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, Thursday, January 21, 2016

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Appreciation for East-Central Illinois prairies and forests, natural areas conservation and stewardship. 

James Ellis, botanist with the Illinois Natural History Survey will share his presentation on natural areas conservation and stweardship in east-centeral Illinois 
This event is free and open to the public. This is a great time of year to learn about our natural areas and how they benefit our lives, socialy, economically, and environmentally.

James Ellis works as a botanist with the Illinois Natural History Survey where he coordinates and carries out vegetation surveys as part of the Critical Trends Assessment Program. He is most interested in the ecology, conservation, and restoration of the all-but-gone tallgrass prairie. James also volunteers with Grand Prairie Friends, an all-volunteer conservation organization and land trust in east-central Illinois, where he serves on the board of directors, coordinates the summer internship program, helps coordinate the annual native plant sale, as well as other duties. He lives in Urbana with his wife and two children.

12:00 pm
Champaign County Economic Development Corporation
1817 S. Neil Street, Suite 100
Champaign, IL 61820

SEE YOU THERE!

Noon, Thursday, December 17, 2015

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Solar Urbana-Champaign

Solar Urbana-Champaign is a community-wide residential and commercial discount program for solar.

Offered by the City of Urbana, the Midwest Renewable Energy Association, IGEN, and the Environmental Law & Policy Center, home and business owners throughout Champaign County may participate in this program to help pool their buying power to secure significant discounts that make installing solar more affordable than ever.

Step 1: Attend a Solar Power Hour to learn about solar, the program, and whether this would be a good fit for you.

12:00 pm
Champaign County Economic Development Corporation
1817 S. Neil Street, Suite 100
Champaign, IL 61820

SEE YOU THERE!

Noon, Thursday, November 19, 2015

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Champaign Farmer's Market - Round One

Guest:
Sarah Simeziane, Manager
Champaign Farmer's Market

Sarah Simeziane is the manager of the Champaign Farmers' Market. After completing M.A.degrees in Communication and Linguistics at the University of Illinois, Sarah began teaching at Parkland College and working with the Urbana Market at the Square, as the assistant director. Through this position she was able to learn more about local food, help administer Link matching programs to expand struggling families' food budgets, and hone her photography skills at the market. She joined The Land Connection,  a Champaign non-profit that specializes in farmer training, farmland preservation, and sustainable farming, in April 2015 for the launch of the new Tuesday afternoon farmers' market in downtown Champaign. She will be talking about the successful first market season and plans for the second season and beyond, including the challenges of setting up and promoting a new market, the variety of events and educational programming offered by The Land Connection and its partners and sponsors, and goals for future seasons. You can learn more about the Champaign Farmers' Market and The Land Connection at: http://thelandconnection.org/blog/champaign-farmers-market-round-one

12:00 pm
Champaign County Economic Development Corporation
1817 S. Neil Street, Suite 100
Champaign, IL 61820

SEE YOU THERE!

 

 

Noon, Thursday, October 22, 2015

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Boneyard Creek Info Lunch 
Urbana Civic Center

108 E. Water Street
Urbana, IL

We will listen to Brad Bennett, City of Urbana, Environmental Engineer, discuss the Green Infrastructure improvement to the Boneyard Creek, City of Champaign's Eleanor Blackmon and Alex Nagy will follow up with Champaign's Green Infrastructure implementation in the large stormwater management projects including the Boneyard and West Washington St Detention Basin. A light lunch will be included during the presentations, then we will walk the Boneyard to see the Green Infrastructure.
SEE YOU THERE!

Upcoming Events:

Sustainability Week 2015!


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.