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MCCORMICK PLACE COMMITS TO UTILIZING 100 PERCENT WIND ENERGY

McCormick Place announced in early May that the nation's largest convention center will offset 100 percent of its energy consumption with alternative wind energy. McCormick Place has purchased Green-e Renewable Energy Certificates (RECs) generated from wind power to match 100 percent of the annual electricity demand. In total, McCormick Place will purchase an estimated 130 million kilowatt-hours of wind power each year over the course of a new three-year REC purchase program provided by Sterling Planet. It is estimated that the RECs will save over 730,931,248 pounds of carbon dioxide emissions. This is just the beginning of McCormick Place's sustainability efforts. Learn more about this project.




O'HARE/MIDWAY RESTAURANTS GO GREEN

Chicago officials have announced a plan to make all O’Hare International and Midway Airports go green by the end of this year. All restaurants within the airports will participate in recycling, use of eco-friendly materials (including a packaging requirement) and include sustainable ingredient in at least 20 percent of their food. Some restaurants like Nuts on Clark and Fresh Sprigs Salad have already made the move towards being green.

The packaging requirement will ban the use of plastic and Styrofoam, requiring all packaging to be compostable. Right now, it's estimated that 50% of the waste (totaling up to 25 tons per day) generated at the airports is compostable.

Learn more about Chicago Airports' green efforts.




O'HARE IMPLEMENTS NEW TECHNOLOGY TO EXPEDITE CUSTOMS

The Chicago Department of Aviation announced that Chicago O'Hare would be the first airport in the nation to implement Automated Passport Control (APC). The new APC will enable travelers to move more quickly through the U.S. border clearance process by entering information at a self-serve kiosk. Instead of filling out a declarations form, passengers who are eligible can complete a series of questions and a receipt will be issued. Travelers will then take their passports and receipts to a Customs and Border Protection officer for verification. The Vancouver Airport Authority and the U.S. Customs and Border Protection developed the technology.

Learn more about the Automated Passport Control technology.




NEW ENTRANCE AT SHOPS AT NORTH BRIDGE

The Shops at North Bridge announced a new entrance to the mall, which will be located at Grand Avenue and Rush Street. The new entrance will also include an escalator or elevator options to take shoppers from the street level to the middle of the mall on Level 1. Doors open to the updated mall entrance in November of 2013.

Learn more about the Shops at North Bridge.