On Wednesday, September 16th, more than one hundred Sierra Club members, friends and supporters attended a clean energy town hall at Governors State University in University Park, which was co-sponsored by the Village of Park Forest. State Rep. Anthony DeLuca joined community leaders and clean energy advocates at Governors State University to highlight clean energy job potential in the south and southwest suburbs, and how the U.S. Clean Power Plan can grow the local economy and create jobs. Speakers also discussed the Illinois Clean Jobs bill and local efforts to support clean energy in Illinois.
An unprecedented speaker line-up, including Harry Ohde (represented IBEW 134), Cheryl Johnson (People from Community Recovery) and Pastor Booker Vance (Faith in Place), joined chapter director Jack Darin to discuss the economic, environmental and social benefits of the Clean Power Plan. Attendees heard about the environmental justice impacts of the plan, local job training facilities for clean energy electric workers and the moral obligation to tackle climate change. Pizza was served as well!
The Illinois Sierra Club and our allies have convened clean energy town halls across the state over the past year. Watch the Sierra Club calendar and your inbox to see if one is coming up in your community!
Special thanks to Sarah Coulter and Tom Mick for all their help on this event!