April 11th, 2017 by Joshua S Hill 
Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel announced this week that the city has committed to ensure all government buildings will be powered by 100% renewable electricity by 2025, which would make the city the country’s largest major city to power all their public buildings from 100% renewable electricity.
The announcement was made by Rahm Emanuel atop the roof of Shedd Aquarium, which has recently installed more than 900 solar panels in an effort to cut its energy use by 50% by 2020. Mayor Emanuel was joined by Chicago Public Schools (CPS) CEO Forest Claypool, Chicago Park District CEO Mike Kelly, Chicago Housing Authority (CHA) Eugene Jones, Jr., Fleet and Facility Management Commissioner David Reynolds, and City Colleges of Chicago (CCC) leadership. Collectively, these public organizations used nearly 1.8 kilowatt hours of electricity in 2016 — approximately 8% of all electricity use in Chicago, and the equivalent of around 295,000 …