Wednesday, October 1, 2008

Chicago Releases Climate Action Plan

Recently, Mayor Daley unveiled the Chicago Climate Action Plan, a comprehensive and detailed roadmap to lower greenhouse gas emissions and address climate change. The Mayor stressed that everyone has a role to play in addressing climate change.

Residents can get involved immediately by taking the $800 Savings Challenge.

The Chicago Climate Action Plan outlines five strategies, divided into actions for mitigating greenhouse gas emissions and steps to prepare for climate change. The Plan grew out of a stakeholder process and focuses on reduction strategies for the following areas:

STRATEGY #1: ENERGY EFFICIENT BUILDINGS
GOAL: Reduce energy use in buildings.

STRATEGY #2: CLEAN AND RENEWABLE ENERGY SOURCES
GOAL: Turn to cleaner and renewable energy sources

STRATEGY #3: IMPROVED TRANSPORTATION OPTIONS
GOAL: Use a variety of transportation modes and cleaner vehicles

STRATEGY #4: REDUCED WASTE AND & INDUSTRIAL POLLUTION
GOAL: Prevent, reduce, reuse and recycle

STRATEGY #5: ADAPTATION
GOAL: Minimize and prepare for the impact of climate change

The plan’s goal is to reduce greenhouse gas emissions in the area 25% from 1990 levels by 2020. To view the whole report, plans for energy retrofits, the $800 savings challenge, Green Committee members and resources to kick-start your organization’s environmental actions, visit the website, www.chicagoclimateaction.org. Here's a sample:

Top Ten Things Residents Can Do

  1. Lighten Up: use compact fluorescent light bulbs.
  2. Unplug: unplug appliances even when they are off.
  3. Turn off: turn off faucets when not in use.
  4. Adjust: turn your thermostat down/up in the winter/summer.
  5. Keep it Clean: clean and replace dirty filters so appliances run more efficiently.
  6. Go Car-less: emissions from transportation account for more than 20 percent of our greenhouse gases.
  7. Tune Up: keep the tires on your car adequately inflated.
  8. Reuse: bring your own bags on your shopping trips.
  9. Plant: plant or adopt a tree in Chicago.
  10. Flip the switch: turn off the lights when not in use.
Have you had a chance to read the plan yet? What do you think? Let us know in the comments.

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