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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)

Feb 21, 2017 City of Chicago Announces Drive Clean Station Program to Support Availability of Charging Stations for Electric Vehicles
Dec 16, 2016 Greencorps Chicago’s Michael Hendricks Named 2017 Corpsmember of the Year by The Corps Network
Dec 1, 2016 Deputy Mayor Zopp Joins CDOT For Celebration Of Greencorps Chicago Job Training Program Graduation
May 13, 2016 Drive Clean Station Grant Applications Now Available
Apr 25, 2016 City of Chicago Announces Request for Proposals for Green House Gas Emissions Inventory

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