Fox Valley Addresses Climate Change Action Plan

Fox Valley Addresses Climate Change Action Plan

On Sept. 15, Gov. JB Pritzker signed into law the landmark Illinois Climate and Equitable Jobs Act making our state a national leader on climate and equity putting us on a path toward 100% clean energy, as well as investing in training a diverse workforce for the jobs of the future.

And now, officials from Kane County and across the region are figuring out how to implement it.

On Thursday (Nov. 18), Fox Valley Sustainability Network held a virtual forum titled, Policy, Planning and Practice: Moving Toward Net Zero Emissions to learn about the key elements of this legislation and how to move forward.

Attendees learned about the Chicago Regional Climate Action Plan, one of the first regional plans addressing climate change in the United States. The discussion was rounded out with an explanation of Kane County’s efforts to update its sustainability plan and what that will mean for Fox Valley communities.

Illinois is the first state in the Midwest to enact legislation to combat the climate crisis and build an economy for the future.

The Illinois Climate and Equitable Jobs Act supports and reinforces the work that has been ongoing at the regional and county level for years.

Speakers at Thursday’s forum included:

  • Delmar Gillus, Chief Operating Officer at Elevate, a nonprofit that  provides services to help everyone access to clean and affordable heat, power, and water in their homes and communities.
  • Caroline Wooten, Conservation Organizer, Sierra Club, the nation’s largest and most effective grassroots environmental movement.
  • Edith Makra, Director of Environmental Initiatives, Metropolitan Mayors Caucus, a membership organization of the Chicago region’s 275 cities, towns and villages. 
  • Ivy Klee, Resource Management Coordinator, Kane County Environmental and Water Resources Department 

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SOURCE: Kane County Development and Community Services Department