Holly Nelson on the roof with solar panels at First Mennonite Church of Champaign-Urbana

Jason Hawksworth

October 09, 2014 - Environmental Almanac

Local action on global warming

Photovoltaic solar panels are going up all over Champaign-Urbana, from the Mass Transit District to churches and homes


Rob Kanter holds a smallmouth bass in a boat on the Salt Fork River

Rick Larimore

August 14, 2014 - Environmental Almanac

Floating, Fishing on the Salt Fork River

Recreational activities like fishing and wildlife spotting on rivers like the The Salt Fork River—and rivers like it across the country— can serve as a reminder that these rivers were once treated by industry as sewers and rendered unfit for use by wildlife or people. But during the course of just a few decades, they’ve come back, thanks in large part to the federal Clean Water Act that forced polluters to take responsibility for their waste.


Doug Williams, Rev. Cindy Shepherd and Brian Sauder with Pastor Michael Crosby of the First Mennonite Church

Rob Kanter

May 01, 2014 - Environmental Almanac

Faith in Place leader has been a catalyst for change

Brian Sauder is the executive director Faith in Place, a statewide nonprofit whose mission is “to help people of faith understand that issues of ecology and economy—of care for Creation—are at the forefront of social justice.”


 Anibal Torres explains how coffee is grown on a conventional plantation

Rob Kanter

April 17, 2014 - Environmental Almanac

Field Expedition to Costa Rica Provides Students Rich Opportunities

Twenty-one U of I undergraduates in the Earth, Society and Environmental Sustainability program studied the complexity of sustainability - from how CO2 in the atmosphere affects coral organisms to the effects of different methods of coffee growth and cultivation



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