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Latest NewsSoil in the City Conference:
Enhancing Urban Soils for Living Landscapes and Healthy Communities.

June 29 - July 2, 2014 / Warwick Allerton Hotel / 701 North Michigan, Chicago, IL 60611

Conference Objective
The theme of this conference is “restoring our available urban land and optimizing local resources, while protecting environmental and human health and enhancing socio-cultural dialogue." The conference will focus on three themes: (i) Urban Gardening, (ii) Green Infrastructures, and (iii) Greening Brownfields. This conference is for anyone working with planning, designing, constructing, and/or maintaining urban infrastructures and outdoor areas, including engineers, landscape architects, designers, biosolids management leaders, contractors/consultants, developers, builders, city planners, arborists, foresters, urban gardeners, researchers, and educators. Conference attendees will be eligible to earn up to 15 professional development credits (PDHs/CEUs).

More information is available on the conference flier.


Use this link to view the preliminary conference agenda: Soil in the City Agenda

The agenda includes information regarding optional tour of the Cermak-Blue Island Sustainable Streetscape Project and the Stickney Wastewater Treatment Plant.


Registration for this event is closed. We have reached capacity and will not be able to accept walk-in registrations.


The Warwick Allerton Hotel, 312-440-1500, is providing a special room rate for conference attendees.

Use this link for on-line hotel reservations: Soil in the City Hotel Reservations


Organizing Committee
Dr. Lakhwinder Hundal, Chair (MWRD)
Mr. Dan Collins, Co-Chair (MWRD)
Dr. Kuldip Kumar, Co-Chair (MWRD)
Ms. Allison Fore (MWRD)
Mr. Justin Brown (MWRD)
Ms. Cheryl Kunz (IWEA)
Ms. Laurie Frieders (IWEA)
Ms. Debra Ness (IWEA)
Ms. Mary Johnson (IWEA)
Dr. James A. Montgomery (DePaul)

Scientific Program Committee
Dr. Lakhwinder Hundal, Chair (MWRD)
Dr. Kuldip Kumar (MWRD)
Dr. Ganga Hettiarachchi (Kansas State University)
Dr. Sally Brown (University of Washington)
Dr. Linda Lee (Purdue)
Mr. Greg Kester (California Assoc. of Sanitation Agencies)
Dr. Nick Basta (Ohio State University)
Dr. Greg Evanylo (Virginia Tech)
Dr. Ed Topp (Agriculture Canada)
Dr. Rufus Chaney (USDA)
Dr. Gurpal Toor (University of Florida)
Dr. Chris Higgins (Colorado School of Mines)
Dr. Adrian Unc (University of Newfoundland, Canada)