Chicago Lakeside Wins Global Sustainability Award

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Chicago, IL: The Chicago Lakeside Development—a joint venture between McCaffery Interests and U.S. Steel Corporation—has won the first Sustainia Community Award. Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger announced the award—entirely decided by the public via Sustainia’s large social media network—on Oct. 11 during a ceremony at the Royal Theater in Copenhagen. The inaugural Sustainia Community Award “honors the best sustainable solution,” according to the global alliance.

The Lakeside team was represented at the ceremony by McCaffery Interests President Ed Woodbury and Skidmore Owings & Merrill LLP (SOM) Director of Urban Design & Planning Douglas Voigt. “As designers and planners, we’re proud of our key role in creating Chicago Lakeside,” Voigt says. “This inaugural Sustainia Community Award recognizes the vision and leadership of McCaffery Interests and U.S. Steel, as well as the support of the Mayor and City of Chicago.”

The Sustainia initiative is spearheaded by Gov. Schwarzenegger and founded by leading international companies and Scandinavia’s prominent independent think tank, Monday Morning, to raise awareness of the many tangible, sustainable solutions available across the globe.

“Chicago Lakeside is a transformative model for U.S. city planning and could upend the traditional thinking of how people live and work in Chicago and across the U.S.,” Sustainia writes in its citation. “The solutions utilized in Chicago Lakeside have strong site-specific characteristics, but the ‘DNA’ of the solutions is fully transferable to other cities.”

Chicago Mayor Emanuel has long supported McCaffery Interests and Chicago Lakeside Development, saying: “…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. I commend all involved in the Lakeside project for their long-term commitment to this effort and the growth of Chicago.”

“Lakeside presents a unique opportunity to create a thriving 21st century community for the neighborhood in which it sits, Chicago and indeed the world,” remarked McCaffery Interests’ Chairman and CEO Daniel McCaffery. “Lakeside will not only redevelop and re-purpose a former steel mill but it will also rebuild the entire southeast lakefront and offer a new way for people to live, work, shop and play.”

"We’re creating an intelligent district energy network using the most advanced clean energy technologies that will set examples for how to best live and work within a vibrant walkable community that connects seamlessly to the Chicago’s South Side,” says Skidmore, Owings and Merrill Urban Design and Planning Partner Phillip Enquist.

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