"I want Chicago to be the greenest city in the world, and I am committed to fostering opportunities for Chicagoans to make sustainability a part of their lives and their experience in the city." -- Mayor Emanuel
The City of Chicago is a leader of innovative environmental initiatives, and sustainability is a key focus of Chicago’s policies. From the Chicago Climate Action Plan's broad leadership to the City's targeted energy efficiency investments, Chicago is integrating sustainability in the places residents work, live, learn, and play while preparing for a resilient future.
Creating a green, sustainable city requires hard work, cooperation and a commitment from local government as well as every individual, business and institution in the city. Learn more about what the City is doing and what you can do by exploring the links below, by signing up for the monthly Chicago Sustainability E-News and by following us on Twitter.
Want to help? Volunteer!
Help make a difference with the City of Chicago's environmental volunteers opportunities:
Chicago Conservation Corps (teachers, students and adult residents 18+) Participate in environmental leadership trainings, instruct afterschool clubs (teachers only), and organize environmental projects in your community.
Recycling Block Captains (adult residents 18+ with Blue Cart Recycling) Learn about recycling services in Chicago and share the information and news with your neighbors and broader community.
Chicago Center for Green Technology (adult residents 18+) Network with local green professionals, give guided tours of the LEED® Platinum building to students and professional groups, and assist visitors in researching local green issues and products.
|Oct 21,2013||Mayor Emanuel Announces Recycling Expansion Complete as Final Phase Reaches the Last 72,000 Households|
|Jul 29,2013||City of Chicago Announces Third Phase of Citywide Recycling Expansion|
|Jun 22,2013||Mayor Emanuel and Choose Chicago Announce Chicago is the First Top Tier City to Earn Certification as Sustainable Destination for Meetings and Events|
|Jun 21,2013||Mayor Emanuel Announces 4,000 Homes and Apartments Retrofitted Since Launch of Retrofit Chicago Residential Partnership|
|Jun 04,2013||City of Chicago Announces Second Phase of Citywide Recycling Expansion|