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Sustainable Springfield Inc. (SSI) is an environmental grass roots organization that promotes responsible planning efforts by our local governments and encourages the Springfield area citizen and business community to live and operate more sustainably. We are an information sharing network and closely ally our organization with other environmental groups in Springfield to promote their activities as well as our own.

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Carbon Footprint • Ecological Footprint • GMO-Free Foods • Renewable Energy • Hydraulic Fracturing • Local Food Systems • Recycling & Reuse • Sustainable Economics
• Water Protection

Urban Tree Canopy Program

Proposal on Protecting Springfield’s Urban Tree Canopy:  Urban Tree Canopy Program In order to prevent a net loss of trees in Springfield and to protect mature trees, Springfield’s Urban Tree Canopy could be assessed annually by the city utilizing i-tree software and a city boundary map of Springfield.  All trees removed by the city or… Continue Reading

Achieving Sustainability is Challenging

Sometimes doing the right thing isn’t easy… Coal is a resource that all of us use every day, and the industry continues to grow. Unfortunately, the environmental repercussions are enormous. Coal mining destroys the landscape and results in soil erosion, dust, noise and water pollution, and impacts local biodiversity. I have seen the other side… Continue Reading

Breaking Free From Plastic Bags!

In a previous blog post titled “Disposable World,” I challenged myself to take one small step towards living a more sustainable life. Specifically, I challenged myself to break free from our disposable world and switch to reusable shopping bags. I have wanted to make the switch to reusable shopping bags for years but have just… Continue Reading

Disposable World

How does Madonna’s song go? “We are living in a material world.” Well that is still true. However, now we could change it to “we are living in a disposable world.” Just take a look around and you’ll see what I mean. Disposable items surround us. From paper plates, Styrofoam cups, single use water bottles,… Continue Reading

Listen to Wynne Coplea Talk Composting

Check out this podcast interview that Adjunct Professor at University of Illinois Springfield, Wynne Coplea took part in. The interview talks about the state of organics recycling, composting, and anaerobic digestion education in North America, and about the advantages of introducing composting into University curriculums.  This podcast is provided by compostory.org, an organization that provides… Continue Reading

400 Youths Arrested at White House Protesting Keystone XL Pipeline

Link Today more than 1,200 youths from across the country marched to the White House from Georgetown University—where President Obama laid out his “climate test”—to protest the Keystone XL pipeline. Once at the White House, 400 youths were arrested while participating in a nonviolent civil disobedience sit-in. This protest was the largest youth act of civil… Continue Reading