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Conservation & Sustainable Transportation

Through the Policy, Planning and Sustainability Division, CDOT supports a number of conservation and sustainable transportation programs that work to protect, restore, and enhance our natural resources and lessen the environmental impact of transportation in Chicago. They include:

  • Educating communities and residents on sustainable practices through the Chicago Center for Green Technology, Chicago Conservation Corps program and the Sustainable Backyards Program.
  • Planting and maintaining greenery on major streets through programs such as GreenStreets, which places trees to reduce “urban heat island” effects.
  • Designing and constructing infrastructure projects that increase the use of sustainable materials and methods through the Sustainable Urban Infrastructure Guidelines.
  • Encouraging the use of clean fuels and deploying clean vehicle technologies in the Chicago metropolitan area through the Chicago Area Clean Cities Coalition.
  • Retrofitting streetlight and signal fixtures to improve energy efficiency.
  • Preparing Chicagoans for the “Green Collar” economy through Greencorps Chicago, a year-long job training program.

Most Recent News (Conservation & Sustainable Transportation)

Jul 11, 2014 Mayor Emanuel Announces Drive Electric Chicago Program
Oct 1, 2013 Sustainable Urban Infrastructure Guidelines Integrate Environmental Performance Goals Into Infrastructure Design
Sep 5, 2013 “Go Bronzeville” Campaign Encourages Residents to Consider Walking, Biking, Taking Transit and Sharing Cars
Aug 15, 2013 CDOT Supports Green Industry Job-Training Program by Adding Work on Southeast Side Boulevards and Medians
Aug 8, 2013 Lakeview Neighbors Celebrate New Divvy Station at Wrigley Field and “People Spot” at Southport and Addison

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