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Oct/Nov/Dec 2001 Prairie Flyer

Prairie Group General Meetings Oct/Nov/Dec
at the Illinois Disciples Foundation
Corner of Springfield and Wright, Champaign

7:30 pm, Wednesday, October 10, 2001
Practical Energy Conservation and Renewable Energy Alternatives for
Homes and Small Businesses
Bill Fabian, Illinois Renewable Energy Association
Bill Fabian will discuss his experience with off-the-grid energy systems
employing solar electric panels and wind power generation. He will show how
several different home and business systems have solved the energy
independence problem, including his own home in rural Champaign.

7:30 pm, Wednesday, November 14, 2001
Explore Illinois Wilderness in Shawnee National Forest
Douglas Chien, Illinois Chapter Conservation Field Representative
Wilderness is a rare place in Illinois, and the Shawnee National Forest in
southern Illinois has 7 areas dedicated as permanantly protected Federal
wilderness areas. These lands are treasures for their high scenic,
ecological, and unique recreational features found nowhere else in the
state. Doug Chien's Illinois Wilderness slide show will take you on a tour
of these 7 areas that were protected in 1990. You will see 6 foot tall
ferns, sheer cliffs, old growth forest, and a wide variety of animals who
call the Shawnee home. You will also see three new areas that are worthy  of
Federal wilderness protection and learn about the on-going campaign to
protect them.

SATURDAY, December 8, 2001

by Brett Hulsey, coordinator of the Sierra Club Challenge to Sprawl Campaign
9:00 am - Noon, SPRAWL TOUR
Meet at the Illinois Disciples Foundation, corner of Springfield and Wright,
1:00 pm - 3:00 pm, SPRAWL WORKSHOP
Illinois Disciples Foundation, corner of Springfield and Wright, Champaign
Several Sierra Club reports ( tell how
sprawl increases traffic, water pollution, air pollution, and farmland
destruction. Learn what you can do to protect Illinios' farm families and
open space at the "tour de sprawl" and Smart Growth Workshop. The tour will
highlight smartgrowth projects, traffic, and threatened farmland and open
space in Champaign County.


Executive Committee (ExComm) Election

The Prairie Group ExComm plans local Sierra Club meetings, this newsletter,
outings, and organizing for environmental issues in east-central Illinois.
There are three openings; please vote for up to three candidates and mail
this ballot to the Prairie Group, P.O. Box 131, Urbana, IL 61803-0131.
Ballots must be received by December 4, 2001.

[  ] Jeannine Wisniewski (current Secretary & Publicity Chair)
[  ] Dick Bishop (current Political Chair)
[  ] George Gore (state Memberhship Chair)



Sierra Club 2002 Calendars

When you purchase these from the Prairie Group, you get a discount off the
retail price AND help raise funds for the local group!

For 2002 the Sierra Club is publishing two calendars: the engagement format
(about 6 by 8 inches, one page per week with a photo on the facing page),
and the wall calendar (one photo per month).

To buy calendars, and to volunteer to help with calendar sales, contact
Trent Shepard <>, 217-344-2822.

Wanted: A Few Good People

The Prairie Group is an all volunteer organization, and people interested in
the following roles would be very welcome. Please contact Jim Beachamp
<>, 217-344-3307.

Newspaper Editor- Responsible for gathering articles for newsletter and
sending them to the layout person quarterly.  Time Commitment: 10-12
hours quarterly

Conservation Chair- Someone that is interested in local environmental
issues, and is willing to work with other members of the executive
committee to develop a campaign on local issues.  Time Commitment: 10
hours per month

Group Webmaster- Responsible for maintaining the group website.  Time
Commitment: 2 to 5 hours per month.


The Prairie Group Website & Listserv

To receive legislative and local notices/alerts, subscribe to the Prairie
Group listserv by sending a message to:

Include this one-line command in the message body:
SUBSCRIBE  IL-PRAIRIE-ALERTS  Yourfirstname  Yourlastname


(The following events are not sponsored by the Sierra Club Prairie Group,
but are listed as a service to our members.)

4th Annual Salt Fork River Clean-Up
Salt Fork Forest Preserve
2573 South Homer Lake Road
(near Homer, Illinois)

Saturday, October 13th, 2001
8:30 a.m. -- 1:00 p.m.

Volunteers of all ages are needed to clean up the Salt Fork River, one of
Champaign County's best recreational resources.  You can BYOC (Bring Your
Own Canoe) or just bring yourself and some gloves to help collect cans,
bottles, fishing gear and buckets of other debris from the Salt Fork's banks
and from along Homer Lake and Collins Pond.  Free t-shirts will be given out
(as long as supplies last).  Afterwards, stay and enjoy refreshments and a
drawing for prizes, all donated by local businesses.

For more information, contact:
Erin McNally, Prairie Rivers Network (217.344.2371)
Sarah Livesay, Champaign County Forest Preserve District (217.896.2455)
John McMahon, Salt Fork River Partners (217.359.2115)
John Dickel, Izaak Walton League (217.344.5108)


U of I seminar series:
"What's Behind The Label? Collegiate Licensing, the Apparel Industry and
'Sweat Shop' Issues."

Noon to 1:30 p.m., Oct. 3, at 209 Illini Union.
"The University of Illinois and its Affiliations with the Worker Rights
Consortium and the Fair Labor Association." Representatives from each
organization will speak.

Noon to 1:30 p.m., Oct. 17, at 209 Illini Union.
"Eliminating Abusive and Exploitative Labor Conditions Around the World." A
representative from Verite, an independent monitoring organization, will

7:30 to 9 p.m., Nov. 7, Allen Hall Auditorium.
"Student Perspectives on Collegiate Licensing and Sweat Shop Issues."
Representatives from United Students Against Sweat Shops will speak.

Noon to 1:30 p.m., Nov. 28, 210 Illini Union.
"Corporate Approaches to Supplier Compliance in 2001-2002." Representatives
of the Fair Labor Association, Nike and Adidas will speak.

for more info....

U of I Licensing Advisory Committee
Office of the Chancellor
Swanlund Administration Building
601 E. John Street
Champaign, IL 61820

UI looks at apparel licensing, sweat shop issues
THE NEWS-GAZETTE, September 11, 2001

Sierra Club Responsible Trade Campaign


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