IN THIS ISSUE: How does your garden grow? | UPS offers June summer camp | SEDAC conference examines culture of conserving energy | Krannert Art Museum needs volunteer docents | Farmstand returns to Quad May 17 |
Inside Illinois feature
How does your garden grow?
This summer, Inside Illinois would like to showcase faculty and staff members who enjoy gardening and would like to see their backyard vegetation featured. Or nominate a particularly committed worthy gardener.
Whether it’s vegetables or flowers, a 2-acre plot or patio containers, master gardener or beginning gardener – it doesn’t matter. If you’re good at getting things to sprout from the ground, we want to hear your story.
Send your seedling ideas to firstname.lastname@example.org.
UPS offers June summer camp
University Primary School will offer summer camp Monday through Friday from 8:45 a.m. to 1 p.m. June 4 through 29. A garden camp will be offered for 3- to 7-year-olds and a science/art camp will be offered for 8- to 12-year-olds.
Campers need not attend UPS during the regular school year and may sign up for one to four weeks of camp. For younger campers, weeks one and two are full and space is limited in weeks three and four. Older campers have space available for all four weeks.
Camps are lead by certified teachers and have support teachers for students with and without disabilities. Camp will be held in the UPS classrooms and playground space on campus at 51 Gerty Drive, Champaign.
Registration information is online at www.ed.illinois.edu/ups/. Campers may consider attending UPS camp in the morning and Spanish Language Academy camp in the afternoon (www.languageacademy.illinois.edu/summer_camps.html).
For more information about summer camps: http://engage.illinois.edu/filter/SummerCamps.
The culture of conserving energy
Anthropologist Susan Mazur-Stommen, the director of behavior and human dimensions at the American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy, will deliver the keynote address at the Implementing Behavior Change for Energy Efficiency conference May 22 at the I Hotel and Conference Center in Champaign.
Mazur-Stommen is a practicing anthropologist, the kind who uses their training to tackle real-world problems in areas such as health care and international development, typically performing research for corporations such as Intel and Microsoft, or utility companies such as Southern California Edison, rather than the academy.
The conference, designed for anyone involved in implementing energy-efficiency programs at institutions of higher education, will help participants understand how to create an energy-efficiency culture for college campus leadership, faculty and staff members, and students. It is co-hosted by the Illinois Green Economy Network and the Smart Energy Design Assistance Center, which is managed by the School of Architecture at the UI.
Mazur-Stommen worked in Silicon Valley from 1986 to 1996 and left to pursue graduate studies. She received a Fulbright grant for her doctoral research in cultural anthropology and started her own firm, Indicia Consulting, providing ethnographic research to retail and hospitality businesses. She has written on urbanization, food ways, pop culture, consumption, media and women’s issues.
After the keynote address, Doug Widener, the executive director of the U.S. Green Building Council Illinois chapter, will moderate a panel discussion on buildings and facilities management.
Kristine Chalifoux, a licensed, LEED-accredited architect with SEDAC, will lead a panel discussion on building occupant engagement.
The conference, funded in part by the Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity, also includes tours of the Gable Home, a 2009 Solar Decathlon competition winner created by UI students, and a presentation describing the development of the Illini Energy Dashboard.
The conference fee is $75. For more information: www.igencc.org/behavior.change.
Volunteer docents needed for tours
Krannert Art Museum is seeking volunteer docents to lead museum tours for all ages. No experience is required. Museum staff members will provide training on the museum’s collections, art history and teaching techniques.
Applicants should submit a brief letter of interest explaining their interest in art and any experience with teaching and public speaking to Anne Sautman at email@example.com no later than June 15. Candidates will be interviewed.
Each semester, docents must attend eight training sessions, scheduled on Mondays from 9:30 to 11 a.m. New docents will begin leading tours in spring 2013 and are expected to give a minimum of five tours per year for two years. For more information, call 217-244-0619.
Farmstand returns to Quad this week
The Sustainable Student Farm, a joint project of the Student Sustainability Committee, Dining Services and the department of crop sciences, will sell produce on the Quad each Thursday from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. beginning May 17. The farmstand will be on the plaza south of the Illini Union.
For more information: http://thefarm.illinois.edu.