Climate and Equitable Jobs Act
The Climate and Equitable Jobs Act (SB2408) was signed on September 15th, 2021 and works to address the present and dire issue of climate change. While Illinois is a leader in sustainable technology, we still currently have some of the country’s biggest power plant polluters. We need to protect these jobs but transition to carbon-free emissions, and this bill does that. Some of the main focuses of this bill are protecting consumers, preserving and creating jobs, enabling equitable energy investment, and improving ethical standards across the energy industry. To protect consumers, included in the bill are deposit requirements for low-income residents, and the bill reduces fees for online bill payments. This bill requires the Prairie State and CWLP Dallman coal plants to be carbon-free by 2045, with a significant interim goal by 2035. Another goal of this bill is 1 million electric vehicles in Illinois before the next decade and it provides a revenue-neutral $4000 rebate for consumers. In addition, this bill includes $150 million to directly support workforce development and community transitions as we move to clean energy.
District 41 has many resources available for helping our environment from recycling to solar power. Please contact the below organizations directly for more details on their services, and feel free to contact us if you we can help you navigate any of these resources.
If you know of any other resources we should add, please contact us at info@RepYangRohr.com.
Garbage and Recycling Guidelines
SCARCE made a wonderful pamphlet about what is and is not recyclable. Please check it out here!
SCARCE is a local organization that offers a multitude of educational resources about recycling, composting, and more. They also accept items to be recycled or reused in the community. Please visit them at www.scarce.org.
The Conservation Foundation offers a variety of resources and services. They run the McDonald farm in Naperville where they hold educational programs and showcase examples of sustainability. Visit their website to learn more and explore what they have to offer: www.theconservationfoundation.org
Green Initiatives by City and Park District
Municipalities and park districts have a variety of green initiatives, programs, and resources, many of which are not location specific so check them all out! To learn more about what your city and park district are doing, please visit the following websites:
City of Naperville - www.naperville.il.us/government/environmental-sustainability-in-naperville
Naperville Park District - www.napervilleparks.org/greeninitiatives
City of Warrenville - www.warrenville.il.us/535/EAC-Programs-and-Projects
Warrenville Park District - www.warrenvilleparks.org/about-us/green-initiatives
Bolingbrook Village and Park District - www.bolingbrook.com/electronic_recycling
Garbage and Recycling Services
Each municipality has its own set of rules and regulations, and offers various other services like electronics recycling. To learn more about your local services, please visit their websites: www.bolingbrook.com/refusecollection (Bolingbrook), www.naperville.il.us/services/garbage-and-recycling (Naperville), and www.warrenville.il.us/803/Garbage-Recycling-Yard-Waste (Warrenville)
Solar panels not only save the planet, but can also save you money in the long run. For more information on how to get solar panels, visit www.naperville.il.us/services/electric-utility/powering-our-community-for-the-future/solar-panel-guidelines (Naperville) or www.warrenville.il.us/674/Solar-Power-Information (Warrenville).
Naperville Environment and Sustainability Task Force
NEST is a task force for the City of Naperville working towards clean energy for Naperville. They have many committees ranging from community engagement to natural resources. They are always open to new members. In addition, their website has many other resources available for clean energy for Naperville residents and non-residents. To learn more, visit their website at www.sustainnaperville.org.
Sustainability by County
Both DuPage and Will Counties have a variety of resources available and ongoing projects. These range from education to building ordinances to pollution prevention. To learn more, visit their websites at www.dupagecounty.gov/government/departments/environment_and_sustainability (DuPage) and www.willcountygreen.com (Will).
2021 Legislative Highlights
HB0615 Creates a Carbon Capture Task Force
HB0653 Environmental Protection Agency groundwater monitoring
HB2950 Sidewalks and bike path fuel tax
HB3190 Incineration of aqueous film film forming foam that contains any perfluoroalkyl and polyfluoroalkyl substance is prohibited
HB3739 Lead service line replacement
HB3783 EPA CCR Surface Impoundments
2022 Legislative Highlights
Legislation from 41st District
HB1844 Carbon footprint reports on use of public funds
SB2408 Rep. Yang Rohr provided input on CEJA
100% rating from the Illinois Environmental Commission, which you can find more information about here: https://ilenviro.org/2022-environmental-scorecard/