Clint Walker | Journal Gazette & Times-Courier
MATTOON — The Citizens Utility Board (CUB) consumer watchdog group, Coles Progressives, the Prairie River Network, and Faith in Place will host a discussion to gather opinions from Charleston and Mattoon residents on how Illinois can take advantage of opportunities to make clean energy affordable and accessible to everyone across the state.
Participants will be asked to provide feedback on the needs of their communities as they relate to jobs, environmental justice and energy efficiency.
CUB’s Environmental Outreach Coordinator Scott Allen, along with representatives from Prairie Rivers Network and Faith in Place, will facilitate this community conversation, titled “How Illinois Can Win a Clean, Equitable Energy Future.” Renewable energy experts from Eastern Illinois University and Lake Land College as well as solar energy installers will also participate in a panel discussion to answer audience questions.
The event is will be held 6-8 p.m., Monday, Oct. 22 (reception begins at 5:30 p.m.) at Sarah Bush Lincoln Health Center – Education Center, 1000 Health Center Drive, Mattoon.
“With passage of the Future Energy Jobs Act, Illinois has taken great strides toward a clean, affordable energy future, and we want everyone to be part of the discussion on how we build off that momentum,” Allen said in a press release. “It’s key that people from every corner of Illinois come together to talk about the economic advantages of affordable, clean energy and how we achieve that for everyone.”