago. Previously, McGuire was Studio Assistant Professor at IIT in Chicago and a Research Fellow with the Landscape Architecture Foundation. She practiced with Conservation Design Forum in Chicago and with Peter Walker & Partners in Berkeley, Calif.

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Sabine O’Hara

University of the District of Columbia

Session IV: “Urban Agriculture: Potential for Increasing Food Security,” 3:45-5:15 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 4

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Yanfeng Ouyang

University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Session I: “Pathways to Sustainable Transportation,” 8:30-10 a.m. Thursday, Oct. 4

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Shoshanna Saxe

University of Toronto

Session III: “Infrastructure for Sustainable Cities,” 1:45-3:30 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 4

Presentation title: “Transport Infrastructure: The Foundation for (Un)sustainable Cities”

Abstract: Transport infrastructure projects have transformative impacts on the economy and sustainability of our cities. They affect how people move, live and work, are a strong factor in land use type and intensity, and a key driver of environmental emissions. Discussions of the environmental and social impacts of transportation tend to focus on mobility, excluding the intimate relationship between infrastructure provision, induced demand, and land use change. This talk will explore the full life cycle environmental impact of transport infrastructure provision including construction; operation; travel behavior; land use intensification; and land use, land-use change, and forestry (LULUCF). Transport infrastructure has a long life, as transport infrastructure decisions from the early 20th century continue to shape our cities today. Our choices around transport infrastructure will impact society and sustainability for the duration of the century and longer. With the rise of autonomous and electric vehicles, a holistic understanding of transport infrastructure’s sustainability impact is increasingly urgent.

Bio: Shoshanna Saxe is an Assistant Professor in Sustainable Urban Infrastructure in the Department of Civil and Mineral Engineering at the University of Toronto. Her research interests focus at the intersection of mega infrastructure development and long-term sustainability goals. Her main expertise lies in life cycle greenhouse gas evaluation of rail infrastructure including the impacts of construction, operation, influence on travel behaviour and interactions with land use. Saxe carries out ex-post studies of working infrastructure to better understand the complex ways large-scale civil infrastructure interacts with society. She holds an M.Sc. in Geotechnical Engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and a Ph.D. in Engineering from the University of Cambridge. She was previously a consulting engineer in Toronto, where she worked on the design and construction of the York University Subway Station, the Eglinton Crosstown and the Billy Bishop Airport Tunnel, among other projects.

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Ashlynn Stillwell

University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Session II: “Urban Metabolism: Managing Energy and Material Flows,” 10:15 a.m.-noon Thursday, Oct. 4

Presentation title: “U.S. Urban Water and its Role in Energy Sustainability”

Abstract: Energy and water are closely related resources. In the urban water system, energy is needed to collect, treat, and distribute water and wastewater resources, with additional energy needed for water heating at end uses. Urban water data are poorly characterized in the United States with no federal-level database of water and wastewater utilities. To fill this gap, we have collected and published treated flow and required energy data for more than 160 U.S. water and wastewater utilities. Average per-person daily flows are estimated at 560 L for drinking water and 500 L for wastewater, requiring 1% of annual U.S. electricity consumption. Non-revenue water averages more than 9 billion m3 annually, requiring enough electricity to power 300,000 households. These data show that water efficiency plays a significant role in energy sustainability.

Bio: Stillwell is an Assistant Professor in Civil and Environmental Engineering at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. She earned a B.S. in Chemical Engineering from the University of Missouri (2006), and an M.S. in Environmental and Water Resources Engineering (2010), an M.P.Aff in Public Affairs (2010), and a Ph.D. in Civil Engineering (2013) from the University of Texas at Austin. Her previous work experience includes consulting engineering at Burns & McDonnell (2006-07) and policy research at the Congressional Research Service (2009). Stillwell received the 2015 Girl Scouts of Central Illinois Woman of Distinction Award in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics, and the 2018 Rose Award for Teaching Excellence. She has been among the List of Teachers Ranked as Excellent by their Students. She serves on the Board of Directors of the Girl Scouts of Central Illinois and is currently the Chair of the Board of Directors of Faith in Place. Her research interests include urban water and energy sustainability, water impacts of thermoelectric power generation, and green stormwater infrastructure.

