New wiki on climate and renewable energy laws, accords and ordinances

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Join us at the weekly noon Monday meeting:

Hi there,

You are invited to a Zoom meeting.

When: Nov 15, 2021 12:00 PM Central Time (US and Canada)

Register in advance for this meeting:

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.

Learn about the new Illinois Climate and Equitable Jobs Act

Link to TCE’s CEJA Toolkit on for background info and summary details of CEJA.

The Illinois Climate and Equitable Jobs act was signed into law on September 15, 2021. It took years of negotiations and give and take among hundreds of community groups across the state, government and labor organizations. The crafters of the bill got direct feedback from people from north to south, east to west, so it wasn’t just politicans and CEO’s making this bill. Here are three things we know for sure:

  1. This is probably the best bill in the US right now for clean energy and equity, which means it protects people first and foremost, and also protects our environment for future generations. Then of course there’s tons of new jobs, training, business investment, etc. We should all be high-fiving! This is big stuff!
  2. The bill is not perfect, and no one is saying that it is, but it’s really good. Everyone came together and compromised and we got the best bill we could. That’s democracy! We still have a lot of work to do, but this will put us on the right path for a better future for all Illinoisans.
  3. The bill is funded through ratepayers, so we’re all going to see an extra line item on our bills for this, and of course no one likes that. It’s an investment for the future of this state and all it’s people, and everyone should be able to find many ways to get cheaper electricity with solar, save money on their bills and/or find new jobs or other benefits from all the new programs in the bill. It’s going to help people, so we can all feel good about that.

The more we know, the better off we are, in that we’re going to be able to take advantage of all the benefits that the bill provides. At this CEJA Toolkit page we’ll always aim to get everyone the best info we can, and we apologize in advance for errors and omissions. This is a big bill, and it’s going to take time and effort. So make sure you stay up to date!

For now, you can check the CEJA Toolkit for ideas, and the summarized details of the new programs categorized by climate, economy and humanity. Many thanks to the Illinois Clean Job Coalition (ICJC), which was intrumental in keeping the forward momentum going towards completion of this bill. They also provided the “ICJC Legislative Analysis” that summarizes the bill. If you want to dig even deeper, you can use this CEJA table of contents also developed by the ICJC and the bill itself. Happy learning!

Go Solar SI! Weekly Wednesday Noon Meetings

Did you miss the “Go Solar SI” meeting last week? That’s OK! Here’s a link to the video:

We’ll be meeting from now on every Wednesday at noon, starting this Wednesday April 21, to keep moving solar energy installations forward in southern Illinois. To view those events and get the details, click here:

Press Release: Go Solar SI! Solar Discussion April 14

Press Release: Go Solar SI! Solar Discussion April 14

April 8, 2021, Southern Illinois – Clean energy and climate change adaptation and mitigation opportunities are the biggest moment of our time. A series of events this April and May are kicking off a concerted #AllTogetherNowSI effort to organize our communities around the efforts to bring these new opportunities to the southern Illinois region, for the benefit of current and future generations. All event schedules and related information are at

One of our biggest here-and-now opportunities is solar energy (yes there are more big here-and-now opportunities and we’ll be talking about those too at other events in April). Coal plants in southern Illinois continue to close because they’re not economically competitive, people are losing jobs and communities are losing their tax base. Rebuilding our communities with solar energy brings good union jobs, great investment opportunities, cleaner air and water, and educational opportunities for our youth to help prepare them for their renewable energy future. This is a long-term effort, and there are many things already happening in southern Illinois where people can get involved and benefit from change to business models and lifestyles that are good for the climate, economy and humanity. That includes solar energy. 

We’re having a panel discussion of solar experts who are working in our southern Illinois communities on April 14 at 4:30-6:00 p.m. All the event details, links to registration and sponsorship opportunities for this long-term community effort are at Here is a list of our panelists:

  • Beau Henson will talk about Solarize SI, the solar group buy program that is currently underway. They’re just kicking off their second year of the program.
  • Aur Beck of AES Solar, will talk about Coal2Sol, a solar program for nonprofits. Third-party investment in solar systems for nonprofits benefit the investors, the nonprofits and their communities.
  • Shannon Fulton of StraightUp Solar will talk about “Cooperative Owners for Solar.” Cooperatives in the region have higher energy prices and less options for solar energy. Member-owners can help fix that.
  • Scott Allen of the Citizens Utility Board will talk about the Illinois Clean Energy Jobs Act, one of the pieces of clean energy legislation that Illinois lawmakers will be considering for adoption to increase clean energy jobs and investment in the state.

