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Congratulations to the new Officers of the Metropolitan Mayors Caucus Executive Board elected at the November 8th Board ...
11/11/2021

Congratulations to the new Officers of the Metropolitan Mayors Caucus Executive Board elected at the November 8th Board meeting:

Chair: Mayor John F. Mahoney, Village of Palos Park (representing the Southwest Conference of Mayors

First Vice Chair: Mayor Lori E. Lightfoot, City of Chicago

Second Vice Chair: Mayor Mark R. Kownick, Village of Cary (representing McHenry County Council of Governments)

Treasurer: Mayor Jeffrey T. Sherwin, City of Northlake (representing the West Central Municipal Conference)

Secretary: Mayor Kevin R. Burns, City of Geneva (representing the Metro West Council of Governments)

The Caucus is participating in a panel discussion at COP 26 on Monday at 9 a.m. CT about what climate services decision-...
11/05/2021
U.S. Department of State - YouTube

The Caucus is participating in a panel discussion at COP 26 on Monday at 9 a.m. CT about what climate services decision-makers need.

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) Administrator Dr. Rick Spinrad will describe tools critical to climate planning and action at all levels. Dr. Ned Gardiner, Engagement Manager at the U.S. Climate Resilience Toolkit, will lead the discussion with a few panelists on how these tools, partnerships, and a little magic empower equity-centered climate action.

Tune in at the State Department YouTube channel: https://bit.ly/31uwFal

Find the COP schedule and links at: https://www.state.gov/cop-26/schedule-and-events/

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Welcome to the official U.S. Department of State YouTube channel. The Department of State leads America’s foreign policy through diplomacy, advocacy, and ass...

A panel of Mayors Caucus Member Mayors spoke to a group of civic and local government leaders from the Atlanta Regional ...
11/05/2021

A panel of Mayors Caucus Member Mayors spoke to a group of civic and local government leaders from the Atlanta Regional Commission who visited Chicago on October 27th-29th. The panel's topic: the keys to the Mayors Caucus's success and effectiveness as a collaborative that brings together the city and the suburbs. Thank you to Mayors Kevin Wallace of Bartlett, Lori Lightfoot of Chicago, Ruben Pineda of West Chicago, and Jeffery Schielke of Batavia for representing the Mayors Caucus.

Governor concerned hospitalization rates have plateaued:https://www.chicagotribune.com/coronavirus/ct-coronavirus-illino...
11/03/2021
When will Illinois’ mask mandate end? COVID-19 cases are no longer dropping, leaving endgame uncertain

Governor concerned hospitalization rates have plateaued:

https://www.chicagotribune.com/coronavirus/ct-coronavirus-illinois-hospitalizations-masks-20211102-4lgybc5kizfm7dunkong7w6y2a-story.html

Two weeks ago after Gov. J.B. Pritzker opened the door to ending the indoor mask mandate by the holidays, COVID-19 numbers have stopped dropping, and some healthcare officials are wary as winter approaches.

We were proud to accept a Climate Leadership Award alongside United, Microsoft, Bank of America and other powerhouse cor...
10/15/2021
2021 Climate Leadership Award Winners - Climate Leadership Conference

We were proud to accept a Climate Leadership Award alongside United, Microsoft, Bank of America and other powerhouse corporations at yesterday's award ceremony. City of Geneva, Municipality Mayor Kevin Burns accepted the Innovative Partnership Certificate on behalf of all of the organizations that helped us to create the Climate Action Plan for the Chicago Region. Mayor Burns is the Caucus' Environment Committee and Energy Subcommittee Chairman.

https://climateleadershipconference.org/2021-climate-leadership-award-winners/

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2021 Climate Leadership Award Winners Organizational Leadership Award Individual Leadership Award Goal Achievement Award Goal Setting Certificate Innovative Partnership Certificate Supply Chain Leadership Award Organizational Leadership (Large and Midsize) Entergy Corporation Entergy is an integrate...

It is tremendously gratifying to hear that we will be recognized with a 2021 Climate Leadership Award for our work to cr...
10/14/2021
Register for the 2020 Climate Leadership Conference

It is tremendously gratifying to hear that we will be recognized with a 2021 Climate Leadership Award for our work to create the 2021 Climate Action Plan for the Chicago Region. This afternoon at 2:30 p.m. CT, we will receive the Innovative Partnerships Certificate for the collaborative effort to create the plan with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), NOAA Climate.Gov, Global Covenant of Mayors for Climate & Energy, European Commission, Chicago Metropolitan Agency for Planning, UIC School of Public Health, Argonne National Laboratory, and the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Center for Urban Resilience and Environmental Sustainability.

