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Sustainable Energy - Denos: Week 2 - Energy Efficiency in Champaign-Urbana


Question: What strategies, incentives, etc. might we use to encourage efficient energy use in Champaign-Urbana?

Premise: City council meeting

Major Roles (Prepare and deliver 10-minute presentations): 

Director of the Illinois Green Business Council (Jia) 
Ameren Illinois Act On Energy Program Director (Nathan) 
Director of the University of Illinois Center for a Sustainable Environment 
Lead SEDAC Engineer (Bryan) 
Minor roles (Administer the meeting and ask at least one question of each 
Champaign City Council members (Mary D., Anna, and Chloe) 
Champaign Mayor (Lea) 


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Additional Resources

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