Higher Education Institutions Partner for University of Idaho’s President’s Sustainability Symposium

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Waste Not, Want Not: Solid Waste Management and Wastewater Treatment Symposium - endorsed by Idaho Commerce.

“Wastewater treatment and waste management are vital community infrastructure components that allow for the capacity to attract growing and expanding businesses to Idaho.

Changing regulations and the prospect of fewer federal dollars mean wastewater treatment and solid waste management are critical concerns for today’s city planners, commercial developers, elected officials and facilities operators nationwide. That’s why this year the University of Idaho’s President’s Sustainability Symposium is focusing on “Community Stewardship for Economic Benefits: Wastewater Treatment and Waste Management.”

Registration is now open for the two-day event, which will be held on March 19-20. The University of Idaho is partnering with North Idaho College in Coeur d’Alene and the College of Southern Idaho in Twin Falls to host the symposium on their campuses as well via video-conference.

“Wastewater treatment and waste management are vital community infrastructure components that allow for the capacity to attract growing and expanding businesses to Idaho,” said Randy Shroll, Business Development Manager at Idaho Commerce.

The two-day symposium will include speakers from public agencies, private engineering firms, communities and universities. They will review the changing environment for solid waste management and wastewater treatment, evaluate alternative funding strategies, describe new technologies, and showcase community innovations.

In addition to the March 20 main event, the symposium also includes a half-day program – Careers That Make a Difference – for college students on March 19. Students from throughout Idaho will learn about community sustainability from a public works director and a private business development specialist. They will also learn about public and private sector job opportunities, and options to continue their education and internships. Career services staff from the two colleges will share the what, why, and how of networking, and offer students an opportunity to mingle with professionals from private firms, nonprofits and government agencies.

The event is free for students from any university or community college. The registration fee for all other attendees is $75. Online registration is required by March 8, click here to register.

As a signature University of Idaho event, the President’s Sustainability Symposium addresses critical issues related to Idaho’s economy and environment. This is the fifth symposium and the first to focus on municipal and county infrastructure and services. Previous events have explored sustainability issues such as energy, climate, health and green building.

“Community Stewardship for Economic Benefits” is sponsored by the University of Idaho’s Office of Community Partnerships, Sustainability Center, College of Engineering, Environmental Science and the Water Resources Program. Additional sponsors include the Idaho National Laboratory and Idaho Rural Partnership. For a complete program schedule and other information, click here.

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