Urban Innovations (UI), the Chicago based real estate company and sustainability pioneer, has launched a year-long program in conjunction with the Chicago Green Office Challenge (CGOC) called Change It Up. Designed to decrease waste streams and conserve energy throughout all of UI’s Chicago properties, Change It Up utilizes a creative educational outreach campaign for its tenants, including recyclable elevator signage, an interactive website, public art installations created entirely from the recycled office paper of UI tenants and “friendly competition” designed to motivate UI’s diverse tenants to set and meet increased sustainability goals.
“We hope that the Change It Up campaign will inspire simple, positive changes that can lead to larger changes and really have an impact that goes beyond the length of the campaign,” says Alfrieda Green, LEED AP, vice president of Property Management for UI. “We became involved in the Green Office Challenge to make our tenants aware of the ways that they can be kinder to the environment and save money in the process. Through the CGOC, we will be able to measure improvements in sustainability of every participating tenant over the next year.”
The kick off of UI’s Change It Up campaign will be on November 16, 2010 at 445 N. Wells from 5:30 p.m. to 7 p.m. The Change It Up program will include evolving art installations in the lobby of 325 West Huron, and the retail storefronts at 445 North Wells and 222 West Hubbard built from the recycled office paper of the building’s tenants. These installations will be a symbol of the collective progress and in addition, the art will morph in stages throughout the year-long challenge. Please visit www.uichangeitup.com for more information.