Chicago’s Next Mayor Pledges Green

Chicago’s environmental groups, including the Environmental Law & Policy Center, wanted to know: which of the Windy City’s mayoral candidates would support their “Green Growth Platform?” Well, as it turns out, they all will (at least during campaign season).

The Green Growth Platform–created by a coalition of 17 leading area environmental, conservation and civic organizations–asked candidates to answer 20 questions focused on developing clean energy and cleaning up old coal plants; improving municipal recycling, conserving water, protecting Lake Michigan and the Chicago River; promoting clean transportation and better mobility; and creating more parks and open space.

Green Growth Platform Chicago

image via Environmental Law and Policy Center

The results of the Green Growth Platform survey show that all of the mayoral candidates currently in the running will seek to increase renewable energy, make city buildings more energy efficient, increase Chicago Transit Authority funding, expand recycling citywide, disinfect sewage pumped into the Chicago River, and add parklands.

The complete results of the survey are available online.

Susan DeFreitas has covered all manner of green technology for EarthTechling since 2009. She is a graduate of Prescott College for the Liberal Arts and the Environment, and has a background in marketing green businesses. Her work on green living has been featured in Yes! Magazine, the Utne Reader and Natural Home.