At the highest level, we will strive to:

REDUCE CARBON EMISSIONS FROM ALL SECTORS

  • Report updates on carbon emissions
  • Partner with universities to use Chicago as a laboratory for climate research
  • Increase community engagement to make Chicago more sustainable

IMPROVE AIR QUALITY

  • Close Fisk and Crawford generating stations, reducing air pollution
  • Reduce Chicago Transit Authority bus particulate matter emissions by 50% and nitrous oxide emissions by 30%
  • Maintain the Chicago Clean Diesel Contracting Ordinance's Clean Fleet Score and ban on high polluting equipment and vehicles on City Projects

PROTECT CHICAGO RESIDENTS BY PREPARING FOR CLIMATE CHANGE

  • Prepare for the human impact of climate by supporting people with information and services, such as cooling centers
  • Prepare the natural environment for climate impacts and maintain biodiversity
  • Prepare the infrastructure for climate change by reducing the urban heat island effect, managing flooding from high intensity storm events, and strengthening resilience to extreme weather
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Energy Efficiency + Clean Energy

IMPROVE CITYWIDE ENERGY EFFICIENCY BY 5%

  • Support homes and businesses to achieve 20% energy efficiency improvements through Retrofit Chicago
  • Support and advance the installation of smart meters in Chicago's businesses and households
  • Double the number of LEED-certified buildings
  • Include energy efficient technologies in all street lighting replacements
  • Enhance local policies to support greater transparency in energy use and building energy performance

IMPROVE OVERALL ENERGY EFFICIENCY IN MUNICIPAL BUILDINGS BY 10%

  • Target 10 million square feet of municipal buildings for energy reduction of 20%
  • Achieve at least 10% improvement in energy efficiency in all CPS school operations, targeting 50% school participation rate through the shared energy savings program
  • Double the number of LEED-certified public buildings
  • Track and report energy consumption at City facilities

CREATE AN ADDITIONAL 20 MW OF RENEWABLE ENERGY

  • Install 10 MW of renewable energy on City properties
  • Explore locally-produced, renewable energy opportunities as part of new approaches to procuring power
  • Cut the solar permit approval time in half, and reduce the complexity of zoning for local solar installations
  • Work with ComEd, the State of Illinois, and other partners to assist in achieving the Illinois Renewable Portfolio Standard goals of 25% by 2026

Waste + Recycling

INCREASE ACCESS TO RECYCLING AND IMPROVE POLICIES TO PROMOTE WASTE REDUCTION AND RE-USE

  • Expand the Blue Cart Recycling program to all 600,000 City-collected households
  • Improve policies to promote recycling, composting, and building material reuse
  • Pilot and scale best practices for waste reduction at a major festival
  • Divert 75% eligible municipal construction waste
  • Meet or exceed recycling goals at 75% of public schools
  • Promote landscape waste reduction and composting among households

INCORPORATE STANDARD GREEN PRACTICES IN ALL CITY OPERATIONS

  • Use some materials with recycled content in every construction project
  • Make as many City processes as paperless as possible
  • Implement a Sustainable Operations Plan for City facilities
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Water + Wastewater

DECREASE WATER USE BY 2% ANNUALLY

  • Meter 50% of all water accounts
  • Replace a total of 900 miles of water main (to achieve replacement of 900 miles within the next decade)
  • Collaborate on greywater policy, including codes, to allow for expanded uses
  • Pilot water reduction programs and technologies at City-owned facilities
  • Track and report water use at City facilities
  • Launch a water conservation strategic plan that lays out Chicago's plans to meet water conservation goals

ENHANCE STORMWATER MANAGEMENT TO REDUCE SEWER OVERFLOWS AND BASEMENT FLOODING

TRANSFORM THE CHICAGO RIVER INTO OUR SECOND WATERFRONT

  • Add to riverfront trail where gaps exist and continue to identify additional opportunities to create connections
  • Create new recreational opportunities along the river, including the construction of four new boathouses
  • Support disinfection of sewage discharged into the Chicago River
  • Collaborate with key stakeholders to advance Chicago River revitalization efforts

PROTECT WATER QUALITY AND ENHANCE ACCESS TO LAKE MICHIGAN

  • Create better lakefront access with infrastructure improvements such as the Navy Pier bicycle and pedestrian flyover
  • Decrease bacteria sources into the Lake to reduce swim advisory days
  • Use the latest technology to provide faster, more accurate information about beach water quality to the public, including real-time weather and water data
  • Reduce salt usage in snow removal programs
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Transportation Options

INCREASE AVERAGE DAILY TRANSIT RIDERSHIP

  • Continue progress on full Red and Purple Line modernization
  • Complete renewal of 100 train stations with work focusing on lighting, painting, masonry and waterproofing, ensuring they are "safe, dry, and bright"
  • Replace or rehabilitate more than 1,500 CTA buses with new low emission buses and replace or rebuild nearly 1,000 CTA rail cars
  • Install Bus Tracker LED signs at 400 bus shelters and turnarounds. Install Train Tracker Signage, announcement systems, and other technological amenities in all rail stations
  • Launch and expand Bus Rapid Transit
  • Implement a travel demand management program to connect people with community options

