The National Wildlife Federation

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Thursday, March 23, 2023

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City of Champaign

Champaign, IL

Deborah Feinen


Pledge Summary

The City of Champaign, in east central Illinois, has a population of approximately 90,000 people. Along with our neighboring City of Urbana, Champaign is the home of the University of Illinois. Mayor Deborah Feinen and the Champaign City Council have provided clear direction and leadership to City staff that our green infrastructure is a community priority. Mayor Feinen spearheaded this effort by issuing the City's first Monarch Conservation Month Proclamation in 2016.

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Action Items Committed for 2023

Communications and Convening

  • Issue a proclamation to raise awareness about the decline of the monarch butterfly and the species’ need for habitat. This proclamation must incorporate a focus on monarch conservation.
  • Engage with city parks and recreation, public works, sustainability, and other relevant staff to identify opportunities to revise and maintain mowing programs and milkweed / native nectar plant planting programs.

Program and Demonstration Gardens

  • Display educational signage at monarch gardens and pollinator habitat.
  • Plant milkweed and pollinator-friendly native nectar plants along roadsides, medians, or public rights-of-way.
  • Plant or maintain a monarch and pollinator-friendly demonstration garden at City Hall or another prominent or culturally significant community location.

Systems Change

  • Change weed or mowing ordinances to allow for native prairie and plant habitats.
  • Remove milkweed from the list of noxious plants in city weed / landscaping ordinances (if applicable).