McCormick Place Makes the Switch to 100 Percent Wind Energy

While it might not be easy being green, the nation’s largest convention center is still pushing to become more environmentally sustainable. Chicago’s McCormick Place is making the switch to 100 percent wind energy by purchasing Green-e Renewable Energy Certificates (RECs) generated from wind power to match 100 percent of its annual electricity demand.

“We are committed to having renewable energy as part of our comprehensive efforts to implement environmentally-friendly, sustainable practices,” David Causton, GM of McCormick Place, says in a statement. “Purchasing wind power helps our organization become more sustainable, while also sending a message to others that supporting clean sources of electricity is a sound business decision and an important choice in reducing carbon emission with green power.”

In total, the convention center will purchase about 130 million kilowatt-hours of wind power each year over the course of a new three-year REC purchase program provided by Sterling Planet. These RECs, the facility says, will guarantee that an equal amount of renewable energy is delivered to the electric grid and will provide carbon avoidance of more than 730 million pounds of carbon dioxide emissions.

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This is just the latest green initiative the facility has undergone. In addition to working with vendors on sustainability, the facility, which boasts 2.6 million square feet of exhibit space, aims to offer services that encourage sustainable practices. The McCormick Place West Building has also attained LEED Certification from the U.S. Green Build Council, making it the largest newly constructed facility in the country to be certified.

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