Did You Know?

While the Chicago region’s population grew by 18 percent since 1980, the traffic increased by 66 percent in the same period.

Chicago’s Green Dividend: Going Green and Saving Green by Driving Less

According to the CEOs for Cities report Chicago’s Green Dividend, the average Chicagoland resident drives 2 miles less per day than the average American. That adds up to $2.3 billion in savings per year that can go back into our local economy, and it means 2.8 million fewer tons of CO2 emissions per year. These savings are made possible by communities that are welcoming to cyclists, pedestrians and transit riders. Those who take advantage of their diverse transportation choices can save even more, but people who choose to drive also reap benefits. Walkable, transit-served communities bring daily destinations closer together, meaning drivers don’t have to drive as far. Take a look at the video below and consider how much more we could save and how much healthier our region could be if we made our communities even better for biking, walking and transit.

SAVE THE DATE! See CEOs for Cities president and CEO Carol Coletta present at our April 8 lecture Walkable Urbanism and the Green Future of Cities.