Sustainable energy within a city has the power to develop and help create a more efficient growing city. Within last year, the city of Chicago had a yearly average of $1,800 energy cost per household spending. In order to improve energy spending and efficiency, the city needs to upgrade thousands of buildings, which in the long run will result in a more clean, healthy, and affordable community.
In 2012, Mayor Rahm Emmanuel proposed a plan that will help create the Chicago Infrastructure Trust. Through this series of projects, the Windy City will utilize an amount of about $225 million, which in the long run will help save more then $20 millions each year. This policy has not yet been changed; furthermore, its results have been very effective. Some of the main goals of this plan are: improving citywide energy efficiency by 5%, improving municipal buildings energy by 10%, and help create an additional 20 MW of renewable energy. As of 2010 Chicago has been 22% towards the 2020 emission reduction goal, with the percentage increasing every year. Due to the Chicago Infrastructure Trust plan, the city has become more efficient and its electricity is becoming more clean.
Although the city council is finding ways and consulting plans to create cleaner energy, it is up to us as the residents to help maintain our city efficient and corporate. Everyone deserves the benefits of clean energy, which will increase comfort, create jobs, and protect our environment.