We invited industry leaders to kick-off the conference by joining us for a discussion on building healthier communities through design, developing the workforce of the future and creating pathways to construction jobs, and how major US cities are responding to the low carbon future. We also touched on Chicago’s approach to sustainable urban development.
To demonstrate what our commitment to sustainability translates to in the real world, we hosted a Greenbuild building tour of The Cooper, Southbank’s first residential high-rise and our first riverfront development in Chicago. The tour highlighted the building’s sustainability features and outlined how the development will create a new neighborhood of approximately 2,700 residential units and will restore the banks of the South Branch of the Chicago River to the natural environment it once was–a home for native flora, fauna and migratory birds–while inviting residents and neighbors to connect with the open space through the river walk and water taxis.
In conjunction with these two events, Lendlease Foundation made a donation to Greenbuild’s 2018 Legacy Project, which will support a Chicago non-profit organization dedicated to making science accessible to youth from communities historically underrepresented in the sciences.
Moderators and guest speakers at Lendlease’s sustainability breakfast: Eleni Reed, Head of Sustainability, Americas, Lendlease, Michael Berkshire, Green Projects Administrator, City of Chicago, Tom Weeks, Executive General Manager, Development, Lendlease, Karin Norrington Reaves, CEO of the Chicago Cook Workforce Partnership, and Chris Brown, Director of Private Sector Engagement, Institute for Market Transformation.