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Supporting Information



2009 Chicago Waste Characterization Study and Waste Diversion Study Results
In 2009, the City of Chicago, Department of Environment contracted with CDM to perform a Waste Characterization Study and a Waste Diversion Study (the Studies). The Waste Characterization Study details the quantity, sources and composition of the city’s waste stream. The Waste Diversion Study measures the city’s current diversion rate and estimated our maximum reasonably achievable diversion rate.

 

2013 Water and Sewer Main Projects
Water and Sewer construction projects for 2013 by start date of project.

 

2014 Water and Sewer Main Projects

 

Abandoned Service Station Program
Learn about Chicago's Abandoned Service Station Program.

 

About the Household Chemicals & Computer Recycling Facility
Brief history of Chicago's Household Chemicals & Computer Recycling Facility.

 

Air and Natural Resources
Chicago is home to vibrant urban forests, prairies, and wetlands. Through continuous restoration, outreach, and research efforts, the city prioritizes protection of these natural areas.

 

Alternative Fuels
As part of its ongoing effort to improve air quality, the City of Chicago is working with the Chicago Area Clean Cities (CACC) coalition and the Metropolitan Mayors Caucus to promote the use of alternative fuel vehicles—vehicles powered by "clean" fuels such as compressed natural gas, E85 (85% ethanol, 15% gasoline), propane and biodiesel—in Chicago area fleets.

 

Anti-Litter Classroom Activity
This activity will help students develop a positive attitude against littering. Students will develop solutions to help reduce littering.

 

Basement Flooding Partnership
The BFP is a new partnership between the City of Chicago and neighbors who wish to reduce the risk of basement flooding during heavy rains.

 

Blue Cart & Recycling Drop-off Center Recycling: Accepted Materials
List of materials that are accepted in the Chicago Blue Cart Program & Recycling Drop-off Centers.

 

Blue Cart FAQs
Frequently Asked Questions about the Blue Cart Program

 

Blue Cart Schedule and Maps
View the Blue Cart Residential Recycling Map to identify your residence's pick-up zone, hauler and schedule.

 

Blue Cart and Recycling Drop Off Accepted Materials

 

Brownfield Funding Opportunities
The Department of Fleet and Facility Management does not have funding available for brownfield redevelopment for private or not-for-profit entities; however, grant and loan funds are available from U.S. EPA and Illinois EPA.

 

CFL Recycling and Disposal
Information about how to handle and recycle compact fluorescent lightbulbs, also called CFLs.

 

Calumet Area Land Use Plan

 

Changes to Battery Recycling Program

 

Chicago Area Clean Cities
CACC is one of 83 Clean Cities coalitions across the country. The City of Chicago coordinates CACC, whose members represent governments, businesses, educational and research institutions, fuel providers, utilities and environmental organizations.

 

Chicago Brownfields Initiative
Brownfields, as defined by the United States Environmental Protection Agency (U.S. EPA), are “abandoned, idled, or under-utilized industrial and commercial facilities where expansion or redevelopment is complicated by real or perceived environmental contamination.”

 

Chicago Conservation Corps' Environmental Leadership Training Program
Find out how you can become a C3 Leader.

 

Chicago Conservation Corps' Student Clubs
C3 Student Clubs provide a great opportunity for students.

 

Chicago Landscape Ordinance FAQ
FAQs on the Chicago Landscape Ordinance

 

Chicago PAH Background Study
In 2001, the City of Chicago conducted a background study investigating certain polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbon (PAHs) concentration levels within City limits.

 

Chicago Recycling Guide: A to Z
Chicago's A to Z Guide to Recycling

 

Chicago Recycling Guide: All Materials
Chicago Recycling A to Z

 

Chicago River Corridor Development Plan
The framework for the revitalization of the Chicago River is provided by the Chicago River Corridor Development Plan.

 

Chicago Solar Express
Find information on this page about Solar in Chicago.

 

Chicago's Blue Cart Residential Recycling Program
The Blue Cart program provides bi-weekly recycling services to single family homes and multi-unit buildings with four or fewer units.

 

Chicago's Soil and Rubble Exchange
In order to facilitate the reuse of excess construction materials and further the City’s goals of recycling, the City launched www.chicagosoilandrubblereuse.com.

 

City Hall's Rooftop Garden
Chicago’s most famous rooftop garden sits atop City Hall, an 11-story office building in the Loop. City Hall and the adjacent Cook County building appear to most people as one building spanning a city block bounded by LaSalle, Randolph, Clark and Washington streets.

 

Clean Indoor Air Ordinance (No Smoking: Including E-Cigarettes)
Chicago's Clean Indoor Air Ordinance

 

Commercial Composting
There are several companies in the Chicago area that provide commercial composting services.

 

Commitment to Green Printing
Fleet and Facility Management's Graphic Services is committed to the environment and is making efforts to eliminate paper and toxic chemical waste, from design through production. We choose printing products that are environmentally friendly to help lessen factors that contribute to air, land and water pollution. Every job we print, design or photograph has been thoughtfully produced, keeping in mind our footprint on this planet.

