Contributing sustainable design techniques to “America’s Greenest Street” to improve the urban ecosystem.

Cermak Road Streetscape
Chicago Department of Transportation
Chicago, IL

The Chicago Department of Transportation selected Wight & Company to perform sustainability and landscape design services for the development of the City of Chicago’s most comprehensive sustainable streetscape design.

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The project, also known as the Pilsen Sustainable Street, consisted of two connected street segments totaling over two miles. The project is an unprecedented demonstration of how cutting-edge sustainable design and “complete streets” principles can be implemented in the public right of way.

This project demonstrates a full range of sustainable design techniques that improve the urban ecosystem, promote economic development, increase the safety and usability of streets for all users, and build healthy communities. It provides both mitigation and adaptation strategies by reducing its carbon footprint and integrating technologies that allow the infrastructure to address and adapt to climate change

Gabe Klein,Commissioner
Chicago Department of Transportation

The streetscape analysis included review of existing public transportation services and bicycle lanes. The streetscape design incorporated sustainable techniques commonly associated with LEED certified buildings, such as: self-cleaning, pollution-reducing concrete; stormwater detention; bioswales; reduction of urban heat island effects; solar hybrid lighting; and reduction or elimination of potable irrigation.

This incredible project has improved the infrastructure and quality of life of the Pilsen Community by creating the greenest street in the country. Sustainability projects like this advance change in the public and private sectors and demonstrate the city’s ability to lead by example.

Alderman Daniel Solis, 25th Ward,
City of Chicago