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Transwestern Honors City of Chicago and Its Chief Environmental Officer as Trendsetter of the Year

Transwestern today announced Sadhu Johnston, Chief Environmental Officer of the City of Chicago, as the 2007 Trendsetter of the Year for his contribution to environmental awareness in real estate. Johnston is tasked with implementing Mayor Richard M. Daley's commitment to green economic development and sustainability as Chicago works to become the nation's "most environmentally friendly city."

Transwestern's Trendsetter of the Year Award honors an individual, or individuals, who have made a noteworthy contribution to the commercial real estate industry as a whole, and to the Chicago metropolitan area in particular, in both the public and private sectors. Johnston will accept the honor, on behalf of Richard M. Daley and the City of Chicago, at Transwestern's annual TrendLines Conference on Thursday, November 1 at the W Hotel City Center in Chicago at 5:00pm.

"I am extremely honored to implement Mayor Richard M. Daley's green initiatives and accept Transwestern's Trendsetter of the Year award on behalf of the City of Chicago," said Johnston. "Making existing buildings more energy efficient saves money and improves the environment and having Transwestern's leadership in Chicago makes our jobs easier. We will continue to focus our work on buildings, as over 60% of Chicago's green house gas emissions come from existing buildings. We look forward to working in partnership with Transwestern and other real estate leaders in making Chicago America's greenest city."

The leader in the U.S. Green Building Council LEED Portfolio Program, Transwestern holds the largest number of existing buildings registered to become LEED certified. Further, Transwestern trains in-house property staff to "green" buildings using the Energy Star and LEED rating systems, and has teamed up with national organizations to focus on energy solutions to climate change issues with regards to commercial real estate.

"Mayor Richard M. Daley and Mr. Johnston share in Transwestern's commitment to growing green," said Robert Bagguley, President of Transwestern's Midwest Region. "Chicago has quickly become an international leader in environmental sustainability by making energy efficient initiatives and green buildings a top priority. Transwestern commends the Mayor Richard M. Daley and Mr. Johnston for looking towards the future of development and its impact to save energy, dollars and the environment for decades to come."

Appointed by Mayor Richard M. Daley, Johnston's duty as the Chief Environmental Officer is to oversee all of the City of Chicago environmental initiatives. Before being appointed as the Chief Environmental Officer, Sadhu Johnston served as the Commissioner of the City of Chicago Department of Environment (DOE) and as the Assistant to the Mayor for Green Initiatives. He has been responsible for administering programs to protect and restore Chicago's natural resources, reduce waste, clean up brownfields, promote energy efficiency, enforce environmental protection laws, and educate the public about environmental issues.

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