The SUN Foundation presents the 26th Clean Water Celebration: Plastic Debris from Rivers to the Sea
Two Days, Three Events for Middle School, High School, and College Students and the General Public!
The theme for this year is “Plastic Debris from Rivers to the Sea”. Marcus Eriksen, Research Director and co-founder of the 5 Gyres Institute, will be our keynote speaker.
Research Director and co-founder of the 5 Gyres Institute. He studies the global distribution and ecological impacts of plastic marine pollution, which has included expeditions sailing through all 5 subtropical gyres, Bay of Bengal, Southern Ocean and inland lakes and rivers, recently publishing the first global estimate of all plastic of all sizes floating in the world’s oceans, totaling 270,000 metric tons from 5.25 trillion particles. In 2013 he and colleagues published the discovery of microbeads in the Great Lakes, which became the cornerstone for a US-based campaign to eliminate plastic microbeads from cosmetics, resulting in the Microbead-Free Waters Act, which became US federal law in 2015.
EXHIBITORS-See below for exhibition opportunities on Monday, April 23rd!
SUNDAY, APRIL 22, 2018
4:00 PM outside the Gateway Building, 200 NE Water St.., Peoria, IL
– (FREE!) Public invited Donations accepted.
Parade of Waters and Native American Blessing of the Waters by Jimmy Lakota and Brian Fox Ellis. Bring a small container of water from your local surface or groundwater source. A photograph will be taken of all present, former participants and alumni of the Clean Water Program following the Parade of waters.
SUNDAY, APRIL 22, 2017
KEYNOTE DINNER 5:30 pm
LECTURE 6:30 pm
Trailside Event Center (Trefzger’s), 4416 North Prospect, Peoria Heights
KEYNOTE SPEAKER: Marcus Eriksen, Plastic Debris from Rivers to the Sea
Dinner & Lecture Adults $25, Students $15
Lecture Only (6:30 p.m.) FREE. Donations accepted
Online Registration will open in January, 2018, or register by phone (309-246-8403).
Limited walk-ins available
Reservations & Payment to:
The Sun Foundation
1276 Sun Road
Washburn, IL 61570
or via the online registration.
Deadline for Reservation April 15
MONDAY, APRIL 23, 2018
Clean Water Celebration Environmental Classroom
For Middle and High Schools and Groups (FREE)
Public is invited (FREE) Donations accepted.
Peoria Civic Center 201 SW Jefferson Ave. Peoria
Interactive exhibits, streams & breakout sessions: 9:00 AM to 2:00 PM
No pre-registration required for the general public, schools are asked to pre-register to schedule their session choices (Registration form for schools and groups will be posted below in January, 2018 )
Keynote Sessions: 9 and 11am
Marcus Eriksen, Plastic Debris from Rivers to the Sea
The “Making Waves” award in recognition of outstanding work for the environment and water resources for area schools, individuals, and businesses will also be presented.
The Sun Foundation invites students, teachers, community leaders, and the general public to attend the Peoria Clean Water Celebration. This two day, three event program takes place in three different locations (Peoria Riverfront, Trailside Event Center, and Peoria Civic Center). Clean Water Celebration encourages us to learn to improve water quality, to think critically and creatively about adequate and safe water supplies, and to promote the wise use of natural resources.
The Clean Water Celebration is a conference for middle/high school students, general public and focuses on water. Keynote sessions are presented to large audiences or these students to create a base of knowledge that will help them be better waste stewards. Smaller breakout sessions focus on specific water quality issues that teachers can choose for their classes to study.
Clean Water Exhibitors:
The registration form for Exhibitors wishing to have booths at the Clean Water Celebration will be posted in January, 2018. Exhibitions will be held on April 23rd, with setup times available on both the 22nd and 23rd.
Interested in planning your own Clean Water Celebration? Click Here to learn how
Clean Water Celebration Sponsors-THANK YOU!
| 2017 Sponsors (Donations received by February 8, 2017)
|Central Region Groundwater Protection Committee|
Community Foundation of Central Illinois
|Greater Peoria Sanitary and Sewage District|
|Howard and Howard|
|Illinois American Water Company|
| Illinois Arts Council
Kohls (Peoria and East Peoria stores)
|Labors’ International Union of North America Local No. 165|
|Living Lands and Waters|
|Maui Jim, Inc.|
|Mark Twain Hotel|
|Miles C. Hauter Foundation|
|Muir Family Fund|
|Peoria Area Convention and Visitors Bureau|
|Peoria Civic Center|
|Peoria County Recycling and Resource Conservation|
|Peoria Flag and Decorating|
|Prospect TV and Sound|
| Regional Office of Education 48
River City Construction
Rotary Club of Lacon
|Sun Foundation Board of Directors|
|Tazewell County Health Department|
|Tazewell County Solid Waste Planning|
|Tri-County Regional Planning Commission|
|University of Illinois Extension|
|Village of Hennepin|
|Winter Warming Children’s Program’s Fundraising Event Committee|
| Charles Allen
Karen and Robert Bartelt
Mary Jean Bowman
| Maury Brucker
Michael F. Coffman
Larry & Debra Dalton
Bernard and Becky DeRubeis
Susannah, Alahi, Peter Dintzis
| Joan and Bob Ericksen
Ronald and Joanne Ericksen
|Steve and Nancy Havera|
| Harry and Jane Hendrickson
Jim & Holmes, Peggy Hicks
Barbara and Bernard Hobin
Doug and Kathy Holmes
|Terry and John Jacob
Michael and Mary Jane Johnson
|Terry and Cynthia Jones
Steve and Nancy Jones
M. Michele Kelly
Janet ad Gary Kemp
David and Miriam Kennell
|Lionel and Vilma Kinney
|William and Barbara Lervaag|
|Douglas and Eileen Leunig|
|Dina Lunken, DDS. B.C.
Aleksandar and Nadezda Manov
Lila J and Russell A McCulley
| Elliot Murray
Shawn and Jacqueline Quinn
| Terrance and Joann Quinn
|Delores and Robert Ritter|
|Patrick and Donna Sloan|
Donald and Debera White
|Dr. Robert A. Williams|
|Karen and Richard Zuckerman|