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Tucker Barry, IEC Communications Director
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Governor Pritzker signs electric vehicle legislation

“The Reimagining Electric Vehicles in Illinois Act creates incentives for businesses to build electric cars in the state. Reset asks EV advocates if this law will be implemented equitably. GUESTS: Neda Deylami, electric vehicle advocate Jen Walling, executive director for the Illinois Environmental Council” Listen to the full

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Biden Claims Historic Progress on Climate Efforts at Summit

President Joe Biden argued Tuesday that historic progress on addressing global warming was achieved at the U.N. climate conference in Glasgow, Scotland, and expressed optimism for a similar outcome in Washington, where his legislative agenda has been stalled by intra-party disagreements. Speaking in a press conference before boarding

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New Law Protects Illinois Homeowners’ Access to Solar

“The benefits of this legislation go far beyond any single rooftop,” states Colleen Smith, deputy director of the Illinois Environmental Council. “We can make meaningful progress on carbon reduction and reaching our climate goals by getting everyone involved, and breaking down barriers to solar will lead to cleaner air,

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Northbrook board takes further steps toward sustainability

“Northbrook resident Rod Burton, professor emeritus of aerospace engineering at the University of Illinois, said there was no mention of nuclear power, a fuel source he said provides 66% of electricity in Illinois, with sustainable sources contributing 17%. (The Illinois Environmental Council said as of March 2019 Illinois nuclear comprised

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Clean Energy Bill Stalls, But Supporters Still Optimistic for Passage

“Jennifer Walling, executive director of the Illinois Environmental Council, Mark Denzler, president and CEO of the Illinois Manufacturers’ Association, Jack Darin, director of the Sierra Club’s Illinois chapter, and Delmar Gillus, chief operating officer at Elevate Energy, join Phil Ponce to discuss the prospects for a bill that

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Environmentalists push for lead pipe phase out

“‘Even though we say there are around 680 thousand lead service lines in Illinois, there could be much more than that, and there are communities that aren’t aware their own lead service line could be disrupted and cause issues for them and their family,’ Colleen Smith with the

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State Announces New Spending Plan After Volkswagen Settlement

“The Illinois Environmental Council welcomes the announcement from Governor Pritzker and the IEPA that they intend to revise the state’s VW settlement spending plan after seeking public input. Despite the transportation sector being the leading source of carbon emissions in Illinois, the previous administration left Illinois with a

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The Future of Renewable Energy

“This year in Springfield, lawmakers are advancing at least six different bills aimed at making the state’s energy industry more green. The Clean Energy Jobs Act aims to make Illinois 100 percent reliant on clean and renewable energy by 2050. The Path To 100 is a similar plan and supporters

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New Report Examines Law at Center of ComEd Bribery Scheme

It comes as clean energy advocates are also pressing for a massive energy package to prop up renewable energy. The Illinois Environmental Council’s Jennifer Walling says that would help to address the multifold crises of the ComEd corruption issues, climate change, high unemployment and a cliff for jobs

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Transportation Advocates Seek Guarantee Transit Won’t Shut Down In Event of Post-Election Unrest

“Black and Brown communities are disproportionately reliant on public transportation, specifically buses, and so are disproportionately harmed when service is abruptly changed or stopped without warning,” the petition reads. “Shutting down transportation is not the solution and creates undue hardships, especially for essential workers and Black and Brown Chicago

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CEJA pushed to back burner by COVID

“‘The climate crisis is longer-term,” said Jen Walling, executive director of the Illinois Environmental Council, “but if we can’t handle this…’ Walling and Sen. Cristina Castro of Elgin, a lead CEJA sponsor, took part Wednesday in a webinar sponsored by the Chicago Area Public Affairs Group on the

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TEAMING UP

“Over time, long-term benefits also accrue. ‘My tile waters are clear, with lower levels of nitrates, due to cereal rye uptake,’  says Dick Lyons of Harvel, Illinois, who started no-tilling corn in 1976 and soybeans in 1996. He’s on year seven of blanketing all his acres with cover

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How To Avoid Plastic Grocery Bags During Illinois’ Reusable Bag Ban

Jennifer Walling, executive director of the Illinois Environmental Council, concurs. “The Governor’s approach to safely reopening has been wisely based on the wisdom of scientists and public health officials, and his policy regarding reusable bags should be no different,” she said in a statement. “Repeated scientific studies have

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COVID-19 produces mixed results on environment

While that may be a positive for the planet, it’s coming at a cost hundreds of thousands of infected people and millions of people without jobs. Jennifer Walling, executive director for the Illinois Environmental Council, emphasized this is “not the model of what you want to see in

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Environmentalist urge proper PPE disposal

“Don’t flush them. Wet wipes clog pipes in your home, they clog pipes in sewers, and they cause lots of problems for the different water treatment facilities,” said Jennifer Walling, Executive Director of the Illinois Environmental Council. We do not want to be dealing with clogged pipes and

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Environmentalists bash Trump for ‘brazen’ move on clean cars

President Trump’s move to dump Clean Car Standards imposed by the Obama administration drew a swift rebuke Tuesday from environmentalists. Calling it a “brazen rollback of clean-car standards,” the Illinois Environmental Council said a new rule imposed by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency ignores how “these standards have

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Make the post-coronavirus world better

“Climate change is exacerbating this crisis. High levels of pollution have put vulnerable communities at greater risk of serious health impacts from COVID-19. Air pollution damages lungs and can cause chronic diseases like asthma, COPD and lung cancer. Scientists expect catastrophic events and pandemics to increase as the climate

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Measure would require disclosure about pavement sealant

As recently as last year, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency was in the process of developing toxicity standards for PAHs, but that process was suspended in December 2018. There also are no standards for workers in businesses that apply coal tar sealants, although Colleen Smith, who lobbies for

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FERC ruling could impact Illinois residents’ electricity bills

Gavin Taves, policy director at the Illinois Environmental Council, said the ruling could negatively impact the clean energy market. “Essentially, this ruling makes it much harder for renewables to competitively be on the capacity market,” Taves said. The IEC is part of the Illinois Clean Jobs Coalition, which

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Lawmakers propose regulations on plastics

“In other states that have done this, collectors have popped up because this is a good business opportunity where you can make money, not only as a commercial enterprise, but also there are a number of individuals that make money in this way,” Walling said. Read the Full

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