Sustainability

Our Awards

The Merchandise Mart, USGBC LEED-EB Silver Certification, November 2007

Since 1930, when The Merchandise Mart opened as the largest building in the world, it has paved the way in important areas like environmental sustainability. 

The efforts of Merchandise Mart Properties, Inc. (MMPI) to promote exemplary green building practices and environmental stewardship are recognized by what is considered to be the industry standard for high performance green buildings. The Merchandise Mart was awarded LEED certification by the U.S. Green Building Council in November 2007 making it the largest LEED-EB certified building in the world, making it easier for our tenants to realize LEED certification in their spaces.  We maintain an open dialogue with organizations such as Clinton Climate Initiative, Clean Air Counts, Friends of the Chicago River and the Active Transportation Alliance to further our efforts.

MMPI created the “Green Spot” on the first floor of The Merchandise Mart in Chicago to educate our building guests, showcase the sustainable products of our showroom tenants and demonstrate our commitment to sustainability. The Green Spot includes a life-size timeline outlining the most notable events and accomplishments in the sustainable movement both in Chicago and throughout the world since the early 20th century. It also showcases green, eco-friendly or sustainable products from our incredible tenant roster of industry front runners and innovation leaders who have embraced sustainable design.

We work carefully with our vendors, construction partners, office tenants and showroom partners nationwide to ensure that they are using eco-friendly products, embracing best practices and learning from MMPI’s experience.  Additionally, our building management and construction teams work very closely with our almost two dozen tenants who have achieved or are seeking LEED certification. These innovative partners include Haworth, IIDA, Milliken, Mohawk, OFS, Knoll, Allsteel, Invista, HON, Chicago School of Professional Psychology, USGBC, PCDW, Steelcase and Jofco.

Green Spot on the first floor of The Merchandise Mart

Tool to demonstrate the differences in LED lighting to tenants