Recently the city of Chicago was honored as one of two exceptionally green US cities to be shortlisted for UN-Habitat‘s 100 Cities Initiative. The project aims to give cities, governments, and even individuals a voice in order to teach the world how we can make urban areas operate with less environmental impact. Chicago was chosen for its work over the past two decades to address climate change and build a better future — read on for a look at the windy city’s many green initiatives!
The 100 Cities Initiative website outlines a sustainable history of Chicago that dates back to 1989, when Mayor Richard M. Daley launched a campaign to plant more than 500,000 trees. The list also includes the Bike 2000 plan that established 114 miles of bike lanes and 50 miles of trails, in addition to the installation of 10,000 bike racks. The Chicago Brownfields Initiative was adopted in 1993, which returned 900 acres to productive use that continue to be a focus for urban farming and composting programs today. In 1999, the City installed its first alternative fueling station to power its municipal fleet.