“From Farm to Table”: The Power of Locally-Sourced Food on a Large Scale

From-farm-to-table: it’s the idea that our food is pulled right out of the farm ground with one hand and placed onto our dinner tables with the other. With our backyard gardens and our organic supermarkets, it seems like we have reached the ideal: we are closer to the “farm-fresh” way of eating right now more …

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Growing a Balance: The Removal of the Campus Honor House Prairie Garden

On a clear-skied Tuesday, a yellow butterfly flickered amongst purple and golden flowers. A soft breeze rolled past an array of plants and grasses, eliciting the sounds of crickets, grasshoppers, and gold finches in its wake. It was a typical day for the ecology of the Florida and Orchid Prairie, filled with the sounds of …

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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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GO Attends: iCAP Forum Edition!

On Wednesday, Oct 22, the Institute for Sustainability, Energy, and Environment (iSEE) hosted the iCAP Forum, a chance for the campus community to get a glimpse into the university’s progress toward sustainability on campus. The Illinois Climate Action Plan, known as the iCAP, was adopted in 2010 by campus administration as the first of several …

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