Educational Partnerships for Innovation in Communities (EPIC) Workshop

Wednesday, February 1, 8:00 AM – 5:00 PM
Location: Marriott St. Louis Grand Hotel, St. Louis, MO
Register at https://www.newpartners.org/pre-conference-activities/

Sponsored by the United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), this all-day workshop is designed to introduce university and local government representatives to the Educational Partnerships for Innovation in Communities (EPIC) Framework. This adaptable and replicable campus-community partnership model is now succeeding at more the two dozen higher-education institutions across the country. The model focuses the energy, expertise, and effort of a university campus in a single location to help advance local priority sustainability and resiliency initiatives.

Workshop Includes:

  • An introduction to the EPIC Framework, calendar, logistics, and benefits including case studies from proven EPIC Partnerships
  • A panel discussion with university and city representatives that have implemented the model
  • Guidance on setting up a pilot year
  • Highlight of available EPA Decision Support Tools to support EPIC projects

EPIC Programs help universities build capacity by providing resources including ready-made experiential learning projects. Universities provide their students with hands-on experience assisting local governments achieve the sustainability and resiliency goals as identified in the local government’s own work plans. EPIC Partnerships enable cities to reach their goals in an affordable manner while transforming higher education into an arena where students learn through real-life problem solving and develop valuable skills. The projects are as diverse as the universities and their local government partners.  As an example, San Diego State University implemented the Sage Project based on the EPIC Framework developed through the University of Oregon Sustainable City Year Program.

The long-term objective of these programs is to establish partnerships that help communities become more sustainable and resilient, build resource capacity within the universities, and provide students with real-world experience.

EPA encourages interested university representatives to attend and to identify a local government representative that might want to pilot the EPIC Program with them to attend the workshop as well.

The intended workshop participants include:

  • University Representatives (faculty, administrators, sustainability professionals, service learning / community engagement professionals). Ideally, there will be at least two representatives from each university.
  • Local Government Representatives (Local government managers, staff, and other representatives)
  • Nonprofit / Philanthropic organizations that support municipal or community related projects or issues
  • Federal representatives that support community projects

For questions regarding the workshop program, please contact Dr. Laura Bloch or Dr. Jose Zambrana. For questions regarding registration contact Khrystyna Platte at kplatte@lgc.org.

There is a $69 registration fee to attend this workshop. Coffee and lunch will be provided.

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Read the full story in the Champaign-Urbana News-Gazette.

A new “biomass boiler” from Germany will burn perennial grasses grown on the University of Illinois Energy Farm to keep the greenhouse at a toasty 80 degrees all winter.

Webinar: Beyond Doom and Gloom: Include Solutions to Climate Change

Wed, Mar 1, 2017 11:30 AM – 12:30 PM CST
Register at https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/2860146782187308801

Are you or your students worried about climate change impacts and not sure how to help create significant improvements? Are you connecting your students to ways to be involved in solutions? This webinar focuses on expert curricular materials to engage students in current and future solutions that can be used in any course and in any discipline.

Illinois State University launches new partnership for renewable energy majors

Illinois State University’s College of Applied Science and Technology launched a brand new university exchange partnership to provide additional opportunities for their renewable energy students to study abroad. This program addition is part of an ongoing effort to expand opportunities to underrepresented majors in study abroad as well as increase internationalization of the Illinois State University campus.

This two-way exchange partnership is with the Aarhus School of Marine and Technical Engineering (AAMS) in Aarhus, Denmark. AAMS is a world leader in renewable energy production and management. Students who participate on this program will be able to complete a technology minor.

Applications are now being accepted for the Fall 2017 semester.

To learn more, visit the AAMS program page.

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Read the full story from Iowa State University.

Iowa State University will bring its expertise in biorenewable technologies and pilot plant operations to the country’s 10th Manufacturing USA Institute.

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Superior soap molecule from renewable sources wins top Dow SISCA prize

Read the full story from the University of Minnesota Institute on the Environment.

A team that created a soap molecule made from renewable materials has won the $10,000 first prize in the Dow Sustainability Innovation Student Challenge Award competition held Dec. 6 at the University of Minnesota Institute on the Environment in St. Paul.

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