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Howard Learner Op-Ed in Crain’s Detroit: Savvy Policies can Grow Michigan’s Renewable Energy Jobs

As part of our efforts to support clean energy, ELPC has been publishing a series of reports that examine the breadth of the wind power and solar energy industries in Midwest states. Find this year’s Michigan report here. Along 12 Mile Road outside of Detroit, 24-year-old John Jevahirian of Michigan Solar Solutions goes to work

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Update on the fight against ozone – ELPC’s day in court

Ground-level ozone, also known as smog, is a dangerous air pollutant that harms communities across the Midwest. Unfortunately, EPA has failed to live up to its responsibility to protect public health and the environment from this threat. EPA recently designated several Midwestern areas as “in attainment” with air quality standards, despite abundant evidence that those

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Chicago needs Electric CTA Buses for Clean Air

Chicago is plagued by air pollution, and transportation is one of the largest contributing factors. Our public transportation system provides many residents with important low-impact alternatives to car travel, but it’s not perfect either. Electric CTA buses could significantly improve air quality in communities across the city. As a senior researcher at ELPC, I study

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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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