Environment and Sustainability



Mayor Lightfoot is protecting the environment and making Chicago a more sustainable city.

The Mayor has:

  • Allocated $188 million to climate and environmental justice initiatives in the Office of Sustainability’s FY 2022 budget–the largest environmental investment in the city’s history. 
  • Announced the Green Recovery Agenda to lead on 4 strategies: the Climate Action Plan; 100% renewable energy procurement; a citywide building decarbonization strategy; and a new utility franchise to support a green and equitable recovery from the pandemic. 
  • Launched the 2022 Climate Action Plan to update Chicago’s climate goals to reduce carbon emissions while increasing household savings, advancing environmental justice, and improving community health.
  • Led the Chicago Building Decarbonization Working Group to identify strategies to equitably reduce 70% of greenhouse gas emissions from the city’s building stock through retrofits, electrification and building code updates.
  • Updated Chicago’s tree-planting strategy to more equitably expand the program, using public health data and community partnerships to plant 75,000 trees over the next 5 years. 
  • Released the City of Chicago Waste Strategy, an actionable plan to reduce landfilling, increase recycling, and reduce costs for taxpayers.

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A copy of our report filed with the State Board of Elections is (or will be) available on the Board’s official website (www.elections.il.gov) or for purchase from the State Board of Elections, Springfield, Illinois.

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