12 Cities Leading the Way in Sustainability

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Chicago, IL

Chicago’s many green roofs┬áhave often been noted as a visual indication of its green nature. The city’s new mayor, former Obama administration Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel, hit the ground running by brokering a plan to shut down two coal-fired power plants that fueled the city’s power grid, and a later plan to redevelop the sites of the two plants. That same plan called allocated $8 million to turn a former cement factory into a park. Emanuel also proposed the Chicago Infrastructure Trust, a fund that would raise $1.7 billion in private financing for programs to improve the city’s transportation systems without raising taxes.

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