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Brian Stone

Georgia Tech University

Lunchtime Keynote, 12:15-1:30 p.m. Friday, Oct. 5

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William Sullivan

University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Session VI: “Building Smart and Sustainable Communities,” 10:30 a.m.-12:15 p.m. Friday, Oct. 5

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John R. Taylor

University of Rhode Island

Session IV: “Urban Agriculture: Potential for Increasing Food Security,” 3:45-5:15 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 4

Presentation title: “Developing a Model for Increasing Food Sovereignty in Urban and Urbanized Areas through Sustainable Agricultural Intensification and Expansion”

Abstract: With a population density 10 times that of the U.S. has a whole, Rhode Island offers a potential model for sustainable food systems development in urban and urbanized areas. Though New England state governments have established a goal of meeting 50 percent of food needs regionally by 2060 — the 50 by 60TM plan — Rhode Island farmers produce only 1 to 2 percent of the food consumed in the state. Making a substantial contribution to regional food sovereignty will demand a dramatic increase in production, but urbanization and development pressures constrain agricultural expansion. Increasing production will require growing food on underutilized, fragmented, and often marginal lands. It will also require maximizing production on both new and existing agricultural land. Focusing on urban to peri-urban production environments, this ongoing project develops a spatially explicit model of the state’s production capacity that takes into account existing intensification levels, local social, economic, and natural resources, and production constraints. It integrates data from a grower survey, remote sensing and other GIS data, and data from agronomic experiments comparing the sustainability and productivity of different forms of intensive production. Preliminary results indicate that substantial progress toward food sovereignty could be achieved through adoption of sustainable production technologies and expansion of urban and peri-urban agriculture. Doing so, however, will require substantial economic investment and grower education.

Bio: Taylor is Assistant Professor of Agroecology at the University of Rhode Island. His research and teaching focus on urban and peri-urban food systems. He received his Ph.D. in Crop Sciences from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and his Master’s in Landscape Architecture from the University of Michigan. His research explores the social and ecological dynamics of food production at multiple scales — from home gardens to commercial farms — with the overall goal of making local food systems more sustainable and resilient. Taylor previously taught in the Graduate Food Studies Program at Chatham University and in the Department of Landscape Architecture and Regional Planning at the University of Massachusetts at Amherst.

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Session Moderators

Listed chronologically:

Opening Keynote, 5:15-6:30 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 3

  • Evan H. DeLucia, Baum Family Director of iSEE, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (More >>>)

Session I: “Pathways to Sustainable Transportation,” 8:30-10 a.m. Thursday, Oct. 4

  • Jeffery Roesler, Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (More >>>)

Session II: “Urban Metabolism: Managing Energy and Material Flows,” 10:15 a.m.-noon Thursday, Oct. 4

  • Peter Christensen, Assistant Professor of Agricultural and Consumer Economics, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (More >>>)

Lunchtime Keynote, noon-1:30 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 4

  • Imad Al-Qadi, Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (More >>>)

Session III: “Infrastructure for Sustainable Cities,” 1:45-3:30 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 4

  • Ximing Cai, Lovell Endowed Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (More >>>)

Session IV: “Urban Agriculture: Potential for Increasing Food Security,” 3:45-5:15 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 4

  • Craig Gundersen, Soybean Industry Endowed Professor in Agricultural Strategy, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (More >>>)

Session V: “Urbanization and the Environment: A Two-way Street,” 8:30-10 a.m. Friday, Oct. 5

  • Amy Ando, Professor of Agricultural and Consumer Economics, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (More >>>)

Session VI: “Building Smart and Sustainable Communities,” 10:15 a.m.-12:15 p.m. Friday, Oct. 5

  • Madhu Khanna, ACES Distinguished Professor of Environmental Economics, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (More >>>)

Lunchtime Keynote, 12:15-1:30 p.m. Friday, Oct. 5

  • Arnab Chakraborty, Associate Professor of Urban and Regional Planning, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (More >>>)

Accommodations & More

Venue

North side of Illini Union facing Green Street.

The Illini Union is located on Green Street, right at the meeting point of Urbana and Champaign. This facility is a warm and welcoming space perfect for soaking in the latest knowledge on how water, agriculture, and energy interact in our world today and in the future.

Address: 1401 W. Green St.
Urbana, IL 61801

View on Google Maps or the Illinois Campus Map.

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Getting here:
Many of the Champaign Urbana Mass Transit District’s bus routes pass right in front of the Illini Union on Green Street, or stop close by at the Illinois Transit Plaza. The 2 Red, 5 Green, 8 Bronze, 10 Gold, 12 Teal, 13 Silver, 21 Raven, and 22 Illini stop on Green at the newly renovated stops.

Bicycle racks are available, and active transportation is encouraged.

Parking is available at meters in nearby lots and along the street. Please be sure to read the specific instructions of your meter; each street and lot can be slightly different from others nearby.

Nearby eats: In addition to the Union’s own food court and eateries throughout the building, there are plenty of places to grab a bite to eat between sessions on Green Street.

Air Travel

Willard Airport (CMI)

The quickest, easiest way to travel a long distance to the iSEE Congress is to fly into Willard Airport (CMI) in Savoy, a five-minute shuttle ride from the I Hotel.

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