Chicago 2016 Collaborates On Climate Initiative

The Climate Group, in collaboration with Chicago 2016 and the City of Chicago, officially launched Forward Chicago, a public-private partnership that engages leading area businesses and local, non-profit organizations.

Forward Chicago brings together the resources and expertise of the public and private communities to help the city achieve its greenhouse-gas emissions reduction targets, “green” the bid for the Chicago 2016 Olympic and Paralympic Games, and leave an environmental legacy for all Chicago residents, said a Chicago 206 press release.

Chicago Mayor Richard M. Daley said, “Forward Chicago is a unique public-private partnership that brings together Chicago’s corporate and non-profit communities to support our Climate Action Plan, make our 2016 Olympic bid the greenest ever and help improve the city achieve its greenhouse-gas emissions reduction targets by combining the resources and expertise of leading Chicago-area businesses, non-profit organizations, the Chicago 2016 Olympic Committee and the City of Chicago.

Forward Chicago non-profit and government Partners include the City of Chicago, Chicago 2016, Chicago Public Schools, Center for Neighborhood Technology, Environmental Law and Police Center, Friends of the Chicago River and ICLEI.

Lori Healey, President of Chicago 2016 said, “the environment has always been a top priority for the City of Chicago, the bid committee and the Olympic Movement, and we want to continue to employ innovative programs and become a model for our country and beyond. The powerful combination of business, non-profit and government partners will heighten the development of 21st Century Green Centers around the proposed Olympic and Paralympic venues”.

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