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The Greenest Place to Work in America? Chicago.

Who knew?

Chicago is the greenest place to work in the U.S., but other cities are trying to catch up fast.

According to CBRE Group Inc., Chicago outranked San Francisco, Atlanta, and Los Angeles, which also all saw their percentage of green buildings increase.

This is the third consecutive year that Chicago has ranked number one. The city’s percentage of certified green office space rose to 71.1%, up from almost 70% last year and 66% two years ago.

Chicago has a goal of having 100% renewable energy in all city-run properties by 2025 as well as its own clean energy rating system for buildings.

“The next frontier is going to be taking older buildings and finding ways to make them green and sustainable,” said Spencer Levy, chairman of Americas Research for CBRE. “Chicago has some of the oldest office property in the U.S. and you are starting to see more complete retrofits,” Levy said. “These green incentives draw tenants.”


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