Explore Chicago Collections

Explore Chicago Collections lets researchers, teachers and students search many locations at once. Their unified search lets you locate thousands of archival collections and digital images at member institutions all over the Chicago area.

A search of the site for “pollution” yielded eighteen images, including pollution maps from the Forest Preserve District of Cook County Records (pictured below), and fifty-four archival collections, including records from neighborhood environmental groups.

Water Supply and Sewage Treatment: Sources of Pollution Along Little Calumet River
Water Supply and Sewage Treatment: Sources of Pollution Along Little Calumet River [FPDCC_00_01_0015_039, Forest Preserve District of Cook County Records, University of Illinois at Chicago Library.]

New group wants to open flow of water research in Chicago

Read the full story in the Chicago Tribune.

A new project wants to unite Chicago’s entrepreneurs, researchers and utility companies to solve water problems — and fan Chicago’s economic flame along the way.

The public-private partnership is called Current, and it’s being led by World Business Chicago. Current’s goal is to bring water research out of labs and put it into the hands of companies and utilities.

NASA Awards SIUE $11.5 Million to Expand Citizen Science Education

Read the full story from Southern Illinois University Edwardsville.

NASA has awarded Southern Illinois University Edwardsville $11.5 million to expand its citizen science and educational activities through CosmoQuest, a second-generation citizen science facility. CosmoQuest Project Director Dr. Pamela Gay, assistant research professor in the SIUE STEM (science, technology, engineering, mathematics) Center, will lead the initiative as principal investigator.

Applications now open for the 2016 Illinois Governor’s Sustainability Award

The Illinois Sustainable Technology Center (ISTC) is now accepting applications for the 2016 Illinois Governor’s Sustainability Awards.  This award, which began in 1987, is the nation’s longest standing state environmental award program. Each year, it honors organizations and businesses that have made a commitment to the environment through implementation of outstanding and innovative sustainability practices.

The deadline for submitting applications is close of business May 20, 2016.  Applications will only be accepted electronically.  Application information, evaluation criteria, sample applications and more can be found on ISTC’s website.

This program is open to all public and private Illinois organizations.

Registration for the 2016 Illinois Green Office Challenge is now open

The Illinois Green Office Challenge is a program patterned after the Chicago Green Office Challenge that encourages friendly competition among office buildings to achieve energy and water conservation and waste reduction.

Registration is now open for the 2016 challenge. Competition begins March 1.

Illinois Water 2016 call for sessions

The Illinois Water Resource Center invites you to submit a proposal for sessions at the 2016 Illinois Water Conference, held Oct. 25-27 at the Illini Union on the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign campus. To submit, complete the form available on our website by Monday, Feb. 15. You will be notified of status of your proposal by Feb. 26.

RiverWatch and Stream Discovery now training new citizen scientists

Have you ever wanted to become a citizen scientist or involve your student group in real world scientific data collection? Have you ever wanted to help protect Illinois streams and rivers but don’t know where to start?! The National Great Rivers Research and Education Center invites you to attend a training workshop to become a RiverWatch or Stream Discovery citizen scientist in Illinois! Training workshops are open around the state this spring.

RiverWatch focuses on training adults (18+) and members of Illinois 4-H to collect high quality water quality data on Illinois streams to be used by citizen groups and professional scientists alike to detect long term trends in water quality. For more information or to register for a RiverWatch workshop, please visit http://events.constantcontact.com/register/event?llr=wx7o69dab&oeidk=a07ebxkdyog0e28a0af

Stream Discovery focuses on training grade 5-12 educators how to involve their student groups in water quality monitoring, analysis, and stream cleanup. Stream Discovery is a simpler program than RiverWatch designed for easy use by students in middle school and high school. For more information or to register for a Stream Discovery workshop, please visit http://events.constantcontact.com/register/event?llr=wx7o69dab&oeidk=a07ec687psgc4d81747