Tune in to the award ceremony and other Center for Climate and Energy Solutions Climate Leadership Conference sessions at https://climateleadershipconference.org/register/.

March 4-6 | Detroit, MI climateleadershipconference.org/register

On a recent Environmental and Energy Study Institute (EESI) podcast, our Climate Action Plan co-authors discussed the pl...
10/12/2021
S2:E1: From Information to Action - Building National Climate Resilience | Podcast | EESI

On a recent Environmental and Energy Study Institute (EESI) podcast, our Climate Action Plan co-authors discussed the plan, municipal strengths, and how the U.S. Climate Resilience Toolkit Steps to Resilience can help the Chicago region and municipalities across the nation adapt to climate events.

If you missed the EESI podcast, then listen online at https://www.eesi.org/podcasts/view/s2e1-from-information-to-action-building-national-climate-resilience.

National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) NOAA Climate.Gov Global Covenant of Mayors for Climate & Energy European Commission

From North Carolina to Chicago to DC, hear how standardizing the steps to resilience will help communities withstand a changing climate. Dan and…

In honor of Energy Efficiency Day, we wanted to remind you that your residents may be able to receive a rebate from ComE...
10/06/2021
Residential Energy Efficiency & Assistance Programs

In honor of Energy Efficiency Day, we wanted to remind you that your residents may be able to receive a rebate from ComEd when purchasing a variety of ENERGY STAR appliances, such as washers, dryers, refrigerators, and air purifiers. When buying high-efficiency furnaces or boilers, your residents may be eligible for Nicor Gas rebates.

To find out more about these rebates that run through Dec. 31, 2021, and other energy-efficient programs, go to our residential energy webpage at https://mayorscaucus.org/residential-energy-efficiency-assistance-programs/.

When working to create a regional climate plan, the Metropolitan Mayors Caucus noticed that residential buildings were a significant contributor to greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions. The Caucus thought that it was time to look at the residential sector and see what could

If your community is interested in helping income-eligible residents save money on their utility bills, you may want to ...
09/30/2021

If your community is interested in helping income-eligible residents save money on their utility bills, you may want to distribute free energy-saving kits at your municipal building or at upcoming events. For details on ordering the kits, go to our residential energy webpage and look at the top of the fall/winter programs section. The free kits are available through Dec. 31, 2021. Households that have already received the kits saved an average of $76/year on their electric bills.

https://mayorscaucus.org/residential-energy-efficiency-assistance-programs/

If your community is interested in helping income-eligible residents save money on their utility bills, you may want to distribute free energy-saving kits at your municipal building or at upcoming events. For details on ordering the kits, go to our residential energy webpage and look at the top of the fall/winter programs section. The free kits are available through Dec. 31, 2021. Households that have already received the kits saved an average of $76/year on their electric bills.

https://mayorscaucus.org/residential-energy-efficiency-assistance-programs/

Here's info on who can get recently authorized COVID booster shots.  At least for now, original shots must have been Pfi...
09/28/2021
Who can get a COVID-19 booster? Where? Here’s what Illinois residents should know about the next round of shots.

Here's info on who can get recently authorized COVID booster shots. At least for now, original shots must have been Pfizer: https://www.msn.com/en-us/health/medical/who-can-get-a-covid-19-booster-where-here-s-what-illinois-residents-should-know-about-the-next-round-of-shots/ar-AAOTp8U?ocid=msedgntp

Millions of Illinois residents are now eligible for COVID-19 booster shots — but some confusion remains about exactly who can get them, when and where. To set the record straight, here’s how boosters are being rolled out in Illinois. Q: Who can get a COVID-19 booster shot in Illinois? A: Only pe...

Now that fall and cooler nights are here, your low-income residents may be struggling to pay for heating bills. The Low ...
09/28/2021

Now that fall and cooler nights are here, your low-income residents may be struggling to pay for heating bills. The Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) assists eligible households with a combined gross income at or below 200% of the federal poverty line for 30 days prior to the application. To apply, residents can contact their local Community Action Agency based on their county at http://bit.ly/3nDqozy.

#LIHEAP

Now that fall and cooler nights are here, your low-income residents may be struggling to pay for heating bills. The Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) assists eligible households with a combined gross income at or below 200% of the federal poverty line for 30 days prior to the application. To apply, residents can contact their local Community Action Agency based on their county at http://bit.ly/3nDqozy.

