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Supporting Information

To lead by example, the City of Chicago has developed this Sustainable Operations Plan for conducting day-to-day operations at City facilities in a sustainable manner.


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
Water and Sewer construction projects for 2014 by start date of project


2015 Chicago GHG Emissions Inventory


A Guide for MOPD's Language Access Policy
MOPD's Lanuage Access Policy


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


Blue Cart Recycling in Chicago As Of January 2013 - Map & Schedule
Blue Cart Recycling Information


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


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
As of January 1, 2012, Chicago’s Battery Recycling Program has been discontinued, including collections at Chicago Public Libraries. Rechargeable batteries can still be recycled at multiple locations throughout Chicago, such as the Household Chemicals and Computer Recycling Facility. Find additional locations at


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 Sustainable Development Policy
The Chicago Sustainable Development Policy has been continually implemented since June 2004. The goal of the policy is to enhance the sustainable performance of projects receiving City assistance. It requires development projects that are receiving financial assistance or special approvals from the City to include sustainable elements.


Chicago Sustainable Development Policy Handbook


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


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


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.


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.


Flushing Your Water System
Home Owner's Advise


Former Carnotite Reduction Company
The ‘Former Carnotite Reduction Company’: Illinois Emergency Management Agency (IEMA) has issued 2FM a Radioactive Materials License for the possession and storage of radioactive material located on City property and in the public right-of-way associated with the Former Carnotite Reduction Company.


Going Green
Department of Finance 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.


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.


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


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.


Lurie Garden in Millennium Park
Designed by Gustafson Guthrie Nichol Ltd, Piet Oudolf and Robert Israel, this 3.5 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.


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 DPD'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.


Pollution Prevention Unit
The Chicago Department of Public Health’s Pollution Prevention Unit works to improve air quality and reduce emissions in the city through specific permitting, inspection, and enforcement programs


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.


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
2017 Updated Chicago Recycling Ordinance


Retrofit Chicago Multi-Family Residential Partnership


Retrofit Chicago Residential Partnership FAQs


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.


Sustainable Operations Plan
To lead by example, the City of Chicago has developed this Sustainable Operations Plan for conducting day-to-day operations at City facilities in a sustainable manner.


Tips to Help Prevent Litter
Tips to Help Prevent Litter


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


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.