sustainable agriculture

2021 IEC Policy Platform

IEC is pleased to release our 2021 Policy Platform for the 1st year of the 102nd General Assembly. This platform describes principles which will guide our decision making for each of the issue areas we work, including Water, Energy, Sustainable Transportation, Open Space & Conservation, Sustainable Agriculture & Food Systems, Waste Reduction, and Allyship & Power Building. We are …

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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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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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2019 IEC Legislative Report

IEC is pleased to release our 2019 Legislative Report. We are proud to report that we advanced a broad and ambitious agenda, defeated potentially damaging legislation and secured important appropriations in the state budget.

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