Coal Education Conference

Members of the Illinois State Geological Survey Coal Section and the Advanced Energy Technology Initiative assisted the Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity Office of Coal Development at its 2009 Coal Education Conference, June 16-19, 2009, giving conference presentations and helping to lead tours of coal mines in southern Illinois. Approximately 120 teachers, from elementary through high school levels, attended the conference to learn about coal and to obtain continuing-education credits by incorporating coal-based lessons into their teaching plans. The presentations included talks on coal formation and Illinois Basin stratigraphy, coal bed methane, and geological sequestration of CO2. Posters, maps, demonstrations, and other visual aids were provided. Staff also helped lead tours and answer questions during visits of surface and underground coal mines and coal-fueled power plants in southern Illinois.