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City of Chicago (IL) Climate Action Plan


From the start, the charge and scope of the Chicago Climate Task Force was broad and ambitious. Dozens of experts and a nationally recognized research advisor committee took part in discussions. Leading scientists were consulted to describe various scenarios for Chicago’s climate future and how these would impact life in the city.
The results of the research clearly demonstrate that our current trajectory poses risks to our economy and health. Every Chicago resident and business has a role to play in implementing the Chicago Climate Action Plan, which will not only ensure a more liveable climate for the world, but also for the city. The economy and quality of life could improve. Jobs could be created. New technologies will emerge.
The Chicago Climate Action Plan Outlines Five Strategies:

• Energy Efficient Buildings
• Clean & Renewable Energy Sources
• Improved Transportation Options
• Reduced Waste & Industrial Pollution
• Adaptation

The Chicago Climate Action Plan details steps for organizations of all kinds and suggests actions for every individual.  As new technologies and options emerge, actions may change. The goal, however, remains the same: to reduce our emissions and prepare for change.

This report can be thought of as an overview document to help everyone learn about Chicago’s Action Climate Plan- how it was created, why it is necessary, and what are its goals.

Primary Toolkit:

Climate Change Toolkit

Keyword Area:

Adaptation, Climate, Environmental Health, Mitigation, Transportation Planning, Vulnerable Populations


Institutional Author:

City of Chicago (IL)





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5 Stars of 5 - Extremely Useful
Chicago Climate Action Plan
By Brendon Haggerty
This is plan is exemplary.  Thirty five specific actions are organized into six broad strategies and presented in a visually attractive and accessible document.  Each action is associated with numeric targets and projected GHG reductions.  Health is highlighted as a co-benefit of many strategies and discussed in descriptions.

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