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Changes for WIU Environmental Summit

Rich Egger

What’s being called an “Environmental Summit Lite” will be held this Spring at Western Illinois University.

“The full summit takes a good part of the student union and we have all sorts of displays, different presentations, and a keynote speaker. Environmental Summit Lite, which will be April 1, is just a keynote speaker,” said Timothy Collins, Assistant Director, Illinois Institute for Rural Affairs.

The keynote speaker will be Terra Brockman, founder of The Land Connection and author of The Seasons on Henry’s Farm.  Collins said she will give a couple presentations that day: one at 12:30 pm at Malpass Library and the other at 7:00 pm in Stipes Hall 121.

Collins said the full Environmental Summit will now be held in the Fall. This year’s summit will take place November 12.

“It’s before the holidays but it’s after mid-terms. It’s kind of a quiet time on the university calendar,” said Collins.

He said the IIRA will now be taking over organization of the event.

The IIRA also organizes the Sustainability Brownbaggers series every semester. They are marketed as “Conversations for the Natural and Social Sciences, Arts and Humanities, and Business.”  The presentations will be given at Malpass Library West, fourth floor.  Each begins at 12:30 pm.

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Timothy Collins

The schedule:

  • January 28 – Dan Kahl of Kansas State University: Integrated Ecological and Community Development (webinar)
  • February 4 – Dan Meacham of the Illinois Humanities Council: Cultural Sustainability in Rural Mid-America
  • February 11 – Marc Miller of the Illinois Department of Natural Resources: IDNR’s Conservation Congress (webinar)
  • February 18 – Jaff Hancks of WIU Libraries: Community Sustainability @ Your Rural Library
  • February 25 – Chris Merrett of the Illinois Institute for Rural Affairs: Renewing Communities: Cleaning Up Toxic Waste Sites
  • March 4 – David King and Alice Henry of Prairie Land Conservancy: Why We Need to Preserve Land
Rich is TSPR's News Director.