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Sustainable Chicago, Winter 2014


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Chicago Names New Heads to Building Department and Public Building Commission

Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s second term has started with a little bit of department head shuffling. Felicia Davis has been named the Executive Director of the Public Building Commission and Judy Frydland is the new Commissioner of the Chicago Department of Buildings.

The Right Window Means a New Lease on Life … and New Leases

The elder sibling of Prudential Plaza turns 60 this year. As a birthday gift, it’s getting a $100 million upgrade which includes new mechanical systems, a 10,000 square foot outdoor deck and other improvements. The most extensive change, however, is hidden in plain sight: the replacement of every window in the building’s façade.

Waste Management’s Dirty Little Secret

The hauling and handling of garbage is a job that few of us really want to think about. But we should, because the industry has a huge potential to increase landfill diversion, resource conservation, material reuse and, perhaps most importantly, jobs. In the Chicago metropolitan region, that potential is particularly large.

Commercial Building Leaders Help Chicago to Attain Energy Goals

77wackerThe city’s Retrofit Chicago Commercial Buildings Initiative aims to reduce commercial energy use in participating buildings by 20% over the next five years. Two major commercial building operators—JLL and Urban Innovations—have together reduced energy use by nearly 3 million kilowatt hours annually, according to the Environmental Defense Fund.

The Multifamily Challenge: Sustainability and Certification

thumb_ptApproximately one in four Americans lives in a multifamily building. And of those buildings, 60% were constructed prior to 1980. When it comes to greening—and certifying—our building stock, existing, multifamily buildings offer at once great opportunities and terrific challenges.

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