Category: Policy

Village of DePue receives response from IEPA about lake cleanup

The Village of DePue received last Monday a response from the Illinois Environmental Protection Agency (IEPA) to many comments it had made on the ongoing Superfund cleanup project at Lake DePue. The lake, which has been designated a Superfund site for 12 years now, is better known for its annual boat races. But though the

Miscanthus x giganteus: way of the future?

It looks as though John Caveny has imported a jungle to his 35-acre farm in Monticello, IL. But what appears to be the beginning of some vast tropical hinterland is in fact Caveny’s crop of Miscanthus x giganteus, a tall perennial from Southeast Asia.  Caveny, who describes himself as a “practical conservationist,” grows the grass

NU students help shape the future of Evanston public health

Public health in Chicago is not getting better, according to infectious disease expert and Northwestern University associate professor Rebecca Wurtz. But in Evanston, change is on the horizon, thanks to a recent partnership between Wurtz’s Introduction to Public Health class and the Evanston Health Department. Wurtz, who served as president of the Chicago Board of

Community Engaged Research: A Potent Strategy for Promoting Health Public Policy

I attended a lecture recently by Meredith Minkler, a professor at UC Berkeley’s School of Public Health. This event was sponsored by Northwestern University’s Alliance for Research in Chicagoland Communities (ARCC) and the Community Engaged Research Center. Professor Minkler spoke of her experience in community engaged research and its affects on promoting healthy public policy.