The Citizens Utility Board (CUB) is a nonprofit, nonpartisan consumer group that has spent the last three decades serving as the premier utility watchdog in Illinois. CUB has helped save ratepayers more than $20 billion by fighting rate hikes and winning refunds from the utilities. A new part of its mission is launching a statewide education campaign to help Illinois consumers learn how smart upgrades to the power grid can help them save energy and cut their utility bills.
Elevate Energy was formed in 2000 by the Center for Neighborhood Technology (CNT). It got its start organizing neighborhood-specific responses to address brownouts affecting the Chicago area. From there, Elevate Energy invented the concept of hourly electricity pricing programs for residential customers, piloted a program to prove it would work, and then helped pass a law to make it available to everyone in Illinois.
Elevate Energy’s mission is to help people do more with less energy by designing and implementing efficiency programs that lower costs, protect the environment, and ensure the benefits of energy efficiency reach those who need them the most.
Faith in Place inspires people of diverse faiths to better care of the earth through connection, education, and advocacy programs. Faith in Place helps people connect their faith to living sustainably. This connection motivates positive behavior change among individuals, their homes, and their houses of worship.
Faith in Place was founded in 1999 in Chicago as a project at the Center for Neighborhood Technology and became independent in 2003. Faith in Place is having an impact all across the various geographies of Illinois.