#LIHEAP

The City of Geneva, Municipality is the first municipality of the 275-member Caucus to report that its City Council endo...
09/21/2021
Climate Change

The City of Geneva, Municipality is the first municipality of the 275-member Caucus to report that its City Council endorsed our 2021 Climate Action Plan for the Chicago Region.
If your community is interested in supporting the goals and objectives of the regional Climate Action Plan, then download a sample resolution at the bottom of our Climate Change webpage.
https://mayorscaucus.org/climate-change/

National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) NOAA Climate.Gov Global Covenant of Mayors for Climate & Energy

Climate plan released The Caucus has now completed the 2021 Climate Action Plan for the Chicago Region, which is one of the first regional climate plans in the United States. Read the full plan here or

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About the Metropolitan Mayors Caucus

The Metropolitan Mayors Caucus brings collaboration to the Chicago region’s 284 cities, towns and villages. Founded in 1997 by then Chicago Mayor Richard M. Daley and leading Mayors from nine suburban municipal groups, the Mayors Caucus pushes past geographical boundaries and local interests to work on public policy issues. It provides a forum for metropolitan Chicago’s chief elected officials to collaborate on common problems and work toward a common goal of improving the quality of life for the millions of people who call the region home.

One of the great strengths of the Metropolitan Mayors Caucus is its informal organization. With freedom and flexibility built in, the Caucus is structured for success. While each of its meetings has an agenda, discussion is wide-ranging and free-wheeling with Mayors sharing ideas and developing joint solutions and positions of consensus on critical municipal and regional issues.

The Mayors Caucus respects the different perspectives that all of its independent municipalities bring to the organization. All these voices are heard, differences are aired, and then consensus is built on a single vision and focus so the Caucus can leverage the strength of a unified position on key issues.

The municipal organizations that participate in the Caucus include the City of Chicago and nine partner suburban municipal groups – the DuPage Mayors and Managers Conference, Lake County Municipal League, McHenry County Council of Governments, Metro West Council of Governments, Northwest Municipal Conference, South Suburban Mayors and Managers Association, Southwest Conference of Mayors, West Central Municipal Conference and Will County Governmental League. The member municipalities of each of these organizations are considered to also be members of the Mayors Caucus.

