Cool Cities Committee - Green Initiatives Page
Committee Meets the 3rd Wednesday of Each Month at 7 pm in Village Hall.
Chris Krusa, Co-chair, 5/1/23-4/30/26 email@example.com
John Slosar, Co-chair, 5/1/23-4/30/26 firstname.lastname@example.org
Paul Brown, member, 12/13/22-4/30/25
Donna Charleston, member, 5/1/21-4/30/24
Sheila Page, member, 5/1/20-4/30/24
BOARD LIAISON: Mark Foley
What is the Glen Carbon Cool Cities About?
The five person Glen Carbon Cool Cities Committee was established by ordinance on July 12, 2011. The Cool Cities Program is a national program promoted by the Sierra Club and strongly supported by the U.S. Conference of Mayors and the International council for Local Environmental Initiatives (ICLEI). The program is aimed at promoting city-specific action plans designed to reduce CO2 emissions.
The Glen Carbon Cool Cities Committee is committed to a sustainable future, setting environmental impact targets, reducing carbon emissions and measuring performance.
NASA Climate Kids - games, activities, and videos teach about weather and climate, atmosphere, water, energy, and plants and animals. https://climatekids.nasa.gov/
Learning and Teaching about the Environment presented by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) - Includes homework resources, lesson plans, and project ideas. https://www.epa.gov/students
The Illinois Monarch Project - includes many resources to promote the conservation of the breeding and feeding habitats of the Monarch butterflies and other pollinators. http://illinoismonarchproject.org/
Climate Kids/Precipitation Education - presented by NASA's Global Precipitation Measurement (GPM). This website teaches kids about Earth's systems, water cycle, weather and climate. https://gpm.nasa.gov/education/
Bioman Biology - visit this site for games and virtual labs that help you learn about cells, ecology, genetics, body systems, classification, chemistry, respiration/photosynthesis, and scientific methods. https://www.biomanbio.com/
Carbon footprint calculator. https://www.carbonindependent.org/
Local Environmental Organizations & Resources
Heartland Conservancy, 29 E Main Street, Belleville, IL 62220. Telephone: 618-566-4451. Website: https://heartlandsconservancy.org/. The mission of Heartlands Conservancy is to conserve, connect, and restore the diverse natural and cultural resources that sustain the people and communities of southwestern Illinois.
Illinois Environmental Council, 520 En Capitol, Springfield, IL 62701. Telephone: 217-544-5954. Website: https://ilenviro.org/. This is an advocacy organization whose mission is to advance public policies that create healthy environments across Illinois.
Nature Conservancy, 2816 Sutton Blvd., #2, St. Louis, MO 63143. Telephone: 314-968-1105. Website: https://www.nature.org/en-us/. This is an organization devoted to advancing effective, lasting conservation in more than 70 countries and territories.
The Nature Institute, 2213 S Levis Lane, Godfrey, IL 62035. Telephone: 618-466-9930. Website: https://www.thenatureinstitute.org/. The Nature Institute (TNI) is a conservation and environmental education non-profit organization whose mission is to raise awareness and appreciation of the natural world through preservation, restoration, and education. Several miles of hiking trails are available to explore from dawn to dusk, April through November. The organization also hosts many learning and outreach events for area students and citizens."
Sierra Club—Piasa Palisades, 112 Front St., Alton, IL 62002. Telephone: 618-433-1807. Website: https://www.sierraclub.org/illinois/piasa-palisades.The Sierra Club is involved in numerous conservation efforts in the region. It holds monthly educational meetings about environmental topics and offers local outdoor outings.
Watershed Nature Center/Nature Preserve Foundation,1591 Tower Avenue, Edwardsville, IL 62025. Telephone: 618-692-7578. Website: https://naturepreservefoundation.org/watershed-nature-center/. The Center provides protected forest, prairie & wetland habitat with paved walking trails & an education center.
Support your Local Farmer and buy Organic Foods: Buying locally will save fuel and keep money in your community. Here are some Farmers' Markets in our area, one of which is even open in the winter months. And, did you know that organic soils capture and store carbon dioxide at much higher levels than soil from conventional farms?
