News

Illinois Is Tops in Green Buildings

Illinois Is Tops in Green Buildings

Illinois is No. 1 in the nation when it comes to environmentally-friendly buildings.

The state tops the U.S. Green Building Council’s list of the states with the greatest amount of LEED-certified

building space per resident. To attain that dertification, buildings have to use sustainable designs that less use energy and water, saving money and reducing carbon emissions.

“It’s not something that’s just happening in Chicago. It’s happening all over the state,” said Brian Imus, executive director of the council’s Illinois chapter.

“So some of the buildings that were certified as LEED: the Illinois Holocaust Museum in Skokie, the Caterpillar Visitors’ Center in Peoria.”

171 projects in the state were certified as green last year, totaling 29 million square feet. Imus predicts that with more environmentally-friendly projects in the works, Illinois should be able to keep its top ranking in 2014.

 

 

Recent Headlines

in Local

Rauner’s Justice League Is Together

jail

Goal: Cut prison population by 25 percent

in Local

LaHood Tours 18th District

darin lahood

Distances himself from dad's record

in Local

Manar, Tumulty Formally Support Hawkins

3-30-15 Rianne Hawkins Andy Manar Cecilia Tumulty

A former mayor and county and village official is backing a Springfield woman's bid to take the top job in the Springfield City Clerk's office in next week's election.

in Local

Congressman: Don’t Trust Obama Admin or Iran

rodney davis

Iran's possible reversal of a promise to ship out its atomic fuel is more proof that the Obama administration and its foreign policy are failures.