Welcome

Welcome to the Champaign County Sustainability Network (CCNet). CCNet is an organization focused on convening Champaign County in discussions about the broad topic of sustainability and the opportunities we might uncover as we work to become a more sustainable community. We meet monthly at the same time and place and at each meeting we will learn about a specific topic, with time for discussion. Over time, we'll cover the range of sustainability topics. We'll host special events, as needed, on topics or at locations of interest to the group and community. Come learn more about us and about sustainability in our community.

 

Noon, April 16, 2015!

The Energy-Water Nexus in a Changing World

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Growing populations in a changing world motivate sustainable use of resources. Sustainable engineering and management actions require interdisciplinary approaches due to the close relationship between vital resources, including energy and water. The energy-water nexus is a complex relationship with different opportunities for solutions. This talk will present an introduction to the energy-water nexus, revealing some of the possible areas in which community leaders and decision-makers can contribute to sustainable energy and water management.
 

Guest:
Dr. Ashlynn Stillwell
Assistant Professor
Dept. of Civil & Environmental Engineering
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Champaign County
Economic Development Corporation
1817 S. Neil Street
Champaign, IL  61820

Note:  This month is a bring your own lunch event.

 

Noon, Thursday, March 19, 2015

Illinois' 2015 Climate Action Plan

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The U of I is in the process of updating its Illinois Climate Action Plan.  This has been an inclusive, bottom-up process that began with six topical teams of students, staff, and faculty and is expected to conclude with a group consisting of top-level campus decision makers.  I will briefly outline the process we have followed, and then discuss the key recommendations in the current draft of the new plan.  Community input is most welcome, and there will be a formal public comment period in April. 

Guest:
Ben McCall, Professor
Associate Director for Campus Sustainability
Institute for Sustainability, Energy, and Environment
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Champaign County
Economic Development Corporation
1817 S. Neil Street
Champaign, IL  61820

Note:  This month is a bring your own lunch event.

 
GREEN DRINKS
March Green Drinks: Everything Water!
When: Tuesday, March 17th, 5:30pm - 7:00pm
Who: Ed Mahnert, Geohydrologist from the IL Water Survey, Scott Tess from the City of Urbana, Andrew Rehn from Illinois Water Day, and Joe Hooker from the City of Champaign. Come celebrate the recent approval of the Mahomet Aquifer being designated "sole source", learn about the Fix a Leak Week and updates on water conservation in Champaign County!
Where: Crane Alley, 115 W. Main St, Urbana

 

Noon, Thursday, February 19, 2015

E-Scrap and Household Hazardous Waste

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With the area’s local municipal recycling coordinators, Susan Monte has served as recycling coordinator for Champaign County since 2006 to promote recycling and safe disposal options for area-wide residents. She will cover two topics that relate to collection options available to residents:
• collection options for residential electronics
• collection of household hazardous waste
http://hhw-ccrpc.info/

Guest:
Susan Monte
Planner, Sustainability Coordinator
Champaign County Regional Planning Commission

Champaign County
Economic Development Corporation
1817 S. Neil Street, Suite
Champaign, IL  61820

Note:  This month is a bring your own lunch event.

Noon, Thursday, November 20, 2014

Illinois Green Office Challenge
A resource for helping businesses and buildings achieve sustainability.

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The Challenge is played like a game, where participants can score points for fulfilling or issuing specific sustainability challenges to colleagues and competitors.  The Challenge website provides participants with the information and tools they need to compete, and participants can share best practices and ideas with their peers at fun networking events held throughout the Challenge in each of the city areas.  Participants will be acknowledged for their hard work through media, peer recognition and year-end awards.

Guests:
Bart Bartels, ISTC
Cassie Carroll, IGBA

Champaign County
Economic Development Corporation
1817 S. Neil Street, Suite
Champaign, IL  61820

Note:  This month is a bring your own lunch event.

CCNet will foster collaboration around leadership opportunities for Champaign County. The current topic that creates an opportunity for competitive differentiation is sustainability. This opportunity enables us to attract and retain innovative ideas, products and people, and it will attract external financial resources in the form of federal funds, research dollars and new corporate investments.