About 90 people came out on Saturday morning to attend an Environmental Town Hall Meeting hosted in Naperville by State Representative Grant Wehrli (R-Naperville), Senator Laura Ellman (D-Naperville) and the Illinois Environmental Council (IEC).
A panel of experts, including officials from the Citizens Utility Board, Elevate Energy, the Sierra Club, the Metropolitan Planning Council, the IEC and the City of Naperville were on hand to discuss new efforts at decreasing Illinois’ carbon footprint and other initiatives to help protect the environment. A question and answer session was also included as part of the two-hour event.
“I was pleased to see such a large turnout for this event. It is vital that we protect the air we breathe and the water we drink so that future generations can enjoy a healthy future,” said Wehrli. “It was fitting that we hosted this event on the campus of Naperville’s North Central College, which is a leader in sustainability and environmental protection.”
Attendees learned about how North Central College has taken steps to become more environmentally friendly, and also learned about legislation aimed at increasing the use of clean energy in Illinois. “Illinois is already a leader in its use of clean energy, but there is much more we can and must do,” Wehrli said. “I look forward to continuing to work with the Illinois Environmental Council and the Sierra Club to ensure that environmental protection is a priority in Springfield.”
The April 13 Environmental Town Hall was the first of two Town Hall Meetings Wehrli is hosting during the month of April. Residents of the 41st Legislative District are also invited to attend a general topics Town Hall Meeting on Wednesday, April 24 at the Naperville Municipal Building (400 South Eagle Street in Naperville) in the Council Chambers. The April 24 public meeting will take place from 7:00 PM – 8:30 PM, and topics will include the budget, property taxes, pensions, the graduated income tax proposal and other issues of importance. A brief presentation by Wehrli will be followed by a Q & A session with the audience.