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August 21, 2020

 

 
 

The National Park Service is drawing on prior campaigns about safety and wildlife distancing to promote their 2020 campaign, “Recreate Responsibly.” They advocate for proper behavior within the parks through the lens of practicing social distancing and good hygiene (such as washing hands and staying home while sick). National parks across the country provide endless opportunities for recreational activities for everyone from the casual sightseer to the experienced adventurer. The National Park Services reminds us that they are protecting you: more than 300 million people visit national parks each year, as well as the communities living in or around them; protecting us: tens of thousands of NPS employees, plus volunteers, partners, and others, provide services for the safety and enjoyment of parks, including emergency assistance, facilities such as restrooms and visitor centers, transportation, and sales; and protecting America’s treasures: national parks are home to some of the nation’s most treasured and irreplaceable resources, including wildlife, scenery, and historic places. Find current tips or share your own experiences on social media using #RecreateResponsibly.

 

 
 

As the U.S. economy continues its slow, uneven recovery, the local government sector continues to lag behind. In the latest jobs report from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) for July, local government employment increased by 241,000 jobs, likely driven by a technical adjustment to education jobs. These estimates are calculated using seasonally-adjusted estimates from BLS, the industry standard, which take into consideration predicted normal variations in employment levels throughout the year. Seasonal adjustments, however, were never meant to take into consideration the impacts of a global pandemic, which entirely swamp the usual monthly variations. The raw, unadjusted numbers, reveal a different narrative for local government employment: July most likely marks the fourth consecutive month of decline in local government jobs. The unadjusted numbers show that local government jobs in fact decreased by 753,000 in April, 397,000 in May, 144,000 in June and another 858,000 in July, totaling 2.1 million jobs lost. Although the unadjusted total of 2.1 million likely exaggerates the decline by including typical fluctuations in education jobs, a gain in July may not be the most accurate representation of the local government employment situation.

 

 
 

On August 20, August 27, and September 10, Illinois Extension’s Local Government Education program will host Citizen’s Utility Board, Elevate Energy, Ameren, and ComEd in a three-part webinar series on energy efficiency policy and programs. This series will focus on utility policy, and how electricity consumers can use smart meter upgrades, demand response programs, and energy efficiency improvements. Parts 2 and 3 will cover Ameren's and ComEd’s energy efficiency programs, which are aimed at cutting operating costs, boosting budgets, and investing in energy efficiency for public buildings. Read more and register for the series online.

 

UPCOMING EVENTS

August 26 (Webinar) - Good Growing Webinar: Getting Started with Composting

August 27 (LGE Webinar) - Energy Efficiency Policy and Programs (Part 2)

September 10 (LGE Webinar) - Energy Efficiency Policy and Programs (Part 3)

September 30 - Deadline to Complete the Census

 

 
 
 
 
 

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