On May 18, 2016, Howard A. Learner, President and Executive Director of the Environmental Law & Policy Center (ELPC), addressed CAIC members at a luncheon held at Ridge Country Club. ELPC is the Midwest’s leading public interest environmental legal advocacy and eco-business innovation organization. Mr. Learner is responsible for the overall strategic leadership, policy direction and financial platform for ELPC’s successful work promoting clean energy development solutions to global warming problems, improving the Midwest’s environmental quality, and preserving the region’s natural resources and heritage. Mr. Learner’s thought-provoking presentation to CAIC was entitled “Linking Environmental Progress and Economic Development”. One of ELPC’s premises is that environmental progress and economic development can be achieved together, and Howard’s presentation focused on the changing economics of electricity, the rapid expansion of alternative energy with a detailed focus on solar, and the many untapped opportunities that exist for highly efficient LED lighting, improved heating and cooling systems, better pumps and motors, and other modern energy efficiency technologies that save money and reduce pollution.