City Streets Can Do More To Fight Climate Change
The Chicago Council on Global Affairs' Karen Weigert says city streets can reduce carbon emissions and prevent floods.By Michael McCarthy | April 26, 2016
"In the city of Chicago, per-capita carbon emissions are actually lower than in the suburbs of Chicago," said Karen Weigert, Senior Fellow for Global Cities at The Chicago Council on Global Affairs. "That comes from transportation — you can hop on the train, you can walk or you can bike."
Twenty-one percent of carbon emissions in Chicago come from transportation. In the suburbs of Chicago, it's 30 percent.
But cities can build streets that actually fight climate change and prevent floods.