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.

CCNet Meetings and Summer Tours!


Green Drinks Champaign Co. at Crane Alley on April 15th from 5:30-7pm.

This month, we’ll hear from Tom Sheperd, Southeast Environmental Task Force, and Debra Michaud from Tar Sands Free Midwest (TSFM) speak about pollution prevention from manufacturing in southern Chicagoland area.

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There will be complimentary appetizers and BYO drinks - come network and learn more about pollution prevention initiatives and how it is addressed in the southern Chicagoland area!

Noon, Thursday, April 17, 2014
Local Foods in Champaign County 

Panel Discussion

What does it take to produce, process and provide local foods to the dining-out, eating-in, and retail publics? CCNet will be hosting a panel of local entrepreneurs this month:  Joy Rust from the Common Grounds Food Co-op, Lauren Klein from Latte Da, Dustin Kelly from Autumn Berry Inspired, and Tod Satterthwaite of the Champaign County Local Foods Policy Commission and Sola Gratia Farm & CSA.

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

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

May 15, 2014  
Jeff Blackford (C-U Public Health) and Brian Allen (UIUC Entomology)
“Mosquitoes and Ticks”
June 12, 2014
Scott Willenbrock (UIUC)
Tour of Net Zero Energy Colonial House Renovation

July 17, 2014 (tentative)
Dustin Kelly
Tour of Autumn Berry INSPIRED and Tiny Greens Farm

August 21, 2014
Wyatt Muse
“Specialty and Organic Commodities”

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.