A vital part of building a sustainable community is powering it with sustainable energy. To that end, eco-Andersonville does not support continuing to use fossil fuels like coal as primary energy sources. As a neighborhood, as a city, as a state, as a nation, as a planet, we should be transitioning long-term to more renewable energy like wind and solar. If you want to find out what steps you can take to support a more sustainable future, feel free to contact Michael Ashkenasi, our Sustainability Director, at: firstname.lastname@example.org / (773) 728-7552
Andersonville Neighborhood Solar
Andersonville Neighborhood Solar is a neighborhood initiative to promote more on-site rooftop solar projects in Andersonville and throughout the City of Chicago. The program is designed to use crowdfunding to build community capital, strengthen neighborhood bonds, and invest in local solar projects. For more information, please visit our Andersonville Neighborhood Solar page.
Clean Jobs Coalition
eco-Andersonville is a proud member of the Illinois Clean Jobs Coalition. Made up of Illinois businesses and organizations representing the state’s environmental, business, faith, labor, and industry communities, coalition members are working to improve public health, help consumers, better the environment, and create tens of thousands of new clean jobs across the state.
There are more than 100,000 people across the state who are employed in the clean energy sector, including the wind, solar and energy efficiency industries. The Clean Jobs Bill, if passed, would create 32,000 new jobs and raise energy efficiency standards to 20% by 2025. It would also increase renewable energy standards to 35% by 2030, instead of the 25% by 2025 currently in law.
The Clean Jobs Bill not only creates jobs and helps the environment—it would save customers $1.6 billion by 2030, according to the Citizens Utility Board. This amounts to nearly $100 annually for the average household. A separate analysis by the Union of Concerned Scientists estimated that consumers would save nearly $22 per month.
The Clean Jobs Bill will also help Illinois comply with the U.S. EPA’s Clean Power Plan, which calls on states to reduce energy plants’ emissions 32 percent below 2005 levels by 2030.