To assist those who wish to network as well as learn more about this important topic, the following are links to sites and blogs that pertain to sustainability and the environment. The first series pertains to local sites, followed by links of many topics. If you know of a worthwhile website link that should be added to this list, please contact us.
Links to people, organizations and municipalities
in Springfield and Central Illinois:
City of Springfield, CWLP’s Smart Energy Forum
CWLP welcomes input and ideas to help shape the most effective and desirable energy conservation programs. These programs will be good for the environment and will yield a cost savings on our customers’ utility bills. In order to make it as easy as possible to gather ideas and suggestions, CWLP has established this Smart Energy Forum to reach out directly to the community.
City of Springfield, Division of Waste and Recycling
The Division of Waste and Recycling works to educate citizens on the benefits of recycling and has developed programs that enhance our ability to recycle. Click here for their Room to Room Recycling Guide.
Climate Reality Project The Climate Reality Project employs cutting-edge communications and grassroots engagement tools to break the dam of inaction and raise the profile of the climate crisis to its proper state of urgency. With a global movement more than 5 million strong and a grassroots network of Climate Leaders trained by Chairman Al Gore, we stand up to denial, press for solutions, and spread the truth about climate change to empower our leaders to solve the climate crisis.
Community Energy Systems
Mission is to educate the public regarding energy conservation, energy efficiency, and the prudent and fair operation of utility companies. We believe that mission requires both intellectual and practical applications.
Friends of Sangamon Valley A charitable organization dedicated to the preservation of our natural heritage by acquiring, restoring and protecting ecologically significant lands in the Sangamon Valley Watershed
Freecycle Springfield Illinois Network
Help save our dwindling Prairie Grasslands from becoming landfills. Make a difference and recycle right here in your own community.
Illinois Stewardship Alliance
ISA is a citizens’ organization that promotes a safe and nutritious food system, family farming, and healthy communities by advocating diverse, humane, and socially just and ecologically sustainable production and marketing practices.
Jubilee Farm is an 111-acre center for ecology and spirituality. Programs and experiences are designed to help people understand our interdependent relationship to the whole of creation and learn how to live more sustainably with Earth.
Lincoln Land Community College Green Center
An environmental group organized under the college’s Workforce Development and Community Education program.
Town of Normal IL Environmental Stewardship Policy
Since 2002 Normal Illinois as been in the forefront of sustainability, as evidenced by its recently enacted (November 2006) Environmental Stewardship policy.
Town of Normal IL CH 15. Div 17 Zoning Design Review of the Central Business District Normal IL’s ordinance, adopted in 2002, of the US Green Building Council’s LEED standards for all building projects 7500 sq ft & over in its central business district. Scroll to the end of the ordinance for the LEED provisions.
Students Allied for a Greener Earth S. A. G. E.
SAGE offers an opportunity for students, staff and faculty to become involved in the promotion of environmental awareness and protection. Membership is open to all members of the UIS community.
Sangamon Valley Group Sierra Club
Inspired by nature, we work together to protect our communities and the planet.
Links to organizations that promote sustainability & renewable energy:
Buildings are the major source of demand for energy and materials that produce by-product greenhouse gases (GHG).
The Climate Crisis Coalition (CCC)
CCC connects global warming to human rights, labor, peace, faith, sustainable business practices, environmental justice and other issues. Our mission is to build a broad-based coalition that can become an effective, powerful agent for change: the development and unfolding of a national and visible action campaign that makes it impossible for citizens and governments to ignore the urgent demands of the climate crisis.
The Congress for the New Urbanism (CNU)
The leading organization promoting walkable, neighborhood-based development as an alternative to sprawl.
Begun in 2005, the Cool Cities campaign empowers city residents and local leaders to join and encourage their cities to implement smart energy solutions to save money and build a cleaner, safer future.
The mission of Earth 911 is to empower the public with community-specific resources that improve their quality of life.
Illinois Clean Energy Community Foundation
The Illinois Clean Energy Community Foundation invests in clean energy development and land preservation efforts, working with communities and citizens to improve environmental quality in Illinois. The Foundation supports programs and projects that will improve energy efficiency, develop renewable energy resources and preserve and enhance natural areas and wildlife habitats throughout the state.
Illinois Solar Energy Association
Our mission to promote clean energy use in Illinois. Your efforts today will lead to a cleaner and more energy independent future!
The Illinois Environmental Council
The eyes, ears and voice of the environmental community in Springfield, the Illinois Environmental Council represents groups from around the state on legislation and policies by lobbying and organizing statewide support. Through the IEC Education Fund, the IEC analyzes and communicates news from state government and other important information to the state’s environmental community, and acts as a convener for the diverse groups that comprise the Illinois environmental community.
Forest Stewardship Council
The Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) is an international organization that brings people together to find solutions which promote responsible stewardship of the world’s forests.
The Green Challenge – American Institute of Architects
Sustainable design creates communities, buildings, and products and meets their ongoing needs in ways that support enduring public and environmental welfare.
Global Green USA
A national environmental organization addressing three of the greatest challenges facing humanity. Part of international organization founded by Mikhail Gorbachev.
Renewable Energy Access
World’s #1 Renewable Energy Podcast
Sustainable Design Update
Emerging Sustainable Technology, Design, Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy, including U. S. city rankings
US Green building Council
USGBC is the nation’s foremost coalition… working to promote buildings that are environmentally responsible, profitable and healthy places to live and work.
Links to Sustainable & Renewable Energy Products & Services
Advanced Energy Solutions
Sells, Installs, and Educates renewable energy products including solar, wind, & bio fueled, and is based in Illinois.
Links to many sites and publications
Green Building Encyclopedia
We take what we think are the best green building sites from Google search results , index them, add additional relevant content, so you can search and find only the best information.
Green Building Cookbook
How to build green: recipes, materials and techniques from actual projects. (From the Cleveland Ohio area)
Green Building Pages
A sustainable building materials database and design tool for the environmentally and socially responsible designer, builder and client.
Going Green: A Landlord’s Guide for Fun & Profit
This guide covers ways to conserve energy and water as a landlord, which is, surprisingly, easier and less expensive than you think. In fact, most of the methods described in this guide will pay you back your investment in just a few years. Some even pay themselves off in months. After the payoff point, your tactics don’t just save the planet, they save you money too.
Whether it’s under slab, under roof, around duct work or wrapping the entire house, ESP Low-E® Reflective Insulation saves more money on heating and cooling than regular insulation and housewrap.
Nanosolar is on track to make solar electricity: cost-efficient for ubiquitous deployment, mass-produced on a global scale,available in many versatile forms.
Solar power can be a practical power source for remote, residential and commercial electricity. Solar power helps our planet too!
A comprehensive links directory encompassing many areas of interest.
TreeHugger is the leading media outlet dedicated to driving sustainability mainstream.
UIS Environmental Studies Department
The mission of the Department of Environmental Studies is to provide students with the advanced interdisciplinary training necessary for solving environmental problems. Graduates of the department are prepared for diverse careers in the environmental field. The University of Illinois at Springfield Department of Environmental Studies offers interdisciplinary graduate study in environmental planning and management; general environmental sciences; environmental humanities; and sustainable development and policy.