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Walk with the Mayors

Date: 
September 28, 2014 - 8:00am

Champaign-Urbana Walk with the Mayors


Walk for Health and Fitness with the Champaign and Urbana Mayors


Urbana, IL - On Sunday, September 28th, a Walk with the Mayors event will be held beginning at 8:00 a.m. in Crystal Lake Park (206 W. Park St., Urbana). 


The walk will start with an address by Urbana Mayor Laurel Prussing at Crystal Lake Park.  The group will then walk to Champaign, through King Park, to Douglass Park.  Champaign Mayor Don Gerard will address the walkers at Douglass Park.  The group will then walk back the same route to Crystal Lake.  The walk is approximately 3 miles, and it will be at a leisurely pace.  The walk is free and open to the public, including children.


The purpose of the walk is to encourage community health and physical activity.  The mayors will lead the group to share their commitment to wellness, and to inspire the community through healthy role modeling. 

U-C ENERGY STAR Challenge Surpasses First Two Goals


The Urbana-Champaign ENERGY STAR Challenge has exceeded the first two goals in the partnership’s two year effort to engage commercial buildings to save energy. Presently 61 buildings are registered for the Challenge and 28 have submitted documentation of their benchmark energy performance.  The goals for the Urbana-Champaign competition were 50 buildings registered and 25 buildings benchmarked.  By comparison, similar competitions in Portland, Seattle, and Boise are attracting 64, 110, and 41 registrations respectively.  Additional goals for the local effort include achieving energy savings in 10 buildings and helping 5 of these buildings achieve ENERGY STAR Certification.


The Urbana-Champaign ENERGY STAR Challenge is part of the larger efforts of the Challenge Partners to reduce pollution and improve sustainability and prosperity in our region.