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Environmental Snapshot extends Address Snapshot, and analyzes building energy use, environmental permits and inspections, solar incentives, street tree coverage, and underground storage tanks about or around an address or property.

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Flood Factor

Past floods, current risks, and future projections based on peer-reviewed research from the world’s leading flood modelers. Flood Insurance Rate Maps (FIRM, managed by FEMA) take into account watershed risks, and not flooding from precipitation and impervious surfaces.

Chicago PACE

Property assessed clean energy financing, or PACE, is a way to finance energy upgrades through an increased assessment. Thus, the upgrades are paid back through your tax bill. Chicago PACE is a program from the Chicago Department of Planning & Development, administered by Loop-Counterpointe PACE.

Brownfield Redevelopment - Cook County

Cook County manages grants and assessments of brownfields.

Calumet Reinvestment Mapping Tool

The goal of the Calumet Reinvestment Mapping Tool (CRMT) is to bring underutilized sites in the Calumet region back into productive reuse. The Brownfield Working Group created this map as a baseline of brownfield and underutilized sites so that the best future use can be determined. Additional information is needed to determine a site’s highest and best use and data layers of economic development tools, environmental data, social vulnerability, land use and zoning have been added. The Calumet Collaborative hopes this mapping tool will assist in addressing potential contamination and advancing sustainable development practices in the region.

Flood Susceptibility Index

CMAP has developed urban and riverine flood susceptibility indexes (FSI) to identify priority areas across the region for flood mitigation activities. Locations highlighted in the FSI may be more susceptible to riverine or urban flooding than other parts of the region. Streets and buildings within these areas could be more susceptible to overbank flooding, surface ponding, overland flow, water seepage, and basement backups due to the presence of flood-related physical conditions that are correlated with reported flood damages.

Urban Flooding Awareness (Illinois study)

The Urban Flooding Awareness Act (PA 098-0858) was signed into law on August 4, 2014. The Act asks for a report, by June 30, 2015, that gathers information about Urban Flooding in Illinois. It defines Urban Flooding as flooding not in undeveloped or agricultural areas where water enters a building through wall openings, floor connections, through seams and cracks, or accumulation of water on public property or rights of way. This is a broad definition that includes many types of flooding. We are focused on flooding that is not flooding connected overland from a creek or river. It is flooding not mapped on FEMA NFIP maps.

H2NOW Chicago

H2NOW Chicago is an innovative new tool for real-time water quality monitoring in the Chicago River. Launched by Current in 2021, the H2NOW platform tests new sensing and analytic technologies to measure water quality parameters and communicate them with the public in real-time. Three probes with embedded optical sensors collect data along the waterway and a range of other technologies assist with data collection, transmission, analysis, and communication. H2NOW aims to increase public understanding about Chicago River water quality and empower Chicago residents and visitors to be more informed and engaged river users and stewards.

PurpleAir - Air quality monitoring map

Every icon on the PurpleAir map represents a public PurpleAir sensor, and the color indicates the real time PM2.5 reading on the US EPA Air Quality Index scale. The sensors with no outline are registered as outdoor sensors and the sensors with black rings are registered as indoor sensors.

Urban Air

Microsoft researchers are measuring hourly air quality data at CTA bus stops. They have placed over 100 air quality sensors across the city to better understand how air quality can vary and change over time. You may wonder how our project differs from Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) air quality monitoring. While EPA monitors play an important role in precise air quality monitoring, with only a few devices across the entire city, there aren’t enough monitors to measure air quality in every neighborhood.

Green Infrastructure Baseline Inventory

Chronic urban flooding in metropolitan Chicago disproportionately affects communities in the Calumet region and along Chicago’s southeast lakefront. Numerous factors contribute including historic development decisions, heavier rains due to climate change, and chronic underinvestment in infrastructure. Green stormwater infrastructure is designed to capture rain where it falls, slowing down stormwater and allowing some to be absorbed into the soil. It is a stormwater management approach that mimics natural hydrological processes by storing or filtering stormwater on-site, through installations such as bioswales, permeable pavers, and naturalized detention ponds. Green infrastructure can be very effective, but as the adage goes, “You can’t manage what you don’t measure.” No dataset exists to provide a complete picture of the green infrastructure in our region and how it is performing. Without that data, it’s more difficult to make informed decisions about regional stormwater interventions. To test the feasibility of collecting and managing this type of data in our region, the Metropolitan Planning Council, in coordination with the Calumet Stormwater Collaborative, developed the Green Infrastructure Baseline Inventory. This free, publicly accessible dataset, collected in 2020 as a pilot, documents existing green infrastructure installations in the Calumet region of Illinois.

Tree Equity Score

A map of tree cover in any city in the United States is too often a map of race and income. This is unacceptable. Trees are critical infrastructure that every person in every neighborhood deserves. Trees can help address damaging environmental inequities like air pollution. The score evaluates data from each neighborhood’s: Existing tree canopy, Population density, Income, Employment, Surface temperature, Race, Age, and Health. These metrics are combined into a single score between 0 and 100. A score of 100 means that a neighborhood has achieved Tree Equity.

The Most Detailed Map of Cancer-Causing Industrial Air Pollution in the U.S.

A new ProPublica analysis shows for the first time just how much toxic air pollution they emit — and how much the chemicals they unleash could be elevating cancer risk in their communities. ProPublica’s analysis of five years of modeled EPA data identified more than 1,000 toxic hot spots across the country and found that an estimated 250,000 people living in them may be exposed to levels of excess cancer risk that the EPA deems unacceptable. The agency has long collected the information on which our analysis is based. Thousands of facilities nationwide that are considered large sources of toxic air pollution submit a report to the government each year on their chemical emissions.

Cool Climate Maps

Interactive carbon footprint map from the CoolClimate Calculator. Find out how you compare to local averages and create a personalized climate action plan for you or your community.