Happy Earth Month from IEC!

This year, we’re celebrating Earth Month by highlighting the incredible people power of our team here at IEC.  Each week this month, we’re introducing you to a hardworking IEC staff member who represents the incredible, dedicated folks on our team.

Here you’ll find an example of the outstanding contributions our city programs team makes in our work building power for people and the environment in Illinois. Iyana Simba is IEC’s city programs director and led the publishing of our 2023 Mayoral Report for the city of Chicago. Check it out below!

If you see the value in the work that Iyana and the rest of our team are doing, please take a moment to make a donation to IEC today. Your gift will support and strengthen IEC’s superpower — our people! 

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2023 Chicago Environmental Mayoral Report

This report outlines key areas of opportunity for the city’s mayor to be a true environmental champion. Ranging from clean energy to transportation to urban conservation, IEC’s Mayoral Report lays out some relatively small and other loftier objectives that the mayor ought to tackle to make Chicago a truly sustainable city.

While the past few years have seen some considerable environmental wins, such as divesting city funds from fossil fuels and passing a budget with the largest one time investment in environment in city history, there’s of course work still to be done. 

Chicago is still without a permanent Department of Environment, for example, and despite the 2021 passage of the Climate & Equitable Jobs Act (CEJA), the city remains a ways from reducing their emissions, with electrifying buildings being the next major opportunity to cut down on citywide carbon emissions. And that’s just to name a few areas for improvement.

Originally published: January, 2023