Angela Clay at Buttercup Park

Environment & Sustainable Communities

Growing up with asthma, I didn’t understand that my experience was connected to air quality and environmental justice. As a mother, I believe that the 46th ward can and must become a place where children thrive not just today but for generations to come. With rising temperatures and increasingly extreme weather events due to climate change, we need to change the status quo to ensure a healthy world for our children to live in. I will work to address past harms from environmental racism, reduce emissions so that the city reaches its goals of being carbon neutral, and prevent future harm to our air, water, and soil. We have an opportunity to do this while investing in our communities by creating green jobs programs retrofitting and government buildings.  

  • Re-establish the Department of the Environment to bring best practices from around the world to make Chicago a model of environmental sustainability and liveable communities.
  • Implement the necessary reforms for Chicago to fully decarbonize and achieve 100% zero carbon energy by 2030, including establishing sustainable building codes, promoting local energy generation, and expanding access to energy efficiency programs. 
  • Provide opportunities for residents to connect to the earth by protecting the Montrose bird sanctuary, expanding community gardens, and providing ways for residents to learn about local wildlife and nurturing plants.
  • I will support and advocate for the Cumulative Impact Ordinance and protect residents from pollution linked to adverse health effects. 
  • Work to replace all lead service line pipes and Support infrastructure improvements to address flooding in the ward 

“Angela is the most ambitious environmental champion in the race and she is bringing together a broad comprehensive coalition of support that Sierra Club IL is proud to be a part of. ”

David Teeghman, political chair for Sierra Club Chicago 

Endorsed by Sunrise Movement Chicago

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