Chicago Center for Green Technology


The Chicago Center for Green Technology (CCGT) was awarded a Platinum Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEEDTM) rating from the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC). The CCGT was the third building in the country to receive this prestigious certification, and is the first renovated structure, government-owned building, and brownfield site to earn this rating.

This project was completed as part of Mayor Richard M. Daley’s Chicago Brownfield Initiative (CBI). May 4th, 2002 was the grand opening of this former brownfield site, which was transformed into a model of environmentally friendly design. The building houses a solar panel manufacturer; Greencorps Chicago, Mayor Daley’s community gardening and job skills program; and a community design studio for the public. The center offers workshops focusing on green technology and sustainable design, a green building resource center, and self-guided or guided tours to visitors

The building features solar and geothermal power, a rooftop garden, a habitat area that filters storm water, and recycled finishing products. The grounds include test plots for community gardens and a greenhouse.


  • 2003 Chicago Building Congress Merit Award