Chicago’s Iconic Willis Tower Undergoes Historic Transition

Chicago’s Iconic Willis Tower Undergoes Historic Transition

Gary Michon, Willis Tower’s general manager, discusses his approach to improving efficiencies at the iconic Chicago building.

Willis Tower Becomes Largest Office Building To Earn Energy Star Certification

Willis Tower Becomes Largest Office Building To Earn Energy Star Certification

Chicago’s iconic Willis Tower has earned Energy Star certification, becoming the largest office building and the third largest building overall to have the designation, according to property manager Equity Office. Willis Tower, previously known as the Sears Tower, was originally constructed in 1973. Owned by … Read more…

Chicago Now the Top US Market for Energy-Efficient Office Buildings

Chicago Now the Top US Market for Energy-Efficient Office Buildings

Chicago now has the most building spaces with LEED and Energy Star certification in the United States, according to a new study from the commercial real estate services firm CBRE and Maastricht University. The 2017 National Green Building Adoption Index ranked the Windy City top … Read more…

Mayors Caucus and ComEd Collaborate to Advance Smart Cities

Mayors Caucus and ComEd Collaborate to Advance Smart Cities

The Metropolitan Mayors Caucus (MMC), a membership organization of the Chicago region’s 275 cities, towns and villages; announced on May 4 that it has joined Commonwealth Edison (ComEd) – the largest electric utility in Illinois, serving the Chicago and Northern Illinois area – in a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) that will support the study and development of new energy efficiency programs, smart streetlights, and community and residential solar; and other infrastructure projects.

Chicago: Four Paths to Energy Efficiency

Chicago: Four Paths to Energy Efficiency

Chicago, the third most populous city in the United States, is host to at four significant energy efficiency initiatives. Three of the projects focus on buildings: The city of Chicago is assessing energy use in large commercial, institutional and residential buildings; the Archdiocese of Chicago is … Read more…

JLL, Urban Innovations Save 3M kWh at Chicago Buildings

JLL, Urban Innovations Save 3M kWh at Chicago Buildings

Two major commercial building operators – JLL and Urban Innovations – have together reduced energy usage by nearly 3 million kWh annually in Chicago, moving forward the effort to reach the City’s Retrofit Chicago Commercial Buildings Initiative’s stated goal of reducing commercial energy use in … Read more…

Chicago Spends $1.6M More for Energy Efficiency in Apartment Buildings

The 50th building has joined Retrofit Chicago’s Commercial Buildings Initiative, a voluntary effort to reduce energy use by 20 percent within 5 years. In addition to the Commercial Buildings Initiative milestone, the city also announced a new joint partnership with Elevate Energy to implement comprehensive … Read more…

Boston is Top City for Energy Savings

Boston is Top City for Energy Savings

In a report on how US cities fared in saving energy, Boston topped the list, followed by Portland, with New York and San Francisco close behind and tied for third place. Seattle and Austin were in the 5th and 6th places. The American Council for … Read more…

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