EVENT: CARBON PRICING 101 / Sat., Dec. 1, 10:00 AM / Northbrook Public Library

There’s growing support for carbon pricing as a necessary step to address climate change. It’s supported by 88 countries and a broad array of public interest groups yet most Americans know very little about carbon pricing. Come to learn:

• Why pricing is an effective policy for climate action
• How pricing will speed a transition to renewable energy
• Many co-benefits including employment and jobs
• The broad, diverse groups that support pricing
• How you can support a carbon pricing policy

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About the Speakers:

Rick Knight is Research Coordinator at Citizens’ Climate Education Corp. (CCE), a non-profit advocacy group headquartered in San Diego. He works with policy staff and independent experts to optimize CCE’s science, technology, and policy fundamentals, as well as doing volunteer work with CCE’s sister organization, Citizens’ Climate Lobby (CCL). Prior to CCL and CCE, Rick had a 40-year career in energy and pollution control research at the Gas Technology Institute. He received a B.S. in chemistry from the University of Illinois at Chicago and later studied chemical engineering at the Illinois Institute of Technology.

Eleanor Revelle is Chair of the Climate Change Task Force of the League of Women Voters of the US (LWVUS) and a member of the Steering Committee of the League’s Price on Carbon Network. She was a founding board member and four-year president of Citizens’ Greener Evanston, a nonprofit working to make Evanston a more sustainable community, with an emphasis on reducing the community’s greenhouse gas emissions. A freelance writer and editor, she has focused on issues related to sustainability and climate change. Revelle has served in leadership positions in a range of civic organizations, including as founding board member of Leadership Evanston, board chair of the Evanston Community Foundation, president of the Evanston and Illinois League of Women Voters, and eight-year board member of the LWVUS. She currently serves as Alderman of Evanston’s 7th Ward.

Mike Zanillo is a full-time volunteer and state co-coordinator for Illinois for the Citizens Climate Lobby (CCL). CCL is a non-profit, non-partisan, grassroots advocacy organization focused on national policies to address climate change. Mike is a retired Information Technology leader having held senior positions with McDonalds Corporation and Motorola, as well as, having been the CIO for WMS Gaming and Rexnord Inc. Mike’s education includes a degree in Economics from the University of Chicago and attended graduate-level business school programs with Loyola and Northern Illinois Universities.



TUES., Dec. 4th, 5:00–8:00 pm
Chicago (TBD)

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Get to know the Ready For 100 Chicago Collective!

We’re a diverse coalition of Chicago area groups organized by Sierra Club’s Ready For 100 team as a unified group seeking a commitment and path forward for our great city to be powered by 100-percent clean energy. Environmental, labor, justice groups and more share resources, networks and skills to assist in forging the road to renewable energy — electricity, transportation and all energy. Chicago can lead this charge with other cities to benefit health, equality and sustainability for residents now and generations to come.

Our kickoff celebration comes at the perfect time to incorporate the live stream of The Climate Reality Project’s “24 Hours of Reality: Protect Our Planet, Protect Ourselves.” Hosted by former Vice President Al Gore, the global broadcast will sound the alarm on the clear and present danger that fossil fuels and climate change pose to the health of families and communities across the planet. Our watch party might even be included in the international live stream!

We’ll listen in to this and host some of our own entertainment and speakers, which will include a big toast to Chicago for being named one of twenty grantees in Bloomberg Philanthropies’ American Cities Climate Challenge! Chicago will be part of a two-year acceleration program that focuses on buildings and transportation — which contribute most to emissions — and provides the city with powerful resources and cutting-edge support to help meet or beat near-term carbon reduction goals, a package valued at $2 million.

More details are forthcoming. But for now, save the date and plan to celebrate with us to show your support for a renewable Chicago. RSVP ASAP with your firm reply so we have enough space for everyone who will help us BUILD MOMENTUM for the Windy City!