Energy & Environment

Whether you're managing your family's farm or you're an avid supporter of greenspaces in urban areas, interest in expanding our understanding of the natural environment has never been higher. With an increased focus on sustainability, safety, and innovation, what we know about shepherding our energy and environmental resources has evolved rapidly in the past decade. If you've got questions about best practices in environmental stewardship, you'll appreciate that our information is based on peer-reviewed science - the gold standard in determining the credibility and reliability of information.

Looking for an answer to a specific question? Contact our energy and environmental stewardship educator, Jay Solomon, to learn more about how Illinois Extension is prepared to help. 

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.

Additional Resources for Water

Jo Daviess County Water Resource Management Plan

Land use changes affect water resources (see the following page maps showing land cover in the 1830s and in 2012).
This plan has been created to identify and assess issues related to surface water and groundwater in the county and to

document consensus about the best way to manage water resources going forward. Science-based stewardship and
evidence-based decision-making have been the guiding principles of this planning process.

This plan documents consensus on three broad goals designed to achieve incremental, sustainable improvements to
water resource management within the county:

▪ Enhance stormwater management
▪ Enhance surface water management
▪ Enhance groundwater management

View Plan

Additional Resources for Insects, Plants and Wildlife

  • Invasive Species:  A guide to managing invasive plants and pests of Illinois.  Invasive species cause damage by changing the habitat for wildlife and native plants or by negatively impacting the forest or agriculture resources.
  • llinois Forestry:  Educates landowners, environmental groups, natural resource managers, foresters, and loggers about forestry.
  • Living with Deer in Illinois: This website provides residents of Illinois with information about how to coexist with Illinois deer.
  • Pollinator Garden - Native Plants for Attracting Pollinators: This guide features a plant plan that creates year-round interest for people and extends the foraging season for pollinators.

Additional Resources for Energy

  • Integrated Bioprocessing Research Laboratory: Working to advance research and education focused on renewable food, fuel and fiber-based processing platforms.
  • Ethanol: Learn the basics of ethanol production and use.
  • Energy Education Council: Research, education, and outreach promoting the safe and efficient use of energy. Working with utilities to provide educational resources for public outreach.


Additional Resources for Weather and Climate