The Quiet Path toward Sustainability

[imgbelt×431.png]While trendier communities grab the headlines, the small city of Macomb, Illinois, charts its own path toward improving economic and environmental conditions in the Midwest. Loose networks, volunteerism and cooperation make the difference.


Prairie Lands Environmental Summit will be held on October 22 on the WIU campus.  

Keynote speaker is Michael Howard, associate director of the Illinois Department of Natural Resources and south side Chicago community activist who founded Eden Place Nature Center on an abandoned brownfield site. (See more on the summit at the bottom of this article.)


Sustainability Brownbaggers

This fall’s seminars include Laurence Overmire, author of The One Idea That Saves the World, on September 23; Sarah Dewees, First Nations Development Institute, “Reclaiming Native Food Systems,” September 30; and Timothy Collins, Institute for Rural Affairs, “Historic Roots of Community Sustainability,” October 7.

The Malpass Library keeps an archive of past presentations.


Prairie Lands Environmental Summit

Besides a grant writing workshop for the Arts and Humanities on October 21, the summit on October 22 will feature three tracks:

·      “Greening Our Community,” aimed at the Western Illinois – Macomb area community in recognition of Campus Sustainability Day.

·      “Arts on the Prairie Landscape: Main Streets and Country Roads,” aimed at community and economic developers, local officials and community residents, especially those interested in the arts and humanities.

·      Continuing education aimed at high school science teachers.

More information on the summit.