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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.

"Culture Busting: What Is It?"

Michael Howard
Illinois Department of Natural Resources
Grand Ballroom


Horn Field Campus Tour

Mindy Pheiffer, WIU
Shuttle will leave the Union at 9:50 and return by 11:00 AM

“Community Stories”

Featuring Cloudersport, PA & Lexington, MO
Lisa Rathje, Company of Folk
Lee Ann Woolery, University of Missouri Extension
Marsha Corbin, Old Trails Regional Tourism, Dover, MO
Liz Fenner, Lexington Community Arts Pilot Project, Lexington, MO

“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 Day


“Marketing Our Heritage”

Matt Meacham, Illinois Humanities Council

“Wind for Schools Demonstrations”

Jolene Willis, Illinois Institute for Rural Affairs


11:45 - 12:30 P.M.


Lunch on Your Own

Noon - 1:00 PM WIU Cleaner & Greener Campus Tour
Ted Renner, Facilities Management
Western Illinois University
Tour begins at the Union & ends at the Multicultural Center across the street

12:30 - 1:15 P.M.

Local Foods in the Community

John Curtis
Barefoot Gardens
Tom Sadler
WIU Economics
Jean Davenport
Macomb Food Co-Op

Music by Chris Vallillo
Grand Ballroom


“Stories about Mainstreet”

Featuring: Pittsfield and Monmouth, IL
Matt Meacham, Illinois Humanities Council
Jonas Petty, William Watson Hotel, Pittsfield, IL
Susan Twomey, Buchanan Center for the Arts, Monmouth, IL

“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”

Networking and Sharing Expertise
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
The Urban Landscape: America's Last Frontier

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.

Place Making Resources for Communities

ArtPlace America. Principles of Creative Placemaking. Accessed October 13, 2014.

Borrup, Tom. Creative Community Builder's Handbook: How to Transform Communities Using Local Assets, Arts, and Culture. Saint Paul, MN: Fieldstone Alliance, 2006.

Borys, Hazel. Placemaking: Preserve, Repair, Intensify. Place Makers. Accessed October 13, 2014.

Borys, Hazel. Creative Placemaking: From Here until Now. Place Makers. Accessed October 13, 2014.

Chittenden,Varrick A. Put Your Very Special Place on the North Country Map! Community Participation in Cultural Landmarking. In: Working for and with the Folk: Public Folklore in the Twenty-First Century.  Journal of American Folklore 119(471):47-65. 2006.

Crain, Brendan. Get Out of the Way: To Create a Great ... Place ... Let Users Make It Their Own. Shelterforce. Accessed October 13, 2014.

Graves, Bau. Cultural Democracy: The Arts, Community & the Public Purpose. Urbana and Chicago: University of Illinois Press. 2005.

Halbur, Tim. Using Music to Create Community. Site Specific. Accessed October 13, 2014.

Hufford, Mary.  Conserving Culture: A New Discourse on Heritage.  Urbana and Chicago:  University of Illinois Press, 1994.

Markusen, Ann. Gadwa, Anne. Creative Placemaking. A White Paper for the Mayors Institute on City Design, a leadership initiative of the National Endowment for the Arts.  Accessed October 13, 2014.

Nicodemus, Anne Gadwa. Creative Placemaking 101 for Community Developers. LISC Institute for Comprehensive Community Development. Accessed October 13, 2014.

Placemaking: Shared Focus on Place Builds Vibrant Destinations. SustainableCitiesCollective. Accessed October 13, 2014.

PlaceMatters: A joint project of City Lore and the Municipal Art Society. Accessed October 13, 2014.

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.