The announcement was made at AWEA’s 2013 WindPower conference being held at the world-renowned venue. Chicago’s McCormick Place will use 100% wind power for all their energy needs, in the form of purchased RECs (Renewable Energy Certificates) through Sterling Planet. That totals to 390 million kilowatt-hours of wind power over the 3-year REC purchase program.
According to the press release, ‘The RECs will guarantee that an equal amount of renewable energy is delivered to the electric grid and will provide carbon avoidance of an estimated 730,931,248 pounds of carbon dioxide emissions.’
The general manager of Chicago’s McCormick Place, David Causton said “We are committed to having renewable energy as part of our comprehensive efforts to implement environmentally-friendly, sustainable practices… 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.”
The McCormick Place is also ASTM Standard-Level One certification which makes it the largest convention center in NA with this new sustainability standard. Additionally, their West building received LEED Certification (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) from the U.S. Green Build Council.
Illinois Governor Pat Quinn said “Here in Illinois, we understand that long-term economic development must be sustainable and respect our environment. This well-deserved distinction for McCormick Place will help attract even more conventions and trade shows, driving our economy forward and creating jobs.”
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