Overview

Identifying environmental justice communities is important for Illinois Solar for All because a quarter of all program incentives are targeted to projects that are in or serving environmental justice communities. One goal of the Illinois Solar for All program is to allocate 25% of funding toward environmental justice communities.

Accessing the benefits of Illinois Solar for All

Use this address lookup tool to see if your community or property resides in an identified environmental justice community. Ready to designate your community? Click below to submit an application for review by the Program Administrator.

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Identifying environmental justice communities in Illinois

The Illinois Power Agency and Elevate Energy have identified environmental justice communities in Illinois based on a methodological framework established in the Long-Term Renewable Resources Procurement Plan.

These communities were designated as such through a calculation utilizing the U.S. EPA tool EJ Screen and a demonstrated higher risk of exposure to pollution based on environmental and socioeconomic factors. Specific questions can be directed to info@Illinoissfa.com.

In addition to communities which were identified as environmental justice communities using the framework in the Long-Term Renewable Resources Procurement Plan, groups or individuals may also submit a proposal to request that their community be designated as an environmental justice community.  The details on how to apply as a part of the Environmental Justice Community Self-Designation process can be found here.

Examples of conditions for environmental justice communities

  • Exposure indicators

    Based on measurements of different types of pollution that people may face. For example, a local newspaper reports on concerns over high levels of toxic releases from a nearby facility.

  • Environmental effects indicators

    Based on the locations of toxic chemicals in or near communities. For example, the designator and community members live within close proximity to a cleanup site that has not been documented in an IEPA database.

  • Sensitive population indicators

    Measure then number of people in a community who may be more severely affected by pollution because of their age or health. For example, 500 Cities data indicates that in recent years, COPD prevalence is higher than the state average for census tracts in the designator’s community.

  • Socioeconomic factor indicators

    Conditions that may increase people’s stress or make healthy living difficult and cause them to be more sensitive to pollution’s effects. For example, the designator’s community experiences an affordable housing crisis, and local activists hold a protest.

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