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Thursday, April 14, 9:30 am11:30 am

|Recurring Event (See all)

An event every week that begins at 9:30 am on Thursday, repeating until Thursday, April 21, 2022

March 31, April 7, 14, 21 (Thursdays) 9:30-11:30 a.m.

Attend in person at ISU’s Alumni Center, 1101 N. Main Street, Normal (Masks required.)


Watch Online Via Zoom

*Classes are subject to change based on current CDC and IDPH guidelines, as well as ISU policies and procedures.


$35 for Senior Professional members
$45 for non-members

For in person, pricing is per person.
For ZOOM, one registration per household.

Price includes:
• Four 2-hour sessions (one Academy of Seniors class)
$15 single-session option available for in-person (pay at door).

Register online at seniorprofessionals.illinoisstate.edu or call (309) 438-2160.

Seating is limited for in-person viewing.

Zoom participants will receive a Zoom link a week prior to the class(es) for which they’ve signed up and again on the day of each class session.


Class Description:

March 31 – Wind and Solar Energy in Illinois

The U.S. has set a goal of achieving “net-zero” greenhouse gas emissions by 2050. To achieve this, we will need to transition our electric grid away from fossil fuels and toward renewable resources. Learn about wind and solar energy resources, technologies, and how they can be used to provide renewable energy in Illinois. The presentation will include information about all sizes and scales of renewable energy systems, from small residential-sized systems up to utility-scale renewable energy developments.

Matt Aldeman, Associate Professor of Sustainable & Renewable Energy and Engineering Technology, Department of Technology, ISU


April 7 – Life Cycle of Water: Sources, Use, and Treatment

Kohlhase will discuss the public infrastructure of all things water. What are the available sources of water and the quantity and quality aspects of each? What treatment is required and available for our drinking water? How does water get to our homes? Where does water go after leaving our homes? How is wastewater treated? Learn about stormwater management and the impact of combined sewers. Discover current issues with water quality standards.

Robert Kohlhase, Principal – Civil Section Leader for Water, Wastewater and Municipal Services, Farnsworth Group


April 14 – Transportation Planning for Our Region and People

The 53-year old McLean County Regional Planning Commission has been playing a vital yet not obvious role in transportation planning for our region. Transportation is more than roads and bridges, or cars and trucks. It also includes bicycling, walking, public transit, greenways, electric vehicles, railroads, airport and more. How does it impact those who live, work and/or play in McLean County? What is your vision for a transportation system in 2045? This session will cover the process, elements and players of transportation planning as well as a communityside “Vision Zero” action plan and other related

Raymond Lai, Executive Director, McLean County Regional Planning Commission

Jennifer Sicks, Senior Transportation Planner, MCRPC


April 21 – BN Innovation Alliance – Technology, Government, and You!

BN Innovation Alliance provides cutting-edge insights to help drive growth in constantly evolving business environments. What sets us apart from other communities? What’s being done to enhance our technical infrastructure? What technology challenges do we face? Topics to be discussed include 5G deployment issues, fiber Internet, Smart Cities initiatives, Citizen Privacy, technology as a business development tool and addressing a growing digital divide in our community. Learn how local government is working toward a better future.

Jamie Mathy, Co-Founder, BN Innovation Alliance (BNIA), Bloomington City Council Alderman

Kevin McCarthy, Co-Founder, BNIA, Town of Normal Council Member








Thursday, April 14
9:30 am – 11:30 am


Alumni Center
1101 N. Main Street
Normal, IL 61761 United States
(309) 438-4781
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