Illinois ( (listen) IL-ə-NOY) is a state in the Midwestern region of the United States. Of the fifty U.S. states, it has the fifth largest gross domestic product (GDP), the sixth largest population, and the 25th largest land area. Chicago is the state's largest city and the fifth largest city in North America with the capital in Springfield, located in the center of the state; other major metropolitan areas include Metro East (of Greater St. Louis), Peoria and Rockford.
Climate change[edit | edit source]
Climate change in Illinois encompasses the effects of climate change, attributed to man-made increases in atmospheric carbon dioxide, in the U.S. state of Illinois.
The United States Environmental Protection Agency reports:
"Illinois's climate is changing. Most of the state has warmed by about one degree (F) in the last century. Floods are becoming more frequent, and ice cover on the Great Lakes is forming later or melting sooner. In the coming decades, the state will have more extremely hot days, which may harm public health in urban areas and corn harvests in rural areas". In May 2019, The Kansas City Star noted that although it was not yet possible to say whether climate change was contributing to the increasing number of tornadoes in the region, "the band of states in the central United States ... that each spring are ravaged by hundreds of tornadoes — is not disappearing. But it seems to be expanding", resulting in a higher frequency of tornadoes in states including Illinois. In 2015, The Washington Post reported that "by the end of the century... Chicago could become a lot like today’s Texas, having even more days per year above 95 degrees than the Lone Star State currently does".
Open spaces[edit | edit source]
Illinois has a variety of protected areas, including 123 state protected areas - state parks, wildlife areas, recreation areas, nature reserves, and state forests. There are also federal and local level protected areas in the state. These levels interact to provide a variety of recreation opportunities and conservation schemes, sometimes in a small area. For instance, 1,500-acre (6.1 km2) Shabbona Lake State Park lies in DeKalb County which has its own 1,000-acre (4.0 km2) forest preserve system, while the City of DeKalb has a 700-acre (2.8 km2) park system.
A UNESCO World Heritage Site in Illinois, Cahokia, is protected as State-owned historic site.
Community energy[edit | edit source]
Cycling activism[edit | edit source]
Wikipedia: Cycling in Illinois
Food activism[edit | edit source]
Sustainable transport activism[edit | edit source]
Wikipedia: Hiking trails in Illinois (category)
Resources[edit | edit source]
Networks and sustainability initiatives[edit | edit source]
Events[edit | edit source]
March 8 Going Green Matters, Go Green Wilmette
Citizens data initiative[edit | edit source]
Illinois State Energy Profile – DOE, Energy Information Administration
News and comment[edit | edit source]
Illinois's Cook County Helps Solar Energy Cooperatives Rise and Shine, Jul 19 
Bison mania hits 95 miles west of Chicago as herd continues to grow, Dec 30 
Illinois - 1.7 million people choose 100% green electricity, March 9 
Campaigns[edit | edit source]
SAFE, Southern Illinoisans Against Fracturing our Environment
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