How cool was the eclipse, really?

Flashback to August 21, 2017, around 1:15pm. Places like Goreville, Illinois, are filled to the brim with enthusiastic hopefuls looking at the sky, waiting for darkness to drown it out. The “Great American Eclipse” stirred a whole buzz of excitement, but it also had some interesting scientific and societal impacts. Let’s start with a little …

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Conservation Conversation with Dr. Angela Kent

Dr. Angela Kent is an Associate Professor in the Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Sciences at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign with a focus in microbes and how they impact nutrient cycles. Today, we discuss some of Dr. Kent’s research, current environmental issues, and what students can do to help. Why did you decide …

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Champaign-Urbana Gets Ready for 100%

There isn’t often much good news concerning the environment these days; therefore, it is important to celebrate what we can. One example of rare good news is Illinois’ passage of the Future Energy Jobs Act (FEJA) last year, which became effective on June 1, 2017. FEJA is a landmark work of legislation that will increase …

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Opinion: An Uncertain Future: America’s Public Lands

         From a guided ranger hike, to the crackle of a roaring campfire, to the sun just beginning to kiss the peaks of mountains with a radiant orange glow, America contains outdoor adventure from coast to coast. Millions of people across the country and world have experienced treasured moments in our nation's …

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Letter from the Editor – Spring 2014

During this semester, I have attended several meetings and symposiums about the progress of campus sustainability. In particular, I learned from Ben McCall, the newly appointed associate Director for Campus Sustainability at the Institute for Sustainability, Energy, and Environment, all of the ways UIUC is working to make campus a carbon-neutral institution. From where I’m …

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University of Illinois Solar Farm

The Illinois Climate Action Plan (iCAP) aims to have the University of Illinois carbon neutral by 2050. One strategy outlined in the plan is to invest in renewable energy technology. And perhaps the best type of renewable energy is solar energy, which is what the Student Sustainability Committee (SSC) has petitioned for. Initial efforts included …

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