Environmental Snapshot for 2002 W 18th St
There may be assistance to install solar panels in the area around 2002 W 18th St for private or community use. We've checked for two incentive factors for Illinois Solar for All.
Why we show this solar info
Illinois Solar for All (ISFA) is a state-funded program administered by Elevate Energy to increase the amount of solar panel systems in the state, and especially in low-income areas and environmental justice areas.
The Illinois legislature adopted the Future Energy Jobs Act (FEJA) in 2016 to spur the development of new solar panel systems for personal and community use by buying Renewal Energy Credits from the system owners at a higher rate and upfront rather than after several years. Eligible projects must be installed by approved vendors and have a job training and workforce development program.
Even if you're not proposing a project, you may be able to subscribe to a project in your area to support solar energy development and potentially lower your electricity bill. Your home will not actually be powered by solar energy, but you'll get credit for subscribing to a community solar project.
Homeowner success story in Chicago (August 2020)
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Chicago Cityscape hasn't yet integrated air quality data, but there are multiple sources to review.
- Urban Air, an experiment in Chicago from Microsoft Research
- AirNow, administered by the United States Environmental Protection Agency
- plume labs, a company that sells a portable air quality monitor that uploads data to a public map
- PurpleAir, a company that sells a fixed, home-based air quality monitor that uploads data to a pubilc map
Green View Index
Measuring street tree canopy around 2002 W 18th St, Chicago, IL
Green View Index (GVI) statistics
for the area around 2002 W 18th St, Chicago, IL
Average: out of 100
Median: out of 100
Higher numbers and darker green are better
The citywide average is 22.88 out of 100. While higher scores refer to generally shadier blocks, the highest score of 100 isn't desirable because it would mean that the street view image taken at a particular point on a block was completely covered by trees or vegetation, and that the camera saw nothing else (like buildings). Most scores in Chicago are between 25 and 37.
Look to the Chicago Region Trees Initiative for more data and resources, including Why are trees important? and an interactive map of tree coverage across Chicago community areas and other municipalities.
Source: Data comes from Google Street View imagery using a method devised by the Treepedia project at MIT's Senseable City Lab, and collected by Mike Bingaman and Chicago Cityscape.
Additional environmental resources
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.
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.
Cook County manages grants and assessments of brownfields.
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.