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August 20, 2021

 

 
 
CURES  
 

Is your community interested in environmental sustainability and resilience? We want to hear from you! The Center for Urban Resilience and Environmental Sustainability (CURES) is a coalition of research and Extension partners in Illinois who are interested in working with communities to address real world concerns through applied research and outreach projects. To start, we invite you to participate in a short survey about your community’s environmental sustainability goals and challenges. The survey will take 5-10 minutes. Your participation in this research is, of course, voluntary, but we would greatly appreciate your perspective. CURES will host a community project lab in early December through which participants will have a chance to join shovel ready projects. Any communities interested can indicate so on the survey or by contacting Lisa Merrifield, lmorrisn@illinois.edu.

 

 
 
  Ameren
 

Ameren Illinois Energy Efficiency Program's Small Business Direct Install (SBDI) Initiative is helping small businesses reduce their energy costs. Through their network of Certified Program Ally’s, customers can get a free assessment and recommendations for changes that will reduce energy costs. For more information, contact Ameren Illinois at 1.866.800.0747 or find a Program Ally Contractor at AmerenIllinoisSavings.com/SmallBusiness.

 

 
 
Social Impact Research Center  
 

The Heartland Alliance reports that young people leaving the child welfare system need more support and a stronger network as they transition to adulthood. Staff and young people said that building stronger relationships pre-transition, and having more skills and resources to live independently, as well as improving staff hiring and training, would make the transitions more successful. State agencies are currently working to improve their transition planning processes. The report, which includes the voices of young people, can directly inform those agency decisions. Young people leaving foster care and the juvenile justice system as young adults have faced challenges during their adolescence, many of which are related to larger structural issues including poverty, intergenerational trauma, racism, homophobia and transphobia and lack of access to needed behavioral health and/or substance use disorder (SUD) supports, but a young person’s opportunities should not be dictated by their circumstances or by decisions they made as an adolescent. The Heartland Alliance report encourages us to invest in and support young people as they transition from the child welfare system and into their adult lives.

 

 
 
  LGE Webinar Series
 

From Rockford to Cairo and Quincy to Danville, and countless communities in between, there are endless examples of people, communities, entities and businesses doing great things. Elevate Illinois was started to bring focus to those and to look for ways to bring people together from across the state to collaborate on subjects of mutual interest. Learn more about the effort and how you can become a part of the movement. Join Craig Coil and Janet Mathis from Elevate Illinois on Tuesday, August 31 at Noon CT on Elevate Illinois: What Makes Our State Great, co-hosted by Rural Partners and Illinois Extension’s Local Government Education program. Go here for more information and to register.

 

 
 

UPCOMING EVENTS

August 31 – Elevate Illinois: What Makes Our State Great

September 2 – Hancock County Addiction Coalition: Who We Are and What We Do

September 7 – Corn Belt Ports Initiative

September 30 – Making Inroads into the Substance Use Disorder Crisis: Mobilizing New Approaches to Rural SUD Services

 
 
 
 
 

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