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Infographic: Curbside Composting, the Trash Frontier

Posted on Jun 6, 2017

Infographic: Curbside Composting, the Trash Frontier

We create a lot of trash. Fortunately, we’re always finding ways to reduce the amount that ends up in landfills. During World War II, we reused our tins and containers. And in the 1970s we began our first city recycling programs. Now, we are on the cusp of a new frontier towards a zero-waste future. In states like Illinois, municipalities have begun offering curbside composting services to their residents, allowing residents to divert their food scraps from ending up in landfills – without the mess. Bluestem Communications wants to see how curbside composting grows and what, if...

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Infographic: Public Perceptions of Water Quality

Posted on Mar 14, 2017

Infographic: Public Perceptions of Water Quality

  For the past year, Bluestem Communications has conducted extensive public opinion research on water quality in Illinois. Bluestem distributed surveys in rural Macoupin and Vermilion counties and suburban Will County. The results of these survey illuminate important similarities and differences in how suburban and rural Illinoisans view water quality issues in their area. Bluestem presented these results at the 2017 Illinois Association of Sotmrwater and Floodplain Managers (IASFM) Conference in Springfield. Stormwater and floodplain communicators should understand how their audience...

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We’re Hiring: Executive Director

Posted on Feb 14, 2017

Bluestem Communications, Executive Director Position About Bluestem Communications Bluestem Communications is a nonprofit organization founded in 1995 as the Biodiversity Project. Originally a project of the Tides Foundation, it began as a research organization focused on understanding the public’s attitude towards biodiversity and identifying ways to engage the public in biodiversity conservation. The organization conducted the first ever public opinion research on attitudes towards biodiversity and later on a variety of conservation issues around the country. The organization played a...

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Infographic: Trees are a Person’s Best Friend

Posted on Nov 10, 2016

Infographic: Trees are a Person’s Best Friend

Chicago’s regional forest is a critical asset that needs our protection. Trees aren’t only pretty to look at; they also provide numerous benefits for society. The Chicago region’s tree canopy is already contributing to the human and environmental health of the area. Trees clean our air and water, reduce flooding, improve our property values, create habitat for wildlife, and provide significant social and health benefits. In short, trees improve our quality of life. But our trees need our help. They face threats such as invasive plants, including buckthorn and honeysuckle; the...

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Infographic: Chicago Region’s Tree Canopy Under Threat

Posted on Oct 6, 2016

Infographic: Chicago Region’s Tree Canopy Under Threat

Chicago’s regional forest is a critical asset that needs our protection. Trees clean our air and water, reduce flooding, improve our property values, create habitat for wildlife, and provide significant social and health benefits. In short, trees improve our quality of life. But our trees need our help. They face threats such as invasive plants, including buckthorn and honeysuckle; the death of ash trees due to emerald ash borer; and a lack of funding for proper tree care. These issues are having significant impacts on the health and survival of our regional forest. The Chicago Region...

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Infographic: Chicago Region’s Urban Tree Canopy Has Room to Grow

Posted on Sep 7, 2016

Chicago’s regional forest is a critical asset that needs our protection. Trees clean our air and water, reduce flooding, improve our property values, create habitat for wildlife, and provide significant social and health benefits. In short, trees improve our quality of life. But our trees need our help. They face threats such as invasive plants, including buckthorn and honeysuckle; the death of ash trees due to emerald ash borer; and a lack of funding for proper tree care. These issues are having significant impacts on the health and survival of our regional forest. The Chicago Region Trees...

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