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    SUSTAINABLE TRANSPORTATION

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.

 

ECO-FRIENDLY AIRPORTS

  • 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 restaurants year-round.

For more information about O'Hare Airport's commitment to the environment, click here. For more information about Midway Airport's sustainability efforts, click here

 

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.

For more information about what the Chicago Transit Authority is doing to go green,click here.

 

Photos by Adam Alexander