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.
Are you Rain Ready?
Chicago’s Sustainable Backyards Program is an educational and incentive program that highlights the many ways Chicago residents can create more environmentally-friendly landscapes in their yards. Together, as more and more residents install a rain barrel or plant a tree, we will make a positive impact on our quality of life in Chicago!
Greencorps Chicago
Welcome to the City of Chicago's premier green job training program! Greencorps Chicago has been training Chicago individuals with barriers to employment since 1994. We are excited to continue to build on this legacy and strengthen our program to provide training and career paths for hard-to-employ Chicagoans.
The Chicago Conservation Corps
The Chicago Conservation Corps (C3) recruits, trains, and supports a network of volunteers who work together to improve the quality of life in our neighborhoods and schools through environmental service projects.

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