Kenwood students studying coral, ocean

CHAMPAIGN — They're a long way from the ocean, but students in Diana Boyd's enrichment classes at Champaign's Kenwood Elementary are sure excited about coral.

They're studying it and trying to raise money to adopt some corals of their own to save through The Coral Restoration Foundation in Florida.

Wind farm foes urge zoning that would ban turbines near Roberts

ROBERTS — A group of wind-energy opponents is urging village officials to create their own zoning regulations, a measure that would allow the town to keep wind farms from being built on farmland immediately outside its boundaries.

Climate change presentation set for DACC

DANVILLE — Danville Area Community College will host a climate change presentation that has its foundation in the Oscar award-winning documentary, "An Inconvenient Truth."

The presentation is scheduled for 7 p.m. Nov. 22 at DACC's Bremer Theater, 2000 E. Main St., Danville. It is free and open to the public.

Zoning board votes 4-3 to send wind farm permit to county board


URBANA -- A proposed 30-turbine wind farm in northeastern Champaign County won approval Thursday night from the Champaign County Zoning Board of Appeals.

RFK Jr.: Country needs to retool energy system

URBANA — Robert F. Kennedy Jr. sees every house as a potential power plant, part of his vision of a carbon-free and more democratic energy future.

Retooling the nation's energy system is the surest way to "walk us out of the recession," he said Wednesday in a speech at the University of Illinois Foellinger Auditorium.

Wind turbine case back to zoning board

URBANA -- A zoning case for a 30-turbine wind farm development is going back to the Champaign County Zoning Board of Appeals, the county board voted Tuesday night at a committee of the whole meeting.

Firms win statewide sustainability award

CHAMPAIGN — Cabot Corp. in Tuscola and the University of Illinois Retrocommissioning Group in Champaign have been named winners of the 2011 Governor's Sustainability Award.

They were among 19 first-time winners of the award presented by the Illinois Sustainable Technology Center at a luncheon last week.

Danville considers $396,000 for environmental work

DANVILLE — The Danville City Council will consider Tuesday (Nov. 1) night whether to spend most of a $400,000 environmental grant on a consulting firm to assess potentially contaminated properties in the city.

With cooler temperatures come pests

The cooler fall weather brings a lot of unwanted guests into our homes, places of business, and other buildings.

University of Illinois Extension Horticulture Educator Rhonda Ferree says spiders, mice and insects all try to find shelter from the cold weather.

Covenant to become smoke-free next month

URBANA — Provena Covenant Medical Center will become a smoke-free campus Nov. 17.

Covenant currently bans smoking in the main hospital building and within 15 feet of the entrance.

But next month, Covenant will join its sister campus in Danville, United Samaritans Medical Center, and Carle Foundation Hospital in Urbana in banning smoking on its entire medical campus.