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Behind the Merc Mart's Green Scene

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There are earth-friendly buildings, and then there are earth-friendlier buildings, but how do you tell them apart? Well, one way is through what’s called LEED certification. Buildings amass points by improving air quality, recycling rates, and energy efficiency, among other things. The country’s largest commercial building is downtown’s Merchandise Mart. The Merc Mart got LEED Silver certification this week.

Chicago Public Radio’s Shawn Allee toured the Merc Mart with building manager Marian Jarocki. They started in the basement, where staff recycle thousands of spent light bulbs.

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