When Will the Boneyard Come Out and Play?

Boneyard Creek has been little more than an afterthought throughout much of Champaign-Urbana’s history and development. By the 1900s, the creek became a drainage ditch, squeezed behind Green Street like an alleyway. The cities didn’t build around the shallow tributary -  they built on top of it. The creek was channelized and forced into tunnel …

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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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Analyzing Champaign-Urbana’s resiliency

If we allow our nation to continue pollute the Earth at alarming rates without environmental remediation, climate change and its associated storms and inclement weather are inevitable. In the absolute worst case scenario of warming, how prepared is Champaign-Urbana for such a drastic change in weather? Climate change could create a six foot rise in …

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Champaign’s Toxic Neighborhood

It is easy to think of the University of Illinois as somewhat of a bubble, removed from many of the injustices--both social and environmental--that are common everywhere throughout the United States. In recent years (and especially the last decade), grocery stores, restaurants, services, and apartments of varying degrees of luxury have opened on or near …

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