September 24, 2018

Energy Forum set for Friday will entertain, educate on sustainability

by Tim Crosby

CARBONDALE, Ill. – Nothing happens without energy, and finding new, cleaner and more sustainable ways to produce it is a major challenge facing humans everywhere.

The public is invited to learn more about these evolving issues – and have fun doing it – during a forum this week at Southern Illinois University Carbondale.

The Saluki Energy Forum is set for 10 a.m. to noon Friday in the rotunda at Morris Library. The event is free and open to all interested parties.

Learn to save money and the environment by saving energy

Organizers say the event is aimed at engaging people in the energy issues of the day in an entertaining, hands-on way. Those who attend will learn how they can use energy more efficiently, save money and reduce the environmental impacts of its production.

Campus experts, including those from the Sustainability Office, the Advanced Coal and Energy Research Center, Plant and Service Operations and the Center for Environmental Health and Safety, will join members of student organizations for the event. They will discuss topics such as campus energy use, scholarships and internship opportunities for those interested in energy studies, energy-related projects on campus, conservation and how individuals can have an impact.

Win prizes, learn about SIU’s Green Fund and more

Participants also will learn about the progress SIU has made in recent years in all those areas as well as more about the university’s Green Fund, and how you can make a difference on campus. The day’s activities will also teach other interesting facts about energy, climate and technology.

In addition, the two new Energy Sleuths – a joint initiative of the Sustainability Office and the Advanced Coal and Energy Research Center – who will help sign participants up for a student-led energy use treasure hunt.

Geory Kurtzhals, sustainability coordinator, will open the two-hour event with brief remarks. Participants are invited come and stay as long as they can and sign up for drawings for prizes, such as solar-powered phone chargers.

For more information, contact Amy McMorrow Hunter at 618/453-7327 or

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Indica Bennett, a senior in mechanical engineering at Southern Illinois University Carbondale, poses for photo with an infrared camera. Technology like this will be on hand Friday at the Saluki Energy Forum, set for 10 a.m. to noon in the rotunda in Morris Library. The event is free and open the to the public. Submitted photo