Thursday, June 12, 2008

Energy savings in the Windy City

Chicago has a lot more going on than Navy Pier, if you haven't noticed yet. Big city charm nestled against the coast of Lake Michigan is an equation proven to draw folks from all over the Midwst (and nationwide) for a piece of pizza pie or a wild night at Wrigley Field.

Last month, it got even better. For the first time, an Energy Star award was granted to a Chicago hotel--specifically, to the InterContinental Chicago--for "superior eco-friendly initiatives and highly efficient energy use."

Awarded by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and U.S. Department of Energy, Energy Star awarded properties are scored on a 1-100 scale and those facilities that achieve a score of 75 or higher are eligible for the widely recognized honor.

Chi Town's InterContinental scored a cool 88 percent, thanks to eco-friendly planning. And they're not stopping yet... the hotel is also in the final stages of accreditation for LEED and Green Seal. Visit this summer, and you might just be able to stretch out on their green roof... busy folks, huh?

Image courtesy of InterContinental Chicago

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