Leopardo Wins an Emerald Award from USGBC-Illinois

The Illinois chapter of the United States Green Building Council (USGBC) has recognized Leopardo with an Emerald Award in the Intent to Matter: Outstanding Organization category.

Leopardo’s long-standing dedication to green building and innovative efforts to shrink the footprint of construction-related effects on the environment includes a unique partnership with the Environmental Law and Policy Center and Respiratory Health Association that helped advance one of the first low-emitting projects in the Chicagoland area.

The Leopardo-built retail development at 3030 N. Broadway in the Lakeview neighborhood is being built with construction equipment that meets the tightest diesel tailpipe exhaust standards set by the Environmental Protection Agency. Leopardo also is limiting the time machinery is permitted to idle at the site as another component to its clean diesel practices.

“The achievements this year uniquely illustrate the future of sustainability and how Illinois will continue to lead the nation in green buildings and sustainable communities,” said Brian Imus, Executive Director of USGBC-Illinois. “These leaders and projects build on the success of LEED in Illinois by advancing new strategies that reduce carbon emissions while strengthening the health and economy of our communities.”

Leopardo will accept the award at the 11th annual Emerald Awards ceremony, which recognizes outstanding individuals, organizations, projects and technologies that contribute to a more sustainable built environment. The Emerald Awards is part of the Limelight event on June 23 at the Chicago Cultural Center at 78 E. Washington Street.

Since its founding in 1977, Leopardo has won more than 500 industry awards. Last year, Leopardo received the Emerald Award for Green Building Innovation from USGBC-Illinois for the University of Chicago Child Development Center.