The City of Chicago is trying to get greener- and wants businesses to help.On Thursday, Mayor Daley announced the Chicago Climate Action Plan, which the city calls a roadmap for action in reducing climate change.
The plan- which includes leaders of government, business and faith-based groups- outlines specific strategies and calls upon local, regional and national governments to improve policies.
The ultimate goal is to reduce its 1990 Green House Gas emissions by 80-percent by the year 2050.
Energy Efficient Buildings (30-percent)
- Retrofit commercial and industrial buildings
- Retrofit residential buildings
- Trade in appliances
- Conserve water
- Update City energy code
- Establish new guidelines for renovations
- Cool with trees/green roofs
- Take easy steps
Clean and Renewable Energy Sources (34-percent) Upgrade power plants Improve power plant efficiency Build renewable electricity Increase distributed generation Promote household renewable power
Improved Transportation Options (23-percent): Invest more in transit Expand transit incentives Promote transit-oriented development Make walking and biking easier Car share and carpool Improve fleet efficiency Achieve higher fuel efficiency standards Switch to cleaner fuels Support intercity rail Improve freight movement
Reduced Waste and Industrial Pollution (13-percent): Reduce, reuse and recycle Shift to alternative refrigerants Capture storm water on-site Manage heat Pursue innovative cooling Protect air quality Manage storm water Implement Green Urban Design Preserve our plants/trees Engage the public Engage businesses Plan for the future