Today is Earth Day, so we decided to look at what Chicago does to make us a greener city.
1. Rooftop gardens
Folks at Chicago City Hall, Prentice Women’s Hospital, Uncommon Ground restaurant, the Center on Halsted and countless other city dwellers have found the perfect space for urban gardens — their roofs. The rooftop gardens spruce up air quality, reduce storm water runoff, cool the surrounding air and offer a lush refuge from the relentless hustle-and-bustle of big city life.
2. Cycle city
Chicago’s Bike 2015 plan is geared toward increasing safe bicycle riding on city streets. The goals include reducing bicycle injury levels by 50 percent and increasing bicycling so that 5 percent of all trips less than five miles are taken on two wheels. Mayor Daley, an avid cyclist, has said his goal is to make Chicago the most bicycle-friendly city in the United States.
3. Farmers markets
Whether it’s the Green City Market in Lincoln Park or the smaller farmers markets held weekly during warm-weather months in neighborhoods throughout Chicago, buying locally-grown products cuts down on environmental hazards wrought from transportation. The abundance of organic products are healthy for farmers and consumers alike. And they just taste better. www.chicagogreencitymarket.org
HEY! YOU GOT THREE BETTER ONES?
Tell us your three favorite things about eco-friendly Chicago!