Chicago Lakeside Development was recently honored at The United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development’s (UNCSD) Rio+20 Conference held June 20-22, as one of the world’s leading projects for sustainable building in the conference’s “Sustainia 100” list.
In its first year, the “Sustainia 100” list highlights firms and developments that displays best practice, knowledge and technologies, and ultimately “aims to make sustainability more tangible and easier to grasp for both decision makers and citizens.”
The Sustainia Award Committee–headed by Honorary Chair Arnold Schwarzenegger, European Commissioner for Climate Action Connie Hedegaard and other dignitaries–found this overall theme to be true for Chicago Lakeside.
To be located along the city’s southeast lakefront, Chicago Lakeside is a, “master-planned, 600-acre mixed-use development to be located on the former U.S. Steel South Works site,” according to an issued press release. The project, headed by Chicago-based firm McCaffery Interests, will house residential and commercial properties, and utilize a sustainable power system and host a “living lab prototype” that will promote solutions for energy, water and waste technology.
Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel commented on Chicago Lakeside’s recent recognition saying, “Creating a sustainable, multi-use community on the southeast lakefront of Chicago will provide huge economic impact in the area, creating important jobs and opportunity on the South Side.”
The overall project will take an estimated 25-45 years to reach completion.