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Center for Urban and Rural Environmental Sustainability (CURES) Conference

Date: Tuesday, April 23, 2024
Time: 8:00 AM Registration & Breakfast – CURES Sessions Begin at 10:30 AM (see CURES agenda below)
Location: University of Illinois Springfield Campus

No Registration Fee, but advance registration is required. Please register here.

If you have any questions, please contact Beverly Bunch at  


The CURES Conference will focus on water, energy, and sustainability projects for local communities. Attendees will hear updates on federal and state funding programs and learn about the availability of technical assistance for water projects, approaches used by other localities, and options for promoting sustainability within your community.

The CURES Conference is being held in conjunction with the Center for State Policy and Leadership (CSPL) and Institute of Government and Public Affairs (IGPA) Policy Summit. CURES Conference attendees are welcome to attend the Policy Summit breakfast and opening panel discussion. State Senator Doris Turner and State Representative Mike Coffey will join us for the panel discussion, followed by breakout sessions. Lunch and refreshments will also be provided. Lunch will feature a keynote address from Heidi Mueller, Director of the Illinois Department of Children and Family Services.

Attendance is FREE, but registration is required. Click here to register for the CURES Conference.


*Reimbursement Options for Local Government Attendees*

Local government attendees may be eligible for reimbursement of transportation and lodging expenses, subject to reimbursement policies and availability of funds. Please indicate on the registration form if you would like to request assistance.

Cures Conference Agenda

Event Schedule
8:00 am – Registration and Breakfast (Student Union Ballroom)
9:15 am – Policy Summit Panel Discussion (Student Union Ballroom)
10:30 am – CURES Conference Morning Session (Public Affairs Center, Community Room 160)
12:00 pm – Lunch and Policy Summit Keynote (Student Union Ballroom)
1:30 pm and 3:15 pm – CURES Conference Afternoon Sessions (Public Affairs Center, Community Room 160)

CURES Sessions — Location: Public Affairs Center, Community Room 160 (Details on Policy Summit Session can be found at Events Agenda Page in the Registration link.)

Session 1: Update on Federal and State Funding for Local Water, Energy, and Sustainability Projects – 10:30 am – 12:00 pm

This session will provide an update on federal and state funding programs for local water, energy, and sustainability projects.


  • Gary Bingenheimer, Wastewater and Drinking Water Loan Programs Section Manager, Illinois Environmental Protection Agency (IEPA)
  • Adena Rivas, Energy Projects Coordinator, Office of Energy, Illinois Environmental Protection Agency (IEPA)
  • Abby Brokaw, Energy Projects Lead, Office of Energy, Illinois Environmental Protection Agency (IEPA)
  • Kirk Kumerow, Program Manager for Public Infrastructure, Department of Commerce and Economic Development (DCEO)
  • Dan Jansen, Rural Development Area Director, U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA)

Session 2: Water System Challenges: Technical Assistance and Approaches – 1:30 – 3:00 pm
The presenters will discuss the types of technical assistance available for water projects and provide examples of approaches used by local governments to address water service demand, aging infrastructure, and mandates.


  • James Meece/Brock Teichmiller, Rural Community Assistance Program (RCAP)
  • Frank Dunmire, Executive Director, Illinois Rural Water Association (IRWA)
  • Ronald Paul, Heneghan and Associates
  • Todd LaFountain, Water Division Manager, City Water, Light and Power (City of Springfield)
  • Rob Boyer, City Manager, Freeport
  • Daniel Mosiman, CONSOR Engineers

Session 3: Community Sustainability Initiatives and Opportunities – 3:15 – 4:45 pm
Are you looking for ideas on how to improve your community’s sustainability? This session will feature local government officials and other experts who will discuss approaches, such as an energy-efficient wastewater assessment, solar energy, green infrastructure, and the use of technology.


  • Cassie Carroll, Marketing & Communications Director, Smart Energy Design Assistance Center, University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign
  • Katie DeMuro, Program Manager, Greenleaf Communities
  • Angela Xu, Municipal Engagement Manager, Illinois Environmental Council
  • Lauren Becker, Planner and Sustainability Coordinator, City of Carbondale
  • Scott Tess, Sustainability & Resilience Officer, City of Urbana