Public Building Commission Environmental Initiatives
Chicago Center for Green Technology
The Public Building Commission of Chicago (PBC) is committed to improving the environmental quality of life for all Chicagoans. The PBC also strives to support Mayor Richard M. Daley's effort to make Chicago the most environmentally friendly city in America, by ensuring that "green" building strategies are integrated into the design phase of every project.
In June 2004, the PBC unveiled the Morgan Park (22nd District) Police Station, a state-of-the-art-facility that aims to be the first LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) Silver-rated police station in the country by the United States Green Building Council (USGBC). The police station is one of many buildings in Chicago that are being built using technology that reduces energy consumption, conserves water, and uses recycled content and materials that are manufactured locally. Other such construction projects managed by the PBC include the Chicago Center for Green Technology and the Budlong Woods, West Englewood and Oriole Park branch libraries.
Mark T. Skinner West Elementary School
The PBC is also committed to incorporating environmentally friendly design concepts into renovation projects. In addition, the agency is working to make environmentally friendly improvements to the Richard J. Daley Center, located in downtown Chicago. The 31-story tower, which includes the PBC's offices, was the PBC's first major construction project.
This Daley Center "green" improvements and other such efforts will help to make municipal facilities more health-sensitive while also helping to cut costs in the long run.
This work is important to the PBC because helping the city and its sister agencies improve the environmental quality of their property helps encourage the people of Chicago to take care of their homes and businesses.