The Chicago School of Professional Psychology received the LEED certification this semester for its space on the fourth floor at the Merchandise Mart. Developed by the U.S Green Building Council, LEED (Leadership in Energy & Environmental Design) Green Building Rating System is a voluntary, consensus-based standard to support and certify successful green building design, construction, and operations. LEED is transforming the marketplace by providing a nationally recognized certification system to promote integrated, whole-building design practices in the building industry.
The Merchandise Mart is the fifth LEED-certified building in Chicago. By being a Mart tenant, The Chicago School participated in the LEED certification program and earned a Silver Certification status for materials reuse, water and energy efficiency, construction waste management, recycled content during its construction of new space on the fourth floor at the Mart. Patricia Bonta, director of facilities, Chicago campus says, "Going forward The Chicago School plans to focus on making all its newer construction projects more-green."