Minnesota Is Poised to Pass an Ambitious 100 Percent Clean Energy Bill. Now About Those Incinerators…

A bill that would require Minnesota’s utilities to generate 100 percent clean energy by 2040 passed in the House last week and is expected to be signed into law in the coming weeks. The legislation garnered wide support from environmental advocacy groups, who succeeded in pushing some provisions in favor of communities disproportionately burdened by […]

Read More

A New Push Is on in Chicago to Connect Urban Farmers With Institutional Buyers Like Schools and Hospitals

More local growers, a healthier population and climate change mitigation are what urban agriculture advocates and researchers envision for the future of Chicago’s food systems. Linking small producers and producers of color with public institutions like schools, hospitals and detention centers in the food supply chain can be a significant step in that direction because […]

Read More

Indiana, Iowa, Ohio and Wisconsin Lag on Environmental Justice Issues

On the northwest side of Milwaukee, Wisconsin, where more than half the population is Black or African American, the outdated sewer system is often at capacity, and miles of asphalt and concrete make stormwater management a challenge. Sometimes, heavy rains bring flooding into the neighborhood, and members of the community have called for action to […]

Read More

Wisconsin Advocates Push to Ensure $700 Million in Water Infrastructure Improvements Go to Those Who Need It Most

Even though two of the largest freshwater lakes in the world, Lake Michigan and Lake Superior, border Wisconsin, many of the state’s residents in formerly redlined communities still do not have easy access to clean and safe drinking water.  Wisconsin has the highest number of lead pipes per capita nationwide, making lead in drinking water […]

Read More

Chicago Institutions Just Got $25 Million to Study Local Effects of Climate Change. Here’s How They Plan to Use It

Since 1980, the number of urban residents exposed to extreme heat and rainfall has increased five-fold in the 150 largest cities worldwide, according to a study released last year. But research shows that the consequences of higher temperatures are unevenly distributed within city populations.  Many residents in the most flood-prone areas of Chicago, which are […]

Read More