USGBC Names Award in Mayor Daley’s Honor

The United States Green Building Council (USGBC) yesterday announced a new award titled the “Mayor Richard M. Daley Legacy Award for Global Leadership in Creating Sustainable Cities.” The inaugural award will be presented to its namesake at the USGBC Greenbuild conference to be held November 17-19, 2010 at McCormick Place in Chicago.

The council stated that this award is in recognition of the Mayor’s visionary and planet-changing leadership, and credited him with creating an amazing heritage of a green city. Roger Platt, Senior Vice President of Global Policy & Law, USGBC,said, “USGBC is incredibly honored to be part of Mayor Daley’s legacy as a world leader in demonstrating how a nurturing and sustainable city can be the highest service to a community.”

During Daley’s 21-year tenure as mayor, 600,000 trees have been planted, and the city has erected more than 85 miles of landscaped medians. The city now has the most planted green roofs in America at over seven million square feet, demonstrating that Daley has dedicated a lot of his time and efforts to make Chicago one of the most environmentally-friendly cities in the country.

Chicago is also home to more LEED-certified green buildings than any other and was the first to adopt LEED standards for public buildings, proving that the city is committed to being a front-runner in being a “next-generation” city. Mayor Daley believes that Chicago’s future is directly dependent on the city’s efforts to be a national leader in caring for and developing the nation’s natural resources.

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