Illinois Holocaust Museum Achieves LEED Gold Certification

The Skokie-based museum is the second museum in the Chicago area to achieve the LEED gold certification from the U.S. Green Building Council.


The Illinois Holocaust Museum and Education Center recently earned a LEED Gold Certification from the U.S. Green Building Council--the second museum in the Chicago area to receive the designation, according to a press release.

The museum will host a special ceremony to recognize the milestone and the museum’s fourth anniversary on April 19. 

Renowned architect Stanley Tigerman designed the 65,000 square-foot museum to use energy, light, water and materials effectively and incorporate various sustainable strategies, such as water-efficient landscaping, carbon dioxide monitoring and light pollution reduction. 

“As our vital mission encourages individuals to be upstanders and take care of their neighbor, so we feel that it is our obligation to examine our building’s impact on the surrounding community and environment,” Rick Hirschhaut, the museum’s executive director said in a statement. “We are honored to receive LEED Gold Certification from USGBC, and will continue our commitment to the green building movement.” 

The museum worked with the following partners to achieve the certification: Illinois Clean Energy Fund, Bulley & Andrews LLC, J.T. Katrakis & Associates Inc. and Tigerman McCurry Architects. 

The Illinois Holocaust Museum and Education Center is dedicated to preserving the legacy of the Holocaust by honoring the memories of those who were lost and by teaching universal lessons that combat hatred, prejudice and indifference.

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