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Illinois Organizations Honored for Achievements in Environmental Protection

Twenty-four Illinois companies and organizations were honored for their significant achievements in protecting the environment, helping sustain the future, and improving the economy. The Governor’s Sustainability Awards were presented yesterday at the Hyatt Regency Chicago. The honor is presented by the Illinois Sustainable Technology Center, a unit of the Prairie Research Institute at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

Chicago Green Office Challenge: Making it Easy for Chicago Businesses to be More Sustainable

GCOC_logoWith the change of a few light bulbs, DTZ, a property management company, has edged out healthcare brand solutions firm, Purohit Navigation, for the current #1 ranking on the live leaderboard. Competition is heating up in the Chicago Green Office Challenge, and it is bringing in offices from every sector to see who is the greenest of them all. Why does it matter? Chicago’s buildings account for 71% of its greenhouse gas emissions, and we spend about $3 billion to heat, cool and operate those buildings.

The Gilded Tower: Luxury Apartment Building Obtains LEED Gold

thumb_500_lsdStocked with amenities and attired in several layers of luxury, a new rental tower opened in Streeterville last year. This June, 500 Lake Shore Drive received LEED Gold certification from the USGBC, attesting to the demand for not just opulence but sustainability in the upscale housing market.

Bringing Sustainability to Cook County

thumb_cook_countyCook County is the second most populous county in the United States, home to both the largest single-site jail and the second largest public health system in the nation. Under the leadership of Board President Toni Preckwinkle, Cook County is making significant investments in sustainability through an inventive approach to energy management and financing.

Green Infrastructure Mimics Nature to Fight Stormwater

thumb_stormwaterStorms are more frequent, more intense and less predictable. New methods to control stormwater and mitigate flooding, and the resulting damage, are needed. The newest of these, Green Infrastructure Best Management Practices, copy Mother Nature by increasing the impact of the eco-system services she already has in place, but have been covered over or removed by increasing urban development like roof tops, parking lots, roadways, sidewalks and lawns.

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