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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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Category Archives: News

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, 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

Ecology Action Center 2014

Recently Sustainable Springfield, Inc. (SSI) board members toured the Ecology Action Center (EAC) located in Normal Illinois. The EAC is a not-for-profit environmental agency dedicated to the mission of “inspiring and assisting residents of McLean County in creating, strengthening, and preserving a healthy environment.” SSI’s mission is similar in scope for the Springfield area. SSI… Continue Reading

Solar Power – It’s Here!

To promote SSI’s mission of encouraging the Springfield area citizen and business community to live and operate more sustainably, SSI along with the Sangamon Valley Sierra Club hosted a panel discussion on solar panel installation in Springfield. The discussion took place on January 28, 2013 in downtown Springfield at Lincoln library and was free to… Continue Reading

2013 Downtown Holiday Planter Decorating

Thanks to Abby Walden, Public Works Waste and Recycling Department, for coordinating this event. SSI and UIS student organization S.A.G.E. are one of many groups decorating the downtown planters for the holidays. SSI and S.A.G.E. planned their designs to include white pines, aluminum cans, leftover green scraps from the Native Plant Society’s planter and members’… 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

Pay Attention to Fracking

An opinion piece by SSI member Anne Logue was printed in the SJR on March 5th. Both Anne and I attended a meeting held by the Illinois People’s Action group on March 7 at the downtown Presbyterian church. IPA is advocating for at the very least a 2 year moratorium on this method of extracting… Continue Reading

2013 Paint the Street Fest

On July 20th the Springfield Art Association coordinated our communities 1st Paint the Street Fest. Sustainable Springfield Inc. contacted supporters and local organizations to collectively purchase street squares to paint a sustainable street mural. We put our brushes together and had a great time on the streets! Many thanks to Jubilee Farm, S.A.G.E., GPSI Student… Continue Reading

Jubliee Farm Hosts Internaltional Visitors

We were very honored to have a visit of the International Leadership Program, sponsored by the U.S. State Department, organized here in Springfield by Jeff Berg. Along with five interpreters, Dr. Zakeu Antonio from Angola, Mr. Alassane Doumbia and Ms. Yasmina Frederique Ouenin Epse Guessen from Cote d’Ivoire, Mr. Mamihaja Raherimiarantsoa from Madagascar, Mr. John… Continue Reading

Open Letter from Former Pres. of IL ENV Council – Fracking Legislation

Below is a letter from Carolyn Raffensperger, the former president of Illinois Environmental Council and former State Representative of the Sierra Club. She suggests that the proposed fracking regulatory bill will not be able to fulfill its mission as an enforcement piece of legislation. She also warns about the unintended consequences of compromise as related… Continue Reading