The Greenest Street in Chicago

In an effort to obtain the equivalent of the highest Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) program rating, a 1.5 mile corridor in Chicago underwent a major facelift. A comprehensive sustainable streetscape project is being undertaken by the Chicago Department of Transportation (CDOT) that will incorporate several environmentally friendly techniques. These techniques are commonly associated with LEED-certified buildings but not typically associated with streetscape designs. Construction, which is scheduled to start in late 2009, is funded largely through a tax increment financing district, but the program has also received several grants from sources such as the Illinois Environmental Protection Agency and the Federal Highway Administration. The project is taking place on Chicago's near south side along two major arterials - Cermak Road and Blue Island Avenue between Halsted Street and Western Avenue. The project's environmental categories and identified goals bearing similarity to a LEED scorecard include: recycled content; energy conservation; stormwater management; urban heat island mitigation; alternative transportation; beauty and community; water efficiency; education; and commissioning.

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  • Authors:
    • Womack, Jay
    • Attarian, Janet L
  • Publication Date: 2009-11


  • English

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  • Media Type: Print
  • Features: Figures; Illustrations; Photos;
  • Pagination: pp 21-24
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  • Accession Number: 01154588
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Apr 1 2010 11:48AM