Starting with practices as simple as recycling and utilizing energy-efficient technologies at our facilities, to building a data center with industry-leading technology, we are committed to putting change into motion that will positively impact the environment of tomorrow.
Our industry-leading data center in Aurora, Ill. provides continuous power and cooling to all internal and external business systems, including CME Globex, Clearing, and regulatory services.
During the construction of the data center, reducing waste and recycling materials stood center stage. Our efforts during construction included:
To increase efficiency and environmental sustainability, the data center features:
To better manage our sustainability efforts, CME Group launched a Sustainability Committee in 2013. The committee’s mission is to manage and grow sustainability efforts on a company-wide level and to create lasting interest among all employees.
By identifying best practices and areas of opportunity, the group will ensure the continued success of our sustainability efforts as this focus area becomes more and more important in the global business community.
In 2009, one of CME Group’s locations, the building at 550 West Washington Street in Chicago, became the world’s first Platinum LEED® certified multi-tenant building under the LEED for Existing Building Operations & Maintenance (O&M) category. This is the highest rating in the LEED family of green buildings.
As the long-term anchor tenant of the 550 building, CME Group successfully implemented environmental sustainability practices to support the LEED certification, including the use of only green cleaners and hand towels made from largely recycled materials. Our global offices use only LED monitors that do not contain mercury, halogen, or lead, which makes them safer for the environment and uses 30-50% less energy.
Four of our office locations now hold LEED certifications.