Environment and Climate Change

70 cities

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


Reduction in Chicago’s carbon emissions between 2005-2015


Reduction in greenhouse gas emissions between 2005-2025

Energy Efficiency & Clean Energy


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


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


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


Buildings currently benchmarking energy use, per the Energy Benchmarking Ordinance

$17.6 million

Savings among buildings that have begun benchmarking energy use



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

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


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