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June 8, 2018



Creating Age-Friendly Communities & Case Study: Preventing Senior Bullying

Join us for a free webinar, Age-Friendly Initiatives: Making Communities Livable for All Ages, on Thursday, June 14, 2018, from Noon to 1PM., where our speakers give us insight on: (1) how communities can prepare for more older adults, and (2) socio-emotional aspects of age-friendly communities, including the signs of senior bullying. Our presenters include: Wendy Bartlo, PhD. Outreach Specialist for the Center on Health, Aging, and Disability at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign; Chelsey Byers Gerstenecker, Family Life Educator for University of Illinois Extension, serving Champaign, Ford, Iroquois and Vermilion Counties; and Karla Belzer, Family Life Educator serving Carroll, Lee, and Whiteside Counties. There is no cost to attend the webinar; however, REGISTRATION is required. Register online or contact Nancy Ouedraogo at for more information.



2018 Central Illinois Volunteerism Conference

Innovate, Integrate, Motivate: Maximize Performance During Times of Change

This conference is planned as a day of learning, sharing ideas, and networking with volunteer managers from dozens of organizations. You won't want to miss this chance to become energized with new ideas to help strengthen your volunteer program. Keynote speakers are Shari Pash, “Top 10 Strategies for Volunteer Recruitment and Engagement,” and Pamela Schallhorn, “Being a Catalyst for Change.” Register online. Questions? Comments? Please email: Colleen Stone at:



Advances in seed technologies, equipment, and crop management may increase agricultural productivity. But a key challenge for agriculture is to meet growing demands while protecting our natural resources. In an article published in Applied Economic Perspectives and Policy, environmental and agricultural economists examine ways to integrate the agricultural, transportation, and electricity sectors and identify research priorities that will help move agriculture forward sustainably. “Ultimately, land is the resource in fixed supply on the planet; therefore, we have to figure out how to best use the land to meet diverse needs,” says Madhu Khanna, College of Agricultural, Consumer and Environmental Sciences (ACES) Distinguished Professor in the Department of Agricultural and Consumer Economics at the University of Illinois, and lead author of the study. “We need to explore opportunities for ‘sustainable intensification’ which allow us to increase productivity while reducing environmental harm. More research is needed, including looking at ways in which the recent emergence of big data-enabled precision agriculture can intensify agricultural production sustainably.” In the article, the researchers identify the need to build capacity for systems-based approaches that consider both the environment and agriculture. One strategy is to closely connect the values of the environment to consumers along with the costs to producers to design objectives that further the quality of the environment. Khanna adds, “We need to be looking not just at what the technologies are and what their environmental benefits are, but also at their economic effects so that we can weigh the trade-offs.”



The National Trust for Historic Preservation recently announced its 40 under Forty to honor 40 people saving places, all age 40 and under, from a variety of backgrounds and industries. Honorees were recognized for their significant impact on historic preservation and related fields such as architecture, community activism, storytelling, and business. Honorees were chosen by the National Trust for their significant impact on historic preservation and related fields such as architecture, community activism, storytelling, and business, as well as for their contributions to the public’s understanding of why places matter. University of Illinois graduate Mark Stoner, who works as a preservation architect at RATIO in Chicago, was named to the list.




June 14, 2018 (Webinar) - Age-Friendly Communities and Senior Bullying

June 18-27, 2018 - Innovative Readiness Training Clinic (Free Medical Care)

June 27, 2018 - Opioid Crisis Next Door (Workshop)

June 27, 2018 - Central Illinois Volunteerism Conference

July 22-25, 2018: Community Development Society Annual Conference

August 6-9, 2018: Midwest Community Development Institute