Goshen Market - Open select days during the winter! http://www.goshenmarket.org
Alton Farmer's Market at http://www.altonmainstreet.org/page/farmers-market
There are many alternative ways to get around town and save energy, reduce carbon emissions while saving money!
Here are some alternative transportation resources:
Ridefinders https://ridefinders.rideproweb.com/rp2/Home/Home. Car and van pooling consists of two or more persons sharing the ride together to and from work or for leisure. You can find a carpool match in the area that shares similar work locations and travel time requirements.
Madison County Transit https://www.mct.org/. Go here for information on The Madison County bus network including Express Routes, the SIUE Campus Hairpin Shelter Connections, Park and Ride options, and how to “Bike and Bus” on the MCT System.
MCT Bike Trails https://www.mcttrails.org/. This site is your guide to the MCT Trails system, a free, family-friendly recreation and transportation option for Madison County Illinois residents and visitors.
Electric Bikes for Sale And Rental. Check out Glen Carbon's Covered Bridge Bike Rental at http://www.coveredbridgebikerental.com/. Pedego Bikes at https://pedegoelectricbikes.com/dealers/edwardsville/, and The Cyclery in Edwardsville at https://www.thecyclerys.com/.
Electric Vehicles. The Illinois Climate and Equitable Jobs Act: Learn about the CEJA and its provisions to phase out carbon emissions from the energy and transportation sectors in lllinois. The Illinois EPA is directed in CEJA to establish rebate and grant programs for electric vehicles and charging stations and oversee the phase-out of fossil fuel-fired electrical generation units.
Illinois Electric Vehicle Rebate Program Learn about the Illinois’ rebate program for the purchase of electric vehicles.
Edwardsville, Illinois EV Charging Stations See where you can charge your electric vehicle in the Edwardsville area.
Grow Solar Metro-East is a public education and group purchasing program for residential and commercial solar. Offered by the Midwest Renewable Energy Association and local partners, residential and small business property owners throughout Madison County, St. Clair County, and Monroe County can participate in this program to help pool their buying power and secure significant discounts that make installing solar simple and more affordable. The program builds on previous years of successful programs that helped over 217 local property owners in the Metro-East go solar. Here is its website for more information and to sign-up: https://www.growsolar.org/metro-east/#start-by-attending.
Illinois Solar Education Association (ISEA) A good source to get information on solar in Illinois is the Illinois Solar Education Association. ISEA is the state resource for renewable energy-related policy developments, educational classes, events, and access to local renewable energy especially solar businesses. Here is its website: https://www.illinoissolar.org/.
A good source for solar information locally is also the Glen Carbon Cool Cities Committee. Member Chris Krusa can be reached at (410)490-5024 or by email email@example.com.
Community Solar. Anyone who buys energy from Ameren Illinois can participate in Community Solar-- renters, businesses, non-profits, and municipalities--to reduce energy bills, or including homeowners to reduce reliance on polluting energy sources. You get the benefits of solar energy without the expense and hassle of buying solar equipment.
Illinois allows you to buy electricity through a subscription to approved companies that produce electricity in “Community Solar” farms as an alternative to buying energy through the normal providers available through Ameren Illinois. You still get energy through your Ameren utility lines, but you are paying for energy produced on one of those solar farms. Because the Community Solar company can take advantage of several financial incentives, as well as the low cost of solar equipment when installed at large scale, they can offer you energy more affordably. You get energy without installation costs, up-front fees, maintenance fees, or termination fees—you just get a lower bill. Some companies offer you energy at 20% below the typical rates offered by Ameren Illinois. You don’t have to live near the Community Solar project to take advantage of it. Your money still goes to a company providing green energy to the electric grid, rather than to fossil fuel companies polluting our environment.
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Check out items that CAN be recycled in the blue dumpster by clicking here. Types of plastic bags and film that CAN be recycled include the following. You can watch two informative videos below. One video gives an excellent overview of what happens after your recycling gets picked up and can be found at YouTube Video YouTube Video https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6Bwlii0m39M YouTube Video YouTube Video (16 minutes) and busting recycling myths at YouTube Video YouTube Video https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=y7rDC_NoW6M YouTube Video YouTube Video (60 minutes).
More information can also be found on the Madison County website about electronic and hazardous waste at: https://www.madisoncountyil.gov/departments/planning_and_development/recycle_events.php