Starbucks Stores Reach 100% Renewable Energy in Illinois

Starbucks Stores Reach 100% Renewable Energy in Illinois

Starbucks says the company reached a milestone in Illinois this week: More than 340 stores there are now powered entirely by wind power generated in the state. When it opens later this year, the Starbucks Chicago Roastery will also run on wind power, according to … Read more…

Willis Tower Slashes Energy Usage, Achieves LEED Gold

Willis Tower Slashes Energy Usage, Achieves LEED Gold

Iconic Chicago skyscraper Willis Tower has earned Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Gold from the US Green Building Council. The building is currently undergoing a major renovation that includes numerous improvements to energy efficiency. Owned and managed by EQ Office, 110-story Willis Tower … Read more…

Willis Tower Elevator Modernization Cuts Energy Usage by 35%

Willis Tower Elevator Modernization Cuts Energy Usage by 35%

For the first time, the elevators in Chicago’s Willis Tower are getting replaced with new systems that promise to get passengers to their destinations faster and cut energy usage by an estimated 35%.

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…

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