Communities around northeastern Illinois are advancing the climate goals and recommendations of ON TO 2060, region's long-range plan. Read about this and more in the latest climate newsletter.
Chicago Heights becomes 100th community solar project in northern Illinois
Developed by Reactivate and located in Chicago Heights, the project is one of the first community solar sites in a Cook County environmental justice community, and it will serve approximately 660 low-to-moderate income customers.
ON TO 2050 encourages energy providers and local governments to increase low- and zero-emissions energy generation.
Twelve communities achieve EV Ready status
The Metropolitan Mayors Caucus recognized 12 communities that were the first to achieve EV Ready status through the ComEd program, which helps governments prepare for the growth of electric vehicles.
ON TO 2050 calls on local governments to identify ways to promote electric vehicle infrastructure in the transportation system. Congratulations to these communities putting that plan into action, and thanks to the other communities that have joined the program in the quest to become EV ready.
Northeastern Illinois communities receive funding to enhance local outdoor recreation
Five communities in the region received funding to acquire open space and support outdoor recreation: City of Calumet City, Campton Township, Plainfield Township Park District, Wauconda Park District, and Wheaton Park District. Funding came from the National Park Service's Land and Water Conservation Fund, administered by the Illinois Department of Natural Resource.
Though land acquisitions, these communities will increase conservation areas and connect trails identified in the Northeastern Illinois Regional Greenways and Trails Plan — both priorities in ON TO 2050.