Category: Illinois

Real Green People: Meet Treesong — Carbondale environmental activist, writer and radio host

Read the full story in The Southern Illinoisan.

Like so many Carbondale residents, Treesong is a transplant from the Chicagoland area. He grew up in Brookfield and developed an early interest in the environment while taking hikes in a nearby forest preserve with his grandfather.

He came to Carbondale as a student and an event his freshman year at SIU changed the course of his life. These days, he is a father, husband, author, and a talk radio host.

Chicago rodents exhibiting ‘unusual’ and ‘aggressive’ behavior during pandemic, report says

Read the full story from 5Chicago.

While Chicago was named the “rattiest” city in the U.S. for the seventh year in a row, Orkin said rodents have been exhibiting “unusual” or “aggressive” behavior in cities throughout the coronavirus pandemic.

Because the pandemic forced a number of restaurants and businesses to close, leading to less waste, Orkin said the rodents have had to find new food sources.

Environmental racism: A lasting legacy of discrimination

Read the full story in the Daily Egyptian.

The city of Carbondale held a memorial dedication to celebrate the workers of the former Koppers railroad tie site on Oct. 17, shining a light on the legacy of environmental racism and its effect on what are often communities of color.

New solar farm helping low income families

Read the full story from WCIA.

A new solar farm will help lower some people’s energy bills. The solar farm was put on a landfill in Urbana.

It’s part of the “Illinois Solar for All” program. That initiative helps low and moderate income people in the Ameren service area. Officials say they’re excited because it also uses unusable land to offer help to those who need it.

Chicago’s 2008 Climate Action Plan came up short, new analysis shows

Read the full story from WTTW.

Three mayors in the past 15 years — Richard M. Daley, Rahm Emanuel and Lori Lightfoot — have all promised to combat the effects of global climate change. But some critics and scientists, along with a new data analysis by the DePaul University Center for Journalism Integrity & Excellence, reveal their efforts have fallen short. 

Renewable Energy Equipment Recover-Reuse Program: Energy Storage and Electric-Drive Vehicle Battery Management

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The Illinois Sustainable Technology Center (ISTC), a unit of the Prairie Research Institute at the University of Illinois Urbana Champaign, was founded in 1984 to bring together pollution prevention research, outreach, and technical assistance to solve environmental problems and conserve natural resources. Building on this tradition, ISTC began to mobilize a team of diverse experts in 2018 to address renewable energy technologies end-of-life recovery challenges and opportunities.

Illinois American Water invests in solar field west of Champaign

Read the full story in the News-Gazette.

The solar field you may have noticed on Champaign County Road 1700 N belongs to Illinois American Water Co., and the utility is projecting it will help reduce its annual energy costs.

ISWS researcher contributes to award-winning Chicago Regional Climate Action Planning Partnership

Read the full story from the Illinois State Water Survey.

Illinois State Water Survey climate researcher Ashish Sharma contributed his expertise on climate change and its impacts on urban communities and associated solutions to the recently released Climate Action Plan for the Chicago Region. Last week the collaborative group behind the plan, which includes non-profits, universities, Argonne National Laboratory, and municipalities, received a 2021 Climate Leadership Award from the Climate Registry and Center for Climate and Energy Solutions.

What we don’t know about Illinois archaeology

Read the full story from the Illinois State Archaeological Survey.

Archaeology, like many disciplines, focuses mainly on expanding the horizons of what we know about the world and how it works. Archaeologists make and test hypotheses about past human beings and cultures using material remains (pottery, stone tools, plant remains, etc.) that are left behind in the archaeological record. In the process, we learn more about what people were up to in the past and how they responded to the geographic, environmental, and social conditions of the times. 

But how do we know what we don’t know? This is often a much more difficult question. Identifying gaps in knowledge and how they came to be even has its own field of study—agnotology.

The mystery of the grubs that ate Welles Park – even experts are shocked and awed

Read the full story from WTTW.

What Urbanowski had the misfortune of unwittingly stumbling upon was a freak grub infestation that’s laid waste to roughly one-third of Welles Park’s 15 acres. The scope of the destruction — which the Chicago Park District is working to address — is so out of the ordinary, even the experts admit to being stunned.

Christopher Deitrich is Illinois’ official state entomologist — this is a guy who knows his insects — and after being emailed images of the barren landscape at Welles, he responded: “I don’t recall ever seeing an area devastated as badly.”

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