After nearly two years of negotiation and hard work by a diverse coalition, the Illinois Future Energy Jobs Bill was signed last week by Governor Rauner. In addition to being a big step for renewables and energy efficiency in the state, its passage showed that collaboration and compromise are still effective in facing our most complex challenges.
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Last week, I attended a roundtable hosted by the Metropolitan Planning Council (MPC), where experts talked about their efforts to address urban flooding through community engagement, application of new stormwater models, and collaboration with other entities. My main takeaway was that communities most need capacity and funding to tackle this chronic issue, both of which MPC is seeking to provide with two new tools.
The finalists have been announced for the 5th Annual BOOST funding night on November 16, a live, crowd-funded pitch fest for promising sustainability startups. As a member of the Delta Emerging Leaders, the group organizing the event, I'm looking forward to meeting these entrepreneurs and hearing them present their ideas. You can too: early bird tickets are available until October 1!
On July 27, the Delta Emerging Leaders, a young professionals board that I recently joined, is hosting its Annual Green Soapbox event, which will highlight sustainability-focused businesses that are making a positive impact on the region. Get your tickets now for an evening of Revolution brews, appetizers, and updates from past winners of the BOOST crowdfunding competition!