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Water and Waste Town Hall

Tuesday, November 22 | 6-7:30 pm | Register via Zoom using the form below IEC is hosting a series of three town halls for our supporters. At the Clean Water and Waste Town Hall, participants will hear from IEC and our partners on the most pressing issues facing Illinois and our current advocacy plans. We’re …

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Conservation and Agriculture Town Hall

Monday, November 14 | 6-7:30 pm | Register via Zoom using the form below IEC is hosting a series of three town halls for our supporters. At the Conservation and Agriculture Town Hall, participants will hear from IEC and our partners on the most pressing issues facing Illinois and our current advocacy plans. We’re reserving …

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House Transportation Committee Passes Resolution Urging Gov. Pritzker to Join Multi-State Agreement to Electrify Medium- and Heavy-Duty Vehicles

SPRINGFIELD, IL – Today, the House Transportation Committee passed a resolution urging Gov. JB Pritzker to sign Illinois onto a multi-state memorandum of understanding (MOU) signed by 15 states and Washington DC to support truck electrification and eliminate toxic air pollution from medium- and heavy-duty trucks and buses by 2050. Sponsored by Representative Edgar Gonzalez, …

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2020 LCV National Environmental Scorecard

The Illinois Environmental Council is the state affiliate of the League of Conservation Voters. Each year, LCV releases their National Environmental Scorecard. The Scorecard is the primary yardstick for evaluating the environmental records of every member of Congress. View the scorecard below, en Español, or at scorecard.lcv.org.

2021 IEC Policy Platform

We convened seven town halls open to the public, all of our 100+ affiliate organizations, our individual members and our staff to deliberate and develop the policy solutions endorsed by our Illinois environmental movement.

2020 Scorecard

For the first time in 47 years, IEC has released a Lifetime Environmental Scorecard, debuting each sitting legislator’s lifetime average environmental score. Lifetime scores are based on legislators’ votes on bills affecting the environment over the course of their entire legislative career.  That means, for the first time, you can see whether your representatives have used …

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Lakeshore Erosion

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Coal in Illinois

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Request for Proposal: Racial Equity Assessment

Request for Proposal:Racial Equity Assessment The Illinois Environmental Council Education Fund, a 501(c)(3) educational organization, and the Illinois Environmental Council, a 501(c)(4) advocacy organization, collectively referred to as IEC, are seeking proposals from qualified consultants to work with IEC staff, board of directors, affiliate members, and the environmental community to assess racial equity in its …

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Earth Day 50

Today, the world celebrates the 50th anniversary of Earth Day. This milestone provides us all an opportunity to reflect on the progress we’ve made and the work we still have to do. The Illinois Environmental Council formed shortly after the first Earth Day in 1975, as leaders in the state looked to convert the excitement …

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Urban Stormwater

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=S774fmdYa3I In the 24th installment of IEC’s Lunch and Learn Series, IEC is joined by Marcella Bondie Keenan of the Center for Neighborhood Technology and Olga Bautista of Alliance for the Great Lakes to discuss urban stormwater. Find links and resources from the session below: Center for Neighborhood Technology Alliance for the Great Lakes

Transit in the time of COVID-19

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3Mh25USsCVE In the 23rd installment of the IEC Lunch and Learn Series, IEC is joined by Jacky Grimshaw from the Center for Neighborhood Technology and Julia Gerasiminko from the Active Transportation Alliance to discuss transit in the time of COVID-19, with a focus on how Illinois’s transit agencies are responding. Find links and resources from …

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Investing in New Clean Energy Technologies

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Gn4-P7u8-OI In the 22nd installment of the IEC Lunch and Learn Series, IEC is joined by Ian Adams from the Clean Energy Trust to discuss investing in clean energy technologies and business. Find links and resources from the session below: Clean Energy Trust

H2NOW Chicago: Microbial Water Quality Monitoring

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=I58fnQPlI_g In the 21st installment of the IEC Lunch and Learn Series, IEC is joined by Alaina Harkness, Svetlana Taylor and George Brigandi from Current to discuss water quality and monitoring in Chicago. Find links and resources from the session below: Current website

