Innovative Chicagoland Buildings Striving for Sustainability

Published by WTTW: We’ve all heard of “green” architecture designed to reduce the huge toll buildings take on our environment and climate. Chicago itself has received the top level of certification for sustainability in buildings from LEED, or Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design, a green building rating system.

One example in Chicago is Park District of Oak Park’s Carroll Center. This addition to a Park District building in the western suburb of Oak Park is a “postcard from the future,” the CEO of  New Buildings Institute (NBI) told the Chicago Tribune. The Carroll Center is the second of only three buildings in Illinois to be certified by the NBI as zero energy.

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