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It’s been an eventful few weeks, from the signing of the federal infrastructure bill to the conclusion of the UN Climate Change Conference (COP26) in Glasgow. November is Native American Heritage Month as well! Wishing you a good start to the holiday season!

November / December Theme:  Clean & Equitable Energy


December Virtual Event

Illinois Climate & Equitable Jobs Act: What does it mean for you?

Wednesday, December 1st, 2021
6:00pm - 7:00pm CST

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Climate Change. Environmental Justice. Careers and Jobs.  With the conclusion of the UN Climate Summit (COP26) in Scotland, it seems that these huge issues may be too big to tackle globally.  But what if there were a way to act on a local level to not only reduce carbon emissions, but also improve environmental justice, equity and develop a clean energy economy that generates thousands of career-track jobs in a variety of fields and locations?  Join Net Impact Chicago for the epic tale of how the state of Illinois fought to shape and pass what’s being called the most equitable clean energy jobs bill of its kind in the nation.  We’ll learn about why the Act is so important and the benefits for the public and for those interested in sustainable careers.

Our Speakers:

John Delurey: Senior Regional Director, Vote Solar

In his role as Senior Regional Director at Vote Solar, John coordinates campaigns for Vote Solar’s legislative and regulatory priorities throughout the Midwest. Prior to joining Vote Solar, John built programs for a residential solar company that made solar more accessible for low-income residents. He has prior experience coordinating grassroots advocacy efforts for the Sierra Club and voter turnout initiatives during electoral campaigns. His work with the Beyond Coal Campaign focused on improving community solar options for member-owners in Rural Electric Cooperatives.John also worked overseas on off-grid solar access, primarily in India and East Africa, and for the United States Agency for International Development and the World Bank.

Micaela Preskill: Midwest Advocate, E2 (Environmental Entrepreneurs)

In her role as Midwest Advocate at E2,, Micaela works with business leaders throughout the Midwest to advocate for strong environmental policies. Through research, strong communications and direct advocacy, she makes the business case for policies that are good for the environment and good for the economy. Micaela works with stakeholders and partners throughout the region to release the Clean Jobs Midwest report each year, which details the number of clean energy jobs in every state, county and district throughout the region. Before E2, Micaela ran issue and electoral campaigns in Illinois, Colorado, Washington state and Massachusetts for the Public Interest Research Group (PIRG).

Our Moderator:

Brenda Christopher: Lead Product Manager, Advanced Energy Economy

Net Impact Chicago Leadership Team

Brenda is the Lead Product Manager at Advanced Energy Economy (AEE), a national association of businesses and business leaders who are making the global energy system more secure, clean, and affordable. In her role, Brenda  oversees AEE’s software-as-a-service, called PowerSuite, which brings together information and insights about energy legislation and regulation across all 50 states. Prior to joining AEE, Brenda was a software product manager at IBM. She holds an MBA and an undergraduate degree in civil engineering, both from the University of Notre Dame. Brenda has been a part of the Net Impact Chicago Leadership Team since May of 2021.

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Now accepting applications to join the Net Impact Chicago Leadership Team!

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    Benefits of joining the Net Impact Chicago Leadership Team:

    • Networking: Meet and work closely with leaders in the impact space

    • Professional eminence: Influence the direction of Net Impact Chicago by getting involved in our strategic planning for 2022 and beyond

    • Resume-builder: All current leadership team members point to instances where their Net Impact work positively impacted their careers, such as transitioning to impact-focused careers

    • Global Connections:  The Net Impact Network spans six continents and hundreds of chapters. Chances are that your next opportunity may only be a few degrees of separation away! 

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