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Beating the Heat: Energy Equity in the Age of Climate Change

Chicago’s infrastructure is famously beautiful with its diverse neighborhoods connected by an orderly street grid stretching out from the Loop to the suburbs. Yet the ways we’ve designed our communities in the past worsen the effects of today’s changing climate by effectively transforming Chicago into a heat island.

While all communities suffer the effects of climate change, some suffer more than others. With heat waves occurring with greater frequency at greater intensities, energy grid improvements become necessary. The grid improvements mean energy is more expensive and when costs rise, lower-income populations face the biggest challenge. Between the increasing cost of energy and the disproportionate impact that historically disinvested neighborhoods experience, heat island and energy access become an equity issue.

So, how can we ensure that the necessary investments are made today, and made in a way that protects the populations most vulnerable to the effects of our changing climate?

Join ComEd and Metropolitan Planning Council on March 2nd for a lunch-hour event to explore the data and policy implications around energy equity. Together we’ll learn about a new Argonne climate adaptation study that predicts hotter and more humid weather for northern Illinois by 2050 and hear firsthand experiences with home retrofits and discuss the role green infrastructure can play in lessening the burden of those facing the harmful, and at times fatal, effects of the heat island in our changing climate.

Speakers include:

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Lunch will be provided for in-person attendees, and the event will be live-streamed for those joining virtually.

Registration is free and required.

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