At a time when clean energy projects are developing across the state, the Illinois Clean Jobs Coalition and Environmental Defenders of McHenry County will host a community conversation into discuss ways to make clean, affordable energy accessible to everyone across Illinois.
“Listen. Lead. Share. A conversation about winning a clean, equitable energy future” is an open conversation to explore how communities across Illinois can work for and benefit from a clean economy that cuts energy costs, creates jobs and preserves communities.
The event will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday at McHenry County College’s Shah Center, 4100 W. Shamrock Lane, McHenry.
“The conversation will foster discussion around four policy goals that include ensuring equitable benefits across the state, moving Illinois to 100 percent clean energy by 2050, cutting carbon pollution from the state’s power sector by 2030, and immediately electrifying the transportation sector,” Cynthia Kanner, executive director of the Environmental Defenders of McHenry County, said in a statement.
Colleen Smith, legislative director for the Illinois Environmental Council, emphasized that the pursuit of the policy goals needs to begin with a robust, statewide conversation – one in which the Illinois Clean Jobs Coalition invites all Illinoisans to join.
“We are calling on every Illinois politician, Republican and Democratic alike, including those campaigning for governor, every community leader and every voter to join the conversation, so the state wins a clean, equitable energy future,” she said.
The Illinois Clean Jobs Coalition successfully championed the Future Energy Jobs Act legislation that was signed into law in 2016.