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The City of Chicago's newly released The newly released Energy Benchmarking Report revealed a 25% reduction in carbon emissions by properties greater than 50,000 square feet

Large Chicago Buildings Cut Carbon Emissions by 25% 

The Lightfoot administration’s newly released 2020 Chicago Energy Benchmarking Report revealed a 25% reduction in carbon emissions per square foot in properties greater than 50,000 square feet and a rapid decline in energy use since 2016.  

Additionally, there was a 30% increase in properties that received ENERGY STAR certification since 2016, indicating Chicago properties increasingly meet strict energy performance standards set by the U.S Environmental Protection Agency. 

“The report raises critical awareness about energy performance and empowers our city’s building owners and tenants to make efficient energy choices,” said Mayor Lori Lightfoot.  “By reducing our energy consumption in buildings, we will not only be one step closer toward creating a greener Chicago, but also toward fulfilling the goals of the Paris Climate Agreement.” 

The Chicago Energy Benchmarking Ordinance was passed by City Council in 2013 to unlock energy and cost savings opportunities in buildings larger than 50,000 square feet. 


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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).

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