Mayor Emanuel announces Commercial Buildings part of Retrofit Chicago

June 08, 2012

Chicago skylineIn the city’s ongoing efforts to become more energy efficient, Mayor Rahm Emanuel announced this week that the Retrofit Chicago program will be extended to commercial buildings.

Fourteen buildings, totaling 14 million square feet, have joined the program. The project will  save the buildings $5 million in energy costs per year as well as creating jobs.

“Today is a major step forward for the City of Chicago, as we create a private sector complement for the work we are doing to ensure energy efficiency in our municipal buildings and infrastructure,” said Mayor Emanuel. “Our efforts in the public sector will save over $20 million a year in wasted energy costs while creating more than 1,000 jobs. This program will add to those savings by saving more than $5 million annually in the private sector, creating important economic opportunity and more than 100 jobs.”

Expanding on Mayor Emanuel’s vision to make Chicago the most attractive and sustainable city of the new millennium, the Retrofit Chicago project will be another achievement in energy efficient structures. Chicago ranks as the #1 city in buildings certified under the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) rating systems. The Windy City also was named the most sustainable large community in America by Siemens Sustainable Cities.

Participating buildings include:

  • 224 South Michigan Avenue (Santa Fe Building)
  • 333 North Michigan Avenue
  • 515 North State Street
  • The AT&T Building, 225 West Randolph Street
  • CNA Headquarters, 333 South Wabash Avenue
  • Fifth Third Center, 222 South Riverside Plaza
  • Franklin Center, 227 West Monroe Street & 222 West Adams Street
  • Hyatt Center, 71 South Wacker Drive
  • InterContinental Chicago Magnificent Mile, 505 North Michigan Avenue
  • The Marquette Building, 140 South Dearborn Street
  • NBC Tower, 454 North Columbus Drive
  • One Financial Place, 440 South LaSalle Street
  • Sheraton Chicago Hotel & Towers, 301 East North Water Street
  • The Wrigley Building, 400-410 North Michigan Avenue

“Investments in energy efficiency are making the American economy more competitive by creating jobs, growing industries, reducing energy bills for families and businesses, and protecting our air and water,” said Secretary of Energy Steven Chu. “By joining the Better Buildings Challenge, Chicago is not only leading by example, but is also better positioning the city in the global economy by saving millions in energy costs.”

The Obama Administration’s Better Buildings Challenge is a national leadership initiative calling on state and local officials, business executives, and community leaders to achieve tangible progress in efficiency improvement.

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