Environment and Climate Change

70 cities

have signed the Chicago Climate Charter at the North American Climate Summit

11%

Reduction in Chicago’s carbon emissions between 2005-2015

26-28%

Reduction in greenhouse gas emissions between 2005-2025

Energy Efficiency & Clean Energy

23

Wind companies located in Chicago metro area—more than any other U.S. city

270,000

Chicago light fixtures to be replaced as part of Chicago Smart Lighting Project

76

Buildings (totally 51.3 million square feet) committed to reducing energy use by 20% within 5 years, as part of the Retrofit Chicago Energy Challenge

$6.4 million

Annual savings for Retrofit Chicago Energy Challenge participants

2,800

Buildings currently benchmarking energy use, per the Energy Benchmarking Ordinance

$17.6 million

Savings among buildings that have begun benchmarking energy use

Transportation

10.2

Miles of Red Line track rebuilt on the City’s South Side

$2.1 million

Investment in the Red Purple Modernization initiative, which will rebuild nearly century-old rail lines

Waste and Recycling

Waste Residentialrecycling Downsized
42%

Reduction in number of bags used at major grocery stores since Chicago’s disposable bag tax was implemented

Water & Waterways

1.25 miles

Rehabilitated along Chicago’s Riverwalk

17

Mayors from around the world convened in Chicago in March 2017 to discuss the benefits and challenges of developing urban waterways