Increasingly environmental initiatives are pushed to an industry level. However, many businesses operate with the environment as a compliance after-thought, and upper level employees can have a negative view towards environmental regulation. An example is the impending listing decision for the monarch butterfly. Under this pressure the energy sector of the lower 48 states has been petitioned to help address the issues facing this species. In a collaboration between industry leaders, U.S Fish and Wildlife Service, and the University of Illinois Chicago, a candidate conservation agreement has been extended to address key monarch stressors. I worked with a Central Illinois power cooperative, to evaluate power-line rights-of-way for pollinator habitat upgrading. A positive environment was created through conversations with managers and staff and gentle advocacy of sustainability and conservation principles. Creating such bridges can foster opportunities for large-scale conservation outside of natural areas.
Integrating Sustainability and Conservation in Illinois Rural Electrical Grids Through Pollinator Habitat
University of Illinois Springfield