Monthly Archives: February 2013

VT Senator Sanders & CA Senator Boxer to launch a new climate bill

There has been great movement in the climate change discussion in response to President Obama’s State of the Union Address. In fact, VT Senator Sanders & CA Senator Boxer toook the President’s charge to act on climate change and announced plans to introduce a new bill.

The bill would end fossil fuel subsidies, invest in job-creating climate solutions like energy retrofits, and pass a stiff price on carbon, 60% of the profits of which would be rebated, per capita, to ever legal U.S. resident.

“The legislation that Senator Boxer and I are introducing today with the support of some of the leading environmental organizations in the country can actually address the crisis and does what has to be done to protect the planet,” said Senator Sanders at an event in the Senate office building. “It can reverse greenhouse gas emissions in a significant way. It can create millions of jobs as we transform our energy system away from fossil fuel and into energy efficiency and such sustainable energies as wind, solar, geothermal and biomass.”

Read the full article here. What’s your reaction to this?
Thousands of people from across the nation are either in D.C. or on their way there now by the bus loads. They are planning to arrange a rally on Sunday to show their support of proactive climate legislation and their disapproval of the Keystone Pipeline. Then, in major cities throughout the States are also hosting satellite rallies to show support in solidarity.
Could be a really interesting year for climate change policy!!

Great Lake Water Levels Dropping

I wanted to post this video from the PBS News Hour. This is a local issue that is not getting much discussion.

Economic Problems Wash Ashore as Lake Michigan’s Water Level Hits Record Low (February 11, 2013)
Description: Lake Michigan, one of the crown jewels of Chicago and the Midwest, has recently experienced a dramatic drop in water levels. As Elizabeth Brackett of WTTW Chicago reports, that drop has created economic problems for towns that border its shore.

Watch Problems Wash Ashore as Lake Michigan’s Water Level Hits Low on PBS. See more from PBS NewsHour.

Dumpster Diving gets a New Look!

Wow, I really like this idea. As someone who has furnished nearly 95% of her apartment with used, often curbside/alley found, objects I think this see-through bag would revolutionize my dumpster divin’ scores.

“Whether it’s that purple vase your sister-in-law got you, or that particular coffee-pad-loving coffee machine (you know the one) that’s been lying in the basement for ages; everybody owns items that are no longer of value to them,” says designer Simon Akkaya on the WaarMaker website.

What do you think? Clever, eh?

Student Sustainability Summit – Request for Proposals

The South Metropolitan Higher Education Consortium is pleased to announce

2013 Student Sustainability Summit
Friday, April 12, 2013
9:15 am – 2:45 pm

Prairie State College
202 S. Halsted St. Chicago Heights, Il 60411

chadKeynote SpeakerChad Pregracke is the President and Founder of Living Lands & Waters (LL&W), the world’s only “industrial strength” not-for-profit river cleanup organization. Chad formed LL&W at the youthful age of 23, after spending his life growing up and working on the Mississippi River. Early on, he became appalled by the amount of garbage in the river and decided that if no one else was going to do something about it, he would.

 Over the last 15 years, he, his crew, and 70,000 volunteers have removed 7 million pounds of garbage out of our nation’s rivers.  He’s also broadened his mission to include a MillionTrees and an Adopt-A-River Mile Project, as well as a new floating classroom aboard a barge that he and his crew live on 7 months of the year, teaching students, educators and individual citizens about the value of our rivers and natural resources. 

View the Event Program & Submit a Proposal!

Registration deadline is April 5, 2013. All registrants will be entered to win an iPad. You must be present to win. The drawing will be at the end of the summit.

Want to be a student presenter? Breakout sessions give you the opportunity to share your insights with others. Deadline for submission is March 6, 2013.



For more information, email Stephenie Presseller sustainability manager at Moraine Valley Community College, or call her at 708-974-5412 or Call Don Brozek with SMHEC Phone: 708-235-3972