The Year in Review: 2011 Going Green Report
7Green is commissioned to encourage environmental responsibility within the Chicago Fed and among our employees. As part of this process, our building is being upgraded to twenty-first century environmental standards. We also produce an annual environmental report outlining resource and cost savings from our environmental efforts. Highlights from 2011 include:
- The recycling program was broadened to include toner cartridges, writing instruments and other office products waste, diverting 270 pounds of petroleum from the waste stream.
- Approximately 86% of construction waste was recycled totaling 71 tons of metal, 17 tons of wood and 4 tons concrete saving this material from going to the landfill.
- 300,000 gallons of water have been saved since upgrades to our cooling and plumbing systems were implemented in May which is enough water to fill half of an Olympic sized swimming pool.
- Our Digital Print Center saved about one ton of wood through its use of recycled paper and was awarded a Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) certification.
- 80% of chemicals used to clean the Bank are Green Seal Certified.
- Employees have been encouraged to use public transit or bike to work. 62% of eligible Bank staff take public transportation to commute,reducing estimated emissions of hydrocarbon by 5,004 lbs, nitrogen oxide by 2,780 lbs and 34,750 carbon monoxide by lbs.