Across the United States, political leaders and residents alike are talking about how they can build a more sustainable community. Even in Chicago, many changes have taken place to ensure that there is a promising future for all residents.
The definition of a sustainable community dictates that these cities have been purposely built to be both healthy and resilient. This applies to the environmental, economic and social issues faced by residents. In addition, these cities don�t work on single issues; instead, sustainable communities choose integrated answers which both address problems today and prevent them in the future. This means the city will become more sustainable with each generation.
Building a sustainable community is not as difficult as it sounds. In fact, Minnesota has become a much more sustainable community in only a few years. Progress can be seen all around the city. Compared to two decades ago, Chicago residents today used far less fuel and create far fewer greenhouse gases which pollute the air. Local waterways are no longer filled with garbage and chemicals. Almost every neighborhood has a public park or greenspace. Across Chicago, cultural and social opportunities bring people of all ages and income levels together.
There are nonprofit-sponsored neighborhood gardens planted in almost every food desert community. People are more active thanks to newly installed bike lanes and walking trails. Schools, businesses and private homes use solar panels and windmills as alternative power sources.
There are three factors that must work together in order to create a more sustainable community. These factors are the environment, the economy and ensuring social needs are met for all residents. In its work to become a more sustainable city, the City of Chicago is approaching the issues around these factors with sustainable, permanent solutions.
Ensuing the economy is thriving means creating jobs and raising wages. The higher the standard of living, the better residents can live. In addition, they will have more money to spend, which will further bolster the economy.
Despite an international economic crisis, Chicago has continued to encourage its thriving economy. Jobs have been created, and unemployment has been reduced. Better wages have led to a better quality of life, and this has led to an even better economic environment.
Ensuring equality in the way every resident’s social needs are met is the last of these three factors. By working toward this goal, more Chicago residents have access to affordable health care, high quality education and reliable transportation than ever before. This process can reach every culture and income level, because all residents are encouraged to participate in all decision making processes.
In order to build a truly sustainable community, all three of these factors must be equally strong. If even one of them is weaker than the others, then the entire community can become less sustainable. To ensure Chicago is a strong city both today and in the future, economic, environmental and social concerns must all three remain foremost in the eyes of local leaders.
While much progress has already been made, the City of Chicago is dedicated to continue making progress toward being an even more sustainable community. The city’s leadership is committed to improving the environmental health, offering economic opportunity, and ensuring social equality for all residents.
The city is using a system of 26 sustainability indicators to track the community’s progress. It also shows where progress can still be made. By using these indicators, residents and city leaders can work with businesses and the government to ensure the city’s residents have a healthy life today and their children can have a healthy life tomorrow.
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