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Chicago City Hall Mayor Lori Lightfoot 2022 budget

Chicago Earns “LEED Platinum for Cities” Plaudit

The U.S. Green Building Council has given Chicago a LEED for Cities Platinum Certification, the council’s highest designation. It’s one of seven cities globally to be certified LEED Platinum; USGBC implemented LEED for Cities in 2016.

The council’s recognition follows Chicago’s recognition last month as the nation’s greenest city by the Green Building Adoption Index, for the second year in a row. In 2019, the city will build on its Energy Benchmarking Ordinance for large buildings by implementing the Chicago Energy Rating System, reportedly the first of its kind in the U.S.

“Chicago continues to show world-class leadership when it comes to reducing harmful carbon pollution, while also strengthening and improving neighborhoods across the city,” said Mayor Rahm Emanuel. “This award is evidence that our efforts are making an impact. We will keep accelerating initiatives that improve our quality of life and conserve resources, all while supporting clean, 21st-century jobs.”

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Paul Bubny serves as Senior Content Director for Connect Commercial Real Estate, a role to which he brings 13-plus years’ experience covering the commercial real estate industry and 30-plus years in business-to-business journalism. In this capacity, he oversees daily operations while also reporting on both local/regional markets and national trends, covering individual transactions across all property types, as well as delving into broader subject matter. He produces 15-20 daily news stories per day and works with the Connect team and clients to develop longer-form content, ranging from Q&As to thought-leadership pieces. Prior to joining Connect, Paul was Managing Editor for both Real Estate Forum and at American Lawyer Media, where he oversaw operations at both publications while also producing daily news and feature-length articles. His tenure in B2B publishing stretches back into the print era, and he has served as Editor in Chief on four national trade publications. Since 1999, Paul has volunteered as the newsletter editor of passenger rail advocacy groups (one national, one local).