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Sierra Club Staff are Making Black History

This blog post was originally posted to the Sierra Club Illinois blog in honor of Black History Month. The Ready For 100 Chicago Collective is proud to lift up these Black environmental activists. Over the past month, the Illinois Chapter of the Sierra Club celebrated Black History Month by sharing stories about Black environmental champions. … Continue reading Sierra Club Staff are Making Black History

RF100Chi Spotlight: Evie Thompson

Evanescia 'Evie' Thompson, 32 Founder, Babes Only @babesonlyfun How did you first get involved with community organizing? I first got into community organizing with my Women's organization, created four-and-a-half years ago in Los Angeles. Since then its outreach has expanded to New York, Austin, Detroit, London, and Chicago. Maybe two years ago I was invited to The … Continue reading RF100Chi Spotlight: Evie Thompson

Spotlight: Go Green Wilmette

This guest blog post is by RF100 Chicago youth volunteer and Sunrise Chicago member Caroline Bewley Go Green Wilmette, a suburban chapter of environmental advocacy group Go Green Illinois, is partnering with local businesses to reward sustainable practices.  The organization was founded fifteen years ago in response to the overusage of gas-powered leaf blowers in … Continue reading Spotlight: Go Green Wilmette

How to Go Solar: An Interview with Christina Uzzo of the Citizens Utility Board

Image via Pixabay This guest blog post is by RF100 Chicago volunteer Gamze Bilsen, with contributions from CUB's Deputy Director Sarah Moskowitz Through the Future Energy Jobs Act of 2016, Illinois has a goal to build 150K households worth of community solar energy projects by 2030, thus providing opportunities for citizens to partake in solar … Continue reading How to Go Solar: An Interview with Christina Uzzo of the Citizens Utility Board

Clean Energy Initiatives: A Personal Perspective

This guest blog post is by Ready for 100 volunteer Samuel Bean A recent news item cited an unidentified (presumably local) source that has funded a reported quarter-million dollars worth of “dirty energy” measures. This group claims to support the wind and solar industries, but blatantly opposes CEJA (which will instate a 100 percent clean energy … Continue reading Clean Energy Initiatives: A Personal Perspective

Virtual Lobby Day Sends Message CEJA Can’t Wait

This guest blog post is by Ready for 100 volunteer Gavin Hamilton Ready for 100 shines a light on local efforts and political actions, but many systemic changes happen at the state level. For example, utilities such as ComEd are regulated by state agencies rather than at the local level. Chicagoans should demand action for … Continue reading Virtual Lobby Day Sends Message CEJA Can’t Wait

#PowerUp Series, by Ready for 100 Chicago

This guest blog post is written by Elevate Energy’s Policy Analyst Quinn Biever. The Sierra Club’s Ready For 100 (RF100) campaign aims to engage communities across the city to design and implement a clean energy transition that is easy to understand and access while centering racial and economic equity. “At times, conversations about clean energy … Continue reading #PowerUp Series, by Ready for 100 Chicago

Recapping Our Fourth #PowerUp Conversation—Electric Transportation and Clean Energy

In September and early October, we hosted a series of four #PowerUp community conversations, bringing together our community partners and residents from across the city to discuss priorities for Chicago’s energy transition. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=x2I8CvhyiLY&feature=youtu.be We began our fourth and final Power Up conversation, which was focused on electric transportation, by highlighting racial equity. This theme has … Continue reading Recapping Our Fourth #PowerUp Conversation—Electric Transportation and Clean Energy