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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

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

Posted May 19, 2014 by Nick Magrisso in Saving Wildlife and WIld Places

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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 in Saving Wildlife and WIld Places

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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 in Saving Wildlife and WIld Places

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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 in Solving Global Warming

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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 in Reviving the World's Oceans, Saving Wildlife and WIld Places

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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 in Curbing Pollution, Health and the Environment, Living Sustainably

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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

Fracking: What do you do with all that waste?

Posted April 1, 2013 by Nick Magrisso in Health and the Environment

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That is the question policymakers should be asking when it comes to dealing with the disposal of toxic oil and gas wastes. Hydraulic fracturing or fracking for natural gas and oil has, in large part, both complicated and expanded the...continued

The wild (Mid)west: drilling industry moving in on Illinois with no safeguards in place

Posted November 15, 2012 by Nick Magrisso in Curbing Pollution, Health and the Environment

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Earlier this fall, a horizontal drilling permit was issued by the Illinois Department of Natural Resources to SM Energy, a company engaged in oil and natural gas development in North America.  While SM Energy has stated that it does not...continued

Governor Quinn, thanks for putting the bag on that bill

Posted August 27, 2012 by Nick Magrisso in Curbing Pollution, Health and the Environment, Reviving the World's Oceans

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Illinois Governor Pat Quinn vetoed the Plastic Bag and Film Recycling Act (SB 3442); a controversial state senate bill that passed the legislature in May, and was the source of much contention as it limited local home rule authority to implement...continued

A Happy Day for Sharks from the Prairie State

Posted July 2, 2012 by Nick Magrisso in Reviving the World's Oceans, Saving Wildlife and WIld Places

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I've been blogging about the effort to get an Illinois shark fin ban bill ever since NRDC started working on the issue here; from the introduction of HB 4119 – a ban on the sale, trade, distribution, or possession...continued

Work and Progress: Illinois Legislative Session Recap

Posted June 5, 2012 by Nick Magrisso in Curbing Pollution

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You wouldn’t know it from some of the coverage evaluating the end of the Illinois General Assembly’s session last week, but along with the disappointments there were some very significant environmental victories. The failure to address some epic challenges lends...continued

Update: Illinois Senate Poised to Advance Shark Protections

Posted April 25, 2012 by Nick Magrisso in Reviving the World's Oceans, Saving Wildlife and WIld Places

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Springfield, Illinois – thousands of miles away from any ocean coast, and void of any charismatic ocean predators, like sharks, Illinois is moving swiftly to pass legislation that would help save our oceans by protecting declining shark populations around the...continued

BREAKING: Illinois Stands Up for Sharks and Healthy Oceans

Posted March 8, 2012 by Nick Magrisso in Reviving the World's Oceans, Saving Wildlife and WIld Places

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It is not often that the State and people of Illinois have the opportunity to take action to help protect the world’s oceans so acutely. Today, as I write from the Illinois State Capitol, I am excited to share...continued

In Chicago this Sunday? Come discuss Illinois environmental concerns with Rep. Jan Schakowsky

Posted January 19, 2012 by Nick Magrisso in Curbing Pollution, Solving Global Warming, U.S. Law and Policy

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For the past 40 years the Clean Air Act has protected Americans from harmful air pollution and saved hundreds of thousands of the lives. But this bedrock environmental law has recently come under unprecedented, breathtaking assault by an increasingly hostile Congress....continued

Training Illinois Carpenters for the Clean Energy Economy

Posted January 18, 2012 by Nick Magrisso in Solving Global Warming

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This is the second in a series of video blogs I’m doing to explore how energy efficiency is creating jobs all over Illinois. The carpenter-training center in Elk Grove Village is making Illinois a better place in three ways.  First,...continued

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