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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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Now Accepting Applications For The Springfield Area Green Leadership Program

Sustainable Springfield, Inc. is now accepting applications for the Springfield Area Green Leadership Program.  This program recognizes area businesses, institutions and organizations that are working to integrate environmentally sustainable practices throughout their facilities, operations, culture and products.   

The goal of the Green Leadership Program is to promote a wide range of sustainable practices, including waste reduction, energy efficiency, water conservation, renewable energy and green purchasing.  These practices not only benefit the environment, but are also good for the bottom line. 

The Green Leadership Program offers three levels of participation: BRONZE, SILVER and GOLD.  Your business, organization or institution may enroll at any recognition level – each with its own prescribed environmental sustainability requirements.  You may remain at that level or apply for higher recognition at any time.  

The program is open to all types of businesses, institutions or organizations, including manufacturing, retail and office businesses; services industries; health care facilities; educational institutions; local and state governments; congregations and non-profit organizations.  There is no cost to join and participation is simple. 

Consider becoming a Green Leadership member if you want to: 

  • Be recognized for outstanding leadership in the community
  • Save money and improve efficiency
  • Profit from reduced waste disposal costs
  • Enhance your image with customers and employees 

Learn more about the program here.

Now Accepting Nominations For The 2019 SSI Sustainability Awards

Sustainable Springfield, Inc. is now accepting nominations for the 2019 Sustainability Awards.  Nominations for the 2019 awards are open until April 5.  The Sustainability Awards is an annual program that recognizes area businesses, organizations and citizens for implementing innovative initiatives and projects that advance or promote sustainability within the community, including but not limited to:… Continue Reading

Upcoming Schedule

MAR 13 Building a Bicycle Friendly Community Wed, 6:30 pm Lincoln Library APR 10 Reducing the Use of Plastic and Paper Shopping Bags Wed, 6:30 pm Lincoln Library APR 25 Springfield Sustainable Leadership Awards Program Thurs, 6:30 pm Maldaner’s Restaurant MAY 8 Downtown Pollinator Project Wed, 6:30 pm Lincoln LIbrary Continue Reading

CWLP’s Solar Station and mySolar Program Presentation

February 13, 6:30 pm – 8 pm, Carnegie North Room, Lincoln Library, 326 S. 7th Street, Springfield Gary Hurley, CWLP Energy Services Manager will be here to discuss the details of their first major venture into commercial solar power and will answer questions about the project and the “mySolar” Subscription Program. Come and learn the full… Continue Reading

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… Continue Reading

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