The Everyday Environment Webinar Series is offered by University of Illinois Extension's Energy & Environmental Stewardship Team, and focuses on a different environmental topic each month. These webinars will both provide new information on natural resources and help you learn how to make small changes in your lifestyle to have a positive impact on the environment. There is never a shortage of new things to learn about your everyday environment! 

The schedule of webinars is below and registration is free! Please register for each individual webinar you are interested in attending at their respective registration link.


All About Squirrels 

December 10, 2020 at 1:00 p.m. Central Daylight Time

This webinar focuses on the ever present urban gymnasts that live up in the trees. Squirrels are a staple on many college campuses, backyards, and of course our forests, but how much do we really know about these mischievous rodents? Join Abigail Garofalo as she delves into the ecology and life of squirrels so that we can understand these amazing creatures. Presenter: Abigail Garofalo

Radon: Is it Still an Issue? 

January 14, 2021 at 1:00 p.m. Central Daylight Time

January is Radon Awareness month. Radon awareness, testing, and mitigation for homes has been discussed from many years. Why are we talking about it now? Is radon still an issue of concern in Illinois homes? Join us to learn why radon should still be a concern for Illinois residents. As the leading cause of lung cancer for non-smokers, radon continues to be the odorless, radioactive gas silently sneaking into many homes. Presenter: Stanley (Jay) Solomon

Waste to Renewable Energy

February 11, 2021 at 1:00 p.m. Central Daylight Time

Anaerobic digestion technology is used as a solution to divert food waste from the landfill. Farmers also utilize the technology to capture methane emissions associated with the management of liquid manures. Join University of Illinois Extension Environmental & Energy Stewardship Educator Ashley Belle to learn how renewable energy is produced from organic waste materials. This webinar will cover the digestion process, steps for operating optimal digestion systems, and the current status of agricultural anaerobic digesters in the US. Presenter: Ashley Belle

Severe Weather

March 11, 2021 at 1:00 p.m. Central Daylight Time

Spring brings severe weather back to Illinois and the Midwest.  Thunderstorms pack high winds, heavy rain, lightning, and potentially tornadoes.  To learn more about these phenomena, join Extension Educator Duane Friend as he discusses types of thunderstorms and how they form, forms of lightning and what research is learning about lightning, and current research in tornadoes. Presenter: Duane Friend


If you need a reasonable accommodation to participate in any of these programs, please contact the presenter at the link provided. Early requests are strongly encouraged to allow sufficient time for meeting your access needs.

Webinar Archives

Each program is recorded and uploaded to Illinois Extension YouTube channel. To allow time for closed captioning, please check the YouTube channel 30 days after the scheduled program.