Ways Chicago is Going Green

December 12, 2012 | 0 Comments

Ways Chicago is Going Green - ForRent.com & Homes.comIn addition to our Three Cities that Are Going Green post, we’re giving you the Chicago information on its own. Enjoy!


Chicago, Illinois

  • Chicago has been effectively going green since the election of mayor Richard M. Daley in 1989. [2]


Attractions: [1]

  • The windy city houses environmentally-conscious conservatories, museums, planetariums, galleries, zoos, and aquariums.


Transportation: [1]

  • There are 315 miles of bikeways spanning the entirety of Chicago.
  • The city has plans to install 500 miles of bikeways and 10,000 bike racks by 2015.
  • The city houses the second largest public transit system in the nation, which moves over 1.5 million people every weekday.
  • Given the distinction of one of the top five “Most Walkable Cities in America” by Prevention Magazine for several years.
  • Chicago Transit Authority’s entire bus fleet not only consists of hybrids, but each is fueled by Ultra Low Sulfur Diesel (ULSD) in an effort to reduce emissions as much as possible.
  • Chicago welcomes car sharing companies like iGo and Zipcar®, which dramatically decrease environmentally harmful forms of transportation and increase eco-friendly methods like walking, biking, and public transportation.


Businesses: [3]

  • Green Dot Environmental’s office in Chicago offers consulting services for companies and individuals hoping to reduce their impact on the environment.
  • CIC Energy Construction & Supply provides, installs, and monitors solar and wind systems for Chicago’s residents and businesses.
  • The company prides itself on steering businesses closer to LEED certification.
  • Carpet Cleaning Chicago uses only environmentally friendly materials to clean your home or business.


Green Roofs: [1]

  • Installing plants on city rooftops moderates temperature for the buildings on which they are installed and reduces levels of greenhouse gases in the atmosphere.
  • As of 2010, Chicago has 359 green roofs, totaling 5.5 million square feet.
  • The green roofs atop municipal buildings in Chicago also house beehives which help to sustain and pollinate the entire city’s flower population.


Hotels & Restaurants: [1]

  • Fifteen Chicago hotels are Green Seal certified for fostering environmentally friendly practices. The city has more certifications than any other city in the United States.
  • Chicago houses a slew of restaurants that have either gained Green Seal or Green Restaurant Association certifications.


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[1]: http://www.explorechicago.org/
[2]: http://topics.nytimes.com/topics/reference/timestopics/people/d/richard_m_daley/index.html
[3]: http:www.organicconsumers.org

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