As mayor, I plan to invest in green technologies by working to create incentives for entrepreneurs to create whole new industries that will not only preserve our air and our water and our soil here,
and deal with energy shortfalls and difficulties, but also give us a product to sell to the rest of the
Accelerate and complete the retro-fitting of all public buildings to make them energy efficient not
just for heating and cooling but for lighting, and water heating, explore the use of passive solar for
water heating in all public buildings, expand training and licensing of solar installers in conjunction with building trades apprenticeships and simplify permitting of solar panel installations, expand public transit and transit ridership, explore and expand the electrification of public transit, police and taxi fleets in conjunction with other urban mayors – insist some of that manufacturing for energy efficient materials and vehicles be done in Chicago with Chicago workers, work with ComEd and Peoples Gas to provide additional incentives to retrofit homes and businesses, install smart meters and other essential infrastructure, enlist community expertise via City-Non-Profit partnerships such as with the Center for Neighborhood Technology to make the transition to anew energy infrastructure for Chicago, restart efforts to bring free broadband wireless to every neighborhood
As mayor, I will proactively support “green collar” industries and businesses that create goodpaying
jobs, such as wind power, solar power, and urban farming. We must use City planning resources to facilitate their development and the wise use of economic development investments.
In order for Chicago to sustain itself not only as a world class city, but as a livable one that supports healthy families and viable communities, we must continue to stay ahead of the trend on protecting the health and safety of our environment and high job growth sectors. There is no question that green technologies are critical to both goals, especially for the future of our nation’s middle class families.
I believe that if we want a real green jobs boom and protect our environment, in areas such as
wind farms, green construction, efficient transportation and the manufacturing supply chains that support these new frontiers, we must not only ensure that we create opportunities to address serious capital gaps in the investments needed to move the green economy forward in our city, but also ensure that our workers manufacture, construct, assemble and manage these products.
Examples of successful union and community collaborations, such as the Emerald Cities Project,
are successfully creating green jobs are gaining momentum all across our nation,. Here in Chicago, a perfect example of the potential of alternative energy and the green economy can be found in the recent Environmental Law & Policy Center report that the Chicagoland Chamber of Commerce said helped demonstrate that innovative business development in areas, such as
wind-energy, are giving entrepreneurs, corporate leaders and government officials a foundation
on which to build. The report stated that 104 companies in Illinois with more than 15,000
employees, including 60 companies in the Chicago region, are playing a role in the wind-power
industry, whether it’s making parts, mixing cement or providing legal, banking, engineering and
accounting services for the industry. And, as we grow, there is no question that a highly unionized green economy will provide highroad jobs and a skilled, organized workforce that will play a dynamic role in supporting the continued transformation of our economy as we push for solutions. As Mayor, I believe that it will be necessary to not only develop model partnerships between the city, the private sector, communities and labor to drive and incentivize green industries in Chicago, but also to advocate for an aggressive agenda at the federal and state levels that
supports more capital resources and innovative policies that will also build a national green
economy agenda that supports alternative energy. In addition, I will also lead efforts re-train our
existing workforce with the competitive skills to support world class green industries, and to build
programming without our school systems and community college to prepare our youth for the
Windmill farms on Lake Michigan. Incentives for implementation and use of use wind, solar and
geothermal power sources.
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