September 15, 2009

Workshop focuses on reducing carbon footprint

CARBONDALE, Ill. -- People concerned about helping the environment can learn about reducing their impact at an event set this week at Southern Illinois University Carbondale.

Engineering students are organizing the event, titled “How to Reduce Your Carbon Footprint,” set for 5 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 16, in room A131 of the SIUC Engineering Building. The event, free and open to the public, includes refreshments.

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Reporters, photographers and news crews are welcome to cover “How to Reduce Your Carbon Footprint.” For more information, contact Anil Mehta, or 618/203-4655.

The Southern Illinois University Innovative Systems program is organizing the event. The group is part of the SIUC chapter of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers, known as IEEE or “I triple-E.” The organization is a leading professional association for the advancement of technology. Its scope today goes beyond electrical and electronics engineering, with members relying on IEEE as a source of technical and professional information, resources and services.

The event includes a panel discussion about ongoing global warming research, energy crisis remedies and sources of energy for the future. Panelists also will discuss different ways individuals can reduce the amount of carbon-based gases they emit and lifestyle choices that can reduce such emissions.

Panelists include professional engineers, energy consultants, professors and investors, said Anil Mehta, a doctoral student at SIUC and chair of the event. Each panelist will speak on a topic for a few minutes, followed by open floor discussions. For more information, go to

SIUIS is a student-run program aimed at bridging the gap between industry and academia using top-quality discussions and professional events. The Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, the College of Engineering, College of Business, Office of the Chancellor, Office of the Provost, Office of the Vice Chancellor for Research, Office of the Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs, the city of Carbondale and private businesses support the program, Mehta said.

The group plans another event at 4 p.m. on Sept. 24 titled “Employment Prospects in a Tight Economy.” It also is set for room A131 in the SIUC Engineering Building.