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The Retrofit Chicago Energy Challenge has been featured in local, national, and international media.

On November 16, 2017, approximately 150 building representatives and partnering organizations gathered at The Rookery, one of Chicago’s most iconic historic buildings, for the annual Retrofit Chicago Energy Challenge Awards Ceremony.

AT&T has recently announced that it will relocate 500 jobs to its Chicago-area headquarters at 225 West Randolph Street. The building is a founding partner in the Retrofit Chicago program, in which the city works with private landlords to make their structures more energy-efficient, saving on utility bills and benefiting the environment.

National Geographic recognizes the launch of Retrofit Chicago’s Commercial Buildings Initiative

 

NRDC’s Midwest Director and former Commissioner of the Environment for the City of Chicago Henry Henderson blogs about the doubling of Retrofit Chicago's Commercial Buildings Initiative. 

Secretary Chu was on hand for the announcement, here is his Department's announcement that Chicago would be taking part in DoE's Better Buildings Initiative via CCBI.

The international wire service digs deep into the retrofit work that AT&T and the Sheraton Hotel and Towers are undertaking as part of the Initiative.

 

CHICAGO TRIBUNE AND CHICAGO SUN-TIMES ANNOUNCE LAUNCH OF RETROFIT CHICAGO’S COMMERCIAL BUILDINGS INITIATIVE

Retrofit Chicago's Commercial Buildings Initiative is noted as accelerating energy-efficiency improvements throughout Chicago. 

Mayor Emanuel and UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon highlight importance of building energy efficiency to global climate efforts 

RDC’s Midwest Director and former Commissioner of the Environment for the City of Chicago Henry Henderson blogs about the creation of the CCBI.

NRDC bloggers learn how newer buildings are ripe for retrofits from Tishman Speyer’s Sustainability Manager.

This real estate and neighborhood news site features the Commercial Buildings Initiative.

RDC documents how Retrofit Chicago's Commercial Buildings Initiative is achieving measurable efficiency impact.

January, 2015

MEEA recognizes Retrofit Chicago’s impact in accelerating cross-sector energy efficiency

Marking another milestone in the City's efforts to accelerate energy efficiency, Mayor Rahm Emanuel today announced the further expansion of Retrofit Chicago's Commercial Buildings Initiative. The new building participants, including 11 higher education facilities, four commercial office buildings, and one cultural institution, have committed to at least 20 percent energy efficiency improvement within five years. This announcement expands the total program reach to 48 buildings and 37 million square feet, making Retrofit Chicago's Commercial Buildings Initiative one of the largest private sector voluntary efficiency programs in the country.

Covers the Mayor's announcement about the expansion of Retrofit Chicago's Commercial Buildings Initiative at the Shedd Aquarium.

Official press release on the expansion of Retrofit Chicago Energy Challenge to include 14 additional facilities across the City. The total area of all participating buildings is now 51.3 million square feet.

Typical of the strong coverage the CCBI rollout got across the Chicago media landscape, NBC highlighted the jobs that will be created and money saved by the initiative.

Official press release on the expansion of Retrofit Chicago Energy Challenge to include 12 additional facilities across the City. The release also announces the millions in cost savings achieved to date and plans for continued program expansion

Official press release on the expansion of Retrofit Chicago: Commercial Buildings Initiative to include new office, hotel, large residential, institutional properties.

Retrofit Chicago Celebrated for Helping Residents, Businesses and City Buildings save Money, Increase Energy Efficiency
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Contact: Tiffany Clotfelter, 312-251-9931

January 30, 2015

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Retrofit Chicago Celebrated for Helping Residents, Businesses and City Buildings save Money, Increase Energy Efficiency

In July 2016, Mayor Rahm Emanuel announced a commitment to expanding the total number of Chicago Energy Challenge building participants to 80 by mid-2017 due to the ongoing success of the program since launching in 2012

Midwest Energy Efficiency Alliance weighs in on the program in the Trib’s Opinion pages.

 

Beginning in 2015, the Retrofit Chicago Energy Challenge has convened periodic Engineer Roundtables at participating Energy Challenge properties. The goal of the Roundtables is to share best practices for energy efficiency amongst operating engineers, as well as with property managers.

NRDC bloggers look at the smart work underway at AT&T and how the lessons learned in Chicago could spread far more widely.

 

The influential design blog notes "The Windy City is rapidly becoming one of the greenest in the U.S." thanks to Retrofit Chicago and the commercial buildings initiative.

NRDC bloggers go into the bowels of one of Chicago’s most recognized hotels to see how the hospitality industry is realizing huge efficiency gains.

Two years into the program, participants reduce energy use by 7%.

Popular "-ist-averse" blog takes a quick and irreverent look at the CCBI announcement.