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April 10, 2015

Climate Change Series: Green Infrastructure and Storm Water Management – LGIEN Webinar Series on Climate Change
Tuesday, April 14, 2015 | Noon to 1 PM

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Presented by:  Eliana Brown and Lisa Merrifield, IL-IN SeaGrant
Communities across the country are investing in “green infrastructure” to improve their water quality and water security in ways that are less expensive and more resilient than traditional water system infrastructure. Conserving and restoring natural areas, while incorporating trees, rain gardens, vegetated roofs, and other elements of natural systems into developed areas allows communities to manage rainwater where it falls. These practices are integral components of sustainable design, and provide numerous social and economic benefits to community by promoting the health of humans and their environment.

BroadbandIllinois.org Website Feature

Did you know that broadbandillinois.org contains broadband speed tier information by county? We have a map of each Illinois county that depicts the speed tiers available in that county. Not happy with your broadband provider or options? Use our Find Broadband Tool to generate a list of providers that service your address. If your options are limited, you can Request Broadband and a notice will be sent to all the providers that service your county. 

Restaurant crowdfunding is this year’s trend
 
More and more people are interested in knowing where their food comes from, and that includes entrepreneurs who want to open the next hip eating spot. But opening a restaurant can cost hundreds of thousands of dollars and comes with great risk. And ponying up the cash for prime real estate and talent isn’t easy, never mind trying to secure a huge loan. But the growing popularity of crowdfunding sites such as Kickstarter and Indiegogo has sparked focused incubators and funding ideas. 

U.S. Plan to Address Climate Change

The U.S. administration unveiled details about its proposal to reduce U.S. greenhouse gas emissions. These changes are expected to result in cost savings from cleaner technologies and create more American energy jobs. Renewable sources now provide one-fifth of the world's electricity, while solar manufacturing costs have dropped 80% in the last seven years. Wind turbines installed now are 100 times better at generating power than turbines were 30 years ago. Clean technology investments surged to $310 billion last year. In the United States, carbon emissions fell by 10%  from 2007 to 2013, the largest absolute emissions reduction recorded, even as the United States has recovered from the Great Recession.

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