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City releases “2012-2015 Sustainable Chicago Highlights & Look Ahead”

January 6th, 2016

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In recognition of the accomplishments of their sustainability action plan, the City of Chicago has released “2012-2015 Sustainable Chicago Highlights & Look Ahead.

Highlights include:

  • Greencorps Chicago Youth Program, which launched in 2013, has provided paid, sustainability-focused summer jobs for over 2,000 youth over three years
  • Energy Benchmarking ordinance passed with strong early implementation including 1,800+ buildings benchmarking in the second year, covering 20% of citywide building energy use
  • Chicago has risen to #2 in bike friendly cities supported by the creation of 100 miles of better bike lanes and the launch and expansion of the Divvy bike share program to 4,760 bikes parked across the City in solar powered stations
  • Closed the last two coal plants in urban America which operated in Pilsen and Little Village

Look ahead plans include:

  • Conduct citywide greenhouse gas emissions inventory based on 2015 data in partnership with CMAP
  • Expand implementation of the Energy Benchmarking Ordinance to include all municipal, commercial, and residential buildings larger than 50,000 sq. ft.
  • Continue construction of three additional blocks of the Chicago Riverwalk from LaSalle to Lake Street


Chicago Sustainability website: www.cityofchicago.org/city/en/progs/env/sustainable_chicago2015


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