The ELPC is a nonprofit advocacy organization that attempts to do the following things in the Midwest:
1) Achieve cleaner energy resources
2) Implement sustainable energy strategies
3) Promote innovative and efficient transportation and land use approaches that produce cleaner air and more jobs
4) Develop sound environmental management practices that conserve natural resources and improve the quality of life in midwestern communities
The ELPC’s website does not go into much detail regarding what the organization actually does. However, it is an advocacy organization, and most of its work appears to consist of:
1) Pulling together information about ways to improve environmental quality in the Midwest and communicating this information to policy-makers and the public.
2) Carrying out legal action to prevent environmentally damaging actions
3) Collaborating with, and providing legal representation and technical services such as economic analyses and public policy research to, local environmental organizations.
Projects that it is currently taking part in include efforts to:
1) Identify and develop markets for “green” products, such as recycled paper and building materials,
2) Promote the development of clean power resources and energy efficiency,
3) Encourage better transportation systems (better road planning, more mass transit, etc.), and
4) Protect natural areas from human activities such as logging and mining
The ELPC’s work is motivated by two major beliefs:
1) Environmental progress and economic development can be achieved together.
2) Energy, transportation, and conservation issues are increasingly regional in scope, complex, and require coordinated strategies to shape public policy.