Apr 08, 2014

USDA, MWRD to Host 'Soil in the City' Conference

Attendees will share ideas to help envision new uses for available land worldwide

Soil in the City Conference MWRD USDA IWEA Chicago 2014

Deindustrialization of metropolitan areas worldwide has resulted in a large amount of available land. Sharing ideas to envision new uses for this land is the goal of the "Soil in the City” conference to be held at the Allerton Hotel, 701 N. Michigan Ave., Chicago, from June 29 to July 2. This conference is co-hosted by the Metropolitan Water Reclamation District of Greater Chicago (MWRD), U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) and Illinois Water Environment Assn. (IWEA).

This conference is designed for city planners, community organizations and natural resources professionals who are working to plan, design, construct or maintain urban infrastructures and outdoor areas. Targeted professions include engineers, landscape architects, designers, biosolids management leaders, contractors/consultants, developers, builders, city planners, arborists, foresters, urban gardeners, researchers and educators.

Program tracts include: Urban Ecology and Green Infrastructure, Greening Brownfields, Urban Farming, Urban Ecology and Green Infrastructure. Conference attendees will be eligible to earn up to 15 professional development credits.

“Soil in the City” is organized by the USDA Research Committee W-2170 on Soil-Based Use of Residuals, Wastewater and Reclaimed Water. Early registration fee is $250 until April 15; registration is $300 after April 15. A tour of the “Greenest Street in America” and the world’s largest wastewater treatment plant are also offered for $40 per person.