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Sustainability Report

Building a Sustainable Region

Environment and Sustainability

"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.

Sustainable Chicago 2015 Plan and Six Month Update

Water Drop


Solar Panel


Air & Natural Resources



Retrofit Chicago Symbol

Recycling Symbol



Retrofit Chicago


Waste & Recycling

Green Buildings



Clipboard  Chicago Climate Action Plan Logo


Business & Permits

Climate Action

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Smart Grid



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.

Most Recent News (Environment and Sustainability)

Nov 16,2015 City Of Chicago Asks Residents to Go Bagless When Recycling In Blue Carts
Oct 19,2015 Department Of Streets and Sanitation To Coordinate Bagged Leaf Collection This Fall
Jul 24,2015 Mayor Emanuel Announces 311 Enhancements To Boost Services For Veterans
Jul 16,2015 Department of Procurement Services Hosts Financial Symposium
Jul 11,2015 CPS Students Demonstrate Creativity In Support Of Divvy Bike Share System Expansion

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