Alderman Moreno is committed to environmental preservation and expanding programs that make a difference locally in our community. Our office takes a comprehensive approach to environmental issues and actively seeks ways to minimize our environmental footprint.
High performance or “Green” building practices are a crucial element in the effort to reduce our environmental impact. Therefore, Alderman Moreno has expanded his commitment to promoting more sustainable and environmentally-friendly building practices in our Ward.
Building Green in the First Ward now requires that all new residential and commercial developments, that require a zoning change, utilize eco-friendly building practices through participation in the Chicago Green Homes Program.
Under the leadership of Alderman Moreno, the 1st Ward is the one of the “greenest”, or environmentally-friendly, wards in the city of Chicago. It is the Alderman’s hope that the Building Green in the First Ward program can become a positive example to other parts of the city and beyond. The Program will provide real benefits to developers, home-buyers and most importantly to our environment.
Learn more about the Chicago Green Homes Program
Reducing and reusing waste is a critical component of reducing our impact on the environment. The entire 1st Ward was part of the Blue Cart sort separated pilot project program that is now being expanded to the entire city. Recyclables should be cleaned and placed directly into blue carts and will be picked up every two weeks.
Learn more about the Blue Carts recycling program
▪ Refuse Rebate
The City of Chicago is responsible for garbage removal for residents that live in a single-family home or a building of 4 units or less. Residents that do not qualify for city services are required to have a private hauling service but are entitled to a Refuse Rebate of up to $75.00 per unit.
To receive a refund the applicant is required to show that a recycling program has been implemented by the condominium association.
We are pleased to offer this service and hope that participation will further encourage all our constituents to be involved in the effort to sustain environmental responsibility throughout Chicago.
Learn more about the City of Chicago Condominium Refuse Rebate Program
An easy but vital step in protecting our environment and improving the quality of life in our community is tree planting. Last summer, the 1st Ward Service Office planted over 100 trees with the assistance of residents and the Bureau of Forestry.
Request your tree today
The 1st Ward partners with several city departments to encourage green construction and buildings in the area. We are in the process of some exciting new projects.
In an effort to promote groundwater retention and lessen runoff into our streets and sewers, the 1st Ward implemented a pilot permeable or green alley. Constructed with a system of durable, but porous surface material overlying a crushed stone base, a permeable alley acts to store rainwater before it filtrates into the ground below. The design allows rainwater to percolate slowly through the pavement, not rush quickly over concrete and increase the amount of stormwater runoff we produce. The effect is the reduction in alley flooding and pollutants that enter our waterways.
Read more about green alleys
The Green Exchange
The first business community of its kind committed to environmental sustainability, profits, and social impact. The Green Exchange is located at the old Cooper Lamp Factory, 2524 W. Diversey, and the building itself will be re-used and renovated to LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) certified standards.
Read more about the Green Exchange
Supporting alternative forms of transportation and reducing our dependence on fossil fuels are critical components for preserving our environment for the future. There are a few local programs which serve as options to relieve both traffic congestion and environmental impact. I-GO Car sharing is available for residents that would like the convenience of a car without car ownership. As well as a local group of bike and open space advocates are working to transform an existing elevated rail line into a bike and pedestrian trail.
Chicago Transportation Authority (CTA)
I-GO Car Sharing
Friends of the Bloomingdale Trail
Working with local schools in the neighborhood, the 1st Ward office and resident activists partner with local teachers and students to discuss issues of sustainability. The programs concentrate on everyday activities we can do such as recycling, reducing our energy consumption, and utilizing alternative forms of transportation to make a lasting effect sustainable behavior.