Joliet has become part of the Greenest Region Compact, a collaboration of 107 municipalities promoting sustainable environmental practices in the Chicago region.
The compact establishes a broad range of goals, including land conservation, reduction in greenhouse gas emissions and the cultivation of sustainable jobs.
Communities decide what goals to pursue, said Edith Makra, director of environmental initiatives for the Metropolitan Mayors Caucus.
The caucus oversees the Greenest Region Compact.
“What the municipality chooses to do in terms of implementing these goals is up to them,” Makra said. “The next step for Joliet is to look through that and develop a plan that’s appropriate to them.”
The Joliet City Council on Tuesday voted to join the compact.
It includes 107 municipalities and 5.3 million residents, Makra told the council.
She called it “the largest coalition of municipalities working on sustainability in the country.”
Chicago is part of the compact. Local communities in the compact include Bolingbrook, Minooka, Frankfort, Mokena, Braidwood and Diamond. The Will County Governmental League also is a member.
Makra said the Metropolitan Mayors Caucus provides resources for communities trying to achieve sustainability goals.
At the council meeting, Maria Anna Rafac, chairwoman of the city’s Water Conservation Committee, told the council that she plans to use resources available through the compact.