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Amidst one of the first hotels in Illinois and the Midwest to achieve the LEED Gold certification is the Hyatt Regency McCormick Place.

“We are honored to have achieved the LEED Gold certification that will enhance our competitiveness in the convention and tradeshow industry and result in long-term cost-savings. This achievement for the Hyatt McCormick Place expansion signifies our commitment to the environment and our continuing efforts to implement green initiatives throughout the McCormick Place campus,” said Jim Reilly, CEO, MPEA.

Developed by the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC), the LEED rating system is the cutting edge program for buildings, homes and communities that are designed, constructed, maintained and operated for enhanced environmental and human health performance.

“The Hyatt McCormick’s LEED certification demonstrates tremendous green building leadership. The urgency of the USGBC’s mission has challenged the industry to move faster and reach further than ever before, and the Hyatt McCormick serves as a prime example of just how much we can accomplish,” said Rick Fedrizzi, president, CEO and founding chair, U.S. Green Building Council.

Putting into action practical and measurable strategies and solutions, the Hyatt Regency McCormick Place expansion achieved LEED Gold certification as a result. It aims at achieving high performance in sustainable site development, water savings, energy efficiency, materials selection and indoor environmental quality.

“Hyatt Regency McCormick Place is proud to be operating this new LEED Gold certified tower on behalf of the Metropolitan Pier and Exposition Authority,” said Paul Daly, general manager, Hyatt Regency McCormick Place. “Our hotel’s commitment to the environment is embodied through our ‘Hyatt Thrive’ program which, among other things, is designed to help make our communities places where our associates are proud to work, our guests want to visit and our neighbors want to live.”

Sustainable efforts made during the design and construction project worth noting include a green roof, water efficient plumbing and irrigation systems, energy efficient windows, lighting and HVAC systems, regionally sourced construction materials, daylight and views and the use of low-emitting materials.

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