Local Food

Open Space Town Hall

Tuesday, July 28 | Noon | Register via Zoom using the form below IEC will be joined by speakers from groups including American Rivers and Openlands to host a discussion around topics such as wildlife, habitat, open space protection, funding for land acquisition at the state and local levels, endangered species, farmland protection, outdoor recreation, …

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Clean Energy Town Hall

Tuesday, July 14 | 1PM | Register via Zoom using the form below IEC will be joined by speakers from Vote Solar, Elevate Energy, and Earthjustice to discuss the state of energy in Illinois, discussion topics will include: climate change in the power sector, renewable energy, energy efficiency, new technology, coal mining, fracking, air pollution …

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Food Systems Town Hall

Friday, July 10 | Noon | Register via Zoom using the form below IEC will be joined by speakers from Chicago Food Policy Action Council, Earthjustice and Illinois Stewardship Alliance to host a conversation around topics such as farmland protection, farmland access, conservation cropping, sustainable agriculture, local food and specialty crops, farmers markets, livestock operations, and other …

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Our Food System and COVID: How to Improve Security and Resilience

This webinar will explore how the Covid-19 pandemic exposed fractures within our food chain, and how shifting towards a decentralized food system that strengthens local food infrastructure and increases accessibility can create a much more resilient agricultural system. Presenters: Liz Stelk of Illinois Stewardship Alliance Rodger Cooley of Chicago Food Policy Action Council Sean Ruane …

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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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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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Illinois’ 2020 Enviro Legislative Agenda

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

Gov. Pritzker Signs Bill Redefining ‘Local Food’

New law positions local businesses for success SPRINGFIELD, IL — On Friday, Aug. 9, 2019, Gov. JB Pritzker signed legislation redefining what shall be considered “local” food in the state of Illinois, making it easier for Illinois-based food producers and manufacturers to compete for state procurement contracts that prioritize “local foods.”  Prior to the governor …

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2018 Session in Review

The Illinois General Assembly adjourned on May 31st after passing a budget, which was signed by Governor Rauner the morning of June 4th. Read our budget update to learn more about the benefits to environmental programs of the fiscal year 2019 budget. The General Assembly likely will not meet again until after the election for …

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FY19 Budget and the Environment

This week, the General Assembly took steps to move forward a comprehensive budget for Fiscal Year 2019. As we are still dealing with the damage caused to environmental programs and our natural areas by the record-setting budget impasse, it’s vital that a sound budget is in place for our work growing clean jobs, conserving open spaces, and protecting …

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