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

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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



Local Volunteer Opportunities:

Chicago Conservation Corps (adult residents 18+) is a program of the Chicago Academy of Sciences / Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum in collaboration with partners across the city. Volunteers work together to improve the quality of life in our neighborhoods and schools through environmental service projects.

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