Sustainability

Urbana Recognized as a Green Power Leader

Urbana has been named a Green Power Community by the U.S. EPA for its ongoing use of green power through the city’s municipal electric aggregation program.

Green power is zero-emissions electricity that is generated from environmentally preferable renewable resources, such as wind, solar, geothermal, biogas, eligible biomass, and low-impact hydro. Using green power helps build demand for the development of new renewable energy capacity nationwide and helps users reduce their carbon footprints.green power partnership

Urbana Advances in $5 Million Georgetown University Energy Prize

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Today, Urbana officially advances to the Semifinal round of the Georgetown University Energy Prize, a national competition that is challenging communities across the U.S. to rethink their energy use. At a press event in Washington D.C., Urbana was announced as one of the 50 communities who are leading the way on energy efficiency.


Todd Rusk, Energy Specialist with the Smart Energy Design Assistance Center, remarked that “the Prize has created a wonderful opportunity for Urbana residents and staff to innovate new ways to engage households in energy efficiency.”

Urbana’s Draft Climate Action Plan Phase 1 Available for Review and Comment

The City of Urbana’s Draft Climate Action Plan Phase 1 will be made available to the public at Urbana’s Market at the Square on Saturday, September 15, 2012. City staff will also be present to answer your questions on strategies proposed in the Phase 1 Plan.

The Market at the Square is open from 7:00AM to 12:00PM on Saturday, located on the corner of Illinois and Vine Streets. Stop by and visit city staff at the northwest entrance to the Market, closest to Lincoln Square Village. We greatly value public input about our efforts to mitigate greenhouse gasses.

For those unable to attend Saturday’s Market, the draft plan will be available for public review and comment on the City’s website at http://urbanaillinois.us/residents/sustainability/city-wide between Friday, September 14th and Wednesday, September 26th 2012.

AQUATOWN, a multi-media performance addressing climate change

Date: 
June 10, 2010 - 8:00pm to June 13, 2010 - 7:00pm

Local artist ensemble addresses climate change in an original multi-media performance project.


(Urbana, Illinois) - Change of State Performance Project presents the world premiere of an original multi-media theatre performance exploring the future of climate change in the Midwest: Aquatown: A Future Hydrohistory, funded in part by a City of Urbana Arts Grant.


Where: U-C Independent Media Center 202 S. Broadway Ave. Urbana, Illinois.


Showtimes: June 10th –12th at 8pm June 13th at 7pm.


Tickets: $12 for adults and $6 for youth under 19. There is a $2 discount for seniors and those not arriving by car. Thursday’s show has free admission. Reservations can be made by calling (217) 689-0111.