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Retrofit Chicago

June 2012

Retrofit Chicago: Retrofit Chicago is a cross-sector effort led by the Mayor’s Office to drive energy efficiency in municipal, commercial, and residential buildings across the city, which works to save money, reduce carbon emissions, and create jobs. The Residential Partnership unites non-profit groups and utility companies to better connect residents to energy retrofit contractors, free energy upgrades, and equipment rebates. Other customer benefits include free energy assessments with free energy-saving products and installation; rebates for energy-efficient appliances and other products; financing tools such as income qualifying grants for bungalow & vintage homeowners; energy savers loans; and on-bill financing and connection to qualified contractors.

Related Organizations: City of Chicago, Illinois

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City of Evanston, Illinois Resolution to Support Environmental Justice

September 2020

The City Council of Evanston, Illinois adopted a resolution that acknowledges the harm that communities of color have experienced due to environmental injustices, and pledges to support environmental justice through initiatives such as creating a public engagement policy, incorporating environmental justice into City ordinances, policies, and processes, and developing a geographic information system (GIS) inventory of environmental justice areas in Evanston. By addressing the disproportionate impact that the climate crisis has on communities of color, the City of Evanston aims to foster a stronger and more climate resilient city.

Related Organizations: City of Evanston, Illinois

Resource Category: Law and Governance

 

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Bronzeville Microgrid - Chicago, Illinois

2019

The Bronzeville Microgrid project deployed in a neighborhood in the South Side of Chicago, Illinois demonstrates how utilities can invest in pilot microgrid projects to benefit underserved communities. Commonwealth Edison Company (ComEd) implemented a 7.7 MW community microgrid that will provide service to approximately 770 customers in the historically black neighborhood of Bronzeville Chicago. The project, which is a key component of the utility’s “Community of the Future Initiative,” will serve an area that includes facilities that provide critical services, including hospitals, police headquarters, fire departments, a library, public works buildings, restaurants, health clinics, public transportation, educational facilities, and churches. Bronzeville, considered to be a climate vulnerable urban area, was selected using a data-driven process and based on many socioeconomic factors including income, public health, and lack of investment in the community’s existing infrastructure. 

Related Organizations: Commonwealth Edison Company (ComEd)

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Chicago, Illinois Central Loop Tax Increment Financing

2020

Chicago, Illinois has established more than 120 Tax Increment Financing (TIF) districts, and has leveraged its public investment to attract $6 billion in private capital investments in these districts. Revenue from Chicago’s Central Loop TIF has been used to fund the city’s Green Roof Improvement Fund, which incentivizes and provides partial reimbursement to commercial buildings that install green roofs to manage stormwater. Chicago’s TIFs currently fund a small array of adaptive and climate-related projects, such as green alleys and wastewater infrastructure, but all TIF-funded projects must meet sustainability standards. In February 2020, Chicago’s Mayor announced a series of reforms to promote transparency in the TIF system, including the creation of a supervisory TIF Investment Committee whose explicit goal is to center equity in its decision making.

Related Organizations: City of Chicago, Illinois

Resource Category: Funding

 

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Resilient Chicago: A Plan for Inclusive Growth and a Connected City

February 14, 2019

The City of Chicago, Illinois has joined the Rockefeller Foundation’s 100 Resilient Cities (100RC) program and developed an urban Resilience Strategy. Resilient Chicago outlines 50 actions within three primary “Resilience Pillars” of Strong Neighborhoods, Robust Infrastructure, and Prepared Communities. The report also provides a number of case studies on Chicago’s existing resilient programs and initiatives, and details specific Calls to Action that residents can take to help build the city’s resilience.

Related Organizations: City of Chicago, Illinois

Resource Category: Planning

 

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Chicago Participatory Budgeting Project and Rulebook

In 2009, the Chicago 49th Ward Alderman, Joe Moore launched the first participatory budgeting process in the United States in the City of Chicago, Illinois. When participatory budgeting was first introduced in the City, Alderman Moore used the process to engage with his constituents regarding how the community would spend its $1.3 million in discretionary capital funds. Since this initial introduction, the participatory budgeting process in Chicago has proved a rousing success. In 2012, the Great Cities Institute partnered with the Participatory Budgeting Project and community-leaders from the area to launch PB Chicago to spread the budgeting process throughout the city. PB Chicago has now engaged with over 13,000 residents in 12 different communities, allocating over $18 million in funding to community-chosen projects varying from tree planting to establishing bike lanes. By focusing a majority of their outreach on marginalized and underserved communities, PB Chicago ensures not only that policymakers and city officials hear these residents’ voices, but that these same voices have the opportunity to effectuate change within their own communities as well. 

Related Organizations: City of Chicago, Illinois, PB Chicago

Resource Category: Funding

 

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Evanston, Illinois Climate Action and Resilience Plan

December 11, 2018

The City of Evanston, Illinois’ climate plan envisions that by 2030, Evanston will meet 100% of electricity needs from renewable energy, and by 2050 become “a climate ready and resilient city that has successfully prioritized the needs of its most vulnerable while combating climate change. ” Evanston is a Great Lakes city, exposed to climate impacts such as increasingly intense storms, invasive species, hotter temperatures, drought conditions, human migration, and water quality impacts.

Related Organizations: City of Evanston, Illinois

Resource Category: Planning

 

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Chicago, Illinois Stormwater and Flooding Strategy - ON TO 2050

October 10, 2018

The Chicago Metropolitan Agency for Planning (CMAP) developed ON TO 2050 in 2018, a comprehensive region plan for the Chicago, Illinois region based on principles of inclusive and equitable growth; economic, environmental and climate resilience; and prioritized investments for infrastructure, development, and the economy. The Stormwater and Flooding Strategy is one component of ON TO 2050 that reviews the impacts of flooding, and explores policy recommendations and strategies to better prepare for and adapt to the impacts of urban and riverine flooding in the Chicago metropolitan region.

Related Organizations: Chicago Metropolitan Agency for Planning

Author or Affiliated User: Nora Beck

Resource Category: Planning

 

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Well Farm Stormwater Management Project - Peoria, Illinois

May 2018

 

 

Related Organizations: City of Peoria, Illinois

Resource Category: Solutions

 

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An Equitable Water Future: Opportunities for the Great Lakes Region 

March 6, 2018

The U.S. Water Alliance has investigated water assets and systems in the Great Lakes region, and the equitable management of these assets. The report describes climate change impacts on water resources, along with other equity issues such as failing infrastructure, affordability, and workforce inclusion. Opportunities for the region to adapt the water sector, and detailed strategies provide a framework for making these water systems more inclusive.

Related Organizations: U.S. Water Alliance

Resource Category: Solutions

 

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