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Join us for the Policy, Planning and Practice: Moving Toward Net Zero Emission Systems Event on Thursday, November 18 from 1 to 2:30pm! This virtual forum will outline the key elements of the Illinois Climate and Equitable Jobs Act and how this new legislation can drive Illinois to net zero. We’ll also learn about the Chicago Regional Climate Action Plan and its implementation approach, and we’ll hear about Kane County’s efforts to update its sustainability plan, and what that will mean for Fox Valley communities. SPEAKERS INCLUDE: Delmar Gillus, Chief Operating Officer, Elevate Caroline Wooten, Conservation Organizer, Sierra Club Illinois Chapter Edith Makra, Director of Environmental Initiatives, Metropolitan Mayors Caucus Ivy Klee, Resource Management Coordinator, Kane County Government RSVP for the event by visiting the link below!
Trustee Spotlight: Village of Hanover Park's Mayor Rod Craig is a former School District 54 parent and PTA member at three District 54 schools. He enjoys reading with the primary grades and having conversations with intermediate students about being a good citizen and building quality of life in our communities. Mayor Craig is a past president of the DuPage Mayors and Managers Conference and is active in the Northwest Municipal Conference, Metropolitan Mayors Caucus, Choose DuPage Executive Board and Golden Corridor Family YMCA. Mayor Craig was appointed to the Board of Directors and serves as secretary on the Metra Board of Directors.
How do we create a healthy, sustainable Rockford region? We need your help to do so. You are invited to participate in GreenTown, a one-day experience that will take place in downtown Rockford on Friday, November 12 at the Embassy Suites by Hilton Rockford Riverfront. At GreenTown, you will connect with other community members who are looking to create economic opportunities, embrace social equity and combat climate change. Register for the event by clicking the link below. Explore 15 sessions on a variety of topics ranging from water to economic development to the outdoors. See a sample of the sessions below: Sustainability and Climate Action Plan 101 This session will provide an overview of local and regional planning initiatives, including Chicago metro communities and the Chicago Regional Climate Action Plan. Moderator: Gary Cuneen, Seven Generations Ahead Speakers Include: Michael Dunn, Region 1 Planning Council Edith Makra, Metropolitan Mayors Caucus Katrina Thompson, Mayor, Village of Broadview Darnell Johnson, Executive Director, Urban Efficiency Institute Ben Mjolness, City of Naperville, Illinois, Government Jodi Trendler, Executive Director, The Resiliency Institute
"Weather extremes caused by climate change are the greatest threat to our transit system. Our systems need to be resilient, and we don’t have the luxury of time to plan for adaptation. We’ve already seen flooding and the extreme cold of the polar vortex stress our transit system in recent years. This year we’ve seen transit systems buckle under flash floods in New York and China. Not only do we need to build in redundancy and contingencies in plans and operations, we need to adapt our transit infrastructure to withstand new climate predictions." Read more from guest blogger Edith Makra of Metropolitan Mayors Caucus on Connections. https://blog.rtachicago.org/2021/10/07/guest-blogger-edith-makra-says-public-transit-is-vital-for-climate-change-adaptation/
Congratulations to the Metropolitan Mayors Caucus on completing the 2021 Climate Action Plan for the Chicago Region. Today our commissioners introduced a resolution honoring the MMC for its collaboration and critical work to deliver one of the nation’s first regional climate action plans. The Chicago region was one of only four locations in the country selected by the Global Covenant of Mayors for Climate & Energy to develop a plan to strategize and establish mitigation and adaptation goals. The MMC consulted with 270 stakeholders from 175 organizations, including the MWRD and rep­resentatives of 53 municipalities and counties to assist in identifying regional climate hazards and developing solutions based in social equity. We are fortunate to have many partners in our region working to address climate action! Commissioner Kari K. Steele MWRD Commissioner Kimberly Neely du Buclet Mariyana Spyropoulos Debra Shore Cam Davis Marcelino Garcia III Josina Morita MWRD Commissioner Eira L. Corral Sepúlveda
We partnered with Metropolitan Mayors Caucus to award $170,000 in grants to 20 public agencies through our Powering Safe Communities Program! This year, the program had a special focus on clean transportation projects, which can reduce carbon emissions, improve public health outcomes and advance community resiliency. "Each community that was awarded this grant is committed to the safety of their residents and we commend them for their efforts," said Melissa Washington, senior vice president of governmental and external affairs. Read more about the 2021 grant recipients: bit.ly/SafetyGrants21
We’ve partnered with the Metropolitan Mayors Caucus to launch a new grant program, ComEd’s Powering the Holidays! The program’s goal is to celebrate community identity and culture by supporting local community lighting events during the holiday season. Learn more and apply by September 10th: bit.ly/3iWOcNw
"Environmentalists say the action plan’s call for local collaboration is a big deal because so many policy decisions happen at the municipal level, including building regulations and land-use policies. That makes municipal leaders collectively significant figures addressing climate change. Collaboration is especially important in the Chicago area, which is fragmented into many municipal governments." —The Chicago Sun-Times Metropolitan Mayors Caucus NOAA Climate.Gov National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) City of Highland Park, Illinois - Government City of Geneva, Municipality City of Evanston Illinois Government Global Covenant of Mayors for Climate & Energy European Commission Chicago Mayor's Office
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Despite the failure to pass a clean energy bill (which might still happen), it was actually a good spring session in the Illinois General Assembly for #localfood issues. Molly Gleason from the Illinois Stewardship Alliance talks about the various bills that were passed that will have a positive effect on farmers, farmers markets and other food purveyors. Bob Benenson from Local Food Forum is also part of the conversation and reminds us that #NationalFarmersMarketWeek starts on August 1. Then, Edith Makra from the Metropolitan Mayors Caucus and Geneva, Illinois Mayor Kevin Burns discuss the roll out of the Climate Action Plan for the Chicago Region. Meteorologist Rick DiMaio has the latest on heat, drought, storms and whatever Mother Nature is throwing at us this week. Streaming live at 9am CDT on YouTube (subscribe!), Facebook (survive!), and Twitter (whatever!).
When it comes to local food issues, it was a pretty productive session this spring for the Illinois General Assembly. Molly Gleason from the Illinois Stewardship Alliance joins Bob Benenson of Local Food Forum to discuss that and the upcoming Farmers Market Week. She's not in this video but we find out how Edith Makra of the Metropolitan Mayors Caucus is working with local municipalities to create the Climate Action Plan for the Chicago Region. Mayor Kevin Burns of Geneva, Illinois is part of the conversation. Join us at 9am CDT on YouTube, Mike Nowak dot net, or even here on Facebook.