What should the City do to encourage and implement alternative forms of energy?

Eco-Sustainability

To encourage the use of alternative forms of energy, the City should provide incentives to
individuals and families that work to reduce global warming and carbon footprint. Tax cuts
for hybrid drivers, special discounts on energy saving products, and buy-back programs
on antiquated electronics are just some of the ways the city can encourage the use of
alternative energy.

The city should invest in companies that are active in and or promoting alternative energy

Chicago is a national business center for wind power and solar energy and the city should work with businesses to see how it can help them stay in Chicago, expand and thrive.
I would support infrastructure projects, such as the “Rock Island Clean Line,” to help transmit and deliver renewable energy to Chicago from locations in central Illinois and Iowa.
I am a supporter of Retrofit Chicago, which has helped nearly 50 buildings realize energy savings by investing in sustainable development and energy efficiency. The Retrofit Chicago Residential Partnership has helped over 13,000 homeowners and delivered millions in energy savings.
I would support incentives for businesses to incorporate renewable energy projects into the infrastructure of construction or other types of infrastructure projects.

Expand grants,
low interest loans and tax credits. This is an excellent example in which the common individual
could take advantage of TIF on a small scale instead of giving them to the wealthy.

Focus and increase education efforts on existing federal and State funding towards
alternative energy

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Besides having the City itself implement green technologies like solar, wind, thermal, etc., the
City should encourage, through tax incentives, electric charging stations, expansion of the Divvy
system, bike friendly facilities at private businesses, as well as leaning on organizations like
CNT’s program for a green city.

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Chevette A. Valentine IVI-IPO 2015 Chicago City Council

I would love
to have access to the progress of the wind mills, any/all green energy resources that can
be utilized will be properly investigated as I am a supporter of the clean energy movement.

Besides having the City itself implement green technologies like solar, wind, thermal, etc., the
City should encourage, through tax incentives, electric charging stations, expansion of the Divvy
system, bike friendly facilities at private businesses, as well as leaning on organizations like
CNT’s program for a green city

The City can increase the percentage of its electricity that comes from renewable sources.
The City should make further investments in renewable energy and incentives to utilize green
technologies, including the construction of green/LEED-certified buildings. I also support green
road construction in the City and revamping our waste management infrastructure to ensure
we utilize the safest methods to dispose of toxic chemicals and other waste.

The City
announced with great fanfare several years ago that it would buy twenty percent of its energy
from renewable sources. Unfortunately, the City has ignored its own laudable goal. Chicago
should engage in a serious effort to make good on its goal, and it need not necessarily rely on
private utilities. The Chicago Park District and several universities a few years ago indicated an
interest in installing wind turbines on its property. The city has done little to follow through on that
interest.

If our financial issues are resolved then I would support the exploration acquiring high­tech based alternative enegry manufacturing.

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Joseph J. Moseley II IVI-IPO 2015 Chicago City Council

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Chicago has been committed to using alternative forms of energy through its partnership with ComEd and should continue in its efforts

We need to look at the option of the city taking over electrical grid in Chicago and creating a public utility,
which then would be accountable to raising the level of alternative forms of energy as source for
that electricity.

Chicago has an impressive record of environmental leadership. To continue to build on that
legacy, we have to keep pushing for alternative fuels. That’s why I’m a chief sponsor of the
proposal that would put E15, an automotive fuel with 15% ethanol, into Chicago’s gas stations.

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Michael E. LaFargue IVI-IPO 2015 Chicago City Council

I would get input from organizations as LEED, environmental groups and increase educate all on
the return on investment of using alternative forms of energy.

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Subsidies for alternative energy and sustainably built homes should be offered as much as possible. Solar panels are getting cheaper but are still often prohibitively expensive, and wind power could really be harnessed to a greater extent in the city. More than anything is the quality of insulating materials used, and quality construction should be incentivized as much as possible.

The city should
raise efficiency standards for new and existing power generators and procure enough renewable
energy generation for Chicagoans to reduce electricity emissions by 20%. Increase efficient
power generated onsite using distributed generation and combined heat and power.

Continue prioritizing renewable energy and promoting programs for people to save energy at
home and improve affordability. We have played a key role in eliminating Fisk and Crawford, the ast two coal plants in Chicago. .

This question will require further research and consideration.

Michael E. LaFargue IVI-IPO 2015 Chicago City Council

I would get input from organizations as LEED, environmental groups and increase educate all on
the return on investment of using alternative forms of energy.

Carlos Ramirez-Rosa IVI-IPO 2015 Chicago City Council

I believe the City should support the expansion of a green economy and the creation of green jobs in Chicago. I would like to see more solar panels built in our city, and subsidies to help Chicago homeowners purchase and install those solar panels.

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Invest in retrofitting our own properties to become greener and more efficient. Invest in the
technology right here in Chicago, then incentivize our citizens to use greener more efficient
methods

Partner with supplies to educated and implement cost savings credits to ensure people to use alt
energy.

Susan Sadlowski Garza IVI-IPO 2015 Chicago City Council

candidate's responce

The city should work with the state to accomplish its “25x’25” goal of 25% renewable
energy by 2025. To help achieve that goal, the city should seek opportunities to install
wind turbines or solar panels on public properties when possible.

The green economy is an emerging market that Chicago must continue to invest in. As Alderman,
I will work to increase funding for programs such as Retrofit Chicago that will provide jobs for
Chicagoans and improve our environment. We also must begin to tap into the solar panel market
and bring in manufacturing companies that will boost that market here in Chicago and make the
technology more readily available for purchase by residents. I will also work with labor and the
City Colleges of Chicago to make sure that Chicago students continue to have the opportunity to
gain the necessary skills needed to work in the green economy.

The city has continued to be at the forefront of implementing alternative forms of energy. There are examples such as the Green/LEED certified schools and libraries. I support encouraging small business owners to utilize solar panels to reduce electrical energy dependence. The 30th Ward is home to solar panel light flashers, which has been used as a model for installation of additional light flashers in other area of the city. Our ward also has 2 green houses.

Push recycling, get government owned buildings to look at alternative forms of energy to heat and cool the buildings, and new ways of keeping the lights on in the buildings. Then pass those findings over to the private sector and encourage them to follow suit.

Stephen Niketopoulos IVI-IPO 2015 Chicago City Council

Fixing the power grid is a good start, we waste loads of energy. Solar and wind is another, with green technology at a boom we should be ready to adapt to new ideas.

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Chicago has an impressive record of environmental leadership. To continue to build on
that legacy, we have to keep pushing for alternative fuels and other sustainable forms of
energy.

The City should encourage alternative energy sources by changing current regulation
and/or incentive programs.

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“Green”
should be one of the criteria for our public buildings and recommended for significant
private structures as well. As alderman, I am aware of major projects and emphasize the
importance of environmentally progressive approaches. Several of the ward’s newer
public facilities – Grand Crossing Library, Comer School, Comer College Prep, South
Shore High School – were designed for LEED silver certification, as well as new and future
private developments like Solstice on the Park condo. Developments at the University of
Chicago also use green technology.

Push for
legislation that will create a Strategic Energy Fund to inject an appropriate dollar amount
into research, development and deployment of renewable energy, energy efficiency, clean
coal technology ethanol and other homegrown biofuels. Give oil companies a choice to
invest in renewable energy or pay into the fund.