One Rotary Center, the world headquarters of Evanston-based Rotary International, has been awarded LEED gold certification for existing buildings by the U.S. Green Building Council.

A first-time applicant, the building, owned by Rotary International and managed and leased by Cushman & Wakefield of Illinois, Inc., achieved a perfect score in all areas attempted in the rating system.

Sandra Gutierrez, general manager of the building, led the process to achieve certification under the system, which seeks to maximize operational efficiency while minimizing environmental impacts.

“This achievement demonstrates Rotary’s commitment of service and stewardship to the communities in which we live and work,” said Peter DeBerge, deputy general secretary of Rotary International, the global humanitarian service organization with 1.2 million members.

One Rotary Center, built in 1977 is a 368,767 square foot, Class A office building located at 1560 Sherman Ave.

The U.S. Green Building Council is a non-profit organization based in Washington, D.C., that promotes a prosperous and sustainable future through cost-efficient and energy-saving green buildings.

Bill Smith is the editor and publisher of Evanston Now.

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