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A leading research center focused on local farmers and environmental conservation is hanging on by a thread, even as the movement to diversify agriculture -- which it helped launch -- continues to thrive.

Amy Mayer / Harvest Public Media

Hybrid seed corn and nitrogen fertilizer transformed farming in the 20th century, but they are also closely tied to some of today's major agricultural challenges. That has prompted some members of two families that played pivotal roles in developing farm innovations to work on putting a lighter, 21st century stamp on the landscape.

T.J. Carson

Every spring since 1954, Knox College students and faculty have taken part in a one day event that helps bring new life to an old prairie.  The event is so popular that the school's sports teams derive their nickname from it.

Rich Egger

The sixth annual Prairie Fire Bioneers Conference at Knox College explored the multiple meanings of sustainability.

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Nestled among acres of wheat fields and rows of corn, the Land Institute of Salina, Kansas, might seem an unlikely Mecca for environmental activists. After decades of leading the charge to develop alternative ways of raising grain, however, the facility still attracts crowds hunting for hunting for sustainable agricultural solutions.

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Food waste is an expensive problem. The average U.S. family puts upwards of $2,000 worth of food in the garbage every year.

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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
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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.

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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
WIU

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
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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.

Discovery.com

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.

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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.

Rich Egger

Rich Egger’s guests on Emphasis are Cesar Suarez, Ryan Lilly, and Eric Dilts. They talk about the Sustainable Business Center in Galesburg.

Suarez is the city’s economic development director, Lilly is manager of the Entrepreneurship Center of West Central Illinois (which is located at the SBC), and Dilts is the sustainability director at the SBC.

Dilts said the SBC is a business incubator.

Rich Egger

Rich Egger's guests on Emphasis for September 14 are Amy Mossman and Timothy Collins of Western Illinois University. They talk about the fall lineup for the Sustainability Brownbaggers series.

The brownbaggers are billed as “Conversations for the Natural and Social Sciences, Art and Humanities, and Business.”

Mossman and Collins will present the first program, which will focus on “Silent Spring.” This fall marks the 50th anniversary of the publication of Rachel Carson's book.

Emphasis - March 30

Mar 30, 2012

Rich Egger's guests are Mandi Green and Timothy Collins of Western Illinois University. They talk about WIU's 9th Annual Environmental Summit.

Collins, who is Assistant Director of the Illinois Institute for Rural Affairs, said there are numerous hot button issues among those who study sustainability, but two in particular stand out.

"Obviously energy is the one people feel the most because gasoline prices are around $4 per gallon," Collins said.

This semester's Sustainability Brownbaggers at Western Illinois University will begin by focusing on food-related issued.

Timothy Collins, Assistant Director of the Illinois Institute for Rural Affairs at WIU, helped organize the series. He said the first brownbagger is titled “Local Food Possibilities and Issues.”