Chicago’s City Council passed an ordinance establishing a “Chicago Green Business Certification” on April 13, 2011. The following is a personal comment from Foresight Executive Director Peter Nicholson that has not been endorsed by the FSBA Public Policy Committee:
Having been involved in the process that resulted in this ordinance since before its official inception three years ago, I was disappointed to see the Chicago Green Business Certification pass in City Council today. It potentially opens the door for citywide green washing, however unintentional. That said, the Foresight Sustainable Business Alliance looks forward to working with members of the incoming City Council to build upon this first step. We’ve been encouraged by the positive overtures that have already been made, and look forward to working together to craft a sustainable business policy that will position Chicago at the forefront of this important movement.