2011 Partners for Clean Air Awards Presented

Tuesday, April 19, 2011

Partners for Clean Air Awards Presented at the 2011 Spring Conference

Partners for Clean Air recognized three organizations and one individual for their outstanding contributions to improving air quality in the Chicago area.  Awards were presented by Illinois EPA Interim Director Lisa Bonnett. 

The Merchandise Mart

The Merchandise Mart Partners for Clean Air Award

Interim Director Bonnett presents award to Mark Bittin, Vice President of Engineering for The Merchandise Mart

As the world’s largest commercial building, the Merchandise Mart encompasses 4.2 million gross square feet, spans two city blocks and rises 25 stories. The Merchandise Mart became the world's largest LEED-EB (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design for Existing Buildings) certified building in November 2007. The Merchandise Mart upgraded lighting fixtures to improve efficiency, uses low VOC products including cleaning, paints, and building materials, and embraces a leadership role in greening downtown Chicago. The Mart has reduced more than 263,580 pounds of pollution.

Village of Lombard

Village of Lombard Partners for Clean Air Award

Interim Director Bonnett presents award to David Gorman, Assistand Director of Public Works for the Village of Lombard

The Village started the first “Idling Gets You Nowhere” information campaign to reduce passenger car idling at schools, churches and senior facilities. The Village also proactively reduced idling for their fleet, saving thousands of dollars. The Village uses native plants at retention ponds to reduce mowing and has a green cleaning program. The Village Public Works Staff are leaders among public works officials in the region and helps other communities with their programs as well.

Elmhurst College

Elmhurst College Partners for Clean Air Award

Interim Director Bonnett presents award to Paul Lund, Assistant Director of Facilities Management for Elmhurst College

Elmhurst College pioneered a parking cash out program where students could trade in the option to park for a new bicycle, helmet and lock valued at $500. The program was so successful that they are continuing a second year, where participants will receive gift certificates to bike stores. Elmhurst College is also home to one of the State’s first LEED certified residence halls.

Outstanding Contribution to the Partners for Clean Air Steering Committee Award

David Inman

David Inman Partners for Clean Air Award

Interin Director presents award to David Inman, Vice-Chair of Partners for Clean Air

As one of the founding members for Partners for Clean Air, representing the Chicago Department of Environment at the time, David Inman has remained an active participant providing a wealth of knowledge and support to the organization.  David has served as Vice-Chair of Partners for Clean Air since the creation of the coalition in 1995.  David now serves as the Project Manager for the Building Energy Technologies Curriculum Project with the Environmental Technology Program at Wright College.