On Tuesday night, the Sierra Club was thrilled to be joined by Senator Bill Cunningham, Representative Kelly Burke and Representative Fran Hurley and a town hall forum discussing Illinois’ clean energy potential at Moraine Valley Community College. A panel of experts, including Harry Ohde from IBEW Local 134, Bryan McDaniel from Citizens Utility Board, Stephenie Presseller from Moraine Valley Community College, and Jack Darin from the Illinois Sierra Club joined a standing room-only crowd of over 100 people for a lively discussion. The Clean Power Plan was especially highlighted, but panelists also emphasized the consumer savings and economic opportunities presented by clean energy.
This event is the first of many clean energy jobs forums planned across the state since last week’s launch of the Illinois Clean Jobs Coalition, an unprecedented partnership between the Sierra Club and more than 50 organizations that aim to ramp up renewables and energy efficiency in the state. The coalition supports raising energy efficiency standards to 20% by 2025, and renewable energy standards to 35% by 2030.
Undoubtedly, much of the event’s success was due to the hard work of Sierra Club volunteers. Members helped with phone banking, petitioning, postering and group outreach to ensure high attendance at the event. The forum represents the dedication of volunteers in the Southwest suburbs to growing the grassroots support it takes to win strong environmental legislation.
“Illinois has a historic opportunity right now to boost our clean energy economy, cut dangerous pollution and address the threat of climate disruption,” said Jack Darin, Director of the Illinois Chapter of the Sierra Club. “We thank Sen. Cunningham, Rep. Hurley and Rep. Burke for their leadership to convene this important conversation on how we can create good jobs in clean energy in Illinois.”
For folks looking to get involved in the campaign, there will be an action meeting at the Oak Lawn Panera Bread (10553 Cicero Ave, Oak Lawn IL 60453) at 7PM this Tuesday, February 17th.