OAK PARK, Ill. – State Rep. Camille Y. Lilly, D-Chicago, will further contribute to environmental justice efforts in Illinois after joining the Illinois Justice40 Oversight Committee.

“Environmental justice is all about making sure communities that are disproportionately affected by climate change and pollution are given an equitable share of green initiatives,” said Lilly. “Black communities have historically suffered the most from environmental degradation, and along with other minority issues, environmental justice is essential to wellness. These trends are likely to continue unless we make an active effort to change them. I am excited to work toward that goal on this committee.”

Lilly was appointed to the committee this week by House Speaker Emanuel “Chris” Welch. The committee’s name comes from the goal of having at least 40% of federal clean energy investments go toward disadvantaged communities. The committee is tasked with creating and providing recommendations for how federal clean energy investments in Illinois can be used to further environmental justice initiatives.

“I look forward to meeting with a variety of stakeholders as we look to figure out the best ways for us to achieve our environmental justice goals,” said Lilly. “Disadvantaged communities have, unfortunately, faced disproportionate damage from pollution and climate change for decades. However, I know we can achieve an environmental policy that keeps equity at the forefront.”

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