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Chicago Becomes the Midwest Energy Code’s Shining Star

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On September 21, 2022, the Chicago City Council passed Mayor Lightfoot's 2022 Chicago Energy Transformation Code, making Chicago the first city in the Midwest to adopt and exceed the 2021 edition of the International Energy Conservation Code (IECC). This and other decarbonization measures will help the city meet its recently released Climate Action Plan. According to the City’s press release, “The City of Chicago has long been a leader in adopting requirements for energy efficiency and sustainable design,” said Mayor Lightfoot. “Our buildings are major contributors to Chicago’s carbon footprint, so it’s critical that every construction and renovation project increases the efficiency and sustainability of our building stock as part of…

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Efficiency Rundown in the U.S. Energy and Employment Report

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It is imperative that opportunities to tackle climate change and create well-paying jobs in the United States exist concurrently. As the country’s economy changes and the prevalence of carbon-free energy sources grows, it has become increasingly important to understand how employment in the energy sector is also growing and changing. The U.S. Energy and Employment Report (USEER) provides a comprehensive summary of national and state-level employment, workforce, industry, occupation, unionization, demographic and hiring information by energy technology groups. Beginning in 2016, the annual study combines surveys of businesses with public labor data to produce estimates of employment and workforce characteristics.  Employment statistics…

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Energy Efficiency’s Role in the MI Healthy Climate Plan

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Released by the Whitmer administration on April 21, the MI Healthy Climate Plan puts forth strategies for Michigan to reach carbon neutrality by 2050 while providing benchmarks along the way. The plan sets the following objectives:  Mitigate the worst impacts of climate change  Spur and capture economic development and create good-paying jobs  Protect and improve the health of Michiganders  Position Michigan as a leader in climate action  Protect Michigan’s natural resources and wildlife  Make Michigan energy independent  Address environmental injustices  The plan is proudly “uniquely Michigan,” the state’s Department of Environment, Great Lakes and Energy (EGLE) Director Liesl Eichler…

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