NRES 285: Sustainability Public Policies in Local Government

Instructor Andrè B. Ashmore is a lawyer and has been the Village President of the Village of Matteson, Illinois for the past 16 years. Matteson in located in southern Cook County and has a population of about 20,000. Ashmore has been an adjunct professor at U of I since 2012.

Ashmore's course introduces students to the importance of sustainability in the public policymaking process with an emphasis on the local government level.

With Ashmore as the instructor, students in NRES 285 are learning about local government from someone with years of experience. He understands the how-tos of creating public policy, but he also has insights into how local government differs. He is able to draw from personal examples to give a clear picture of the issues and the backstory to the issues.

“You’d think local government should be easy,” Ashmore says. “But officials in small communities are the same people you see in church, in the grocery store aisle. They’re much more accessible, not just at the capitol.”

NRES 285 is a field course. For this particular section, students visit several local communities to hear presentations and learn firsthand about the issues they face.

A Healthy Planet Instructor Andrè B. Ashmore