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The Daley Award recognizes Mayor Richard M. Daley’s planet-changing leadership.

A legacy award

In 2010, the U.S. Green Building Council established a new award: the Mayor Richard M. Daley Legacy Award for Global Leadership in Creating Sustainable Cities. The award was presented to Chicago Mayor Richard Daley at USGBC’s annual Greenbuild conference in Chicago that year.

Mayor Daley has dedicated his time as mayor to making Chicago one of the most environmentally-friendly cities in the nation. Chicago was one of the first cities to adopt LEED for public buildings and is home to more LEED-certified buildings than any other city in the United States.


Kevin Johnson, Mayor of Sacramento, Calif., who has advanced green schools, building retrofits, and numerous other sustainability initiatives during his time in office. Through the Greenwise Joint Venture, Greenwise Regional Action Plan, Blue Thumb and a variety of commitments and partnerships, he has proven his dedication to and leadership in improving efficiency and equality in American cities.