Lessons Learned: Creating the Chicago Climate Action Plan

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This report documents the process that the City of Chicago used to develop its 2006 Chicago Climate Action Plan. It contains observations of best practices, challenges, and lessons learned from the development of this plan. The document includes both broad lessons learned and detailed documentation of each step the City took in developing its Climate Action Plan, along with the key players, actions, observations, challenges, and opportunities associated with each.

Community Information
Name Chicago, IL
Type City
Population 2,860,000[2]
Community Energy Goals Reduce GHG emissions 25% by 2020 and 80% by 2050 (1990 baseline)
Baseline 32.3 MMTCO2e (1990)


20 step checklist of Chicago's climate action planning process. Includes detailed discussion of: key players and their roles, as well as the timeline of their involvement; roles of R&D; and the funding of the Climate Action Plan development.


  1.  "Lessons Learned: Creating the Chicago Climate Action Plan"
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