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.

Join us for our Summer Tours!

August 20 - Noon - Tour of Urbana-Champaign Sanitary District

Tour the facility as Rick Manner discusses wastewater treatment, sustainability, and even a bit of history. UCSD’s sewage plant at 1100 E. University (behind AMBUCS Park), in northeast Urbana. UCSD cleans about 2.2 billion gallons of sewage per year, discharging it to one of two receiving streams, the Saline Branch of the Salt Fork, or the Copper Slough which discharges into the Kaskaskia River. UCSD produces about 20% our own electricity and most of our own heat from the energy derived from anaerobic digestion of our solids.

Rick Manner
Urbana-Champaign Sanitary District
1100 E. University
Urbana, Illinois


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.