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A review of the city by city commitments reveals an overwhelming concern with the energy efficiency of buildings; in a few cases, particularly where the local energy utility is municipally owned, there’s a major focus on green power; all cities are committed to “lead by example” by greening their own buildings and fleets; and only in a handful are there significant commitments to reducing transportation emissions area-wide.
A greenhouse gas emissions inventory was conducted for Chicago and its metropolitanregion for the years 2000 and 2005. Emissions of carbon dioxide, methane, nitrous oxide, hydrofluorocarbons, perfluorocarbons, and sulfur hexafluoride totaled 34.7 million metric tons of carbon dioxide equivalents (MMTCO2e) in Chicago in 2000 with 91 percent of emissions attributable to the indirect emissions associated with electricity consumption, the direct emissions of natural gas use, and the direct emissions of the transportation sector. A portfolio of 33 potential emissions reduction strategies was analyzed that, implemented together, could meet Chicago’s target of reducing greenhouse gas emissions to 25 percent below 1990 levels by 2020. The largest potential for reduction is found in the areas with the largest emissions—energy use in buildings and transport. Compared to its metropolitan region, Chicago is found to have existing transportation efficiencies on a per household basis that can be an example for other communities.
White Street-Springfield Avenue Corridors analysis as part of Champaign-Urbana Urbanized Area Transportation Study\'s multi-phase mobility implementation plan (miPLAN).
Identifies and contextualizes the individual and larger effects of transit deserts in Cook County, where communities lack of mobility options and access to high quality transit despite having a high demand for transit options.
The ability of communities to develop in environmentally and economically sustainable ways is largely contingent upon their readiness to capitalize on opportunities near existing transportation assets. The Cargo-Oriented Development and Transit-Oriented Development analysis aids the west suburbs in identifying those areas that have the greatest potential to yield positive economic and environmental returns. Communities can utilize these data to enhance previously completed plans and supplement ongoing efforts to capitalize on their strengths and improve weaknesses.
Moving beyond the traditional arguments that good schools and neighborhood amenities impact housing prices, emerging research has indicated that urban form and transportation options have played a key role in the ability of residential properties to maintain their value since the onset of the recession. This analysis investigates how well residential properties located in proximity to fixed-guideway transit have maintained their value as compared to residential properties without transit access between 2006 and 2011 in five regions: Boston, Chicago, Minneapolis-St. Paul, Phoenix, and San Francisco.
The Problem with Parking Minimums, analysis of parking in Chicago region, and policy toolkit. EVERY COMMUNITY NEEDS SOME PARKING, BUT WITH THE RIGHT SIZE OF SUPPLY, NEIGHBORHOODS CAN TILT THE SCALES TO DEDICATE MORE SPACE TO PEOPLE THAN TO CARS. THIS IN TURN WILL ALLOW US TO CREATE BETTER CONNECTED, MORE SPATIALLY EFFICIENT, AND MORE AFFORDABLE COMMUNITIES. Addresses the following questions: How does that unused parking impact communities? How much of it exists? And how can rethinking how much parking cities mandate promote neighborhoods that are more compact and affordable with access to frequent transit?
The general public has been excluded for too long from transportation decisions in Northeastern Illinois. Given the opportunity, the citizenry would fundamentally reform transportation planning to accomplish broader regional goals. The overall vision the public prefers would provide more transportation choice; include the public in transportation decision-making; re-invest in existing communities; invest to enhance land use and quality of life goals; provide a safe travel environment with improved accessibility for all; create a cleaner environment and preserve open space; and equalize the distribution of resources.
Global climate change poses a challenge of historic proportions for Chicago and the world. This report provides a comprehensive analysis of the scope and scale of that challenge by offering a rigorous accounting of Chicago and the metropolitan region’s greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions, an in-depth investigation of the sources of those emissions, and a description of the likely trends if no action is taken. This report also offers a path forward in the form of a portfolio of emission reduction strategies designed specifically for Chicago. This research is intended to serve as a solid foundation which will enable Chicago to implement its commitment to reducing greenhouse gas emissions.
The Regional Green Building Case Study Project analyzes the post‐occupancy performance and costs and benefits of 25 LEED projects in Illinois related to: measured energy and greenhouse gas emissions, water, commute transportation, construction and operating costs, green premium, health and productivity impacts, and occupant comfort.