Chicago Climate Action Plan

Chicago Climate Action Plan

Urban areas are responsible for 70% of global greenhouse gas emissions and cities are increasingly seen as the place where the solutions to climate change will be found. Chicago developed its Climate Action Plan in 2007 to outline the mitigation and climate readiness goals for the city. It has since been recognized as one of the leading plans in the country because of its scientific rigor, community involvement, and actionable targets.

Moving from plan to action has involved thousands of people, many different sources of support, and a set of innovative approaches. This webinar will provide information about:

  • The process for creating the Chicago Climate Action Plan
  • How Chicago moved from plans to action
  • Accomplishments and next steps

About the Speaker(s)

Tom McKone

Tom McKone

Tom McKone is helping address many of Chicago’s environmental and transportation issues. Since joining Civic Consulting in 2006, Tom has strengthened regional planning, developed programs to create a more sustainable city, improved the operations of Chicago’s transit system, recommended improvements to Chicago's infrastructure, and supported the implementation of the Chicago Climate Action Plan.

Tom helped create the implementation plan for the Chicago Climate Action Plan, facilitated Mayor Emanuel’s environment transition committee, and is currently working with Chicago’s Chief Sustainability Officer to accelerate sustainability and climate action in Chicago. Under Tom’s leadership, the Civic Consulting Alliance provided over $15 million in pro bono support from 20 firms to the Chicago Climate Action Plan and received Boeing’s 2011 Game Changer Award in recognition of these efforts.

Tom has a master’s degree from the University of Chicago’s Harris School of Public Policy and an undergraduate degree in economics from Northwestern.

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