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Howard Learner’s new Op-Ed in the Indy Star: ArcelorMittal must be held accountable for spewing dangerous chemicals into the Little Calumet River, which flows into Lake Michigan

The impact: 3,000 dead fish, closed beaches along Lake Michigan and Indiana Dunes National Park, and safe drinking water at risk. In August, ArcelorMittal violated its permits by spewing dangerous chemicals, including cyanide and ammonia, into the Little Calumet River, which flows into Lake Michigan. The company delayed informing public officials of this toxic chemical spill.

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Ensuring Urban Inclusion in Illinois’ Community Solar Program

Solar energy is thriving in Illinois, bringing hundreds of megawatts of clean energy and over a thousand new jobs to the state this year alone. Illinois’ community solar program is particularly booming. The program is designed to make solar energy more accessible to diverse communities. A single community solar project can provide power to multiple

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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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