Municipal leaders from the US and around the world attended the North American Climate Summit in Chicago recently to discuss commitments to the Paris Agreement, and to recognize innovative and impactful efforts by local governments to address climate change. Wilmette was represented at the conference by Trustees Julie Wolf and Senta Plunkett. For more on the event click here.
Seattle is set to enact a ban on plastic straws and utensils next July as part of a citywide ordinance to curb plastic waste across the city. All businesses that sell food or drinks must offer compostable or recyclable options. About 200 retailers have agreed to make the switch this month as part of an industry-led campaign, dubbed “Strawless in Seattle,” to prevent the plastic from polluting ocean waters and threatening marine life. Read more about this good news in the Seattle Times.
The House Appropriations Committee approved full $300 million funding for the important Great Lakes Restoration Initiative that has supported more than 3,000 sensible projects since 2010 to protect and restore the Great Lakes ecosystem and improve infrastructure. The bipartisan House Appropriations Committee votes are in line with the public’s overwhelming support of Great Lakes protections. Learn more here.
New Trier High School is working to reduce food waste! After a successful trial, the District has committed to a full year food compositing pilot on the Freshmen campus in Northfield starting in August. If the pilot goes well, they hope to expand the program to the Winnetka campus in 2018. Kudos to the New Trier Sustainability Committee, Mary Allen of SWANCC and all the Freshmen who did such a great job! Reports were that you could instantly tell which students had composted food in their feeder schools. All 3,600+ District 39 Wilmette students compost food waste every day. Many Kenilworth, Winnetka and Glencoe students also know how to separate food for composting.
ExxonMobil, the world’s biggest oil company, was compelled by 62% of shareholders to be more open about the impact of climate change on its business in a “historic” surprise vote recently. The vote to more clearly report how climate change affects Exxon’s business comes as investors are increasingly demanding companies disclose the likely impact of global warming and follows the passing of similar proposals at two smaller energy companies earlier this month. Learn more here.
Thanks to the Village of Winnetka and The Winnetka Park District, there is now a brand new bicycle rack installed on the Green Bay Trail near the bridge over Winnetka Avenue. This will make it easier for both train commuters using the Indian Hill Station and New Trier students and staff to use the trail and lock their bikes near their destination. Getting more people to bicycle to the station and to school, while not increasing car/bike conflicts and potential accidents, is a win-win for all. Spread the word and help get the rack filled everyday!
Before the Flood screenings have drawn large audiences in Wilmette, Winnetka, Glencoe and Kenilworth, and more screenings are planned. This eye-opening documentary on climate change can move viewers from “a bit concerned” to “ready to take action.” Can YOU arrange for a public screening in your community or a private screening in your home? Contact us for information. View the documentary here. (www.beforetheflood.com/screenings)
The Illinois legislature passed a sweeping, comprehensive new energy bill, one of the most significant state energy legislation passed in the US in decades. The Future Energy Jobs Bill will include:
- At least 4.3 gigawatts of new Illinois wind and solar power – as much capacity as two nuclear power plants and two coal plants combined
- Requirements that Illinois utilities Ameren and ComEd invest $6 billion in energy efficiency over the next decade
- A new Illinois Solar for All program that will invest up to $400 million in new solar projects in economically disadvantaged communities, and train those most in need of good jobs in the clean energy technologies of the future.
Read more here
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