Created to call municipal leaders to action, the 2021 Climate Action Plan for the Chicago Region aims to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by at least 80% from 2005 levels by 2050 and highlights ways to equitably build climate resilience and a vibrant economy at the municipal level.
The 2021 Climate Action Plan for the Chicago Region, co-authored by the Metropolitan Mayors Caucus and the NOAA Climate Program Office, will serve a region which is home to nearly 9 million people in more than 280 cities, towns, and villages. It is one of the first regional climate plans in the United States.
Approximately $15 million will be available for about 90 new awards, pending budget appropriations, with most awards funded between $50,000 and $300,000 per year.
The report summarizes national marine sanctuary climate science and information needs gathered through collaborative, cross-NOAA discussions both during the workshop as well as in focus groups and other conversations over the preceding year.
The projects will support decision making in city neighborhoods grappling with inequitably distributed impacts from the deadliest weather-related risk in the United States—extreme heat.
Americans’ health, security and economic wellbeing are tied to climate and weather. Every day, we see communities grappling with environmental challenges due to unusual or extreme events related to climate and weather.
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