July 6 – Geothermal Illinois: Community and district systems (renewable heating and cooling)

Wednesday, July 6 at 10 AM CT 

Presented by: Brian Urlaub, Associate Vice President & Director of Geothermal Operations, SALAS O’BRIEN

Geothermal energy systems allow community- and district-scale energy plants and facilities, multi-building developments, and campuses to attain higher energy efficiencies, better energy cost savings, and lower carbon emissions. Join us for a community/district geothermal presentation that will focus on key elements of designing and constructing interconnected ambient geothermal energy systems for a range of applications. Key drivers that affect their design and implementation will be discussed, as well as different options that help make these geothermal systems more flexible, resilient, efficient, and cost effective.

The webinar will cover aspects and features of geothermal energy systems, and how to use city right of ways for installing geothermal infrastructure. This learning opportunity is ideal for professionals working in state, county and city governments, sustainable development, infrastructure planning managers, utilities, clean energy workforce, and community development. After the presentation, participants will have the opportunity to ask about specifications and guidance in getting their projects started.


REGISTER – IL-IN Sea Grant Panel Discussion: What to Include in Grant Applications


Join Illinois-Indiana Sea Grant staff as they host a panel discussion with representatives from different funding agencies. Panelists will share what their organization looks for when selecting proposals to support, and audience members will have an opportunity to ask questions. The primary audience for this webinar is students or post-doctoral graduates currently affiliated with universities and colleges in Illinois and Indiana.

Panelists include Nick Boucher, Fishery Program Research Associate, Great Lakes Fishery Commission; Jenny Orsburn, Program Manager, Indiana Department of Natural Resources Lake Michigan Coastal Program; Amy Weckle, Assistant Director, Illinois Water Resources Center; Chuck Weirich, Aquaculture Manager, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) Sea Grant; Alan Wilson, Auburn University, former Program Director at the National Science Foundation (NSF).


Apr 12, 2022 04:00 PM in Eastern Time (US and Canada)

(PAST) Webinar: Getting to the Heart of Science Communication with Dr. Faith Kearns

California Institute for Water Resources
University of California , Division of Agriculture and Natural Resource
WEBINAR — Free and open to the public.

Wednesday, February 23, 2022, 12 pm C.T.
Join by:
• Contacting for link in email

Many science communication practitioners find themselves working on issues that are emotional,
contentious, and sometimes traumatic. The traditional science communication tools of perfecting a
presentation, message, or frame fall short in the face of these kinds of challenges. This talk will
focus on a different way of approaching science communication with tools that including relating,
listening, working with conflict, and understanding trauma, all with an eye toward justice and
community care

Kearns is a scientist and science communication practitioner with over 25 years experience working
on water, wildfire, and climate change in Washington D.C. and the western U.S. Her work has been
published in New Republic, On Being, Bay Nature, and more. Her book, Getting to the Heart of
Science: A Guide to Effective Engagement (Island Press, 2021) is available anywhere books are sold.

“Dr. Kearns has given us much-needed tools for sharing science with empathy,
engagement, and the full humanity that our audiences deserve. A brave and
brilliant guide to the shifting terrain of science communication.”
Cynthia Barnett, University of Florida Environmental Journalist in Residence and
author of Mirage, Blue Revolution: Unmaking America’s Water Crisis, and The
Sound of the Sea. Read more about Kearns and her book here.

(PAST) 2-3PM, November 9 – Geothermal Illinois: Resilience Winter Webinar Series

Geothermal Energy: Federal Energy and Water Sustainability Requirements

Energy Storage, Disaster Resiliency, and Sustainability

Federal Models in Resiliency and Sustainability: At home and Abroad

** This event has passed. You can view the slides, recording, and find more information at the links below! **



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Unlike the sun and the wind, geothermal energy resources are located underground and not commonly visible or exposed to disaster. This resiliency makes them a valuable untapped resource. University of Illinois Extension, in collaboration with the Illinois Geothermal Coalition, is providing a webinar series this winter with expert testimony on the value, sustainability, and policies surrounding geothermal energy.

This will be the first part of an ongoing webinar series.

View the announcement post on the Illinois Geothermal Coalition website here.

View the full event posting and register here.