Solutions

ELPC is advocating several solutions to diesel pollution in Chicago:

  • Cleaner Construction: Construction sites are major sources of diesel pollution that can create hot spots for months or even years during large-scale projects.
  • Less Idling: Diesel-powered vehicles — including most buses and trucks — emit thousands of tons of exhaust every year. A significant portion of that pollution could be eliminated if buses and trucks reduced their “idling time” — the time they sit still with their engines on, often in front of our schools and the sidewalks we walk down.
  • Better Public Policy: The City of Chicago has two city ordinances in place to address diesel pollution — but there are major limits to the scope and enforcability of those standards.
  • Better Air Pollution Data: ELPC has been engaged in collecting and analyzing air pollution data in Chicago since 2013. In 2015, we also began collecting our own data through the use of an air monitor stationed at over a dozen sites across the city on a rotating basis.
  • Cleaner Railyards: ELPC, Sustainable Englewood Initiatives, Northwestern University Environmental Law Clinic and other community partners successfully negotiated a fair deal to reduce air pollution and increase parkland with the rail yard expansion in Chicago’s Englewood neighborhood.