Documenting Pollinators with Photography

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=udbAZ5f7BjA In the 20th edition of the IEC Lunch and Learn Series, IEC is joined by Angella Moorehouse of Illinois Department of Natural Resources to discuss pollinator documentation using photography. Find links and resources from this session below: Illinois Department of Natural Resources website

Where & How to Get Outside During COVID-19

In the 19th edition of the IEC Lunch & Learn Series, Andrew Szwak from Openlands joins IEC to share where we can get outside during COVID-19 and the steps we need to take when doing so to stay safe. Find links and resources from the session below: Openlands website

Toxics in the Environment

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tTdD7i95GQw In the 18th edition of the IEC Lunch & Learn Series, IEC is joined by Meleah Geertsma from the Natural Resources Defense Council to discuss toxics in the environment, environmental justice and public health. Find links and resources from the session below: Natural Resources Defense Council website

History of the Spring Ephemeral Wildflower

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=C2BTfuuxq3k In the 17th edition of the IEC Lunch & Learn Series, IEC is joined by Plant Ecologist and IEC Board Member Chris Benda (aka the Illinois Botanizer) to discuss wildflowers and prairie habitat in Illinois.

Coal Ash and Groundwater Pollution

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7IXd6LjIRRM In the 16th edition of the IEC Lunch & Learn Series, attorney Faith Bugel joins us to discuss coal ash and how it pollutes groundwater.

State Recycling and Composting

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7waHS-Q1nOE In the 15th edition of the IEC Lunch & Learn Series, James Jennings from the Illinois Environmental Protection Agency discusses recycling, composting and waste management in Illinois. Find links and articles from the session below: Illinois Environmental Protection Agency IEPA’s recycling page IEPA’s composting page  

Organizing for the Environment

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kdeiQdeqokA In the 14th edition of the IEC Lunch & Learn Series, Caroline Wooten from the Illinois Chapter of the Sierra Club discusses how to organizing people, structure campaigns, and win good environmental policies. Find links and resources from the session below: Illinois Chapter of the Sierra Club website

How Illinois Gets Renewable Energy

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uyhLE0JBJhE In the 13th edition of the IEC Lunch & Learn Series, Brian Granahan of the Illinois Power Agency discuss how Illinois procures renewable energy and the Future Energy Jobs Act. Find links and resources from the session below: Illinois Power Agency’s website The Adjustable Block Program was established by the Future Energy Jobs Act …

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Protecting Soil Health in Illinois

In the 11th installment of IEC’s Lunch & Learn Series, IEC will be joined by Kris Reynolds from American Farmland Trust and Bruce Henrikson from the Champaign County Soil and Water Conservation Districts to discuss ways we can protect our soil, prevent nutrient loss and programs that farmers can use to improve soil quality. Find …

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Clean Energy & Utility Bills

In the tenth installment of IEC’s Lunch & Learn Series, Sarah Moskowitz from the Citizens Utility Board joins us to discuss how clean energy policies affects consumers and saves us money! Find links and resources from the session below: Citizens Utility Board website

Make Your Home More Sustainable

In the ninth installment of IEC’s Lunch & Learn Series, Kay McKeen from SCARCE joins us to discuss how we can make our homes more sustainable, reduce waste, and save money! Please find resources and links mentioned in the presentation below: SCARCE’s Website Invasive Species Alert: Jumping Worms Audubon on Jumping Worms List of Illinois …

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Bobcats in Illinois

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DNG1vp6txtUIn the eighth installment of IEC’s Lunch & Learn Series, Jennifer Kuroda from the Illinois Bobcat Foundation joins us to discuss bobcats in Illinois, including population levels, state policies affecting them and what you can do.

