Jump Start Chicago
Chicago, Illinois, 2011-2012
As part of its Rebuilding America campaign, the Energy Future Coalition helped to jump start commercial building retrofits in the City of Chicago. With collaboration from Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel, as well as a remarkable steering committee, we developed a broad coalition of building owners, civic organizations, local government, utilities, contractors, investors, and executives, and grew deep roots in Chicago that we hope will flower into the type of action that will make the city an American model for energy efficiency. Jump Start Chicago began in mid-2011 with initial meetings and interest gauging, and effectively ended around one year later with the very successful Value-Added, Energy-Smart event on June 28th, 2012. In that relatively short span of time, the Rebuilding America coalition built a substantial highlight reel of accomplishments:
Despite major challenges, we are proud to say that we met the goals we set out to meet. Although we were unable to establish a permanent presence in Chicago, we were able to lay the groundwork for a campaign of increasing building energy efficiency that will hopefully take a life of its own, independent of support from the Energy Future Coalition. Jump Start Chicago truly was a mutually beneficial experience for all parties, and we plan to put the lessons we learned to good as we continue to Rebuild America.
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