Monthly Archives: June 2012

Congrats, Stephenie!

Stephenie Presseller, sustainability manager, has been selected as a Community Green chair for the Center for Green Schools at the United States Green Building Council. She was chosen from 90 applicants for her commitment to making green building education and training opportunities more accessible to community colleges.

Argonne Study Finds Benefits to Wind Energy in Illinois

Argonne National Laboratory which is just down the road from Moraine Valley just released a study on wind energy in Illinois (System-Wide Emissions Implications of Increased Wind Power Penetration). The found:

  • wind energy is having positive impact,
  • the saving in cost and CO2 emissions is sometimes greater than expected.

Overall, the results were positive. But, the study some problems that need to be addressed by the state. They found

  • the largest waste comes from powering up old power-plants to compensate for times of low wind,
  • the strongest wind occurs at night when demand is low


Rising Seas Threaten Native Americans’ Land

This video from the PBS Newshour, In Louisiana, Rising Seas Threaten Native Americans’ Land, highlights the ways that disadvantaged populations suffer from climate change. This is a solid example of the connection between social justice issues and climate.

SUMMARY: Native Americans’ tribal lands along the Louisiana coast are washing away as sea levels rise and marshes sink. Part of our Coping with Climate Change series, Hari Sreenivasan reports from Isle de Jean Charles, a community that is slowly disappearing into the sea.

Watch In Louisiana, Rising Seas Threaten Native Americans’ Land on PBS. See more from PBS NewsHour.