Pollinators and Backyard Habitat

In the seventh installment of IEC’s Lunch & Learn Series, Chris Young from the Illinois Department of Natural Resources joins us to discuss pollinators, creating habitat in your own backyard, and IDNR programs. Find links and resources from the presentation below: Illinois Native Plant Society Native Plant Sales Illinois Clean Energy Community Foundation K-12 Pollinator …

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Lead in Drinking Water

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_qYgjYdCPhA In the sixth installment of IEC’s Lunch & Learn Series, Justin Williams from the Metropolitan Planning Council, Caroline Pakenham from Elevate Energy, and IEC’s own Iyana Simba discuss lead in drinking water in Illinois. Below, you can find resources and links from the session: App to see if your home has lead pipes Illinois …

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Clean Energy Workforce Development

In the fifth installment of IEC’s Lunch & Learn Series, Elevate Energy’s Chief Operating Office Delmar Gillus joins us to discuss clean energy workforce development, the Future Energy Jobs Act, and the Clean Energy Jobs Act. Delmar also serves as Treasurer on the IEC Board of Directors. Links and Resources: Elevate Energy designs and implements …

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Electric Vehicles in Illinois

In the fourth installment of IEC’s Lunch & Learn Series, IEC’s Energy Policy Director Gavin Taves is joined by Respiratory Health Association’s Director of Environmental Health Programs Brian Urbaszewski and Will County’s Recycling Specialist Marta Keane. Links & Resources Respiratory Health Association Website Chicago Area Clean Cities is a nonprofit coalition of stakeholders from government, …

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Growing Your Own Food & Gardening

Share on facebook Share on twitter Share on linkedin Share on email In the second edition of IEC’s Lunch and Learn Series, we are joined by Right to Garden advocate Nicole Virgil (YouTube.com/RightToGarden); Viviana Gentry Fernandez-Pellon, Programs Director at Advocates for Urban Agriculture; Master Gardener Kathy Steffen; and State Representative Sonya Harper. Check out Nicole’s …

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LCV 2019 National Environmental Scorecard

The Illinois Environmental Council is the state affiliate of the League of Conservation Voters. Each year, LCV releases their National Environmental Scorecard. The Scorecard is the primary yardstick for evaluating the environmental records of every member of Congress. View the scorecard below or download here, in Spanish here, or at scorecard.lcv.org.

Illinois Environmental Council Announces Congressional Delegation Scores from LCV’s 2019 National Environmental Scorecard

CHICAGO — The Illinois Environmental Council, the state affiliate of the League of Conservation Voters, today announced the Illinois delegation’s scores on the League of Conservation Voters’ 2019 National Environmental Scorecard. The Scorecard is the primary yardstick for evaluating the environmental records of every member of Congress, and is available for download here, in Spanish …

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Governor Pritzker's First Year

Governor Pritzker’s First Year

Highlighting the environmental successes and some notable missed opportunities during Governor Pritzker’s First Year

IEC 2019 Veto Session Review

During this session, IEC focused on demonstrating public support for the Clean Energy Jobs Act (CEJA) and addressing ethylene oxide pollution.

Lead Poisoning Awareness Week

By Iyana Simba | IEC Clean Water Advocate When it came to light in 2014 that residents of Flint, Michigan were exposed to elevated lead levels in their drinking water, the issue dominated headlines. Since then, cities like Newark, Philadelphia, Washington D.C., Pittsburgh, Milwaukee, and Chicago have also found elevated lead levels in schools, childcare …

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Reclaimed Heritage: How Simple Appreciation is Better for Us and the Planet

By Crystal Kern | IEC Finance Director I grew up on a self-sufficient farm in central Kentucky. We had a diverse garden with more plant varieties than I can recall along with several animals. Everything produced on the farm solely supported our family. If we had an abundance of produce, we would invite neighbors over to …

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Position Description: Policy Director

Apply to join the IEC team! About the Organization The Illinois Environmental Council Education Fund (IECEF), and its affiliate the Illinois Environmental Council (IEC), are 44 year-old organizations that promote sound environmental laws and policies, provide a forum for environmentalists and facilitate a statewide activist network. IECEF engages in legislative monitoring and analysis; outreach, organizing …

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Introducing IEC Staff Picks

Get to know IEC while picking up a few tips and tricks for protecting the environment Historically, our blog has been a place for IEC staff to share our environmental policy expertise and educational updates on the latest issues facing Illinois. However, we’ve been looking for new ways to connect with other environmentalists like you …

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