Like many cities Chicago is making major strides in improving sustainability. Mayor Daley began a major initiative with green roofs, support for LEED construction, and leading a major effort to create more bikeways. And of course the city is an older and relatively dense city with a major transit system.
Sustainable Chicago 2015
"A sustainable Chicago is a city that spends less on energy use with each passing year, creates good-paying jobs in up-and-coming industries, responsibly maintains and upgrades its infrastructure, and ensures every Chicagoan has the opportunity to live a healthy and active lifestyle." -- Mayor Emanuel
Sustainable Chicago is organized into seven categories critical to the sustainability of the city. It sets twenty-four specific goals and identifies key actions to take to reach those goals by 2015. It is a clear commitment of what government needs to and will do. It is also a roadmap for how Chicagoans, at home and at work, can get involved.
The seven categories are related and reinforce each other - success in one can lead to or amplify success in another.
- Economic Development and Job Creation
- Energy Efficiency and Clean Energy
- Transportation Options
- Water and Wastewater
- Parks, Open Space and Healthy Food
- Waste and Recycling
- Climate Change