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Transforming Chicago: The Clean & Affordable Buildings Ordinance Takes Center Stage

Updated: Jan 24

In a major stride towards a greener and healthier Chicago, Mayor Brandon Johnson is expected to introduce the Clean & Affordable Buildings Ordinance (CABO) in the city council on Wednesday, marking a crucial moment in the city's commitment to combat climate change and safeguard community health. 

Your advocacy has played a pivotal role in reaching this point, and the ordinance promises to bring about positive changes that will help address the climate crisis, improve the health and safety of Chicagoans, reduce the financial burden of gas on consumers, and expand workforce and economic opportunities. 

Addressing the Climate Crisis

Fossil fuel combustion in residential and commercial buildings contributes to nearly two-thirds of the city's climate emissions. CABO aims to tackle this head-on by reducing fossil fuel combustion in newly constructed buildings, directly impacting the health and safety of those who live and work in these spaces and the city as a whole in reducing overall carbon emissions.

Promoting Public Health and Safety

Indoor emissions from burning fossil fuels, such as natural gas, have been linked to higher rates of asthma and cancer among residents. CABO, by curbing these emissions, strives to create healthier living and working environments. 

Economic Relief for Consumers

The financial burden of natural gas is a harsh reality for many Chicagoans, with one in four residents unable to afford their natural gas bills. CABO recognizes this challenge and aims to alleviate the strain by reducing the city’s reliance on gas. As rates continue to increase, the ordinance takes a crucial step towards ensuring that the burden is not disproportionately borne by low-income communities.

Expanding Economic Opportunities in the Clean Energy Sector

Beyond its environmental and health benefits, CABO opens doors to a burgeoning industry – the clean energy economy. By embracing more sustainable practices in building construction, Chicago positions itself as a leader in the managed transition away from dirty fossil fuels to cleaner power. This not only addresses the climate crisis but also creates equitable job opportunities for residents, particularly in communities that have historically shouldered the brunt of the climate crisis.

A Step Towards a More Sustainable and Equitable Future

The introduction of this ordinance marks a necessary first step in Chicago's journey towards a healthier, more sustainable, and equitable economy. Your support is crucial in turning this vision into a reality. 

Here’s How You Can Take Action

Use this form to send a personalized message to your alderperson, urging them to champion Chicago's future economy with the Clean & Affordable Buildings Ordinance. 

Remember that personalized messages carry significant weight. Research has shown that elected officials pay closer attention when constituents share their own personal stories. Your voice matters, and by taking action, you contribute to our progress toward a cleaner, more affordable Chicago. 

Thank you for your continued advocacy and commitment to building a better future for our planet and communities. Together, we can make the Clean & Affordable Buildings Ordinance a cornerstone of Chicago's thriving future.

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