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ICA GreenRise is Now a Chicago Landmark!

Tuesday, March 26, 2013   (0 Comments)
Posted by: Nina Winn
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ICA GreenRise, formerly known as as the Kemper Insurance and Mutual Insurance Building  has signed it's name into history after receiving landmark status on March 13, 2013 by the City Council.

The historic building has served as the center for the ICA throughout the years, and has been used in a multitude of ways - one of the most significant being its time as ICA's International Training Headquarters and residential facility. The building has been a pivotal feature of ICA's success and offered a space for ICA to expand its community development efforts world wide. Currently, the building tenants include over 15 different non profit organizations, a intentional community, and a two floors used for ICA programming.

Along with historical landmark status, this year, ICA GreenRise has been invited to join Retrofit Chicago. The kickoff event took place on March 19, 2013 at the Shedd Aquarium. At the event, Mayor Rahm Emanuel remarked that, "Retrofit Chicago Commercial Buildings Initiative is about combining economic strength and environmental excellence", a motto that ICA GreenRise is working towards embodying. ICA GreenRise is the first non-profit and one of 18 prominent building that will cut their energy use at least 20% over the next five years. The ICA Greenrise, in Uptown, is well on its way to achieving this goal with major energy saving projects under way. In addition to tangible energy reduction goals ICA staff is working on using previous ICA methodology in promoting a green culture through out the building.