Thursday, May 4, 2017

TLCI 492 - Teaching about Food, Farming, and the Environment

iSEE Congress 2017: “Building Resilience to Climate Change”

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The Institute for Sustainability, Energy and Environment (iSEE) at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign invites you and your students to attend a major climate conference this September.

iSEE Congress 2017:
“Building Resilience
to Climate Change”
Sept. 18-20, 2017
Alice Campbell Alumni Center
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

The annual iSEE Congress exists to assemble leading national and international scientists from different disciplines to advance scientific understanding about state-of-the-art knowledge on the impacts of climate change on the agricultural sector, on ecosystem services, and on human livelihoods and wellbeing, particularly among the most vulnerable sections of society.
This year, we're especially excited to welcome John Holdren, former White House Director for Science and Technology Policy, for a keynote address on Sept. 18. This will be followed by plenary sessions Sept. 19-20.
As instructors, researchers, and experts in the fields of energy, agriculture, sustainability, economics, environment, and atmospheric science, your perspectives — and the perspectives of your colleagues and students — are invaluable to this conversation. Our previous iSEE Congresses have been attended by more than 300 faculty, students and others. These events have stimulated critical thinking on the grand challenges facing society.

Contact us at with questions about the Congress.

Monday, May 1, 2017

Wetland Scientist with Engineering Resource Associates

Engineering Resource Associates, Inc. is seeking a highly motivated Wetland Scientist to work in our Warrenville, IL office. The primary role of this position is to perform environmental field and reporting tasks associated with: wetland delineations, stream quality assessments, wetland and stream mitigation design and monitoring, wildlife habitat evaluations, endangered species habitat assessments and surveys, rare plant surveys, impact assessment and mitigation planning, construction observation and vegetation monitoring. Must be comfortable working in physically challenging outdoor situations in all types of weather and be willing to travel on a regular basis to sites in Northeastern Illinois. However, travel to central/southern Illinois, Indiana and Wisconsin may be required occasionally. The ideal candidate will have graduated from an accredited college or university with a BS in Biology/Ecology/Natural Resources or related field in addition to the qualifications listed below:
          Knowledge of Midwest flora, fauna, and natural systems; 
          U.S. Army Corps of Engineers 40 hour wetland delineation training;
          Experience with municipal, state, and federal environmental and wetland regulations, permitting, and policy as well as Clean Water Act Section 401/404 permitting;
          Certification as a Professional Wetlands Scientist (PWS) or Wetland Professional In Training (WPIT), Certified Erosion Control Specialist (CPESC), or certified wetland scientist in any/all of the Cook County collar county programs preferred;
          Excellent communication skills, both oral and technical writing;
          Strong problem solving and critical thinking skills;
          Project coordinator for client contact, scheduling tasks and interaction with reviewing agencies and other stakeholders;
          Ability to multi-task and take on multiple projects at a time;
          Experience with basic computer programs - MS Word, Excel, and PowerPoint;
          Experience with statistics, GPS, ArcGIS or AutoCAD;
          Proficiency in technical and business writing;
          Candidate must be organized, self-motivated, dependable, personable, and able to multi-task and work effectively as a team player;
          Salary will be commensurate with experience.

Engineering Resource Associates (ERA) offers a professional work environment with competitive benefits and compensation package as well as exceptional learning opportunities. If you are interested in this position please send resumes to Tiffany Engelhardt at

About our Firm
Engineering Resource Associates, Inc. (ERA) is a consulting firm providing civil engineering, structural engineering, environmental science, and land surveying services to clients throughout Illinois, Indiana and Wisconsin. Our diverse clientele includes municipalities, park districts, forest preserve districts, sanitary districts, county agencies, state agencies and private entities. We have more than two decades of experience identifying and working with a wide variety of local, state and federal funding sources. Our staff of professionals includes licensed professional engineers, structural engineers, surveyors, environmental scientists, certified floodplain managers and CAD/GIS specialists.

Our firm specializes in providing comprehensive services throughout the planning, design and construction phases of engineering and environmental assignments. The following is a partial listing of the primary types of projects that have been successfully completed by our firm.
             Water Resource Projects – Master Plans, Watershed Studies, Ordinance/Guidance Manuals, Storm/Sanitary Modeling, Floodplain Mapping, Stream Restoration, Levee Certification, and CRS Services
             Transportation Projects – Roadways, Intersections, Streetscape, Lighting and Parking Facilities
             Infrastructure Projects – Sanitary Sewers, Storm Sewers, Water Mains, and Pumping Stations
             Structural Projects – Bridges, Retaining Walls, Buildings and Structural Forensics
             Environmental Projects – Wetland Facilities, Stream Bank Stabilization, Best Management Practices, and Natural Area Restoration
             Recreational Projects – Riverwalks, Golf Courses, Bicycle and multi-use Trails and Community Parks
             Surveying and Mapping Projects – Topographic Surveys, Boundary Surveys, Construction Layout and GIS Services

             Construction Assistance – Full and/or part time Resident Engineering, Site Observation, Construction Administration and Record Drawing Submittals