Environment presentation part of Earth Day observation

Staff Writer
Woodford Times

Environmental stewardship will be the topic of a presentation at Eureka College April 26.  Mercy Davison, an urban planner for the town of Normal, will present “Sustainability as a ‘Real Good,’ Not Just a ‘Feel Good’” at 4 p.m. in Becker Auditorium in the Cerf Center.

The presentation is part of the college’s observance of Earth Day. It is sponsored by the student group SAGE, which stands for Student Alliance for a Greener Environment. It is free and open to the public.

Davison has been employed by the town of Normal since 2001. As an urban planner, Davison focuses on land use and development and is the town liaison to the Planning Commission, Zoning Board of Appeals and Regional Planning Commission.  She oversees the Historic Preservation Commission and Uptown Design Review Commission.

Davison wrote the Environmental Stewardship Policy that the town council adopted in 2007, and she drafted code language requiring LEED certification for certain construction projects in the community.  She was the first chairwoman of the town’s Green Team. She oversaw the creation of a communitywide Sustainability Plan, which involved more than 110 citizens over the course of two years. She also is the town’s bicycle advocate and the staff person in charge of the EVTown initiative, which promotes electric vehicle technology as an alternative form of transportation.

For more information about the presentation, contact assistant professor of environmental studies Renee Mullen at 467-6460 or rmullen@eureka.edu.