Take a look inside the Sustainable Chicago Action Agenda 2012-2015 Highlights and Look Ahead, an easy-to-read summarization of Chicago’s progress thus far in the City’s commitment to a sustainable future.
Recent achievements such as passing the Energy Benchmarking ordinance, joining the global Compact of Mayors, as well as receiving high rankings in environmental governance policies and city bike-ability, just to name a few, are amongst the many strides the City has taken in emerging as a leader amongst sustainable U.S. cities.
Listed alongside these highlights are the City’s plans for the foreseeable future, in expanding upon the advancements that have already been made across the agenda’s 7 themes of sustainability.
From the City of Chicago website:
“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
The Sustainable Chicago Action Agenda represents Mayor Emanuel’s vision to make our city more livable, competitive, and sustainable. The plan, which launched in 2012, outlines 7 themes, 24 goals, and 100 concrete actions that comprise a clear commitment to leadership, partnership, and positive impact. The plan also offers a roadmap for how residents and businesses can contribute to Chicago’s ambitious sustainability goals.
Sustainable Chicago’s 7 themes are mutually-reinforcing, with success in one area supporting many other related efforts:
- 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