ICC will kick off its annual Student Sustainability Presentation Contest with keynote speaker Christine Nannicelli, senior campaign representative for Sierra Club’s Beyond Coal Campaign in Illinois, who will discuss “Igniting a Just Transition to Clean Energy.” Her presentation and the student contest will be held Thurs., Oct. 26 from 2 to 4 pm in the Lecture Recital Hall on the East Peoria Campus.
ICC students will present projects relating to a variety of sustainability topics immediately following the discussion. The presentation and Sustainability Presentation Contest are free and open to the public.
Nannicelli works with Sierra Club organizers, coalition partners and frontline volunteer leaders to develop winning campaign strategies to transition Illinois' electric sector from fossil fuels to clean energy. She played instrumental roles in the closure of the Fisk and Crawford coal plants in Chicago, the passage of Illinois' Future Energy Jobs Act, and was featured in the second season of National Geographic's “Years of Living Dangerously” show for her work in Waukegan, Ill. She has been active in campaign work for more than ten years, organizing on behalf of progressive causes such as marriage equality, healthcare legislation, and financial reform, and electoral campaigns of Barack Obama, Elizabeth Warren, Tammy Duckworth, Brad Schneider, and other state and municipal candidates. She also serves as the Board President for the Little Village Environmental Justice Organization in Chicago and holds a bachelor’s degree in religious studies and political science from Northwestern University.
The ICC Sustainability Committee was established in 2007 and sponsors student presentation contest bi-annually. Topics address all three aspects of sustainability – society, economics and the environment – and are limited to four to six minutes.