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Websites for Sustainability and Environmental Action in Illinois
The Council of State Government's Knowledge Center
The CSG Knowledge Center is a one-stop place to get aggregated information about national and regional meetings, national policy task forces, state specific forums and training, national reports, fact sheets, interactive websites, interstate compact legislation, policy projects assisting states in the creation of policy, and numerous educational efforts tied to key issues.
By searching for topics relating to individual issues, users can view trending policies and see how interstate policies may relate to one another.
City of Chicago Environment and Sustainable Development Data Portal
An aggregated search of publicly available data for Chicago Environment and Sustainable Development topics.
Clean Jobs Illinois
Clean Jobs Illinois™ provides a detailed account of clean energy employment in Illinois. All information published is from data and survey research conduction by BW Research Partnership.
Environmental Law & Policy Center (Illinois)
The Midwest ELPC is the leading public interest environmental legal advocacy and eco-business innovation organization. Composed of business people, academics, attorneys, and civic leaders, the ELPC works together to inform legal, economic, scientific, and public policy issues for sustainable action and legislation at both the local and national levels. A great benefit of ELPC is a regular newsletter that addresses the impacts of new and proposed policies and taxation changes as well as local science and research findings.
Illinois Go Clean, Go Local
Most of Illinois communities have voted to allow municipalities to negotiate electricity contracts for their residents and small commercial businesses. Go Clean, Go Local tries to encourage and aid those municipalities in choosing power sources that are local and sustainable.
Illinois Solar Energy Association
The Illinois Solar Energy Association (ISEA) is a non-profit organization that educates about and advocates for widespread solar and renewable energy adoption in the state of Illinois. ISEA is an excellent resource for renewable energy related policy developments, educational classes, events and access to local renewable energy businesses.
In Illinois Water
To improve water quality in Illinois, the InIllinoisWater.org project provides alternatives for current water pollution issues and gives information about how water quality affects real-life scenarios by sharing stories of Illinois residents.
Metropolitan Water Reclamation District of Greater Chicago
MWRD's mission is to ensure the health and safety of the public in its service area, to protect the quality of the water supply source (Lake Michigan), improve the quality of water in watercourses in its service area, protect businesses and homes from flood damages, and manage water as a vital resource for its service area.
Their services include: stormwater management, combined sewer overflows, tunnel and reservoir plan (TARP), biosolids, water reclamation plants, and sidestream elevated pool aeration projects (SEPA).
National Resources Defense Council
NRDC is the "nation's most effective environmental action group", consisting of 1.4 millions members made up of online activists, professional lawyers, scientists, and many other professionals. The NRDC releases current news and information on policies and issues including global warming, clean energy, ocean preservation, endangered wildlife, pollution prevention, water safety, and sustainability.
Plug-in Chicago Metro
PlugInChicago.org is a project of the Environmental Law & Policy Center (ELPC) which serves to further elective vehicle use in the state of Illinois. This project hopes to provide consumers information that can help them save money by saving on gas.
Prairie Rivers Network
Prairie Rivers Network is a non-profit organization grounded in science and working cooperatively with others to advocate public policies and promote ecological health and biological diversity of water resources and aquatic ecosystems. This organization is the independent, state affiliate of the National Wildlife Federation.
The Center for Neighborhood Technology (CNT)
CNT strives to promote advancement in areas of climate, energy, water, transportation sustainability and community development. CNT is considered to be an economic innovator and leader in the field of creative sustainable development.
U.S. Department of Energy Bioenergy Library
The Bioenergy Library is a great resource of compiled publications, data sets, and models specifically related to bioenergy production, distribution, delivery, and end use. Publication abstracts are available and some data sets are available through visualizations and mapping technology. Users can also have the option to share links and leave comments with others via email and social networking sites.
U.S. Global Change Research Program (USGCRP)
Several participating federal agencies are involved in USGCRP. The USGCRP aims to strengthen and strategically direct climate change research in the United States, and improve the flow of that information to policy-makers, Federal, state, and local decision-makers, and the public. By providing publicly available science, studies, and data, the USGCRP strives to encourage widespread education.
News, Social Media, and Blogs
CNNMoney's Green Biz - Business
News releases on "Sustainability, environment and success"
Corporate Social Responsibility Newswire
CSRwire is a digital media platform for the latest news, views and reports in corporate social responsibility (CSR) and sustainability. The goal of CSR is to promote a more economically just and environmentally sustainable society and reconsider new standards of corporate citizenship with partnership with thought leaders, business leaders, academics, researchers, activists and the media.
Environmental Leader is the leading daily trade publication keeping corporate executives fully informed about energy, environmental and sustainability news based out of Fort Collins, CO.
FDA Law Blog by Hyman, Phelps & McNamara, P.C.
Hyman, Phelps & McNamara, P.C. (author of the blog) is the largest dedicated food and drug law firm in the country. This blog provides updates in the areas of new drug development, controlled substances, advertising, and health care law complement our core FDA practice. This blog is not operated by the U.S. Government but acts as a resource for news and proposed legislation.
Food Safety News
Food Safety News covers of topics ranging from policy and politics to foodborne illness outbreaks to sustainability, science and research.
Illinois Environmental Law Blog
News and Events Involving Environmental Law, Published by Chicago Environmental Attorney Dave Scriven-Young of Peckar & Abramson, P.C.
Midwest Energy News
Midwest Energy News is a nonprofit news site dedicated to keeping stakeholders, policymakers, and citizens informed of significant changes in clean energy issues. They currently offer a daily email digest and several published resources with creative commons licenses.
National Law Review - Environmental & Energy Law
The National Law Review provides free articles about topics such as climate change, pollution, compliance, waste disposal, clean technology, Superfund legislation, and legal issues.