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.
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.
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.
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
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
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.