Next Meeting – June 19th (Details)

Seal of the State of IllinoisThe Task Force is pleased to announce that its next meeting will take place on Thursday, June 19, 2014 from 4:00 pm to 6:00 pm in Room 16-503 at the James R. Thompson Center, located at 100 West Randolph Street in Chicago
(Members who wish to RSVP can do so via Eventbrite. Task Force members and members of the public who are unable to attend in person are invited to call 888-494-4032 (PIN# 403-715-0212).

Mr. Howard A. Learner will offer his testimony in support of “New Strategies for Community Development of Solar Energy and Energy Efficiency Opportunities.”

Mr. Learner is an experienced litigation attorney serving as the SONY DSCPresident and Executive Director of the Environmental Law & Policy Center – the Midwest’s leading environmental legal advocacy and eco-business innovation organization. He is responsible for the overall strategic policy direction and leadership of this regional public interest organization. One of the ELPC’s core premises is that environmental progress and economic development can be achieved together, and ELPC’s clean energy and clean transportation development programs put that sustainable development policy principle into action. Before founding ELPC, Mr. Learner served as the General Counsel for Business and Professional People for the Public Interest, a public interest law center, specializing in complex civil litigation and policy development on environmental and energy, civil rights and community economic development issues.

Much of Mr. Learner’s work has concentrated on developing and advocating new directions on energy, environmental and transportation policy issues, including: developing clean renewable energy and energy efficiency resources to avoid pollution from conventional power plants; leading efforts to develop a Midwest high-speed railroad network that can produce
complementary environmental quality, economic growth and job creation benefits; and protecting biodiversity and wildlife habitat in Wisconsin’s North Woods and in the Great Lakes.

Mr. Learner received his law degree from Harvard Law School (1980), and his B.A. from the University of Michigan (1976). He is an (Adjunct) Professor at the University of Michigan Law
School and the Northwestern University School of Law, teaching advanced seminars on energy law and climate change policy, and on environmental law and sustainable development.

This should prove to be a very enlightening meeting, and we look forward to seeing you there!