Chicago Climate Charter

Chicago Climate Charter LogoIn 2017, the City of Chicago partnered with the Global Covenant of Mayors for Climate and Energy to host the North American Climate Summit. The summit brought together leaders from the U.S., Canada, and Mexico to sign the Chicago Climate Charter and commit to addressing climate change at the local level.

By signing the Chicago Climate Charter, the City has committed itself to the Charter’s general provisions, but also to a set of specific commitments that take into account the needs of Geneva, including:

  • Provide every resident with safe and accessible choices to walk, bike or use of public transit as a part of the City’s transportation system and land-use policies;
  • Adopt policies and investments that reduce the carbon footprint of public transit systems, the City’s vehicle fleet, and privately-owned vehicles;
  • Accelerate municipal use of renewable energy and provide access to affordable renewable energy throughout our community;
  • Reduce the carbon footprint of new and existing public and private buildings and infrastructure;
  • Reduce the carbon footprint of the solid waste system; and
  • Invest in natural climate solutions such as our tree canopy, native vegetation and various restoration techniques that conserve, restore and improve natural ecosystems that increase carbon storage.

The Chicago Climate Charter is reflective of the international consensus that a global response is necessary to drastically reduce carbon emissions and mitigate the impacts of climate change. For centuries, local communities have been centers of commerce, culture, and innovation and have been the birthplace for some of humankind’s greatest ideas. This agreement realizes the unique position local communities are in to tackle these issues and seeks to encourage intergovernmental cooperation to find creative solutions.