Environmental Almanac: Campus Earth Week activities scheduled

In anticipation of Earth Week, which begins today, I checked in with some of the people who are coordinating events on the University of Illinois campus.

'Insurgent educator' to talk urban farming

Stephen Ritz calls himself an "insurgent educator," appropriate for the man who once brought a 22-foot snake into his classroom.

The janitor inadvertently let it out one day, and the school was closed for a week after it moved into the ceiling.

Champaign ups energy incentives

CHAMPAIGN — The city will begin tacking on to Ameren Illinois programs designed to help people make their homes more energy efficient.

Ash borer found in Danville's Douglas Park

DANVILLE — Danville has officially joined Champaign-Urbana and other central Illinois cities in the battle of the emerald ash borer.

IKEA purchase of wind farm won't delay construction

HOOPESTON — The purchase of the Hoopeston Wind farm by Swedish furniture retailer IKEA will not delay construction on the 98-megawatt project that's expected to be operational early next year.

Waste from pork plant causing problems at Rantoul treatment plant

RANTOUL — Undertreated sanitary waste from the Rantoul Foods pork processing plant pretreatment facility is causing problems with the village of Rantoul's filtration of material running into the wastewater treatment plant.

State sides with Duke Energy in appeal of coal ash ruling


EP Purification win will get product ready for market

CHAMPAIGN — A Champaign company that won $100,000 in a clean-energy competition last week says it plans to use the money to get its product ready for market.

EP Purification won the $100,000 Wells Fargo Early-Stage Prize at the 2014 Clean Energy Challenge in Chicago.

State's questions resolved on UI solar farm

A field of solar panels designed to supply about 2 percent of the electricity demand at the University of Illinois has cleared a major hurdle with the state, and officials are hopeful installation will start later this year.

Electronics recycling event this weekend

CHAMPAIGN — Champaign County will conduct its next countywide residential electronics collection event this weekend.

The event will be held from 8 a.m. to noon Saturday at Parkland College, 2400 W. Bradley Avenue, Champaign.

Nichole Millage of the city of Champaign announced on Tuesday afternoon that drivers are asked to enter Parkland from the Duncan Road entrance.

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