sustainability

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
http://thesustainablelandscape.com/Green_Roofs.html

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.

http://www.s-w-a-p.biz/

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
http://compostingtechnology.com/products/compost-systems/earth-tub/

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.

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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.

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