CNT Visits the Field Museum
CNT led a discussion about sustainability and the future of Chicago with Field Museum staff last week. The discussion was part of CNT’s outreach around Investing in a Better Chicago, our 22 policy recommendations for the city’s next mayor and City Council to strengthen the region’s economic and environmental sustainability. The event at the Field Museum is one of the numerous “house parties” CNT is organizing across the city to help make sustainability a key part of Chicago’s historic election.
Vice President of Policy Jacky Grimshaw, CNT Energy’s Rachel Scheu, and Policy Associate Hal Sprague talked about how making improvements and better use of existing infrastructure can lower costs and protect the environment. For instance, when it comes to energy usage, CNT recommends that the city aggressively pursue its goal of making energy efficiency retrofits in 65,000 housing units per year to save people money, reduce pollution, and make existing housing stock more comfortable.
Transportation-wise, investing in our transit system would help people get around with less impact on their pocketbooks and on the environment. And instead of treating water like waste, CNT encourages the city’s next leaders follow its own stormwater management ordinance and retain stormwater on city-owned property with green infrastructure measures like permeable pavement and green rooftops that helps reduce flooding, improves water quality, and beautifies neighborhoods.
CNT’s 22 recommendations are specific to Chicago, but all are common sense policies that any other city could implement as well.