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Nick Magrisso, Policy Advocate, Midwest Program, Chicago

Nick Magrisso

Humanity seems to be running full steam ahead off the end of a steep cliff — and that cliff is our unsustainable energy practices that serve narrow special interests and threaten the health of our planet. I find it appalling — and I want to be a part of the solution. We need a shift in our energy paradigm to focus on clean, efficient energy.

I lived and studied in Iceland during the summer of 2009 and witnessed firsthand how forward-thinking energy policies increase security and keep an economy competitive, even after their epic collapse, or kreppu, as it is called in Icelandic. Believe me — I understand Iceland is a unique place and may be a difficult example for other countries to emulate, but it serves as a fantastic microcosm for clean energy solutions that benefit the entire economy while maintaining a high standard of living.

Outside of my time in Iceland, I never left Chicago. I love the windy city where I grew up and feel fortunate to live and work here — where my goal is to transform the energy economy to a cleaner one.

Recent Posts

New NRDC Analysis Shows that Illinois Can Meet Clean Power Plan Goals and Deliver Huge Benefits to State's Economy

Posted August 24, 2015 by Nick Magrisso

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Following NRDC's national analysis of the Clean Power Plan, NRDC released state by state analyses last week showing that Illinois can cut even more carbon pollution than called for in EPA's Clean Power Plan. Under the new state analysis, Illinois...continued

Critics Wrong Again: Clean Power Plan is Good News for Illinois

Posted August 12, 2015 by Nick Magrisso

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Last week, the United States made history. Under the leadership of President Barack Obama, the U.S. took the biggest step in our nation's history to address climate change by finalizing first-ever limits on carbon pollution from power plants. The EPA's...continued

Illinois Is Poised To Lead On EPA's Clean Power Plan

Posted August 4, 2015 by Nick Magrisso

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HISTORY IN THE MAKING Yesterday the United States Environmental Protection Agency (U.S.EPA) finalized first-ever limits on carbon pollution from our nation's electric sector - the single biggest source of climate change pollution in America, accounting for nearly 40 percent. Currently...continued

ComEd's Energy Efficiency Programs Are Oversubscribed, Showing Huge Popularity and an Overwhelming Demand

Posted July 23, 2015 by Nick Magrisso

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Have you ever tried to get a dinner reservation at a popular restaurant and been told, "Sorry, we are booked and no longer accepting dinner reservations...until next year"? Well, that's pretty much what just happened to ComEd customers hoping to...continued

Illinois Clean Jobs Legislation Changes the Springfield Power Paradigm

Posted May 31, 2015 by Nick Magrisso

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The Illinois legislature will adjourn its regular spring session at midnight on May 31, 2015 without advancing a measure that would create an estimated 32,000 new clean energy jobs across the State of Illinois once fully implemented; and save consumers...continued

Illinois Clean Jobs Coalition: Labor, Faith, Health, Consumer, Business and Green Agreement

Posted February 6, 2015 by Nick Magrisso

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This week two seemingly unconnected announcements were made that will likely cast a big shadow over the state of Illinois for some time. Wednesday, Governor Bruce Rauner gave his first State of the State address. In the speech he...continued

Good News for Clean Energy Jobs in Governor-elect Bruce Rauner's Transition Report

Posted January 9, 2015 by Nick Magrisso

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Some positive news for clean energy came out in a report by Governor-elect Bruce Rauner's transition team today. Rauner convened a diverse set of business, civic and non-profit leaders to make recommendations to overcome challenges and to elevate Illinois' stature...continued

Illinois signals strong support for EPA's proposed Clean Power Plan

Posted December 1, 2014 by Nick Magrisso

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In a letter to the EPA, fifty-three members of the Illinois General Assembly joined together to signal their support for the Clean Power Plan, the historic effort to attack climate change by cutting carbon pollution. As the legislators make clear...continued

Illinois Governor Pat Quinn Signs Wildlife Protections into Law

Posted August 24, 2014 by Nick Magrisso

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The following is a guest blog by NRDC wildlife attorney, Rebecca Riley: Mountain lions, gray wolves, and black bears are now safe to roam in Illinois, thanks to the leadership of Governor Pat Quinn and the Illinois legislature. This last...continued

Illinois General Assembly Welcomes Cougars, Bears and Wolves Back to the Prairie State

Posted May 19, 2014 by Nick Magrisso

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Today, the Illinois House unanimously passed a bill to add mountain lions, gray wolves, and black bears to the Illinois Wildlife Code. This tremendous victory reflects broad bi-partisan support for wildlife and wild places in Illinois and an ongoing...continued

Wildlife Protections for Bears, Wolves, and Mountain Lions Pass the Illinois Senate Unanimously

Posted April 7, 2014 by Nick Magrisso

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The following is a guest blog by NRDC wildlife attorney, Rebecca Riley: Great news for wildlife out of Springfield today. Senate Bill 3049, which protects black bears, wolves, and mountain lions in Illinois, passed in the Senate unanimously. This...continued

Illinois Lawmakers Prepare for Black Bears, Wolves, and Mountain Lions to Make Their Return to the Prairie State

Posted March 25, 2014 by Nick Magrisso

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The following is a guest blog by NRDC wildlife attorney, Rebecca Riley: Illinois is seeing an amazing wildlife resurgence, with wolves, black bears, and mountains lions returning to our state after a decades-long absence. The trouble is, because these...continued

Clean Energy Has a Positive Story to Tell About Jobs in Illinois

Posted March 20, 2014 by Nick Magrisso

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Illinois has a great story to tell when it comes to creating clean energy jobs that provide Illinois families and businesses with clean, affordable choices of energy, that help us meet our 21st Century resource demands. Clean Jobs Illinois, a...continued

Chicago Needs to Go Fin-Free for Shark Week (It's the Law!)

Posted August 6, 2013 by Nick Magrisso

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This was a glorious weekend in Chicago. Beautiful weather, tons of summer events and music that makes this such an easy town to enjoy. I was buoyed by an active weekend of fun that I decided to cap off by...continued

Chicago: "Ban da Bag"

Posted June 20, 2013 by Nick Magrisso

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Chicago is a world class city.  Our skyline and beaches, architecture and landscapes; our people and neighborhoods, are among the many reasons we don’t simply strive to be a great city, we are one.  In an act of laudable leadership...continued

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