(Message from Alderman Michele Smith)

Fortunately, the mandatory sprinkler proposal has been dropped, thanks to the active involvement of our community.

Now there is another proposal on the horizon with which larger high-rises would have to comply. The Energy Benchmarking Program would require all buildings over 50,000 square feet to take steps to measure and post their energy use.

While all of our large buildings are taking steps to reduce energy costs, and while green efforts are important, we need to understand what the program’s benefits and costs are. The information we do have can be found on Alderman Smith’s website:

We have scheduled a briefing on this proposed ordinance and we invite you and your neighbors to attend and learn more. Karen Weigert, Chief Sustainability Officer for the City of Chicago, and representatives from the Department of Buildings and the Center for Neighborhood Technology will be present to answer your questions.

Wednesday, August 14th
The Public Hotel, 2nd Floor
1301 N. State Parkway