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July 6, 2022

Free annual dialog to focus on sustainable infrastructure

Submitted by Sheree Walsh

Sustainable Infrastructure, with an emphasis on land improvement will be the focus of the 17th Annual Dialog on Sustainability on Saturday, July 16.

The Consortium for Environmental Stewardship and Sustainability and its partners are hosts for the virtual forum that will run from 8:45-11 a.m. CDT. The anticipated audience will include faculty, students, farmers, land and homeowners, environmental professionals, members of environmental organizations and community leaders.

"There is a significant increase in federal funding for infrastructure projects related to brownfields and sustainable development in Kansas," said Larry Erickson, professor emeritus with the K-State Center for Hazardous Substance Research and consortium member. "One of the goals is to provide public education on the opportunities that are available related to advancing sustainable infrastructure in Kansas. The area in southeast Kansas where mine tailings are present is one opportunity for infrastructure improvement."

"Soil can be improved by adding organic carbon amendments to improve the soil and planting trees to sequester carbon and produce a useful product. Adding infrastructure to develop sustainable flood plains that have beneficial vegetation will be part of the program. There is a continuing need in Kansas to find good ways to improve soil quality in agricultural operations as part of the dialog to advance sustainability."

Attendance via Zoom over phone or computer is free, but preregistration is required to ensure an adequate number of connecting lines. Interested participants are asked to email your name, affiliation and phone number to Sheree Walsh at chsr@k-state.edu.

For more information, please contact Larry E. Erickson, lerick@k-state.edu, 785-532-4313; or Walsh, chsr@k-state.edu, 785-200-7005.