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Going for the Green

Chicago’s first-of-its-kind household hazardous waste facility uses green technology concepts

To support its goal of becoming the nation’s greenest city, Chicago is undertaking several sustainable initiatives to conserve and protect natural resources, as well as reintroduce materials back into the marketplace. We are a proud member of this exciting and ambitious venture, designing sustainable projects through a host of unique engineering and environmental programs, including Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED®) projects, which will reduce the city’s environmental footprint and further enhance the area’s quality of life.

 
To support its goal of becoming the nation’s greenest city, Chicago is undertaking several sustainable initiatives to conserve and protect natural resources. 

In one inspiring example, we applied leading-edge thinking to the Department of Environment’s new household hazardous waste drop-off facility—the first-of-its-kind community recycling center to use green technology concepts. Located at a former incinerator on Goose Island, the entire building has been refurbished into a facility where residents can drop off household hazardous waste and electronics, which are then carefully assessed, packaged, and shipped offsite for recycling or proper disposal.

The LEED certified building boasts several innovative features, including a steel skeleton wall to reuse existing building infrastructure and promote natural vegetative shading, a green roof to counter urban heat and provide natural insulation, and bioswales to naturally filter stormwater runoff. A great example of how Chicago is committed to keeping the city on the fast-track to a greener, more sustainable urban environment.

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