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Course: Clean Energy and Jobs: What Everyone Needs to Know - Focus on Illinois and CEJA

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  1. Part 1: Understanding Why We Can and Must Transition to Clean Energy and Jobs Now
    Transition to Clean Energy and Jobs: A Vision of the Future - 10 points for each topic completed
    5 Topics
  2. The Problems We Have Now and Why It’s Time to Stop Using Fossil Fuels for Electricity and Transportation - 10 points for each topic completed
    8 Topics
  3. Part 2: Causing the Change We Want to See
    Creative Solutions for the Clean Energy Transition - 10 points for each topic completed
    3 Topics
  4. Issues That Intersect with the Clean Energy Transition that Need to Be Addressed - 10 points for each topic completed
    4 Topics
  5. Part 3: A Toolkit for a Clean Recovery 2021: Clean Energy and Jobs - Focus on Illinois and CEJA
    Introduction to Clean Energy and Jobs Toolkit - Focus on Illinois and CEJA - 10 points for each topic
    8 Topics
  6. Part 4: Assignments - 50 points for each assignment students complete that is approved by instructor
    Assignment 1: Participate in Course Discussion Forum
  7. Assignment 2: Do a Group Effort
  8. Assignment 3: Take Target Actions
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As we have already discussed, often when the coal or fossil fuel industry closes up or makes a mess, they leave it all behind for the workers and community to clean up. Activities and efforts in the clean energy transition must consider the needs of fossil fuel workers and communities, and not leave them behind. Organizations like the Just Transition Fund exist to help coal communities plan their transition to a clean economy after coal.

They have a ton of specialized services and grants, and an entire blueprint to help communities from start to finish:

blueprint

The National Resources Defense Council is another organization that advocates for just transitions through local representation, equity, and retraining. We just have to stop harming people. We can totally do it, and it’s going to make everything better.

There are a ton of equity and just transition provisions in CEJA, so be sure to check out that info sheet in the Toolkit in Part 3.