A Sustainable, Economic Development Playbook for Chicago’s Next Leaders
Sustainable development is economic development. That was the mantra when CNT put together a package of 22 policy recommendations for Chicago’s next mayor. The Mayoral Playbook makes the case for how Chicago’s next leaders can apply sustainable development principles to strengthen the city’s economy.
“Investing in a Better Chicago” argues that investing in strategies that make the city more sustainable will also make the economy more productive and resilient. The report calls for increased energy conservation, improved transportation options, prioritized development around transit nodes, and wide deployment of green infrastructure. All would save money, create jobs, conserve resources, and combat climate change.
These are the four key strategies CNT recommends the next mayor and City Council should take on:
- Ramp up energy conservation with efficiency retrofits of the city’s buildings and other cost- and energy-saving measures.
- Improve transportation alternatives, encourage development around transit, and champion Chicago’s rail assets so people and products can travel affordably.
- Strengthen benchmarks and incentives to encourage value-enhancing green infrastructure to manage stormwater and avoid costly flooding to private property.
- Reduce climate change emissions by pursuing the above strategies and implementing low-carbon, low-cost goals for municipal operations.
We have sent all mayoral candidates and candidates for City Council copies of the playbook and look forward to working with the next administration to put forth these strategies to help position Chicago as the most productive, competitive, environmentally conscientious, livable and profitable city in America in the 21st century.