Chicago Chosen For National Bike Lanes Program

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Chicago was recently named the fifth most bike-friendly city in the U.S., but cyclists know that title is as much a call to action as it is an accolade. Now Chicago is among six cities chosen for a national project that will support “green lanes,” or protected bike lanes.

The Green Lane Project will be a two-year study of bike programs in Austin, Chicago, Memphis, Portland, Ore., San Francisco and Washington, D.C. At the nationwide kickoff Thursday, Chicago Department of Transportation Commissioner Gabe Klein joined bikers on a rainy ride through the protected lanes on Kinzie Street in River North. Klein, an avid biker, has been a vocal advocate for cycling in the city.

Soldier Field receives prestigious environmental honor

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Bears President and CEO Ted Phillips was joined by NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell and Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel Thursday at Soldier Field for the unveiling of a plaque recognizing the facility as the first NFL stadium to achieve LEED status by the United States Green Building Council.

Ontario proposes Great Lake Protection Act

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Ontario lawmakers are introducing an act to restore and protect the Great Lakes.

The Great Lakes Protection Act would establish a Great Lakes Guardian Council with members from provincial and local government, the First Nations and the sectors of science and agriculture.

A Great Lakes Community Action Fund would provide $1.5 million for community projects designed to help the Great Lakes.

It would also allow the provincial minister of the environment to implement problem-solving targets, requirements and initiatives.