Chicago Commits to 100% Renewable Energy for 900-Plus Government Buildings

Great news out of Chicago: By 2025, all 900-plus buildings operated by the city, Chicago Public Schools, Chicago Park District, Chicago Housing Authority and City Colleges will be powered entirely by renewable sources.

Here’s a news clip from WTTW:

Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel announced Sunday a commitment to transition the city’s municipal buildings and operations to 100 percent clean and renewable energy by 2025.

The pledge represents the largest collection of public buildings in the country that will transition to entirely renewable sources, according to a press release from environmental advocacy organization Sierra Club.

The announcement follows President Donald Trump’s recent steps to dismantle the Clean Power Plan, implemented by the Obama administration in 2015 to reduce carbon dioxide emissions that most scientists agree accelerate climate change.

“As the Trump administration pulls back on building a clean energy economy, Chicago is doubling down,” Emanuel said in a press release. “By committing the energy used to power our public buildings to wind and solar energy, we are sending a clear signal that we remain committed to building a 21st century economy here in Chicago.”

Emanuel made the announcement on the rooftop of Shedd Aquarium, which has installed more than 900 solar panels in an effort to reduce energy use 50 percent by 2020.

Emanuel said that by 2025, all 900-plus buildings operated by the city, Chicago Public Schools, Chicago Park District, Chicago Housing Authority and City Colleges will be powered entirely by renewable sources. In 2016, those buildings used nearly 1.8 billion kilowatt hours of electricity – equal to the energy needed to power about 295,000 homes – totaling 8 percent of all electricity use in Chicago, according to the city’s press release.

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