Chicago's transportation providers have made a commitment to offering environmentally-conscious services to their customers. By reducing emissions, improving energy efficiency and bettering other resource conservation practices, Chicago's transit systems have made great strides toward a more sustainable future.
- Solar panels: O'Hare International Airport sustainability program includes installing 52 acres of solar panels for renewable energy.
- Green Airplane Rating: Several concessions at both Midway
and O'Hare have earned Green Airplane Ratings for eco-friendly practices. Such as
purchasing locally grown food, avoiding Styrofoam, using biodegradable cutlery
and donating surplus food to charities.
- Sustainable food: O'Hare is home of the world's first
airport aeroponic garden, which provides fresh produce and herbs to the airport's
For more information about O'Hare Airport's commitment to the environment, click
here. For more information about Midway Airport's sustainability efforts, click
CHICAGO TRANSIT AUTHORITY: SUSTAINABLE TRANSPORTATION
- Reducing emissions: The CTA replaces the equivalent of about
400,000 vehicles on regional roads each weekday.
- Supplementing power: Many ‘L' cars are equipped with an
innovative braking system that transfers electrically back to the third rail,
supplementing power to nearby trains.
- Increasing fuel efficiency: The CTA currently operates a
fleet of more than 200 hybrid buses that achieve 20 percent greater fuel
efficiency that standard diesel buses.
- Conserving energy: Subways and various platforms have been
retrofitted with energy efficient lighting.
more information about what the Chicago Transit Authority is doing to go green,
Photos by Adam Alexander