Category Archives: energy

Chicago Named 2014 Earth Hour Capital of the US

On March 15th, Mayor Rahm Emanuel announced that Chicago has been named the 2014 Earth Hour Capital of the United States by the World Wildlife Fund’s (WWF) Earth Hour City Challenge, a year-long competition among cities to promote renewable energy … Continue reading

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UIC Summer Institute on Sustainability and Energy for 2014

The Summer Institute on Sustainability and Energy (SISE) is a two-week intensive workshop and lecture series geared towards individuals interested in the relation between sustainability and energy. The 2014 program theme is UrbanENERGY. In the summer of 2011, SUST alum Jeff … Continue reading

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Updates on Chicago’s Petcoke Controversy

In case you missed in during your preparations for the holiday, Dec. 19th  was an important moment in the ongoing controversy about the massive piles of petcoke stored along the Calumet River in close proximity to several Southeast Side Chicago … Continue reading

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Fracking the US: Some Recent News

As the clock continues to tick toward the January 3rd deadline here in Illinois, when the public commenting period ends for the initial review of the IDNR’s draft regulations for fracking the Prairie State, news about the economics and environmental … Continue reading

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Public Hearings Done, but Citizens Comments on the IDNR’s Fracking Regulations Accepted through Jan 3

This past week marked the final public hearings on the draft IDNR regulations on fracking in Illinois: the ground rules and regulatory procedures that the Department of Natural Resources will use to enforce safety and environmental compliance in oil and … Continue reading

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Still Time to Comment on the IDNR’s Fracking Regulations Draft

As students and faculty finish out the Fall 2013 semester and we move earnestly into the holiday season of rest and rejuvenation (hopefully!), it’s good to remember that beyond the confines of the classroom, there are still important deadlines for … Continue reading

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Big US Companies Are Planning for a Carbon Tax behind the Scenes; When Will Congress Get on Board?

When’s the last time you heard anything about a carbon tax as a viable means of curbing industrial greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions? It’s probably been awhile — and the subject of such as tax, long advocated by environmental advocates as … Continue reading

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Divvy Winter Biking Class

Everyday thousands of Chicagoan’s use a Divvy for several purposes including getting themselves to and from work, school, to meet up with friends, or to go for a pleasant bike ride. When looking at it from a sustainable point of … Continue reading

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Pro-GMO Labeling Supports Prepare to Educate Voters in Colorado!

by Allison Mayes As 2014 approaches, many organizations in the field of Sustainability are putting in ballots trying to fight for a better future. In the state of Colorado, The Right To Know Colorado organization has submitted a ballot measure that … Continue reading

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How to Comment on the IDNR’s Fracking Regulations

The IDNR’s draft rules and regulations for fracking in IL, at 135 pages, is long and complex. How best to wade through this technical document in order to make substantive comments about it during the current review period now underway? … Continue reading

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