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How the American Rescue Plan Can Transform Chicago

Expert BlogIllinois, ChicagoGina Ramirez
From reducing pollution burden to reducing gas bills, the Recovery Plan represents an opportunity for Chicago to reach its emissions reductions goals while improving lives.

Equitable Building Decarbonization Across the Country: 2022

Expert BlogCalifornia, Florida, Hawaii, Illinois, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, New York, OregonCaroline Keicher, Joe O'Brien-Applegate
Policies and programs aimed at new construction and existing buildings continue to gain traction as communities and elected officials realize the feasibility and benefits of ambitious and equity-centered action.

Q&A: Chicago Advocates on Equity in Decarbonization Policies

Expert BlogIllinois, Chicago, United StatesGina Ramirez

Courtney Hanson of People for Community Recovery and Yessenia Balcazar of Southeast Environmental Task Force talked with NRDC’s Gina Ramirez about the importance of Chicago introducing equitable building decarbonization polices that benefit its communities.

New Report Finds Electric Homes Can Save Chicagoans Money

Expert BlogIllinois, Chicago, United StatesThomas Siafa Jr., Valeria Rincon

A new report finds that Chicagoans can save roughly $11,000 to $24,000 over a 20-year time period by ditching expensive gas and fully electrifying their homes.

Energy Efficiency: Key to Affordable Energy in Michigan

Expert BlogMichigan, MidwestLaura Goldberg, Valeria Rincon, Derrell E. Slaughter

Today, October 5, marks Energy Efficiency Day, an important day to reflect on the many benefits energy efficiency provides year-round. 

Healthier Buildings as a Climate Solution for Chicago

Expert BlogChicagoGina Ramirez, Kyler Sumter

Communities of color must have a seat at the table as we come up with standards to remove emissions from our buildings and ultimately make them healthier to live in.

Chicago Moves Forward on Clean Buildings

Expert BlogChicagoValeria Rincon

The Energy Transformation Code requires all new buildings in the city to comply with the energy efficiency standards set by the 2021 International Energy Conservation Code and to be built with the electrical capacity and wiring necessary to switch to…