ACCELERATE TRANSIT-ORIENTED DEVELOPMENT AROUND TRANSIT STATIONS

  • Amend the Chicago Zoning Ordinance by adding a definition for Transit-Oriented Development to encourage more development near transit stations and to ensure that bulk, density, and parking ratios of the Ordinance meet the needs of those developments
  • Identify additional "pedestrian streets" (as defined in the zoning code) around the CTA stations
  • Coordinate transit improvements with streetscape improvements and complete street implementation

MAKE CHICAGO THE MOST BIKE- AND PEDESTRIAN-FRIENDLY CITY IN THE COUNTRY

IMPROVE FREIGHT MOVEMENT AND ACCELERATE HIGH-SPEED PASSENGER RAIL PROJECTS

ADVANCE SUSTAINABILITY LEADERSHIP AT CHICAGO’S AIRPORTS

  • Pursue significant infrastructure investments to reduce airport emissions, enhance multimodal connections, generate regional revenue, and improve travel experience for millions of Chicago visitors
  • Advance strategies to reduce airport energy consumption by 15%, divert 50% of airport waste, and maintain a fleet with 20% low-emission vehicles
  • Develop innovative approaches to airport operations, such as a large scale solar development, alternative fueling infrastructure, a green concessions program, and sustainable land management practices
  • Promote partnership opportunities to support innovations in aviation, including biofuels development through the Midwest Aviation Sustainable Biofuels Initiative, and through continued expansion of the Airports Going Green movement

STRENGTHEN INFRASTRUCTURE TO ADVANCE VEHICLE EFFICIENCY

REDUCE MUNICIPAL FOSSIL FUEL CONSUMPTION BY 10%

  • Reduce the number of vehicles in the City's fleet
  • Increase efficiency of garbage services with street grid-based pick-up routing
  • Replace 3% of on-road fleet vehicles with green fleet annually
  • Reduce the energy intensity of CTA rail service by 12% from 2011 levels
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Food + Compost

INCREASE OPTIONS FOR ACCESSING LOCAL OR HEALTHY FOOD IN EVERY NEIGHBORHOOD

  • Double the number of acres of urban agriculture
  • Provide LINK card assistance at all farmers markets
  • Create partnership opportunities for regional businesses and farms that deliver healthy food into the city
  • Encourage more individual production of healthy food on public and private spaces

Economic Development and Job Creation

ESTABLISH CHICAGO AS A HUB FOR SUSTAINABLE ECONOMIC GROWTH

  • Increase investment and research through activities, including a clean tech summit and sharing of sustainability-related data
  • Implement new technologies, e.g. smart grid and clean energy applications, to advance sustainable solutions
  • Recruit companies and individuals with the most innovative clean energy and sustainability solutions to Chicago; start by convening or hosting a major clean energy and sustainability conference in Chicago every year
  • Increase demand for sustainable products and approaches by adopting a green procurement policy

SHARING SUSTAINABLE PRACTICE TO ACCELERATE THE ECONOMY

  • Double the number of offices and businesses making operations more sustainable through efforts like the Green Office Challenge and Chicago Sustainable Industries
  • Support sustainability and green building education for the public through programming at the Chicago Center for Technology and other partnerships
  • Determine training gaps based on planned investments, and expand educational and training opportunities in environmental programs at City Colleges, Chicago Public Schools and Greencorps Chicago along with departments' and sister agencies work with the community
  • Identify prioritize, and eliminate code barriers to sustainable practices

Green Space + Stewardship

INCREASE THE NUMBER OF PUBLIC SPACE AND PARKS ACCESSIBLE FOR CHICAGOANS

  • Invest in innovation new public spaces, including the Make Way for People initiative to create open active streets
  • Increase the number and variety of programs for residents through the Chicago Park District, community groups, and other partnerships
  • Increase Chicago Park District acreage by more than 180 acres
  • Open Bloomingdale Trail, open North Grant Park (a 16-acre innovative and environmentally sustainable park) and open new LEED-certified field houses in at least two parks
  • Support the access to, integration, and promotion of cultural elements in public spaces

IMPROVE AND PROTECT CHICAGO’S NATURAL ASSETS AND BIODIVERSITY

  • Drive habitat restoration and public engagement in the Calumet region
  • Increase and protect habitat that is friendly to bird and other species; restore at least 40 acres of land on Northerly Island in support of this effort
  • Protect the tree canopy in the public right of way; support tree canopy work on other land
  • Continue to enforce the terrestrial and aquatic invasive species ordinance and work with state and federal partners on regional coordination on prevention