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Record #: R2019-686   
Type: Resolution Status: Failed to Pass
Intro date: 9/18/2019 Current Controlling Legislative Body: Committee on Health and Human Relations
Final action: 5/24/2023
Title: Call for hearing(s) on reaffirmation of City's commitment to renewable energy use in buildings and bus fleet, expansion of solar projects and creation of Office of Environment
Sponsors: Lightfoot, Lori E. , Cardenas, George A.
Topic: COMMITTEE/PUBLIC HEARINGS - Committee on Health and Human Relations
Attachments: 1. R2019-686.pdf

WHEREAS, Renewable energy, generated from natural sources or processes, like sun, wind, and water, is the way of the future; and

WHEREAS, The use of renewable energy reduces greenhouse gas emissions, diminishes reliance on fossil fuels, and improves public health; and

WHEREAS, The City of Chicago is dedicated to promoting renewable energy, not only to encourage efficient energy use, but also to foster investment in local economies and advance local workforce development; and

WHEREAS, The City's commitment to develop renewable energy infrastructure will significantly stimulate the manufacturing, construction, operations, procurement, and service sectors ofthe local economy by creating good jobs in the renewable energy industry; and

WHEREAS, The City is committed to this opportunity to build equity in communities that have been traditionally underrepresented in the energy field and marketplace; and

WHEREAS, The City of Chicago has long recognized the importance of raising awareness of energy performance, illustrated by the Building Energy Use Benchmarking Ordinance passed in 2013, calling upon our largest commercial, government and residential buildings to track, verify, and report their energy use; and

WHEREAS, In 2016, World Business Chicago found that the City of Chicago led the country in wind energy companies with 23 companies, including 11 headquarters; and

WHEREAS, In 2017, the Chicago City Council passed an ordinance implementing the Chicago Energy Rating system, a groundbreaking law that mandates a rating ofthe energy performance of every large building in the City of Chicago; and

WHEREAS, The City of Chicago was the first major city to earn a 2017 ENERGY STAR Partner of the Year Award from the EPA for its outstanding contributions to protecting the environment through energy efficiency; and

WHEREAS, The Chicago Smart Lighting Program, initiated in 2017, is on track to meet the commitment to convert 270,000 streetlights to energy-efficien...

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