In June 2013, the city of Chicago was one of the first cities in the world to be certified as a sustainable destination for meetings and events by the APEX-ASTM Standard. McCormick Place also became the world's largest convention center certified as a sustainable venue.
The Chicagoland area has nine Green Seal-Certified hotels, recognizing sustainability practices like waste management, energy efficiency and use of eco-friendly products. For a full list of Chicago's Green Seal-Certified hotels, click here.
With 67 LEED-certified projects, as well as 133 silver, 165 gold and 36 platinum, Chicago officially has more green-certified buildings than any other city in the country. This includes McCormick Place West and the Modern Wing at the Art Institute of Chicago. For more information on the U.S. Green Building Council's LEED Certification Program, click here. For a full list of Chicago and Illinois LEED projects, click here.
Chicago has 300-plus green rooftops - more than any other U.S. city - covering 5.5 million square feet. They can be found on top of buildings including City Hall, Target, Apple store and even some McDonald's restaurants.
Chicago's visitors and locals can identify eco-friendly restaurants by looking for the Green Chicago Restaurant Coalition's Guaranteed Green distinction.
Green Chicago Restaurant Coalition created the Guaranteed Green Chicago program to help Chicago's diners easily identify and support restaurants and foodservice operations that proactively observe a significant level of environmental responsibility.
In order to earn certification, establishments must:
For a full list of Guaranteed Green Chicago establishments, click here.
Ten museums, including The Field Museum and the Shedd Aquarium, have taken the lead in adopting environmentally friendly practices, from green business operations to green exhibits. For more information about Chicago's eco-friendly museums and attractions, click here.
For more information about what the Chicago Transit Authority is doing to go green, click here.
Your show can make a difference. Here's how a few organizations have made social consciousness a cornerstone of their meetings:
Chicago boasts 600 parks, 8100 acres of green space, bird sanctuaries, wildlife preserves and miles of sandy beaches. To learn more about Chicago's steadfast commitment to becoming one of the country's most eco-friendly destinations, click here.
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