The City of Chicago is taking a stand for the environment and sustainability. Mayor Brandon Johnson has declared his commitment to making Chicago a leader in sustainability and will launch a Chicago Green New Deal that will revolutionize the city and create a better future. On his first day in office, he will order a comprehensive study of the city's environmental needs, with a focus on identifying hazards on the south and west sides. This study can be completed within the first 100 days with the help of community groups and advocates.
After that, new environmental regulations will be developed to reduce and mitigate contaminants that contaminate water and air, and they will be implemented quickly. The Chicago Metropolitan Agency for Planning (CMAP) has a range of programs and initiatives related to sustainability and planning, such as the conservation of water resources, open spaces, adaptation to climate change, and local food systems. The Illinois Environmental Council (IEC) and the Sierra Club Illinois have also shown their support for Mayor Johnson's efforts by issuing a joint press release denouncing offensive language and showing solidarity with residents of the Southeast. The Environmental Justice in Communities grant program will provide pollution prevention technical assistance to companies to improve human health and the environment in disadvantaged communities.
Chicagoans must be protected against utility outages and must participate in any franchise negotiation with ComEd. Even though the 12th District neighborhood is represented by the president of the Chicago City Council's own Environmental Committee, environmental racism in McKinley Park still persists. To carry out these efforts, it is necessary to re-establish the Department of the Environment. The inspection at Cronimet was part of a larger effort that included close coordination with the City of Chicago Department of Public Health and the Illinois EPA to identify and address compliance issues in southeast Chicago.
The inspection at ELG was part of a larger effort that included close coordination with the City of Chicago Department of Public Health and the Illinois EPA to identify and address compliance issues in southeast Chicago. Creating a green and sustainable city requires a lot of work, cooperation, and commitment from all stakeholders - from local government to people, companies, and institutions in the city. Mayor Johnson's commitment to environmental protection is an important step towards creating a better future for all Chicagoans.