City trying to conserve energy, lower costs, and ensure healthy indoor environments
Chicago mayor, Richard M. Daley recently announced that the cityâ€™s newly constructed public buildings will be LEED-certified by the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC). The mayor said this certification process is part of the Chicagoâ€™s effort to be one of the most environmentally friendly cities in the United States.
The Chicago Center for Green Technology has already received a Platinum ratingâ€”LEEDâ€™s highestâ€” from the USGBC. The building, which uses the earthâ€™s temperature to cool and heat itself, was built on a former brownfield site with recycled materials and includes a rooftop garden, rainwater cisterns, and smart lighting systems.