Morning Minute: Illinois honored for green building projects

For the second straight year the U.S. Green Building Council named Illinois No. 1 for Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED), according to an article in the Chicago Sun-Times Wednesday.

The story, “Illinois tops rankings for green buildings,” explains how the USGBC evaluates building projects in terms of square feet of LEED space per state resident. LEED-certified spaces use less energy, save water and money, reduce carbon emissions and create a healthier environment.

Examples please! – Illinois had 174 projects certified in 2014 and a per-capita square footage of 3.31. Certified projects included:

  • Ridgewood High School in Norridge,
  • Maudelle Tanner Brown Bousfield Hall at the University of Illinois in Champaign,
  • the AON Center in Chicago and
  • the NBC Tower in Chicago.

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