I support the enforcement of standards the National Clean Air Act of 1977 to ensure factories that are currently legally exempt from these standards, are not harming our communities and not unnecessarily costing our tax payers millions in health care costs.
There are numerous other areas in need of careful examination including protection of the Lake, repair of Park infrastructure, repair and rebuilding of our water and sewer infrastructure
I strongly support Mayor Daley’s national leadership on green building and roofs in our city. And, while we are clearly ahead of the nation, there are still only one-tenth of a percentage of buildings with green roofs. I would support aggressive expansion and more incentive to build upon this progress. In addition, I would review current procurement codes to provide even greater
incentives to contractors that build green principles into all planning projects. Finally, I would review ways to become even more aggressive at driving down diesel fuel emissions, and not only working toward those goals at the city level, but driving a state and federal agenda as well.
As Mayor of Chicago, I will support a clean and healthy environment by: • Increasing energy efficiency and cost savings by supporting our Department of the Environment’s plan to provide energy efficiency services to retrofit half of the buildings in the city by 2020, so that they use less energy and cost less to heat, cool, and power.
• Expanding access to transit options to lessen reliance on automobiles. We must aggressively
advocate for local, regional, state, and federal plans and funding to increase public transportation
and make Chicago a more bicycle and pedestrian friendly city. A first step is to ensure we are not
leaving any federal transportation money on the table through negligence or lack of foresight.
• Protecting our waterways, including Lake Michigan the Chicago River, by reducing and cleaning water discharged into the Chicago River. We must partner with the State of Illinois, other states, and the federal government to put policies in place and to secure available federal funding to
protect the Great Lakes from invasive species, such as the Asian carp. • Supporting implementation of the Climate Action Plan.
Reduction of the use of coal plants in Illinois.
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