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USGBC-Illinois Victory: Energy Benchmarking Ordinance Approved in Chicago City Council

On Wednesday, September 11th, the Chicago City Council passed the Energy Use Benchmarking and Disclosure Ordinance introduced by Mayor Rahm Emanuel by a vote of 32 to 17.

The new ordinance will provide another opportunity for Chicago building owners and tenants to learn about their energy use and work together to lower their costs. In addition, the ordinance sets a strong policy precedent that will help promote energy benchmarking and energy efficiency measures elsewhere in Illinois.

With the ordinance now law, USGBC-Illinois will be working with other leading energy, environmental, and real estate organizations to provide the education, outreach and training programs necessary to support energy benchmarking and verification efforts.

Passage came only after the hard work of USGBC-Illinois volunteers and staff working together with the Mayor’s Office and more than 80 other organizational supporters. The USGBC – Illinois Chapter members and partners look forward to working with the City of Chicago and Mayor’s Office to further the goal of increasing the efficiency of every building in Chicago.

To learn more:

  • Check out the City of Chicago’s full press release here.
  • Read the complete Chicago Energy Use Benchmarking Ordinance language here.
  • Read our State & Local Government Committee’s August Spotlight on benchmarking here.
  • View a Chicago energy benchmarking ordinance FAQ video from some of our friends of the Chapter here.
  • See the USGBC national benchmarking campaign initiatives here.

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