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Clean, equitable jobs for Illinois

Deputy Director Emma Fisher reflects on the Clean & Equitable Jobs Act, newly passed in her home state of Illinois. November 8, 2021 In October 2018, I stood in the library at University of Illinois-Chicago in front of a room full of students and community members. At the time, I was working as an organizer […]

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Energy Justice at Municipal Utilities

‍Its importance and pathways for engagement By Ethan Kirkham, Research Fellow November 2021 ‍On the first day of the month, somewhere in that stack of envelopes you’ve brought in, sandwiched between the rent and insurance, is the electric bill. In your head you know exactly the last day you can go through them one by […]

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Civic Engagement & the Clean Energy Transition:

Opportunities & Challenges in Municipal Utilities By Nick Arnold, Electric Utilities Program Manager October 2021 Climate Cabinet is focused on the need for climate action at every level of government. In fact, the vast majority of the over 500,000 elected officials in the United States are elected at the state and local level – and […]

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State Battlegrounds: How States Lead on Climate Action… And Hold Us Back

By Emma Fisher, September 2021 We probably sound like a broken record: we can’t tackle climate change without state leadership. State legislatures are the under-the-radar battleground for our future.  ‍ In the face of lagging federal climate leadership over the past few decades, states have stepped up and written the playbook for transitioning to clean electricity. […]

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How Public Power Advocates Helped Win a Major Victory for Renewables in Rural America

Hard work by environmentalists has helped turn low-turnout utility board elections into a vehicle for change in Nebraska By Mackenzie Brown, Municipal Utilities Intern In 2020, 58% of Nebraska voters chose Donald Trump. Both the state’s U.S. Senators, all three Members of Congress, and its Governor and Lieutenant Governor are Republican, a party that has […]