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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

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

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