2022 Planning

Climate Planning

In 2008, Chicago became the first major American city to create a comprehensive climate action plan. Working with community leaders, researchers, businesses, and government officials, Chicago set the goal to achieve an 80% reduction in greenhouse gas emissions from 1990 levels by 2050. Innovative initiatives, meaningful public and private partnership, and strong community advocacy propelled Chicago’s success!

The 2015 Sustainable Chicago Agenda provided an update and fresh look at 100 climate actions that residents, businesses, and government could take to continue to lead on climate. In 2017, responding to the void of federal leadership on climate, Chicago formally committed to the Paris Climate Agreement and in 2019, City Council unanimously agreed to transition to 100% clean renewable energy for all buildings across the city. Today, Chicago is 59% of the way to reaching its Paris Climate Agreement commitments. Learn more in the 2017 Greenhouse Gas Inventory Report. 

 


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2008

Chicago becomes the first major American city to develop a climate action plan.

Chicago Climate Action Plan: Our City. Our Future

2015

With a focus on creating jobs, fostering new industries, and reducing costs for residents and businesses, Chicago updates its climate strategy to meet the existing 2020 goals.

Sustainable Chicago 2015 Action Agenda

2017

Chicago commits to observe the Paris Climate Agreement and commits to transition municipal electricity load to 100% clean renewable power

2019

Commitment to transition the electricity load for all buildings within Chicago to 100% clean renewable power and transition to 100% all-electric CTA bus fleet.

Resilient Chicago: Action 38

2021

Mayor Lightfoot proposes a $188M investment toward sustainability and the environment as part of the 2022 budget.


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Timeline of strategies and milestones through 2040