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Prairie Lands Environmental Summit

October 22, 2014
Western Illinois University Union
Macomb, IL

This year’s event offers three tracks, designed to celebrate Campus Sustainability Day, to showcase rural community development practices, and to provide continuing education credits to teachers. The Summit highlights activities that strive to improve our region’s quality of life.

Time Fox Room Capitol Room Lincoln Room

Track 1: Greening Your Community

will be of interest to the Western Illinois-Macomb area community in recognition of Campus Sustainability Day.

Track 2: Arts on the Prairie Landscape

will be of interest to community and economic developers, local officials, & community residents, especially those interested in the Arts and Humanities: Landscape, architecture, images, and music as elements of community quality of life.

Track 3: Professional Track

Continuing Education for high school science teachers. Includes modules that teachers can use in their classrooms. Choose from a range of free educational opportunities (Teachers can earn up to 4 CPDUs).

9:00 - 9:50 A.M.

Registration: Grand Ballroom Music by Bucky Halker and Chris Vallillo
10:00 - 10:45 A.M.

"Workshop for Students & Community"

Michael Howard

“Community Stories”

Featuring Cloudersport, PA & Lexington, MO
Lisa Rahtje & Lee Ann Woolery

“IDNR Resources for Teachers”
Valerie Keener, Illinois Department of Natural Resources


10:45 - 11:00 A.M.



Refreshment Break


11:00 - 11:45 A.M. Campus Sustainability

“Marketing Our Heritage”

Matt Meacham

“Wind for Schools Demonstrations”

Jolene Willis, Illinois Institute for Rural Affairs

11:45 - 12:30 P.M.

Lunch on Your Own

12:30 - 1:15 P.M.

Local Foods in the Community

John Curtis & Gordon Rands

“Stories about Mainstreet”

Featuring: Pittsfield and Monmouth, IL
Matt Meacham

“Living Land and Water”

Amy McCoy, Living Lands and Waters, Education Coordinator

1:15 - 2:00 P.M.

Argyle Lake State Park & Programs

Robin & Bridget Hichee

“World Café”

1-Community Creativity: Documenting your assets
(social media, photographic, and video documentation); 2-Building a compelling vision; 3-Building partnerships--tapping into local talent; 4-Finding Funding; 5-Creating the Action Plan; 6-Your Community and the Landscape;
7-Bringing Back the Younger Generation

“A Metaphorical Approach to Teaching
Soil Science Concepts”

Joel Gruver, Western Illinois University School of Agriculture

2:00-3:00 P.M.

Keynote Speaker
Michael Howard

Illinois Department of Natural Resources
Grand Ballroom

3:15 - 4:30 P.M.


University Art Gallery

Registration is requested. Register free online.

Need a WIU parking pass? Contact us by October 15 at or 309-298-2637.

IIRA Sustainability Brownbaggers

Join us at the Malpass Library, 4th Floor West, on WIU’s Campus from 12:30 to 1:30 P.M. Central Time. Sessions are also held as webinars. Click here to enter the WIU Libraries Webinar Meeting Room.

Sept. 23 - Laurence Overmire, Pacific Northwest author and environmentalist. The One Idea That Saves the World.

Sept. 30 - Sarah Dewees, First Nations Development Institute. Reclaiming Native Food Systems: First Nations Development Institute’s Native Agriculture and Food Systems Initiative.

Oct. 7 – Timothy Collins, Illinois Institute for Rural Affairs. Historic Roots of Community Sustainability.

Tuesday, Oct 21 - Bucky Halker and Lisa Rathje of Company of Folk will present an extended Sustainability Brownbagger on grant writing. It will be held in Browne Hall 220 on the WIU campus.

The WIU Libraries keep an archive of past presentations.