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Chicago’s newly created Building Decarbonization Working Group will work to devise an equitable path for reducing building emissions to meet the city’s climate goals, which include an aim to power all buildings with renewable energy by 2035.
The working group, announced last week, will establish a comprehensive framework for guiding the city’s equitable implementation of a building decarbonization strategy. The 55 individuals on the working group hail from private businesses, nonprofits, organizations and community groups. ”The equity lens is really important to us for this project: really understanding the opportunity to not only reduce greenhouse gas emissions, but also to ensure that we are taking care and prioritizing the health of people in the buildings,” said Chicago Chief Sustainability Officer Angela Tovar.
The city partnered with the Natural Resources Defense Council and Elevate Energy to research 12 other North American cities’ decarbonization policies and best practices, which the partners presented to the working group to guide their decision-making. The working group likely will put forth its recommendations for implementing a decarbonization strategy by this fall, Tovar said.