Throughout 2016, IEC is hosting a “breakfast series” to provide it’s individual members and affiliate members’ staff* background on a series of issues affecting Illinois.

*These breakfasts are only open to IEC members and member organizations and our YP Board members.

Click here to RSVP for any/all sessions

June 17 – Illinois Open Spaces and Your Summer Vacation
Time: 8:30 – 10AM
Location: Sierra Club, 70 E. Lake Suite 1500
Confirmed Speakers – Lenore Beyer-Clow of Openlands and Susan Donovan of The Nature Conservancy

July 8 – Environmental Justice
Time: 8:30-10AM
Location: Sierra Club, 70 E. Lake Suite 1500
Speakers: Juliana Pino of the Little Village Environmental Justice Organization, Peggy Salazar of the Southeast Environmental Task Force and Cheryl Johnson of People for Community Recovery

August 12 – Energy efficiency: Update on state programs and how your organization can get involved
Time: 8:30 – 10AM
Location: Sierra Club at 70 E. Lake Suite 1500
Speakers: Anne McKibbin, Elevate Energy, Stacey Paradis, MEEA

September 2 – Engaging Faith Organizations In Your Work
Location: Sierra Club at 70 E. Lake Suite 1500
Speaker: Rev. Booker Vance from Faith in Place

Friday, October 14 – Policy for Sustainable Businesses and Program Staff
Time: 8:30 – 10am
Location: Chicago Metropolitan Agency for Planning, 233 S. Wacker Drive, Suite 800
Join the Illinois Environmental Council, Foresight Design Initiative, Environmental Law and Policy Center, and Delta Institute for a 90 minute workshop designed to connect your education, programming, and sustainability work to policy solutions. Have you ever run into a barrier with your work that can only be removed by changing city or state policy? Would your work benefit from the passage of a rule, law or ordinance? Staff at these organizations will connect you to case studies and help you brainstorm and pursue solutions to these issues.

November 4 – Green Stormwater Infrastructure and State Revolving Fund
Time: 8:30-10AM
Location: Openlands (25 E Washington St # 1650, Chicago, IL 60602)
Speakers: Rob Moore of Natural Resources Defense Council, Hal Sprague of Center for Neighborhood Technology, and Danielle Gallet of Metropolitan Planning Council

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Partners for Parks and Wildlife

Partners for Parks and Wildlife (PPW) is a grassroots coalition that is dedicated to secure and increase funding for open space and park acquisition, natural area preservation, wildlife habitat protection and recreational opportunities in Illinois.

Learn More About Climate Change

The U.S. EPA’s website on climate change was once a great resource for basic scientific information on the topic and we look forward to the day that it is again. Until then, the City of Chicago is making sure its citizens have access to research and information.


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