Sustainability

LEED

LEED is a rating system used to determine how sustainably a building is designed and operated. The Mart has been improving its operations to be more sustainable since the early 1990s, and pursued a LEED certification to encourage continuous improvement.LEED measures the reduction of natural resources (energy, water, waste) and improvement of health and comfort for occupants (air quality, wellness, etc.). The Mart is certified as a whole building under the Operations & Maintenance Standard, and individual tenants can certify under the Interior Design & Construction Standard (ID+C) for new spaces as well as the Operations & Maintenance (O+M) standard for existing spaces.

In 2007, the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) and its affiliate the Green Building Certification Incorporation (GBCI) certified the building Silver under the LEED for Existing Buildings 2.0 standard. The Mart was the largest building in the world to achieve LEED certification at the time. Several tenants worked with the Mart to achieve LEED Commercial Interiors (CI) certification, the precursor to the ID+C standard.


In 2013, the GBCI awarded The Merchandise Mart LEED EB O+M Gold Certification under the 2009 Standard – again making it the largest structure in the world to achieve the certification. The Mart also began pursuing ID+C for new spaces, and assisted several tenants in doing so.


In 2017, the Merchandise Mart began the process of renewing its LEED certification, and achieved LEED V4 O+M Gold certification using the GBCI’s Arc platform. Arc provides buildings with a continuous update of its certification monthly with energy, water, and waste performance data, with annual renewals of base building credits and prerequisites of the standard. Tenants now have the ability to improve the Mart’s LEED score! Here’s what you can do to participate:

  1. Take the 1-minute survey to update our transportation and tenant wellness scores.
  2. Use our green tips to make sustainable choices at work and at home.
  3. Pursue Interior Design & Construction or Arc certification for your tenant space.

LEED Arc Portal Snapshot