The Chicago Department of Transportation manages several environmental and sustainability initiatives.
Chicago Clean Cities is a unique partnership of government and corporate organizations from every corner of the Chicago metropolitan area. Representing private businesses, educational and research institutions, fuel providers, utilities, environmental organizations, and more, members work together to encourage the use of clean fuel and clean fuel vehicles to ensure the economic and environmental security of the communities in which we work and play. Learn more about Chicago Clean Cities at www.ChicagoCleanCities.org
Drive Clean Chicago is an innovative incentive program aimed at creating a roadmap for a greater alternative fuel transportation network for Chicago. Given the fluctuation in fuel costs, vehicle emissions and the lack of infrastructure for alternative fuels, Drive Clean Chicago provides important incentives to help Chicago fleet owners purchase cleaner vehicles that are better for business and the environment. Learn more about Drive Clean Chicago at www.DriveCleanChicago.com
Chicago’s Anti-Idling Ordinance was passed for diesel vehicles in 2009 by the Chicago City Council. Section 9-80-095 of the City’s Traffic Code limits standing (idling) of on-road diesel-powered vehicles within the City’s borders to a total of three (3) minutes within a sixty-minute period. This strict idling limit not only improves air quality, but also results in fuel conservation. Learn more about Anti-Idling in Chicago at www.NoIdlingChicago.com
Drive Electric Chicago is the City of Chicago’s one stop shop for information on plug-in electric vehicles. Locate public charging stations, find out more about state and local incentives for electric cars, or learn how to install a charging station at a single-family home or multifamily residence. Learn more about Drive Electric Chicago at www.DriveElectricChicago.org
Greencorps Chicago is the City of Chicago’s green industry job training program for individuals with barriers to employment. Greencorps’ mission is to promote environmental stewardship and improve the quality of life in Chicago by establishing, maintaining and restoring natural and public spaces that are safe, healthy and sustainable through hands-on involvement with trainees. Greencorps succeeds through an array of public and private partnerships along with strong support from the city, county and community partners.
The Greencorps Chicago Youth Program (GCYP) is a summer youth employment program to expose youth ages 15-19 to careers and service projects related to bicycle maintenance, horticulture, and urban forestry. GCYP is a collaboration between the Chicago Department of Transportation (CDOT), Department of Family and Support Services (DFSS), Chicago Public Schools (CPS), WRD Environmental, and multiple non-profit support service agencies.