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Nutrient Loss Reduction Podcast

Podcast produced by University of Illinois Extension discussing topics related to the Illinois Nutrient Loss Reduction Strategy.

Integrated Bioprocessing Research Laboratory

Working to advance research and education focused on renewable food, fuel and fiber-based processing platforms.

Stormwater@Home

Video series about rainwater management featuring homeowner nature-based solutions including rain gardens and permeable pavement.

Spotlight on Natural Resources

Podcast covering current topics in Illinois natural resources such as native plant selection, natural lawn care, and managing municipal solid waste.

Resource Collections

Energy and Environment is a broad and diverse area of study. We've organized our resources into several topical themes to help you dig more deeply into your areas of interest. From educational curriculum units to websites devoted to deeply exploring a single topic area, our resource collection represents best practices based on both proven and emerging research and the work of our professional education staff.

 

Trained Volunteer Programs  -  Environmental Stewardship at Home  -   Energy  -  Weather and Climate

Water  -  Composting and Soil   -  Insects, Plants, and Wildlife   -  Podcasts, Blogs, and Newsletters

Trained Volunteer Programs

Illinois Master Naturalists

A program for trained volunteers to connect people with nature and help them become engaged environmental stewards.

Illinois Master Gardeners

A network of programs and activities for trained volunteers to educate the public about horticultural topics.

Environmental Stewardship at Home

Healthy Indoor Air

Identify, prevent, and solve air quality problems.

Disposing of Unwanted Medicine & Personal Care Products

Best practices on where and how to safely dispose of these potentially harmful products.

Additional Resources for Environmental Stewardship at Home

Energy

Center for Advanced Bioenergy and Bioproducts Innovation

Research on sustainable energy sources, primarily bioenergy crops.

Firewood in Illinois

Learn about good firewood characteristics, forest and woodlot management, and wood stoves and fireplaces.

Additional Resources for Energy

Weather and Climate

Disaster Resources

Quick access to information on disaster preparedness and recovery.

Weather Video Series

Learn all about the weather with this informative video series.

Illinois State Climatologist Office

Provides weather and climate data, maps, and information for Illinois.

Additional Resources for Weather and Climate

Educational lessons

  • Riding the Winds with Kalani: This weather adventure teaches about temperature, clouds, precipitation, and Earth movements (intended for K-2nd grade students). Spanish, Chinese, and Korean versions available
  • Tree House Weather Kids: Learn about why the weather changes, how we predict the weather, and how weather can cause great destruction (intended for 5th-8th grade students). Spanish version available
  • Shake, Rattle, and Slide: Learn about the work of earthquakes, volcanoes, and glaciers (intended for 5th-8th grade students). Spanish version available

Water

Illinois-Indiana Sea Grant

Research, education, and outreach promoting the sustainable use of the Great Lakes and other water resources.

Illinois Drainage Research and Outreach Program (I-DROP)

Improving agricultural water quality in Illinois and beyond.

Additional Resources for Water

Educational lessons

Composting and Soil

Composting for the Homeowner

Learn about the science of composting, how to build a compost pile, and materials needed for composting.

Animal Mortality Composting

Information about an animal mortality composting workshop.

Composting Central

A clearinghouse for resources about composting.

Additional Resources for Composting and Soil

Educational lessons

Insects, Plants, and Wildlife

Gypsy Moth Reporting Site

Learn about gypsy moths and how to control them.

Emerald Ash Borer

Learn how to identify ash trees and spot possible Emerald Ash Borers and then explore options for controlling the problem. Spanish version available.

Living with Wildlife in Illinois

Information about how to coexist with Illinois wildlife.

Additional Resources for Insects, Plants, and Wildlife

Educational lessons

  • Adventures of Squirmin' Herman the Worm: Lessons about worms and how to make your own worm bin (intended for 1st-3rd grade students). Spanish version available
  • I Think Green: Youth investigate how living things interact with each other and with their environment.
  • Trees are Terrific: Designed to help young children (5–8 years of age) gain an appreciation of trees, observe trees in their every day lives and develop an interest in learning more about trees. Spanish version available
  • Exploring the Secret Life of Trees: Designed to help 3rd–5th grade students gain an appreciation of trees, observe trees in their everyday lives, and develop an interest in discovering more about trees. Spanish version available

Podcasts, Blogs, and Newsletters

Nutrient Loss Reduction Podcast

Podcast produced by University of Illinois Extension discussing topics related to the Illinois Nutrient Loss Reduction Strategy.

Spotlight on Natural Resources

Podcast covering current topics in Illinois natural resources such as native plant selection, natural lawn care, and managing municapal solid waste.