 

Composting Bins
Composting is the decomposition of yard and fruit/veggie food scraps by worms and bacteria. FAQs about compost bins.

 

Composting in Chicago
Composting turns organic waste such as leaves, food scraps, and lawn clippings into a dark, soil-like natural fertilizer.

 

Construction and Demolition Debris Recycling
The Department of Public Health promotes the responsible separation and recycling of construction and demolition (C&D) debris to help contractors and property owners save on costly disposal fees while protecting the environment.

 

Diesel Retrofit Program
The City of Chicago is retrofitting a portion of the City's diesel-powered fleet using oxidation catalysts (catalytic converters). The City plans to retrofit the entire diesel fleet over time, pending funding availability. The retrofits will improve air quality while reducing the risk of health problems related to diesel exhaust.

 

Do It Yourself Audit

 

Doing Our Share for Cleaner Air: Idling Reduction
Information Regarding Cleaner Air through Idling Reduction

 

Downspout Disconnection
Downspout disconnection can help prevent basement sewage backup. Before you disconnect your downspout, consider where you are directing the water, and that cold weather will cause icing conditions.

 

Emerald Ash Borer (EAB) Links Page
Information on the Emerald Ash Borer and important links.

 

Energy Audit Partners

 

Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy
Get involved in Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy programs.

 

Environmental Permit Fees
Information on environmental permit and fees

 

Environmental Rules and Regulations
CDPH enforces the Rules and Regulations in cooperation with other City departments where applicable

 

Exemption Application and Instructions

 

Filter Strips
Information on Filter Strips and their advantages.

 

Find a Residential Recycling Drop Off Center
Residential Recycling Drop-Off Centers—blue dumpsters specifically designated for recycling—are located throughout the city. View a list of locations below.

 

Going Green
Department of Revenue Green Efforts For Noticing

 

Green Design
Green designs and ideas that we can all use to help use water more wisely.

 

Green Industry Job Training
The program offers trainees the opportunity to experience a new field of work. Not only do trainees learn through hands-on experience in our community garden and other environmental projects, but they are also placed in internships with green industry companies, which frequently lead to permanent jobs once their training is completed.

 

Green Taxi Program
Green Taxi Program is a program that helped the taxi industry purchase cost-effective hybrid and alternative fuel vehicles, which moved the City closer to reaching carbon emission goals as set out in the Chicago Climate Action Plan, and provided passengers with trips in modern and environmentally sustainable vehicles.

 

Groundwater Ordinance
In 1997, the Chicago City Council passed a groundwater ordinance prohibiting the installation of new potable water supply wells.

 

Harbor Permit Review Process
A City Harbor Permit is needed to perform construction within 40 feet of the waterway (shoreline, riverbank, dockwall/ riverwall, beach, etc.). CDOT will assist residential and business developments with the renovation of the City's shores.

 

Home composting
Information on how to compost your yard waste and food scraps in Chicago

 

Household Chemicals & Computer Recycling Facility Accepted Items
This page contains information about Household Chemicals and Computer Recycling Facilities.

 

Household Chemicals & Computer Recycling Facility Overview
Overview of the Household Chemicals & Computer Recycling Facility

 

How to Dispose of Latex Paint
Information regarding the disposal of your leftover latex paint

 

Illinois Site Remediation Program
The Illinois Site Remediation Program (SRP) is a voluntary cleanup program for brownfield sites administered by the Illinois Environmental Protection Agency (Illinois EPA).

 

Invasive Species
Threat of invasive species.

 

January - 2014 Water and Sewer Main Projects

 

LMO - 2 Reports
This report details the efforts of the Department of Water Management, City of Chicago has under taken to conserve, and wisely manage our natural water resources.

 

Large Installations
The City of Chicago has made installing large rooftop solar PV systems (those generating greater than 13.44kw) easier than ever before, easing restrictions and streamlining processes, saving time and design costs.

 

Low-Cost Education and Weatherization Program
The Low-Cost Weatherization and Education Program (LCWEP) aims to prepare, educate and train Chicago residents in low cost weatherization techniques. C3 volunteers are trained in low-cost home weatherization techniques. Volunteers then train their neighbors and distribute and install weatherization kits.

 

Lurie Garden in Millennium Park
Designed by Gustafson Guthrie Nichol Ltd, Piet Oudolf and Robert Israel, this five acre garden pays homage to the City's motto, "Urbs in Horto" (City in a Garden), which refers to Chicago's transformation from its flat and marshy origins to a bold and powerful city.

 

Multi-unit Residential Recycling 5 Step Process
Starting or improving an existing recycling program can be done in 5 steps.

 

Neighborhood Inspection Follow-Up Conference Calls
The following telephone conference calls occurred after a neighborhood inspection and cleaning of the sewers in the area.

 

Not-For-Profit Water Conservation Plan

 

Open Space Section
The Open Space Section of HED's Sustainable Development Division works to increase the amount of publicly accessible open space in Chicago.

