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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