The City of Chicago has committed to power all city properties with renewable energy by 2025.
The pledge makes Chicago the largest U.S. city to implement a clean energy policy for all of its public buildings. Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s Office said that the commitment would be met by multiple means, including on-site generation and the acquisition of renewable energy credits.
“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 said.
The president of Illinois’s Sierra Club hailed the move as an example of badly needed local leadership on clean energy.