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.