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

Engineer Roundtable Shedd 2Beginning 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.


Most Roundtables include a short summary of ways that the host property team has started to address energy improvements, along with a facility tour to view any upgraded equipment, controls, energy management platforms, etc. All attendees are also encouraged to discuss their experiences with implementing recent energy efficiency improvements, and to gain feedback from their peers on additional approaches and technologies that may be appropriate for their facilities. Representatives from the local utilities are often available to answer questions about current rebate and incentive offerings for energy efficiency upgrades.

Some of the recent Engineer Roundtables have been held at Navy Pier, the Shedd Aquarium, 224 South Michigan, the Wrigley Building and the Hyatt Center.

The Retrofit Chicago Energy Challenge appreciates the property teams that have hosted previous Roundtables. The Energy Challenge team is also grateful for the contributions of our partners, including the Environmental Defense Fund and Commonwealth Edison, in providing support for the Engineer Roundtables.

To learn more about the Engineer Roundtables, or if you are a Retrofit Chicago Energy Challenge member and would like to host a future Engineer Roundtable, please send an email to: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

 

 

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. Property owners and managers from any building in Chicago are welcome to join the Challenge, regardless of property size or building type. The Energy Challenge now includes faith-based organizations, educational facilities, nonprofit institutions, commercial buildings, multifamily residential properties, and more.

Participants receive recognition for their leadership through City-issued or partner communications, and are eligible to win additional awards at the annual Retrofit Chicago Awards & Celebration. Participants also gain access to additional support for achieving improved levels of energy efficiency.

All participating property teams pledge to reduce energy use by 20% over five years at their properties, with a baseline that can be set up to two years in the past. The commitment also includes a pledge to begin the path towards improving energy efficiency within 6 months of joining the program; tracking progress; and sharing successes.

There is no fee to become a member, and the enrollment process involves sending an official letter of commitment to the City.
To learn more about the program and more specifics on how to enroll, please send an email to: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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.\

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January, 2015

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

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Retrofit Chicago Celebrated for Helping Residents, Businesses and City Buildings save Money, Increase Energy Efficiency
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January 30, 2015

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

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

 

December 8, 2014

City continues aggressive energy efficiency push with Commercial Buildings Initiative milestone and $1.6 million in additional funding for energy efficiency upgrades in apartment buildings

16 new buildings – including 10 universities – expand Commercial Buildings Initiative program reach

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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.

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

 

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

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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.

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

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


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

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Examiner.com features the expansion of the initiative. 

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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.  


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(Reprinted in Huffington Post)

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

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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.

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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.

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

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

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