"Climate and Equitable Jobs Act"

Season 2 • Episode 5

Sep. 22, 2021

What happens when a strong coalition engages energy stakeholders and works tirelessly to chart an equitable renewable energy future in Illinois? We spoke with John Delurey to find out.

As Senior Regional Director, John coordinates campaigns for Vote Solar’s legislative and regulatory priorities throughout the Midwest. Prior to joining Vote Solar, John built programs for a residential solar company that made solar more accessible for environmental justice communities to access rooftop solar. He believes that the climate crisis provides an invitation to begin addressing long-standing economic injustice, and that historically overburdened communities should lead the way to our renewable energy future.


Nick Hylla, MREA Executive Director
Amanda Schienebeck, MREA Program Manager


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It works at the state-level in more than 25 states to drive the transition to a just 100% clean energy future.

The Empowered, Delurey’s Rise Up Call to Action Article, pgs. 18-19


The Illinois Clean Jobs Coalition (ICJC) is made up of hundreds of Illinois organizations. The ICJC played a central role in the passage of the Future Energy Jobs Act (FEJA) in 2016 and the Climate and Equitable Jobs Act (CEJA) in 2021.

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-John Delurey


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