Sustainable Chicago, Spring 2017 - page 8

The U.S. Navy Bachelor Enlisted Quarters, de-
signed and built by Wight & Co., was the first LEED-
certified building to be constructed in Illinois. Since
that time some 15 years ago, more than 1,000
LEED-certified spaces have been completed across
the state. Today, Illinois is a recognized national
leader in green building and sustainability know-
how. This leadership is reflected in the advancement
of innovative, cutting edge technological firsts, like
the Evanston net-zero Walgreens and the recently
completed Grainger data center in Lake Forest, the
first LEED v4 certification anywhere in the world.
Illinois consistently ranks in the top ten every year
for the most LEED square footage certified per
capita, leading the nation for three years in a row
starting in 2013.
By Brian Imus, USGBC-Illinois Executive Director
Fineas Anton
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