The April EGG350 monthly gathering took place Monday, 04/19/2021, starting ~6:30p. The event included a presentation about CEJA (Clean Energy Jobs Act).

EGG350 Meeting Notes

Circular Economy

Details will come later, but mark your calendars for 9a, 09/09/2021 (9-9 at 9). Jennifer Jarland, Kane County Recycling & Resource Conservation Program Coordinator, will present a webinar about the “circular economy”.

Renewable Energy

Chris Kious of the Kane County Board announced all Kane County Forest Preserves will be powered with 100% renewable energy. Other power needs, per referendum, remain on ‘dirty’ power, since it is currently the cheapest.

Looking Ahead

The May EGG350 Monthly Meeting will feature The Junkluggers, which launched a location in far west Elgin (Plato Center IL) with a grand opening celebration 03/01/2021.

Also planned is time to share our personal green efforts.

Further in the future is a possible return to Hawthorne Hill Nature Center. More info, including a survey, may be forthcoming. Pandemic protocols (masks, 6′ spacing, limited capacity) would be in place. However, with several COVID-19 variants now circulating, along with environmental concerns with traveling and other safety issues, a continuation of in-person meetings might not be possible at this time. Stay tuned!

Summary: CEJA Slides

The Clean Energy Jobs Act (SB1718/HB804), designed to set Illinois on a course for 100% renewable energy, was drafted and introduced by the Illinois Clean Jobs Coalition. The legislation will bring new jobs to and reduce electric bills for Illinois residents. It will also focus on workforce development and community investment.

CEJA’s goals

* 100% Renewable Energy by 2050, generating more than $30 billion new private investment across Illinois by 2030, expanding Illinois Solar for all to $50 million and expanding health and safety improvements.
* Carbon-free Power by 2030, with the Illinois Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) developing an equitable plan prioritizing carbon reductions by 2030, while creating Clean Energy Empowerment Zones designed to support communities and workers affected by the decline of fossil fuel generation.
* Electrify Transportation, supporting the purchase of electric school and public transit bus fleets, establishing a rebate for low-income person to purchase electric vehicles, building quick charge stations in rural areas and along highways, and utilizing the EV Charging Act.

So, why can’t CEJA wait?

The climate can’t wait!
Plus: controlling consumer rates, depleting solar funds, helping fossil fuel communities to transition, and learning from COVID and economic aid in recovery lessons.

Complete Presentation

Led by Jessica Beverly (Clean Energy Advocate for the Sierra Club Illinois Chapter), check out the full Google Slide show HERE. It provides many more details, notes about different organizations, and ways for YOU to help. A link is provided to a CEJA Action Toolkit with information about a Virtual Lobby Day, an online petition, recruiting others, letter writing, and other opportunities.

Meeting Notes submitted by Sandy Kaptain, Chair.

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