No doubt taking cues from its newly-minted City of the Future status, Greenbuild has announced it’s moving its 2007 Expo to Chicago. The Expo was originally scheduled for Los Angeles this fall, but apparently the LA convention center couldn’t schedule them for the dates they wanted. Or is LA just not green enough?
“Chicago, a cradle of American architecture, was also one of the first cities to adopt the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Green Building Rating System, and now has more building projects registered to earn this prestigious certification than any other city in the world.”
They then go on to list every LEED-certified building in Chicago (18) with a statement from Mayor Richard Daley about how Chicago is dedicated to “becoming the most environmentally friendly city in the world.” When you look at the press release they issued when announcing LA as the location, it’s clear LA couldn’t compete:
Los Angeles boasts seven LEED certified projects, including the Platinum-rated Lake View Terrace Branch of the Los Angeles Public Library. The city also has 59 LEED registered projects, placing it fifth in the U.S. for the highest number of registered projects.
Please don’t go. We have Steve Glenn‘s Star Wars models! Doesn’t that count for anything?
Update: Dude. An informant to CurbedLA says that the “scheduling conflict” at LA’s convention center was the LA Auto Show! Again, we bow down at Chicago’s Birkenstocked feet.