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Petcoke and Chicago: Can They Coexist?

petcoke2With petcoke piles growing larger on the south side of Chicago, a battle is ensuing over the newly proposed ordinance introduced in February by Mayor Emanuel, Alderman Pope (10th) and Alderman Burke (14th). This ordinance would “prevent Chicago from becoming a dumping ground” for petroleum coke, known as “petcoke,” in the city and ban expansion of existing facilities that process, store or handle the material.

BOMA/Chicago Announces 2014 TOBY Winners

300 N. LaSalleLast week, BOMA/Chicago announced the winners of the Gold Circle and TOBY Awards at a gala held in Union Station’s Great Hall. The TOBY Awards recognize excellence in office building management, with the slate of nominee buildings divided up by size and function. Criteria for the judges included emergency preparedness, budget management, tenant relations initiatives, commitment to environmental sustainability, security and other factors.

Davis Appointed New Building Commish

Chicago City HallThe Chicago Department of Buildings has a new head. Mayor Rahm Emanuel today named Felicia Davis Commissioner, replacing Michael Merchant. Davis will oversee code enforcement, as well as ongoing efforts to modernize the department.

Chicago City Council Passes Energy Use Benchmarking Ordinance

glowing houseEven if someone isn’t actively fleecing you, it can still be hard to distinguish the green from the not-so-green buildings. All that could change in Chicago with the passage of a new energy benchmark ordinance. The Chicago City Council has approved legislation first introduced by Mayor Rahm Emanuel that requires buildings to track their energy use. The ordinance will also create a database where the energy efficiency for various buildings will be publicly compared and contrasted.

Year Three Proves the Green Office Challenge Not so Challenging

greenofficeThe Green Office Challenge is a friendly competition among office tenants to reduce energy consumption and greenhouse gas emissions. The Challenge not only offers an opportunity for Chicago businesses and property managers to gain recognition for their green achievements, they can save energy, save money and gain a competitive advantage in green innovations.

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Chicago Municipal Code text updated through
March 5th, 2014

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