MEEA Among Winners of Chicago Green Office Challenge


(via icleiusa.org)

Chicago and ICLEI Recognize Winners of Green Office Challenge

Friendly competition to reduce energy consumption and greenhouse gas emissions saves 70 million kilowatt-hours of electricity and 54,000 metric tons of carbon dioxide – equal to removing more than 10,000 cars off Chicago streets


Jul 01, 2010


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Media Contacts:
Larry Merritt
 Department of Environment
(312) 744 5716

Guillermo Meneses
ICLEI-Local Governments for Sustainability USA
(202) 629-3591

Today, Mayor Richard M. Daley and the Chicago Department of Environment, in collaboration with ICLEI-Local Governments for Sustainability USA, announced the winners of Chicago’s first Green Office Challenge, an initiative to reduce energy consumption by businesses and greenhouse gas emissions from commercial buildings.

A key strategy of the Chicago Climate Action Plan, the Green Office Challenge offers an opportunity for businesses to gain a competitive advantage in green innovations and to cut costs, while saving money and resources.

“The Green Office Challenge was started one year to engage Chicago’s business community in helping our city achieve its aggressive greenhouse gas reduction targets,” said Mayor Daley.  “We set these goals to make sure that our city does its part to help reduce the impacts of global climate change.”

Almost 150 property managers and tenant companies participated in the Challenge, which set goals for participants over the course of one year.

Some of the most noteworthy achievements of this year’s Challenge include:

  • a reduction of more than 70 million kilowatt-hours of electricity – equivalent to the energy used by 45,000 homes or using 125,000 barrels of oil
  • keeping more than 54,000 metric tons of carbon dioxide from the atmosphere – equal to removing more than 10,000 cars off Chicago streets
  • a reduction of  more than 5% in water usage
  • diversion of more than 1,200 tons of materials from landfills

“We couldn’t be prouder of the incredible success of the inaugural year of the Green Office Challenge, and we congratulate Mayor Daley and the entire city of Chicago for doing their part to help avoid the devastating impacts of global climate change,” said Martin Chavez, Executive Director of ICLEI USA. “As a result of this great success, we look forward to continue this valuable partnership with the city of Chicago. We are confident that next year will see new businesses eager to join the Challenge.”

“Today’s event is not only about recognizing the Green Office Challenge participants for all their hard work, but about a sustained commitment to helping us do our part to address climate change while growing our region’s economy, “ said Suzanne Malec-McKenna, Chicago Environment Commissioner.

Participating tenants were evaluated through a “Green Office Scorecard” based on 50 green strategies that related to five key office-related sectors: waste, energy, transportation, outreach and property manager engagement.  Property managers utilized the US Environmental Protection Agency’s ENERGY STAR Portfolio Manager and other tools to demonstrate their achievement in four key sectors: energy, water, and waste, as well as tenant engagement.

About the Chicago Climate Action Plan 

The Chicago Climate Action Plan is one of the nation’s most ambitious plans to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 25 percent below 1990 levels by 2020. A key element is to reduce energy consumption by 30 percent in 40 percent of its residential units and 50 percent of commercial and industrial facilities. Buildings account for about 70 percent of Chicago’s greenhouse gas emissions – nearly 40 percent from commercial buildings – making the building sector a prime target for reduction strategies.


About ICLEI-Local Governments for Sustainability USA 

With over 600 members nationwide, ICLEI-Local Governments for Sustainability USA is the world’s leading local government association addressing climate change and sustainability.  As a non-profit membership organization, ICLEI USA provides the expertise, technical support, training and innovative tools to help local governments advance their climate, energy and sustainability goals.  Since its inception in 1990, ICLEI global has grown to include more than 1,200 local governments worldwide with its international headquarters located in Bonn, Germany. More information at www.icleiusa.org


Green Office Challenge Award Winners

Below is a list of award winners in their respective categories:

Leadership in Tenant Excellence Award

  • Bain & Company
  • Chicago Park District
  • Crowe Horwath LLP
  • GATX Corporation
  • Goldman, Sachs & Co.
  • Howard Ecker + Company
  • Joseph Freed & Associates, LLC
  • Levenfeld Pearlstein, LLC
  • McGuire Engineers, Inc
  • Midwest Energy Efficiency Alliance
  • OWP/P|Cannon Design
  • PepsiCo Chicago
  • Perkins+Will
  • Shaw Environmental & Infrastructure Inc.
  • U.S. Equities Asset Management, LLC--233 South Wacker Drive
  • Weston Solutions

Leadership in Property Management Excellence Award

  • PepsiCo Chicago Plaza
    555 West Monroe Street, managed by CB Richard Ellis
  • Aon Center
    200 East Randolph Street, managed by Jones Lang LaSalle
  • Richard J. Daley Center
    50 West Washington Street, managed by MB Real Estate
  • 222 North LaSalle Street, managed by Tishman Speyer

Property Management Excellence Award

  • CB Richard Ellis, 303 West Madison Street
    General Services Administration
  • Ralph H Metcalf Building
    77 West Jackson Boulevard
  • Hines
    101 North Wacker Drive
    333 West Wacker Drive
    One South Dearborn Street
    Three First National Plaza--70 West Madison Street
  • The John Buck Company
    111 South Wacker Drive
  • Jones Lang LaSalle
    225 West Wacker Drive
    55 West Monroe Street
    Hyatt Center--71 South Wacker Drive
    One East Wacker Drive
  • Piedmont Office Realty Trust, Inc
    Leo Burnett Building--35 West Wacker Drive
  • Prime Group Realty Trust
    330 North Wabash Avenue