Sustainable Webinar Series #3 – Waste less and save money with the 3 R’s and Green Purchasing

Lots of great strategies from Cassie Carroll of the Illinois Green Business Association at today’s webinar! You can watch it here:

New Reports on Climate Equity and Just Transitions

Three great studies reported today related to climate equity and just transitions. You can find links to all of them on CLEANetwork Magazine at

Climate equity and just transitions are a key component of change in The Climate Economy. These three reports are a great way to get some knowledge about what’s happening and why it’s important. We are adding news daily on the the Magazine, so you may have to scroll through the posts to find the reports, but look for today’s date.

Community Solar

There are some opportunities in Carbondale to learn about getting involved community solar, where you don’t have to invest in your own solar system:

Visit Solarize Southern Illinois:

To learn about Illinois Solar For All, a program for income-based community solar participation at a reduced rate:

Please share and add additional info if you know of it!

Free Online Course @UN: Green Economy

This is a course offered by the United Nations at this link:

You can view all the UN courses at this link:

The course is free and open to the public, but you have to register an account.

A green economy results in improved human well-being and social equity, while significantly reducing environmental risks and ecological scarcities. Learn how governments, businesses and citizens can enable the shift to a green economy and what is the role you can play to support a low carbon, resource efficient, and socially inclusive future.

In this course, we will go on a journey that introduces us to the basic concepts, policy instruments and international frameworks of inclusive green economies. Our path consists of five modules which are divided into smaller sections. You can start with any module depending on your preference.

After completing the course, learners will be able to:

  1. Describe the rationale and core concepts for realizing an inclusive green economy against business-as-usual practices
  2. Identify enabling conditions for greening national economies
  3. Outline principal opportunities and challenges in key sectors
  4. Provide examples of national strategies and planning to advance an inclusive green economy
  5. Distinguish international frameworks and initiatives in support of an inclusive green economy

Each of the five modules features a quiz. A quiz is passed with a score of 70% or above. You have three attempts for each quiz. Once you successfully passed all quizzes, you will receive a certificate of completion. Your certificate will be automatically available to download in the “Certification” section under the course page.
This e-course has been developed under the umbrella of the Partnership for Action on Green Economy (PAGE). PAGE brings together five UN agencies – UN Environment, International Labour Organization, UN Development Programme, UN Industrial Development Organization, and UN Institute for Training and Research – whose mandates, expertises and networks combined can offer integrated and holistic support to countries on inclusive green economy.

What are we doing about housing?

There’s a housing eviction crisis looming on the horizon. What is happening in our communities?

We already know that low-income housing in Illinois is in a state of disrepair, and has been for a long time, even as upscale neighborhoods fight against decent living conditions for their fellow Americans. This isn’t an accusation, just a fact of our society that we have to face. We also know that more and more Americans are falling into poverty. So what are we going to do? Who wants to work on this?