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Inspiring Words for a Sustainable World

When Dr. Kathryn Sullivan, the first woman to walk in space, addressed the Class of 2014 at the Illinois Mathematics and Science Academy (IMSA) in Aurora, Illinois, she explained that "every single one of us on earth is inextricably linked to every other one as humankind. There really is no us and them. We are one. And our very existence is linked to the workings of our home planet, this little blue marble called Earth".

Dr. Kathryn Sullivan was one of the first six women selected to join the NASA astronaut corps in 1978 and holds the distinction of being the first American woman to walk in space. She flew on three shuttle missions during her 15-year tenure, including the mission that deployed the Hubble Space Telescope. Dr. Sullivan has also served on the National Science Board (2004-2010) and as an oceanographer in the U.S. Navy Reserve (1988-2006). She holds a bachelor's degree in earth sciences from the University of California at Santa Cruz and a doctorate in geology from Dalhousie University in Canada.

Dr. Sullivan is the United States Co-chair of the Group on Earth Observations (GEO), an intergovernmental body that is building a Global Earth Observation System of Systems (GEOSS) to provide environmental intelligence relevant to societal needs. 

In March 2014, Dr. Kathryn Sullivan was confirmed by the U.S. Senate as the Under Secretary of Commerce for Oceans and Atmosphere and NOAA Administrator after, having served as Acting NOAA Administrator since February, 2013. She is a distinguished scientist, renowned astronaut and intrepid explorer.


Working to Develop  Alternative Fuels

In this short video, Patrick Lyons talks about his research in working to develop alternative fuels. Patrick is a dual major graduate assistant at Eastern Illinois University working toward a Master of Science degree in Sustainable Energy and as Master of Science degree in Technology. 



Tour the EIU Renewable Energy Center with EIU President Bill Perry

WEIU-TV episode of  EIU Conversation focuses on the EIU Renewable Energy Center and how it is making EIU even more green. Being on the national cutting edge of societal issues such as alternative energy is another way EIU offers great educational opportunities for today's students and our surrounding region 


Bio-Energy Crop Planting

Three of the most promising bioenergy crops were planted in the Renewable Energy Center field trial plots at Eastern Illinois University in the spring of 2012: hybrid poplar, switchgrass and Miscanthus. Two different hybrid poplar lines (donated from GreenWood Resources) were planted on April 24 in two acres as 12” cuttings (i.e. sticks) directly into the soil. The switchgrass was planted as seed (from Blade Energy Crops) on one acre using a standard seed drill on May 19. The Miscanthus (a perennial grass from New Energy Farms) was planted on one acre as small rooted plugs using a custom-built planter on May 25. The growth, productivity and physiology of these crops will be examined and compared over several years. The utility of the biomass from these crops for bioenergy production (e.g. gasification) will also be explored. These crops will be a resource for teaching and research through the Center for Clean Energy Research and Education (CENCERE) at Eastern Illinois University.



Gasifier Experimenter Kit 

Interview with Jerry Clowand, Ph.D. Assistant Professor in the School of Technology at EIU



International District Energy Association's (IDEA) 2012 Campus Energy Video Contest

Video submitted by Wesley Smith, Bobson Mercier and Keith Sutterfield. The award for this video reflects on EIU's students’ appreciation for the efforts toward sustainability demonstrated through continuous improvements in campus operations and infrastructure. 




 The biomass gasification is a research project that has been conducted at EIU, and the research still is continuing.