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Sears Tower to undergo 5-year, $350M green renovation

By Kristin Nehls
|  Wednesday, Jul 29, 2009  |  Updated 8:47 AM CDT
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The Sears Tower's environmental renovation will take five years to complete and will create about 3,600 jobs.

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Rev up your hybrid engines and hug a few trees today, because the Sears Towersoon to be Willis Tower – is officially going green.

At a cost of $350 million, renovations will turn the 110-story skyscraper more eco-friendly. Renovations include wind turbines, a green roof and solar panels.

These changes will bring electricity use in the building down by 80 percent and will save 24 million gallons of water a year, owners and architects said.

In conjunction with its environmental makeover, a new next-door neighbor will stand proud next to Sears Tower: a 50-story, 500-room luxury hotel. This new hotel will also be built green, the Chicago Breaking News Center reports.

Officials said they’d like to achieve Leadership in Energy and Environment Design – or “LEED” – status.

Some 3,600 jobs will be created during the five-year reconstruction process.

Back in February, there was talk of giving the iconic tower a silver paint job in hopes of bringing in more green.

If you're happy and you know it, honk your hybrid!

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