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Chicago Rises in Ranking of Green Office Space

28131423133_5fe0cec130_kChicago has moved up in a ranking of the nation’s largest metropolises on a recent survey of sustainable office space. According to the 2016 Green Building Adoption Index, over 72% of the Chicago market’s qualified commercial space is certified green, up from 63% last year. And with nearly one-fifth of all commercial buildings in the area certified, Chicago comes in at second on the list of the nation’s 30 largest markets, right behind San Francisco.

Live Crowdfunding Event will BOOST Chicagoland Entrepreneurs

boost-thumbThere are many great ideas out there to promote Chicago’s green economy. But the social entrepreneurs behind them are often overlooked by investors focused solely on financial concerns. Why can’t these startup ideas—with the potential to create an organization that improves the planet along with the economy—get seed funding?

What’s the Potential for Solar Power in Your Backyard?

solar-portalIn 2015, Illinois added 11 MW of solar power production, a 75% increase over the previous year. While this growth is encouraging, the state ranks 27th in the nation in overall capacity. So what can be done to encourage more solar panel installation? Thanks to a new, interactive map developed by the Cook County Department of Environmental Control and Elevate Energy, the potential for solar power capacity in the Chicago region can now easily be ascertained.

Lower Emissions, Higher Returns: The Importance of Environmental Reporting in Real Estate Investing

thumb_reitReal estate plays a pivotal role in determining public and environmental health. In the United States, commercial and residential real estate accounts for around 40% of both total electricity use and carbon emissions. More and more, investors consider these risk factors. As a result, REITs are increasingly incorporating environmental, social and governance factors into their asset analyses. What’s more, studies have shown a strong correlation between firms that report these non-financial factors and the profitability of property owners and operators.

IoT Technology Increases Municipal Waste Management Efficiency

iotThe City of Chicago accounts for nearly 70% of all waste generated in the state of Illinois, which isn’t all that surprising knowing that population density tends to be higher in cities. More people means more garbage and, as nations become more urbanized, that number will only increase. But it’s not all bad news, waste management is gaining attention from innovative companies that want to play a bigger role in the development of smart cities. They’re using the Internet of Things, a network of connected devices that communicate with each other, to help municipal collection agencies and waste management businesses increase efficiency and reduce costs.

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