SKOKIE, IL- First Bank & Trust and the Skokie Chamber of Commerce co-hosted a Gold Celebration Sept. 24th to celebrate the Gold-Level LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) certification of its 3,600 square–foot eco-friendly branch at 4007 Dempster Street. This certification by the U.S. Green Building Council under its leadership in Energy and Environmental Design program identifies and rewards the best practices for buildings energy, water and natural resource performance. Highlights of 4007 Dempster Street building design include floor to ceiling “daylight harvesting” windows, a green roof and a geothermal heating and cooling system.
Approximately 100 guests attended including Skokie Mayor George Van Dusen, Illinois State Senator Daniel Biss, Skokie Chamber of Commerce President Howard Meyer, Project Architect Joseph Behles and First Bank & Trust Managing Director and CEO, Robert Yohanan and Managing Director, Jay Lytle were among the guests and speakers at the LEED Gold Celebration."This is an important lesson about the mutual positive interaction of running a successful profitable business, giving back to the community, and engaging in a very visionary long-term approach to sustainability,” said State Senator Daniel Biss. “I'm pleased to be included today in the celebration of the work you're doing."