Posted Online: Nov. 18, 2012, 12:13 pm
Award recognizes Chicago's new 31st Street Harbor
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CHICAGO (AP) — The Chicago Park District and its harbor manager have won an award recognizing the new 31st Street Harbor for energy efficiency and environmental innovation.
The Fabien Cousteau Blue Award comes from the International Superyacht Society and its panel of judges includes the grandson of Jacques Cousteau.
The $103 million harbor opened in May.
It includes a 63,000 square foot green roof, native plants that reduce irrigation demands and a playground that includes a climbing wall and public art.
Its geothermal heating system results in a steep reduction in energy use.
The harbor has a large breakwater designed to stop waves as high was 35 feet.
The harbor also creates a valuable marine habitat and includes submerged trees that attract fish.
The award also names harbor manager Westrec Marinas.