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