Chicago Clean Power Ordinance
The Clean Power Ordinance was introduced to Chicago City Council by Alderman Joe Moore in April, 2010, and would effectively shut down the Fisk and Crawford coal-fired power plants in Pilsen and Little Village. These plants emit thousands of tons of harmful pollutants including greenhouse gases, and are highly detrimental to public health in the city–causing 40+ premature deaths, 2800 asthma attacks, and 500 emergency room visits per year. The passage of the Clean Power Ordinance would be an unprecedented instance of a city using its local power to regulate harmful pollutants and transition to a greener economy in the interest of public health and ecological stability.
Students from schools throughout Chicago have been actively engaged in promoting the Ordinance–canvassing and phone banking for the Ordinance, organizing educational events about coal, planting pinwheels on their quads, and attending public events organized by the Chicago Clean Power Coalition, a network of over 50 organizations working to build a clean energy future for the city. As a member of the Chicago Clean Power Coalition, ISEC is excited to increase student involvement in promoting the Ordinance. Learn more about the Ordinance at cleanpowerchicago.org