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January 9, 2015

U.S. Clean Power Plan Provides Opportunity for Significant Cuts in Budget Deficits
Don Fullerton, Public Finance and Environmental Policy, University of Illinois Institute for Government and Public Affairs
January 13 – Noon to 1 P.M. CST   Register Online
Local governments can help to mitigate the effects of greenhouse gas emissions and craft policy to develop ecologically, economically, and socially sustainable communities. In this webinar series, environmental policy experts explore approaches to implement cost-effective energy efficiency measures, using green infrastructure to ensure healthier ecosystems and safer communities.
The U.S. Clean Power Plan will become an executive order in June 2015, requiring each state to develop its own plan to reduce carbon dioxide emission by an average of 30 percent from 2005 levels, starting in 2020 and hitting that target by 2030. If a state chooses to comply with the federal mandate by selling permits in a cap-and-trade policy, it can turn this process into a revenue generator as well as an environment saver. This federal mandate shifts the politics of state action, making it easier to satisfy the federal mandate and at the same time raise revenue. Given the structural budget deficit that Illinois faces today, this is one federal mandate that might help the state.

What makes you happy? And lasts? 
Writers at YES magazine have been exploring the meaning of real happiness for 18 years. In their new book, the authors report on their research and conclude that what makes us truly happy are the depth of our relationships, the quality of our communities, the contribution we make through the work we do, and the renewal we receive from a thriving natural world


Schedule a STEP walk-through today  

Qualified Illinois public schools and public park facilities can receive free, easy-to-install energy saving products through the Midwest Energy Efficiency Alliance’s (MEEA) Savings Through Efficient Products (STEP) program. The STEP Program is currently scheduling their facility walk-throughs. STEP will be offered through mid-January so sign-up quickly HERE

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