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Background about the Seventh District's environmental policies.

About 7G Going Green

7G Going Green is an initiative to create a green culture at the Chicago Fed's Seventh District offices by promoting environmental awareness and practices.

About Our Going Green Initiative

Sustainability, or green, refers to the renewal of resources at a rate equal or greater than the rate consumed. Since 2006, the Bank has been evaluating its physical plant and operations to create a green environment. Some steps taken are

  • Upgrading the HVAC system to reduce energy use
  • Replacing lighting with LED or high efficient fluorescent
  • Installing lighting sensors to eliminate wasted energy
  • Installing a reflective roof to reduce cooling needs
  • Equipping restrooms with high-efficiency faucets to conserve water
  • Using environmentally friendly cleaning products to improve workplace air quality

Conserving for the Future: LEED

The Bank was awarded Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Silver Certification at the Chicago office in 2012. LEED is a third party certification that signifies high performance green buildings in key areas of human and environmental health. LEED certification is internationally recognized as a mark of environmental excellence in green operational practices.


Benefits of LEED for Everyone

LEED certified buildings are designed to lower operating costs and increase asset value, reduce waste sent to landfills, conserve energy and water, improve health and safety for occupants and reduce greenhouse gas emissions.