The World's Tallest Lawn - NBC Chicago

The World's Tallest Lawn

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



    Celebrate This Holiday Season in Lively St. Charles
    Getty Images
    The Sears Tower's environmental renovation will take five years to complete and will create about 3,600 jobs.

    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!