Reserve Center Nets 'Green' Recognition
CHICAGO - The Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago received recognition earlier this month from the U.S. Green Building Council for operating in an environmentally friendly fashion.
The building became the second oldest in Illinois to receive such recognition when it was granted LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) Silver certification on November 1, 2012. LEED is an internationally recognized, voluntary program that provides third-party verification of high performance “green buildings."
The certification rates The Reserve Center, completed in 1922, as one that promotes environmental sustainability in how it is operated, renovated and maintained.
“Earning this designation is just another way we are demonstrating commitment to environmental stewardship and social responsibility,” said Building Management officer Michael Sutton.
LEED provides building operators with guidance about green building design, construction, operations and maintenance. Chicago Fed building staff began several years ago making changes to infrastructure and operations to ensure that less waste is being sent to landfills, more energy and water is being conserved, emissions are being reduced, and the environment is safer and healthier for people who work in the building.
“Getting certified is a significant accomplishment and has involved the help of many Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago staff members as well as building tenants,” said Sutton. “It is very satisfying to know that we have reduced our impact on the environment and considerably improved our workplace for the people who spend time here.”
The Reserve Center is located at the northwest corner of LaSalle Street and Jackson Boulevard.