The main topics covered by the panelists will be followed with Q&A so we can dig down deep into the southern Illinois issues. Scott Allen of the Citizens Utility board said:

Significant changes to the way we generate, deliver and use electricity are coming, not just in Illinois, but nationally and globally as well. This massive infrastructure overhaul will create new economic opportunities, allow for corrections to established systems, and re-determine the way that we interact with utilities. In Illinois, we have an opportunity to ensure that the status quo is overturned. We can make policies that create wealth more equitably, protect human health, and prepare our grid for the future.  

Amy McMorrow Hunter, President/CEO of The Climate Economy Education Inc (TCE), is the host and moderator of this discussion. Additional sponsors include the Just Transition Fund, experts in helping coal communities transition their economies after coal shutdowns, and, a locally-owned business directory. TCE’s events are always recorded and put up on our YouTube channel. The change that we need will come from our communities. We can learn what’s happening in our communities to create positive change, and learn how we can get involved today. 

The Climate Economy Education Inc is a local nonprofit for education on business models and lifestyles that are good for the climate, economy and humanity. TCE also runs the CLimate Economy Action Network at, also funded by the Just Transition Fund.  Everything on is free and up and running and available 24/7 so people can check in and get involved when they have time. is all about making it super easy for people take target actions that reduce harmful emissions, increase community resilience, increase civic engagement or help others. Online courses are available so people can hone their skills on the hottest emerging topics that are relevant to southern Illinois. Also, we’re building our community. facilitates online groups, discussions and project management so when the time is right, we take it offline and get some work done outside. Youth programs are also available. It’s all an evolving, long-term project for southern Illinois. Signing up on the is free and people can earn points and rewards for taking positive target actions.

Getting Oil Out of Our System

We are addicted to oil. It is tangled up in our lives, in everything we do, everything we use, even what we eat. But we have to stop using oil. It’s totally do-able if we look hard at how it’s tangled up in our lives, and take steps to deliberately untangle it. Here are some recent headlines.

To dive deeply into the technical and economic policies needed, read the “Pathways to Deep Decarbonization in the United States.” They break it down into three key areas:

Deep decarbonization requires three fundamental changes in the U.S. energy system:
(1) highly efficient end use of energy in buildings, transportation, and industry; 
(2) decarbonization of electricity and other fuels; and 
(3) fuel switching of end uses to electricity and other low-carbon supplies.

Yes, it’s complicated and will not happen overnight, but there’s no excuse not to do it. It’s good for us, we know how to do it, so it’s just a matter of choosing to do it. We can figure this out.

Free Online Course @UN: Green Economy

This is a course offered by the United Nations at this link:

You can view all the UN courses at this link:

The course is free and open to the public, but you have to register an account.

A green economy results in improved human well-being and social equity, while significantly reducing environmental risks and ecological scarcities. Learn how governments, businesses and citizens can enable the shift to a green economy and what is the role you can play to support a low carbon, resource efficient, and socially inclusive future.

In this course, we will go on a journey that introduces us to the basic concepts, policy instruments and international frameworks of inclusive green economies. Our path consists of five modules which are divided into smaller sections. You can start with any module depending on your preference.

After completing the course, learners will be able to:

  1. Describe the rationale and core concepts for realizing an inclusive green economy against business-as-usual practices
  2. Identify enabling conditions for greening national economies
  3. Outline principal opportunities and challenges in key sectors
  4. Provide examples of national strategies and planning to advance an inclusive green economy
  5. Distinguish international frameworks and initiatives in support of an inclusive green economy

Each of the five modules features a quiz. A quiz is passed with a score of 70% or above. You have three attempts for each quiz. Once you successfully passed all quizzes, you will receive a certificate of completion. Your certificate will be automatically available to download in the “Certification” section under the course page.
This e-course has been developed under the umbrella of the Partnership for Action on Green Economy (PAGE). PAGE brings together five UN agencies – UN Environment, International Labour Organization, UN Development Programme, UN Industrial Development Organization, and UN Institute for Training and Research – whose mandates, expertises and networks combined can offer integrated and holistic support to countries on inclusive green economy.