Mayor Richard Daley would like to make Chicago, the greenest city in the U.S.
The city hopes to become the leader in environmental design and manufacturing of componenets for alternative energy. The city will invest in millions of solar panels; it has planted or is planning over 2 million square feet of green roofs (more than all other U.S. cities combined); it is repaving alleys with a water absorbant asphalt; and buying a greener fleet of vehicles, among other measures.
Chicago's environmental commissioner, Sadhu Johnston, says that "This is about quality of life. What we're talking about is creating a city that exists in harmony with the world, a place that can be a model."
It's a bold vision. Here's hoping it succeeds.