Sustainability Seminar, Manhattan, Kansas, USA, January 9-11, 2018

CHE 650 Hazardous Waste Engineering Seminar to be offered, January 9-11, 2018, at Kansas State University, USA with videotaping for worldwide distribution to NATO partners and others.

January 9-11, 2018
Room 0097 Durland/Fiedler/Rathbone Engineering Building
Kansas State University, Manhattan, KS 66506

Tuesday, January 9
8:30 – Soil Quality – Colby Moorberg, KSU
9:40 – Phytoremediation with Biomass Production – Valentina Pidlisnyuk, UJEP
10:50 – Establishing Vegetation in Contaminated Soil – Lawrence Davis, KSU
Noon – Lunch
1:20 – Biological Aspects of Soil Ecology – Josef Trogl, UJEP
2:30 – Soil Water Holding Capacity – Gerard Kluitenberg, KSU
3:40 – GRACE Project – Moritz Wagner, UH

Wednesday, January 10
8:30 – Metals in Contaminated Soil – Ganga Hettiarachchi, KSU
9:40 – Organic Contaminants in Soils – Lawrence Davis, KSU
10:50 – Growing Miscanthus in Contaminated Soil – Kraig Roozeboom, KSU
Noon – Lunch
1:20 – Nematodes and Other Multicellular Organisms in Contaminated Soil
Tim Todd, KSU and Tatyana Stefanovska, NULE
2:30 – Soil Carbon and Soil Health – Charles Rice, KSU
3:40 – Phytoremediation Using Trees – Charles Barden, KSU

Thursday, January 11
8:30 – Analytical Methods to Monitor Phytoremediation – Ganga Hettiarachchi
9:20 – Bioeconomy Strategy of the European Union with Special Focus on Renewables including Miscanthus – Jirina Jilkova, UJEP
10:10 – Incorporating Miscanthus into Building Materials – John Schlup, KSU
11:00 – Panel on Research Needs – Lawrence Davis, Ganga Hettiarachchi, Valentina Pidlisnyuk, Marta Pogrzeba, Tatyana Stefanovska, Josef Trogl, Moritz Wagner, and Donghai Wang (KSU)
Noon – Lunch
1:20 – Experience with Phytoremediation of Heavy Metal Contaminated Land by Energy Crops: Experience from Phyto2Energy and MISCOMAR Projects – Marta Pogrzeba, IETU

Thursday afternoon – Visits to field sites

Posters are invited. Posters will be up on Wednesday, January 10.

Exhibitors are invited. Sponsors are invited.

The NATO project is one of the Sponsors.

Other sponsors include the Center for Hazardous Substance Research and the Consortium for Environmental Stewardship and Sustainability.

1 hour of academic credit in CHE 650 is offered through Global Campus

Continuing education credit is offered

Global Soil Partnership update will be included

IETU – Institute for Ecology of Industrial Areas, Katowice, Poland

KSU – Kansas State University, Manhattan, KS

NULE – National University of Life and Environment, Kiev, Ukraine

UH – University of Hohenheim, Stuttgart, Germany

UJEP – Jan Evangelista Purkyne University, Usti nad Labem, Czech Republic



There are many locations in the world where soil is contaminated and remediation is needed. There are other locations where soil quality is poor and processes to improve soil quality would be beneficial. NATO project G4687 “New Phytotechnology for Cleaning Contaminated Military Sites” includes research with Miscanthus production on lands contaminated by past military activities. This NATO project is one of the sponsors of this seminar. The Consortium for Environmental Stewardship and Sustainability is also a sponsor of the event.

This seminar/workshop/conference includes information on phytoremediation with biomass production; soil quality and how to improve soil quality; physical, chemical and biological features of soils that impact soil quality; soil water holding capacity; metals and organic contaminants in soils; establishing vegetation in contaminated soil; soil ecology including nematodes and other multicellular organisms; soil carbon and soil health; phytoremediation using miscanthus and trees; analytical methods to monitor soil contaminants; economics of soil restoration processes; and incorporating miscanthus into building materials.

The presenters are from Kansas State University, National University of Life and Environment, Kiev, Ukraine, Jan Evangelista Purkyne University, Usti nad Labem, Czech Republic, the University of Hohenheim, Stuttgart, Germany, and the Institute for Ecology of Industrial Areas, Katowice, Poland.

To earn 1 credit hour of academic credit for CHE 650, please enrol in CHE 650, Class Number 17655. The class will meet according to the schedule above followed by a period of self-study time to March 9, 2018, to allow students to prepare and submit a written report and make an oral presentation on a topic of their choice.

To earn Continuing Education credits, please let me know that you wish to attend and do this. Global Campus at Kansas State University will issue you a certificate for 17 hours of continuing education credits for $25.00. Those who wish to attend on a space available basis should inform me of this by sending an email to

This event will be of interest to students in agronomy, geology, landscape architecture, biological and agricultural engineering, chemical engineering and related fields as well as professionals interested in soil health, phytoremediation, bioremediation, miscanthus production, and commercial uses of miscanthus.

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