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March 6, 2015
Case Studies in Municipal Energy Conservation  
Tuesday, March 10, 2015 | Noon to 1 PM
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Presented by:  Andy Robinson and Todd Rusk,
Illinois Smart Energy Design Assistance Center (SEDAC)

The Smart Energy Design Center (SEDAC) is sponsored by the Illinois Energy Now program of the Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity.  SEDAC provides advice and analyses enabling non-residential facilities in the State of Illinois to increase profitability through the efficient use of energy resources. The free technical services for public sector and business clients can identify opportunities for energy savings through intelligent building design and efficient building components and systems.  In their work throughout Illinois, working with both large and small communities, SEDAC has successfully identified cost effective energy conservation strategies which have yielded tremendous cost savings for local governments.
This webinar will provide an overview of local government energy conservation projects and how government organizations can access this University of Illinois service. 
Illinois Products Expo - Springfield - 10am-5pm
The 17th Illinois Products Expo will be held on March 7-8, 2015, in the Orr Building, Illinois State Fairgrounds, Springfield, IL.  Over 70 Illinois companies will be providing free food samples and selling their products.   A few non-food items, such as soy & herb candles and agricultural-based soaps/lotions will also be available to purchase. The Illinois Wine Garden will once again be a featured attraction at the Expo.  Illinois wineries will participate; selling wine samples and wine by the glass and the bottle.
Henry Ford. Mark Twain. Willa Cather. Warren Buffett. Abraham Lincoln. Betty Friedan. Bob Dylan. They're all iconic, they all changed the world in one way or another, and they're all Midwesterners. To anyone from the Heartland, it's self-evident that the middle of the country has produced some truly impressive people. But all too often, the Midwest feels ignored by people on the coasts (unless it's an election year). The Midwest is a fascinating place, full of far more than hot dishes and corn and admirable work ethics. Here are 41 maps (and charts) that explain the Midwest's land, people, and what it even is.
Skating to work 

The city of Edmonton wants to create a new way for commuters to get to work in the most Canadian way possible — by ice skating down a 7-mile long trail known as the Freezeway. The idea for the Edmonton Freezeway originated thanks to an offhand joke from one of the city’s elected officials. City council member Tooker Gomerg once joked in the 1990s, “Why don’t we just crack the fire hydrants open, flood the streets and let people skate to work in the winter?” 
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