Remembering Steve Walter, Chicago’s First Deputy Commissioner of Energy

Last month, a local leader in sustainable policy passed away. Steven P. Walter became the city of Chicago’s first deputy commissioner of energy in 2003.  In that job, he led efforts to find renewable power sources for more than 400 buildings operated by the city.  He was charged by Mayor Daley to enact a plan to power 20 percent of the city’s buildings with sustainable energy by 2006, and according to Matthew Beach, the energy and environmental programs administrator for the city, that was achieved the following year.

Walter died of cancer on October 10 at the age of 49.

Work on sustainable buildings and energy are among the more positive legacies of Mayor Daley’s career, and Steve Walter played an important role in that story.  Sustainable energy policy is a central theme of the Roosevelt seminar SUST 310 Energy and Climate Change.  For more information on this or any other of our courses, please visit our Sustainability Studies website, call 1-877-277-5978 (1-877-APPLY RU) or email


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