Downtown Businesses Step Up to Green Office Challenge

June 02, 2012

Chicago SkylineMayor Rahm Emanuel announced on Wednesday the winners of Chicago’s second Green Office Challenge. The contest, a collaboration between the City of Chicago and ICLEI–Local Governments for Sustainability USA, is aimed at reducing energy consumption and greenhouse gas emissions from commercial buildings.

“Chicago’s efforts in sustainability have created economic opportunity throughout our neighborhoods and dramatically improved the overall quality of life for residents,” said Mayor Emanuel. “The Green Office Challenge is a great example of the private sector working with government to reduce costs and create jobs while protecting the environment.”

Almost 150 property managers and tenant companies located in the city’s downtown business district participated this year. Participants were judged through a “Green Office Scorecard” developed by ICLEI, which included 50 green strategies that related to five key office-related sectors: waste and recycling, energy, transportation, outreach and education, and property manager engagement.

Some of the results of the Green Office Challenge include:

  • A reduction of more than 124 million kilowatt-hours of electricity – equivalent to the energy used by 45,000 homes or using 125,000 barrels of oil.
  • Keeping more than 85,000 metric tons of carbon dioxide from the atmosphere – equal to removing more than 16,000 cars off Chicago streets.
  • 17,503,891 millions of dollars were saved by property managers who reduced electricity use.
  • 53 business district buildings diverted an average of over 43% of waste from landfills in 2011.

“Today’s event is not only about recognizing the Green Office Challenge participants for all their hard work, but also underlining the positive effects sustainability has on Chicago’s economy,” said Karen Weigert, chief sustainability officer for the City of Chicago.

Congrats to the winners of the Green Office Challenge for all their hard work in making the city a better place to live and breathe. For a list of winners, click here.

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