Lori Lightfoot is advancing four strategies that aim to help Chicago achieve its 2025 and 2035 clean energy targets as well as maximise local benefits to communities.
The City of Chicago has announced new strategic priorities to help shape its green economic and social recovery from the Covid-19 pandemic, and to reduce reliance on fossil fuels.
According to the City, a green recovery will significantly strengthen local communities, provide critical relief for residents, generate quality jobs as well as workforce development opportunities, and improve overall liveability.
Mayor Lori Lightfoot is advancing four strategies that will position Chicago to achieve its 2025 and 2035 clean energy targets and maximise local benefits to communities beginning first with those that are historically underserved.
“A significant portion of the emissions in Chicago are from the built environment,” said Lightfoot. “That’s why it is absolutely critical that we double down on our efforts to drastically reduce carbon emissions and invest in our local green economy.
“By creating and supporting more sustainable and equitable solutions for our city, we will be able to keep our communities healthy, provide residents with good-paying jobs and further ensure that our recovery from this pandemic is both equitable and inclusive.”
“This is our opportunity to chart a path forward for an equitable climate future and to develop the deep hyper-local benefits that our neighbourhoods need now more than ever”
The four strategic pillars for Chicago’s green recovery are:
“The exciting package of initiatives under the Green Recovery Agenda will drastically transform our energy system and spur new opportunities for a local green economy,” said Angela Tovar, chief sustainability officer for the City of Chicago.
“This is our opportunity to chart a path forward for an equitable climate future and to develop the deep hyper-local benefits that our neighbourhoods need now more than ever.”
The announcement was made at ICA GreenRise, a historic building that is regarded as a model for high-efficiency retrofits and onsite renewable energy generation.
The eight-floor, 166,000-square-foot building is home to many, including two intentional residential living communities and 25 different non-profits and social service providers. For the thousands of Chicagoans who live, work, or visit the building for services, this investment improves air quality, health, and quality of life, the City claims.
Mayor Lightfoot was joined by Lesley Showers, chief operating officer of the ICA, and Naomi Davis, founder and CEO of Blacks in Green, two leaders driving the green recovery locally.
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