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Mandi Green, Facilities Sustainability and Safety Coordinator at Western Illinois University, knew the school was a finalist for the 2015 Governor's Sustainability Award.  But she didn't know whether the school won until she arrived in Chicago for the ceremony.

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The local food scene has exploded in recent years, which means there's a lot more local produce on dinner tables. It also means that during the spring season as small farms start ramping back up, they have to work a bit harder to attract new customers.

Rich Egger

Corporations and mainstream media often repeat the “jobs vs. the environment” angle to situations, but that’s a false choice.

The idea of sustainability is often preached by environmentalists, though it can be difficult to pinpoint the meaning of the concept.

WIU Prof Writes the Book on Sustainable Landscaping

Sep 30, 2013

The past few years have brought an explosion in the amount of information available on sustainability. Though just because there is a lot of information out there, doesn’t mean that there are not areas that still need further study.

In a class room on Carl Sandburg College in Galesburg, a small group of people sat watching a presentation by Tom Malek.

Thinking Green Rather Than Purple at WIU

Aug 25, 2013

14 water bottle filling stations are slated to go up across the Western Illinois University campus during the 2013-14 school year.

WIU to Double Food Waste Composting

Jun 28, 2013

Western Illinois University will be able to double the amount of food waste it diverts from the landfill and turns into compost.

Sustainabily and Affordabilty Go Together

Apr 5, 2013
Scott Stuntz

Sustainability and affordability can go “hand in hand.” That’s the opinion of an expert with Habitat for Humanity of Iowa.

This week on emphasis Western Illinois University professors Joel Gruver and Bart Gill discuss how agriculture as a whole has done in reaching out to the public. 

Doctor Gruver specializes in sustainable agriculture while Doctor Gill expertise lies more in conventional ag practices.

Monmouth College Students Eat Local Year Round

Feb 11, 2013

In the Midwest eating local can seem easy during the summer when farmer’s markets are full of produce. In the winter though, eating locally can be a bit more challenging.

Nonetheless several Monmouth College students are trying to do just that.

Rich Egger

This week on Emphasis, Rich Egger’s guest is Timothy Collins, Assistant Director, Illinois Institute for Rural Affairs. They talk about sustainability and the upcoming series of Sustainability Brownbaggers at Western Illinois University.

The whole point of a business incubator is that companies will eventually leave, that they become so successful  that don’t need the help the incubator provides. The first company recently graduated from Galesburg’s Sustainable Business Center.

Lamboo sells “laminated engineered bamboo” products for construction such as trusses and beams,  as well as door and window frames.

Galesburg Business has a Happy Holiday

Dec 17, 2012
Sitka Salmon Shares

A company that started this past year in Galesburg’s sustainable business center is having a happy holiday season. Sitka Salmon Shares sells portions, or shares, of a fisherman’s catch to customers across the Midwest.

This week’s guest is Jerry Parks, who is the chairman of the Burlington Renewable Energy Committee.  He and Public Radio’s Jason Parrott discuss the work of the committee and some long-term projects.