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Brownbaggers Sustainability Fall 2009 Series Offered Tuesdays at Malpass Library

September 29, 2009

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MACOMB, IL - - The Illinois Institute for Rural Affairs (IIRA), housed at Western Illinois University, will once again sponsor a series of Sustainability Brownbaggers events. The one-hour presentations, held over the traditional lunch hour from 12:30–1:30 p.m. on Tuesdays, are described as "conversations for the natural and social sciences, business and the arts and humanities."

The Sustainability Brownbaggers events will be held in WIU's Leslie F. Malpass Library, room 180; upcoming presentations include:

Tuesday, Sept. 29: "Outdoor Recreation, Inclusion and Sustainability: Benefits for Whom"
Presented by: Rob Porter, assistant professor, WIU's recreation, park and tourism administration department

Tuesday, Oct. 6: "The New Prairie Land Conservancy"
Presented by: David King, Prairie Hills Resource Conservation District, and Alice Henry, Prairie Land Conservancy

Tuesday, Oct. 13: "An Overview of Wind Energy"
Presented by: Fred Iutzi, Illinois Institute for Rural Affairs

Tuesday, Oct. 20: "Sustainable Landscaping on WIU's Campus"
Presented by: Tara Beal, grounds superintendent, WIU Physical Plant

Tuesday, Oct. 27: "Open Access to Libraries as a Sustainability Issue"
Presented by: Linda Zellmer, assistant professor, WIU Libraries

Tuesday, Nov. 3: "Perspectives on Sustainability"
Presented by: WIU Honors Students, organized by William Knox, director, Centennial Honors College

Tuesday, Nov. 10: "What's in the Future for Sustainability?"
A panel discussion organized by: Eric Ribbens, associate professor, Western's biological sciences department; William Knox, director, Centennial Honors College; and Timothy Collins, assistant director, Illinois Institute for Rural Affairs

The Brownbaggers Sustainability series is presented in cooperation with the Malpass Library, the WIU Institute for Environmental Studies, the Centennial Honors College and the Center for Innovation in Teaching and Research (CITR) at Western.

For more information, contact Collins at (309) 298-3412 or, or visit

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