Chicago must lead the way in addressing the environmental challenges that face us.

 
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THE PROBLEM:

For the first time in forty years, transportation has replaced electricity production as the largest source of greenhouse gas pollution. Meanwhile, at 9%, Chicago has the worst recycling rate of any major American city.

Chicago must lead the way in addressing the environmental challenges that face us – from the existential threat of climate change, to the traffic clogging our streets and our lungs, to the disproportionate exposure of low-income communities of color to industrial pollution on the West and Far South sides.

WHAT CAN WE DO:

  • Embrace the Sierra Club’s Ready for 100 plan and increase our share of renewable energy.
  • Prioritize replacing lead water pipes in our schools and immediately hold hearings.
  • Promote environmental impact assessments and require community consultation on industrial projects.
  • Promote urban agriculture as a source of jobs and healthy foods.
  • Make electric vehicles and their charging stations more affordable and accessible.
  • Increase the amount of dedicated bike and bus lanes, especially in low-income communities with the highest needs.
  • Support sustainable stormwater management practices – including rain gardens and permeable pavement – to mitigate the increases in flooding due to climate change.
  • Hold accountable private recycling haulers and better enforce our recycling ordinance.