iBi - September 2008

Champion of Sustainability

Doug Oberhelman is a group president at Caterpillar Inc., responsible for the company’s human services, sustainable development functions and remanufacturing business.

An Interview with Dr. Amir Al-Khafaji
Sustainability deals with population growth, limited natural resources and the impact of human activity on the ecosystem. It is about creating an effective balance between social, economic and environmental concerns.
by Dr. Amir Al-Khafaji
Bradley University
A healthy environment cannot exist without a strong economy, nor can a strong economy exist without a healthy environment.
Sustainable building makes good business sense.
by Ray Lees
We want to green our buildings for a number of reasons. If we’re going to own a building to house our operations, and we can save over the long term by incorporating more efficient and sustainable building systems, then we need to look at that.
Renewable Energy at Your Doorstep
by Amy Groh
The recent addition of Bauer Power to the Peoria area is another step in the direction of making the Midwest—and the Peoria area—a haven for green, sustainable energy.
by Aaron Wood
Economic Development Council for Central Illinois
Central Illinois must engage economic development and environmental sustainability simultaneously.
Ingenuity Finds Answers
With energy prices skyrocketing, America is looking for alternatives to reduce dependence on foreign oil, lower costs and help the environment. One local company plans to step into that niche with innovative products that run on recycled natural resources. Read more »
Firefly Energy, a spinoff of Caterpillar Inc. and the first resident of the Peoria NEXT Innovation Center, hosted a ribbon-cutting ceremony for their new world headquarters on Galena Road in Peoria on Tuesday, August 12th. Read more »
Part II
Sustainable practices and behaviors—whether in building design and construction, practicing green actions, reducing energy consumption, etc.—are fundamentally good. Read more »

There are many reasons to be optimistic in Peoria these days. We are looking to the future environmentally, and our economy is strong.

It is essential that today’s plans make every effort to be sustainable by considering current and emerging trends, and how policies targeted specifically at land use, economic development, transportation and the environment will impact each other and the regional community as a whole. Read more »
Through remanufacturing, nonrenewable resources are kept in circulation for multiple lifetimes—supporting the company’s goal for a zero landfill footprint by 2020. Read more »

On the one-year anniversary of the opening of the Peoria NEXT Innovation Center, we are celebrating its business successes and environmental sustainability.

The sustainable food movement appears to be here to stay as our society becomes more conscious of taking care of the planet that supports our very lives. Read more »







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