Welcome to RE-AMP

image_otleRE-AMP is an active network of 160 nonprofits and foundations across eight Midwestern states working on climate change and energy policy with the goal of reducing global warming pollution economy-wide 80% by 2050.

RE-AMP brings environmental, labor, faith, youth, energy, conservation and other groups together to develop common priorities to achieve our goals in the areas of Clean Energy, Coal, Energy Efficiency, Global Warming Solutions, and Transportation.

With a wide array of member organizations, RE-AMP provides many opportunities for various constituencies throughout the Midwest.

image_TransformerCheck out two recent reports on the RE-AMP Network. On the leading edge by member organization Fresh Energy, and Transformer: How to build a network to change a system by the Monitor Institute. These reports cover RE-AMP’s innovative approach to systems thinking and network development.

A Week of Action for the Clean Power Plan: Midwesterners Support EPA’s Proposal

People throughout the Midwest are taking action on climate change next week by supporting the first-ever standards for carbon pollution at U.S. power plants. The EPA’s Clean Power Plan proposal calls for a nationwide 30 percent reduction in power plant emissions below 2005 levels by 2030.

“As a member of the much maligned millennial generation, I can quite assertively say that young people are looking for real concrete action to resolve our society’s addiction to fossil fuel” stated Erik Hatlestad, organizer with MPIRG and Clean Up Our River Environment. “The Clean Power Plan gives us, as a nation, an opportunity to turn to renewable energy to meet these federal goals and benefit our economy as well as our planet.”

A public comment period for the Clean Power Plan is open through Dec. 1. To date, more than 1.5 million comments have been filed. A week of action is coordinated for Nov. 17 – Nov. 21 in Midwestern states to help generate even more input and create avenues of additional discussion through social media.

Monday, Nov. 17, 2014: Focus on Faith
• Join The Social Media Discussion: #FaithandClimate #CreationCare #ActonClimate
Contact: Susan Guy, Iowa Interfaith Power and Light
director@iowaipl.org | 515.689.1112
• Public News Story featuring Ellen Walsh-Rosmann, a young mother who farms in Iowa
Contact: Lauren Kolojejchick-Kotch, Center for Rural Affairs
laurenk@cfra.org | 402.687.2103×1022

Tuesday, Nov. 18, 2014: Focus on Health
• Join The Social Media Discussion: #HealthandClimate #ActonClimate
• Feature story idea – The impact of climate change on our health. Doctors, nurses and other health professionals throughout the Midwest have signed on to an effort to let President Obama and EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy know just how important the Clean Power Plan is to help reduce the severity of asthma, bronchitis and other respiratory ailments.
Contact: Liz Starke, Ecology Center
liz@ecocenter.org | 616.212.7443

Wednesday, Nov. 19, 2014: Focus on Carbon-Cutting
• Report Released: How Wisconsin can meet its EPA budget
Contact: Keith Reopelle, Clean Wisconsin
kreopelle@cleanwisconsin.org | 608.251.7020 x 11
• Wisconsin Press Event to deliver photo petitions to DNR – 10 a.m. CST
Speakers: Keith Reopelle, Clean Wisconsin; Dr. Michelle Brogunier, family practitioner, Madison; Peter Bakken, Wisconsin Council of Churches.
Dial in to the press event — 1-877-326-0011 CODE – 6082517020
Contact: Keith Reopelle, Clean Wisconsin
kreopelle@cleanwisconsin.org | 608.251.7020 x 11
• Join The Social Media Discussion: #ActonClimate

Thursday, Nov. 20, 2014: Focus on Agriculture
• Virtual Farm Tours released
Contact: : Lauren Kolojejchick-Kotch, Center for Rural Affairs
laurenk@cfra.org | 402.687.2103 x 1022
• Wisconsin Report: Seeds of Challenge
Seeds of Challenge is built from conversations with dozens of Wisconsin farmers who explain how a changing climate has affected crop yields, livestock production and feed prices.
Contact: Katy Walter, Clean Wisconsin
kwalter@cleanwisconsin.org | 608-251-7020 x 28
• Michigan Press Event to deliver petitions to EPA and Governor, with the Climate Action Campaign
Speakers: TBA on Monday, November 17th
Contact: Liz Starke, Ecology Center
liz@ecocenter.org | 616.212.7443
• Ohio Environmental Council comments on Ohio impacts of the Clean Power Plan
Contact: Brennan Howell, Ohio Environmental Council
bhowell@theoec.org | 614.487.5825
• Join The Social Media Discussion: #AgandClimate #ActonClimate

Friday, Nov. 21, 2014: Focus on Youth
• Michigan State University hosts Clean Energy Panel
• Speakers: Dave Errickson- RN with MI Air MI Health and Mike Berkowitz-Political Director for MI Sierra Club
Contact: Liz Starke, Ecology Center
liz@ecocenter.org | 616.212.7443
• Minnesota faith and youth representatives meet with Governor Dayton to deliver petitions
Contact: Erik Hatlestad, MPIRG
erik@mpirg.org
• Illinois youth and faith scheduling a meeting to deliver petitions to Senator Kirk
Contacts: Brian Sauder, Faith in Place and Ellen Cornelius, Illinois Environmental Student Coalition
brian@faithinplace.org| 312.733.4640×111, ecorneli@iwu.edu | 630.363.1044
• Join The Social Media Discussion: #YouthandClimate #ActonClimate