Why Sustainability?

With the looming threat of climate change, it’s critical that each one of us does our part to lead a greener, more sustainable life.

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Goals for a Green Chicago

Chicago has long been a leader in green initiatives—we’ve articulated specific, measurable goals and objectives for securing a safer, more sustainable future.

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City Services

Ready to do your part to go green? Chicago has developed and strengthened numerous citywide programs to help residents reduce their footprint.

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Cities have signed the Chicago Climate Charter

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Our Focus Areas

  • Energy
  • Waste + Recycling
  • Water
  • Transportation
  • Food + Compost
  • Economic Development
  • Green Space + Stewardship
  • Emergency Preparedness


Our citywide energy efficiency focus—which includes upgrading thousands of buildings—will result in a cleaner, healthier, and more affordable place to live.

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Waste + Recycling

The principles of waste reduction and recycling sit at the core of all sustainability initiatives—they’re one of the easiest ways for every Chicagoan to contribute.

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Chicago’s waterways have long been a platform for economic growth and expanded opportunities for all residents to live healthy, active lifestyles—we must protect them.

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Chicago first rose to prominence as a critical transportation link. Today, we’re presented with a once-in-a-generation opportunity to set a new standard for transportation in the 21st century.

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Food + Compost

From farmers markets and community gardens to compost programs and grow-your-own workshops, Chicago cultivates opportunities for local residents to eat sustainably.

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Economic Development

Chicago has always flourished by creating innovative technologies and charting new opportunities. We continue that legacy by focusing on creating a sustainable economy.

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Green Space + Stewardship

In 1837 Chicago adopted "Urbs in Horto" (City in a Garden) as its motto. In the 181 years since, we’ve remained committed to preserving our public lands.

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Emergency Preparedness

Understanding the risks and threats associated with climate change, we’re working to ensure all Chicagoans can take measures to prepare in case of emergency.

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Electricity for Chicago’s municipal buildings will be renewable by 2025


Local Leaders

Naomi Davis

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