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Chicago makes renewables pledge


Chicago’s Mayor has pledged to have public buildings running off 100% renewable electricity by 2025.

Hailed as “a historic step forward in establishing Chicago as a clean energy leader,” by Jack Darin, President of environmental body Illinois Sierra Club, Mayor Mayor Rahm Emanuel said he wants the city to drive the clean energy economy forward.

“By committing the energy used to power our public buildings to wind and solar energy, we are sending a clear signal that we remain committed to building a 21st century economy here in Chicago,” he said.

Leaders in the City of Portland and Multnomah County area also committed to a green future this month. Mayor Ted Wheeler has set a target of becoming totally renewable by 2050.

“Getting our community to 100% renewable energy is a big goal,’’ he said. “ And while it is absolutely ambitious, it is a goal that we share with Nike, Hewlett Packard, Microsoft, Google, GM, Coca Cola, Johnson & Johnson, and Walmart. We have a responsibility to lead this effort in Oregon.’’

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