Northern Illinois Food Bank earns green certification

Northern Illinois Food Bank's West Suburban Center in Geneva is the first new-construction food bank in the country to receive a certification of environmental excellence. The U.S. Green Building Council awarded the center with the LEED Gold Certification this week for realizing 25 to 30 percent energy savings over traditional use. A white roof, air-cooled heat pumps, motion-controlled lighting, high-performance glass, and recycled products are among the features that help the food bank facility achieve energy savings. There are also bike racks and preferred parking for carpooling. The building’s most significant energy-saving feature is a heat-recovery operation that takes energy generated by a cooler system and uses it to heat the warehouse. The food bank also used refurbished office furnishings to save $15,000 - the equivalent of 90,000 meals. The new 147,000 square-foot building at 273 Dearborn Court opened last fall. This space is twice size of its former location.

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