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Public Act 095-0453


 

Public Act 0453 95TH GENERAL ASSEMBLY



 


 
Public Act 095-0453
 
SB1242 Enrolled LRB095 09756 CMK 29964 b

    AN ACT concerning climate change.
 
    Be it enacted by the People of the State of Illinois,
represented in the General Assembly:
 
    Section 1. Short title. This Act may be cited as the
Illinois Cool Cities Act.
 
    Section 5. Findings. The General Assembly finds that:
    Global climate change threatens the State's economy,
public health, and environment.
    Units of local government across the State are endorsing
the U.S. Conference of Mayors Climate Protection Agreement,
committing to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 7% from 1990
levels by the year 2012.
    It is in the best interest of the State for units of local
government to make this commitment and to achieve these goals.
 
    Section 10. State assistance to local greenhouse gas
reduction initiatives. The Environmental Protection Agency
shall provide technical assistance, if needed, to units of
local government in the State that have endorsed the U.S.
Conference of Mayors Climate Protection Agreement. Upon
request by a unit of local government, the Agency shall
provide:
    (1) assistance in developing an inventory of greenhouse gas
emissions; and
    (2) assistance in determining the emissions reductions
benefits of measures under consideration to reduce greenhouse
gas emissions.
 
    Section 15. Cool cities.
    (a) Any unit of local government may request designation as
an Illinois Cool City if the unit of local government has:
        (1) endorsed the U.S. Conference of Mayors Climate
    Protection Agreement; and
        (2) prepared and approved a plan to achieve a 7%
    reduction in greenhouse gas emissions from 1990 levels by
    the year 2012.
    (b) Upon a finding by the Director of the Environmental
Protection Agency that (i) the greenhouse gas emissions
reduction plan developed by a unit of local government, under
subsection (a) of this Section, accurately estimates the
emissions reduction benefits of the measures it contains and
(ii) there is evidence of commitment by the unit of local
government to implement the greenhouse gas emissions reduction
plan, then the State shall provide, upon request, to any unit
of local government designated as an Illinois Cool City under
this Section:
        (1) signs for posting at major entry points to the unit
    of local government noting its designation as an Illinois
    Cool City; and
        (2) a graphic image for use by the unit of local
    government in printed and electronic communications,
    noting its designation as an Illinois Cool City.
 
    Section 99. Effective date. This Act takes effect upon
becoming law.

Effective Date: 8/27/2007