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Author Archives: Don Hanrahan

Illinois’ Energy at a Crossroads

Should Illinois bail out nuclear plants losing money due to low natural gas prices at the expense of  renewable energy projects?

View this presentation from Tuesday, October 25 by Dave Kraft of the Nuclear Energy Information Service (NEIS) as he takes a hard look at what is being asked of Illinois consumers in the upcoming legislation at this Sustainable Springfield event. Continue Reading

Tactical Urbanism

Click to view a Video of the presentation on Tactical Urbanism November 4, 2015 Tactical Urbanism: A Panel and Discussion from SSI Info on Vimeo. The presentation on Tactical Urbanism includes it’s history, historical and modern examples, and how it is – perhaps unknowingly – being applied right here in Springfield Illinois. Panelists include: Lindsey… Continue Reading

Presentations by architects John Shafer and David Parker

Click to view Videos of the presentations by architects John Shafer and David Parker. This second in the series”Designing a Sustainable Springfield” was presented by SSI and SVG May 26, 2015. John highlighted his project called “The Smart Growth Case Study” – two buildings at 6th and Vine streets in Springfield which house his architectural… Continue Reading

SSI sponsored presentations by Kent Massie and Hal Sprague

Click to view Videos of the 11/25/14 SSI sponsored presentations by Kent Massie and Hal Sprague. Kent highlighted the sustainable components that were incorporated into the Jackson Street Corridor Study…..  Especially, the components that are related to urban storm water management and conservation of natural and cultural sites. Hal followed up and spoke about Jackson… Continue Reading

Michelle Knox & Dave Cation Presentations

Click to view Videos of the SSI sponsored presentations by Michelle Knox of WindSolarUSA & Dave Cation of Cation Construction held Tuesday October 14, 2014 at Lincoln Library in Springfield Illinois. Michelle showed various aspects of the Inhabitat website. Dave gave us a visual tour of the passive solar house he has built, which is… Continue Reading

Solar Panel Discussion 01/28/14

Click to view Video of the 01/28/14 Solar Panel Discussion with Michelle Knox, owner of WindSolar USA, Chef Michael Higgins of Maldaner’s Restaurant, Robert LaBonte of the Springfield Bike Doctor Shop, Julie Rourke of Lincoln Land’s Workforce Development Center, and Bob Croteau of CWLP’s Solar Rewards Program Solar Energy Panel Discussion 01/28/14 from SSI Info… Continue Reading

Bringing USGBC to UIS

U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) is a group that works to promote sustainability and energy savings through green building practices and various other sustainable activities. Its most popular program is LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design), which encourages new and existing buildings to be designed and renovated more sustainably than in the past. USGBC… Continue Reading

Illinois Times Article About Urban Sprawl

Thursday, July 8,2010 Urban sprawl no more Emphasis in development shifts to “smart growth” BY RACHEL WELLS The catchphrase in city planning is no longer “urban sprawl” – a term that automatically turns too many people off from discussing environmentally friendly development. Instead, the conversation now focuses on “smart growth,” says Dr. Deanna Glosser. To… Continue Reading

Give wind farm plan a fair hearing, Harv Koplo’s Op-Ed to the Illinois State Journal-Register

Harv Koplo is a Board member of Sustainable Springfield This “In My View” piece appeared in the April 10th edition of the SJ-R While it is understandable that people would be afraid of new ideas and change in general, especially if it might impact their own neighborhood and property value, people need to be objective… Continue Reading