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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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LLCC Sustain Springfield Green Map

The Sustain Springfield Green Map is a user-friendly, GIS-based, online resource that guides residents, visitors, organizations and businesses to sustainable or environmentally-friendly services, sites and amenities. Click below to bring up interactive map:

Looking for a community garden, area park, recycling resources and more? Let the Sustain Springfield Green Map show the way!

Open the map to start your adventure and discover more of Springfield.

The Sustain Springfield Green Map is hosted by the Lincoln Land Community College Green Center. The Urban Action Network designed and developed the conceptual framework along with environmental specialist Wynne Coplea. The map was created by Jordyn Lahey, an LLCC student in Rey de Castro’s Advanced GIS class. The project was also made possible with a seed grant to the Urban Action Network from the Dominican Sisters of Springfield.

Attracting Pollinators Using Native Plants in Containers

See Video of the Attracting Pollinators Presentation – 03/28/18 Presentation Wednesday, March 28th to learn about attracting pollinators using native plants in containers. Presenters Susan Helm and Grace Norris  focused on why we should care about pollinators and the things we can do as business owners and home gardeners to help promote pollinator habitat by using native… Continue Reading

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