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Cleveland Plain Dealer Op-Ed: Curbing Runoff from Giant Livestock Farms Key to Solving Lake Erie Toxic Algal Blooms

Summer may be over, but eyes still need to be on Lake Erie. Toxic algal blooms had another bad year, covering 620 square miles of the lake at one point with a thick green scum and microcystin toxins. The situation won’t improve until the manure and fertilizer runoff pollution causing the toxic algal blooms is significantly reduced.

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6 Ways to Be More Energy Efficient at Home

Happy Energy Efficiency Day! Being more energy efficient is the best way to meet our energy needs and reduce pollution. It can result in some serious savings, too.  Here are six ways that you can save more energy at home. Eliminate Vampire Energy Leaving your devices plugged into outlets all day sucks up a lot of

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Fighting Climate Change Requires Government, Business and Individual Action

This week, the UN is shining a spotlight on climate change at its week-long Climate Action Summit in New York City. While our federal government has taken a step back when it comes to combating climate change, there are many actions that individuals, businesses and local governments can take to enact climate change solutions. Below

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Bi-National Symposium to Discuss Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services in the Great Lakes

On September 16th, ELPC joined Her Honor, the Lieutenant Governor of Ontario, Elizabeth Dowdeswell, in co-hosting a bi-national symposium on the Intergovernmental Science-Policy Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (IPBES) Global Assessment and Great Lakes. A group of approximately 80 Americans and Canadians came together in the Lieutenant Governor’s Suite for a half-day of discussions

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A Tale of Two States: Minnesota’s Clean Energy Policies Outpace Wisconsin’s

A retired friend who uses solar power suggested that ELPC do a study comparing Wisconsin and Minnesota on renewable energy policies and accomplishments. We expected to see a difference between Wisconsin and Minnesota’s policies, but the findings were still shocking. Minnesota has accomplished far more in renewable energy development as a result of more and better policies to fix

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Air Quality Program Makes for a High Quality Summer: ELPC Intern Perspective

As the summer comes to a close, I want to reflect on an ELPC program that made my summer special. Every Tuesday for the last three months, a team of about ten interns and I ventured to a different Chicago neighborhood and walked about 10 miles to collect data on air quality. Through our air

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It’s a sunny day for Illinois: Solar energy across the state

Did you know that Illinois has one of the fastest-growing solar industries in the country? Our state added 1,308 jobs last year, up 37% from the prior year, and there’s more to come! ELPC is helping pave the way for solar energy, working with community organizations, industry experts, and policy makers to launch Illinois into

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Fighting Bad Ozone in the Midwest

Summer in Chicago is the season of outdoor music festivals, fireworks at Navy Pier, and an invisible menace looming in the air—ozone. While stratospheric ozone (the “ozone layer”) protects Earth from UV rays, ground level ozone is a dangerous air pollutant that harms humans and vegetation. Unfortunately, EPA hasn’t been doing its job to protect

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Pragmatic Environmental Advocacy in Springfield

On Monday July 29, 2019, ELPC hosted Illinois state Representative Ann Williams, Senator Bill Cunningham, and Senator Melinda Bush for a panel discussion on the recent legislative session in Springfield. This year was particularly productive for the state legislature, and especially on the environment. Members passed bipartisan legislation to protect clean water, support energy efficiency,

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Electric school buses hit the road in the Midwest

In nearly every community across the Midwest you can find a yellow school bus. It’s a classic feature of American life, so common it’s easy to forget. But the diesel engine inside your average bus is not so sunny as its exterior, producing air pollution and carbon emissions that pose grave risks to our children.

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