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Environmentalism

The Chicago Fed's Seventh District offices promotes environmental awareness and practices. The program focuses on conserving energy, water and resources to benefit the planet, improve the health and welfare of people and reduce the Bank's operating and maintenance costs.

Reserve Center Awarded LEED Gold Certfication

On November 1, 2012, the Chicago Fed's building, the Reserve Center, was originally awarded silver certification in Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED). This designation, awarded by the U.S. Green Building Council, provides a third-party verification of green buildings and works as a tool that identifies and promotes best-in-class building strategies. This makes the center the second oldest building in Illinois to receive this certification.

 On January 10, 2017, it was announced the Chicago Fed's building had been elevated to the gold LEED certification.

“We are extremely proud that the Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago has earned LEED Gold Certification, as it reflects our commitment to creating a sustainable workplace for our employees and building occupants, and demonstrates our responsibility to the community and environment,” said Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago First Vice President Ellen Bromagen. Read more...

Some Highlights

Sustainability refers to the renewal of resources at a rate equal or greater than the rate consumed. Since 2006, the Bank has been evaluating its operations to encourage environmental awareness. 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
  • Recycling of paper and shredded currency


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