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September 7, 2018



According to the Midwest Pesticide Action Center (MPAC), striving for a weed-free lawn actually starves landscapes of healthy and natural ways of feeding pollinators and providing nitrogen-dense fertilizer for grass, naturally. More importantly, studies have linked pesticides to various behavioral, reproductive, immune, and nervous system disorders. For over a year, the City of Urbana and Urbana Park District have partnered with MPAC and its Midwest Grows Green (MGG) initiative to demonstrate that landscapes can be managed with organic, not synthetic, pesticides and fertilizers for its flower beds and sports fields, thus promoting sustainability through the city’s natural areas. At Urbana Grows Green Weekend, September 7th – 11th, MPAC, the City of Urbana, Urbana Park District, University of Illinois Extension, and others will assist residents with revitalizing their landscapes and demonstrate natural lawn care and organic gardening approaches. By reducing use of pesticides and fertilizers, everyone can create safer environments for people (i.e. children playing outside), pets, pollinators, rivers and streams.



National Arts In Education Week is September 9-15, 2018. Designated by Congress in 2010, House Resolution 275 names the week beginning with the second Sunday in September as National Arts in Education Week. During this week, the field of arts education and its supporters joins together in communities across the country to tell the story of the transformative power of the arts in education. In 2018, it is a particularly important time to celebrate arts education as we face the challenges in Washington and through states around the nation in fully realizing the goal of equitable access to arts education for every student.



Energy Code Workshop. Attend the 2018 IECC (Illinois Energy Conservation Code) Electrical and Lighting Systems Workshop, offered by SEDAC in partnership with the Central Illinois Division International Association of Electrical Inspectors (IAEI). The presentation will cover the 2018 International Energy Conservation Code (IECC), focusing on the Electrical Power and Lighting Systems sections. Lunch will be served at a cost of $20. When: October 11, 2018, from 11am to 3pm (includes lunch from 12-1pm). Check in begins at 10:30am.Where: Crawfords, 610 West Chestnut, Bloomington, IL 61701. Space is limited, so advanced registration is required. To register, email Rand Veerman at or call 309.824.7489. 



Small business owners in Central/Southern Illinois: take advantage of the unique opportunity to share your concerns about federal regulatory challenges your business is facing directly with those that can make a difference. At the September 10 roundtable in Springfield, you will learn how the SBA’s Office of Advocacy can help your small business save time and money resolving complex regulatory compliance and enforcement issues; provide input on regulatory fairness issues impacting your small business and discuss ways the federal government can help your small business; get more information on federal resources and assistance for your small business; and meet local SBA representatives and partners. There is no fee to participate. Register to attend.



University of Illinois Extension Community and Economic Development will air two live webinars on Municipal Approaches to Solar Energy, both on Thursdays at Noon (CST) on September 13th and 27th. On September 13th, Scott Tess (Environmental Sustainability Manager at the City of Urbana), will share strategies and experiences to make your municipality an easy, fast, and cheap place for solar energy installations for both public and private sector properties. He will discuss the SolSmart best practices and recognition program, municipal solar procurement, public bulk purchase programming, and leasing underutilized property for solar. On September 27th, Rick Swan (Fond du Lac Township Supervisor and Executive Director of the East Peoria Chamber of Commerce) will discuss his experiences in solar farm implementation and leading a community-supported solar panel installation. REGISTER HERE



September 10 (SBA) - Small Business Regulatory Fairness Roundtable (Springfield)

September 13 (Webinar) - Municipal Approaches to Solar Energy (Part I)

September 27 (Webinar) - Municipal Approaches to Solar Energy (Part II)

September 30 (USDA Funding Deadline) - Rural Energy Savings Program

October 11 (SEDAC) - Energy Code Workshop