 

Permeable Alleys
The City is creating a green infrastructure by utilizing unique open spaces to hold water that would normally drain directly into the sewer system. For instance, the City built a new kind of alley in a North Side community as part of a pilot project. The alley, constructed of a rigid grid system and gravel, allows rainwater to soak into the ground-reducing water flow into the sewer system and backyard flooding.

 

Permeable Paving
Permeable paving refers to paving materials – typically concrete, stone or plastic – that promote absorption of rain and snowmelt.

 

Plastic Bag Recycling Frequently Asked Questions
Have questions about the plastic bag recycling ordinance? See the list of frequently asked questions here.

 

Pollution Prevention Unit

 

Practical Assistance - Disability Resources
Practical Assistance is assistance provided to help an individual obtain a service or benefit. Assistance may include completing forms such as the circuit breaker, filing applications such as the RTA Reduced Fare application** and writing and/or explaining a letter or formal document.

 

Private Sector Recycling
Chicago's City Council adopted the Workplace and Residential Recycling Ordinance in 1994, requiring all property managers and building owners to implement an effective recycling program by January 1, 1995. The City regularly inspects businesses to ensure compliance and issues citations for noncompliance.

 

Recycling for Multi-Unit Residential Buildings
If you live in or own a building with five units or greater (referred to as a 'multi-unit building'), a private waste hauler picks up your trash and recycling. The City recommends that they use a source-separated, single stream recycling method, similar to Chicago's Blue Cart program.

 

Recycling in Chicago
There are many opportunities for recycling in Chicago. Find out how you can start recycling.

 

Recycling in Commercial Offices
Information about recycling in commercial office spaces

 

Recycling in Commercial/Retail Spaces
Information about recycling in commercial and retail spaces in Chicago

 

Resources and Frequently Asked Questions for Multi-Unit Recycling
As a resident in a multi-unit building, you understand that you have a responsibility to recycle in your unit and participate in your buildings recycling program.

 

Retrofit Chicago Multi-Family Residential Partnership

 

Seasonality Chart
Find out when your favorite fruits and vegetables are in season.

 

Small Installations and the Easy Permit Process
Information on small installations and the Easy Permit process.

 

Soil and Rubble Reuse
Soil and Reuse, when it is appropriate, the City of Chicago will reuse soil and rubble instead of disposing of it in a landfill or quarry.

 

Solar Contractor Checklist
Follow this checklist for installing solar in Chicago.

 

Staff Training

 

Sustainability Section
Information on Sustainable Development

 

Sustainable Chicago 2015
Building on Chicago’s legacy in sustainability and innovation, Sustainable Chicago is Mayor Emanuel’s road map for accelerating sustainability throughout Chicago. Comprised of 24 interlocking goals over 7 categories, Sustainable Chicago allows for clear tracking of results until the plan’s completion in 2015. From increasing energy efficiency to renovating parks to improving stormwater management, achieving these goals will increase the city’s liveability, expand economic development and job creation, and elevate Chicago’s rank as a world-class city.

 

Tips to Help Prevent Litter
Tips to Help Prevent Litter

 

Transportation
Explore the links on this page to learn more about Chicago’s transportation resources and how you can use and support them

 

Underground Storage Tanks
Information about underground storage tanks in Chicago

 

Useful Green Links
This page contains many useful links to Green sites

 

Water
With the Lake Michigan to the east and the Chicago River winding through the heart of the city, Chicago maintains valuable water resources. Preservation of the lakeshore ensures clean drinking water and beaches while restoration of the Chicago River will open the city’s next recreational frontier under the Mayor's leadership. Explore the links below to learn more about water in Chicago and how you can help protect and conserve it.

 

Water Conservation
Learn about Water Conservation!

 

Water Conservation Tips
Our water is a precious and limited resource. Remember to use only the amount of water you actually need. Look for ways to conserve water in and around your home and place of work.

 

Water Education Campaign
In 2005, the City developed a campaign called Save the Source to tell you about the actions you can take to conserve water, maintain water quality and better manage stormwater at your home.

 

Water Treatment
Treatment makes the water safe for people to drink.

 

Water Well Survey
In 2007, the former Department of Environment (DOE) conducted a potable well survey to determine if active potable wells exist in and nearby the city limits. Information was obtained from the Illinois State Geological Survey (ISGS) regarding all confirmed records of wells installed within the City limits of Chicago and 200 feet beyond.

 

What Can I Do to Conserve and Manage Water?
Chicago was built in this very location because of its access to water. Lake Michigan and the other Great Lakes hold one-fifth of the Earth's fresh water.

 

What Happens to Items Taken to the Household Chemicals and Computer Recycling Facility
Information on what happens to materials after they're dropped off at Chicago's Household Chemicals and Computer Recycling Facility

 

What is Single Stream Recycling
Single stream recycling refers to a system in which all recyclables are mixed together in a collection truck, instead of being sorted by material type (i.e. newspaper, plastic, glass, aluminum, etc.) by the resident.

 

Why Do People Litter?
Reasons why people litter.

 

Zero Waste Chicago
Explore the following efforts to support the City's long term goal of achieving zero waste.