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Building Green Chicago 2014

250x250_BGC-logo_SquareJust announced: Keynote Address by Deborah Stone, Cook County Chief Sustainability Officer. The 8th annual Building Green Chicago Conference & Expo has been scheduled for April 29th, 2014. In addition to a showroom floor featuring the latest in green building products and services, attendees will be able to listen in on education panels covering some of the latest trends in sustainable construction.

Mending Brownfields: It Takes a Little Village

The car bounced down the road, avoiding deep potholes and the snow and ice piled high on the curbs. Margaret Renas turned off of bustling Kedzie onto a narrow road. Beautiful, turn-of-the-century houses lined the residential street, but also the occasional dress store, taqueria or auto repair shop.

One of the Newest CPS Schools is Also the Greenest

Goode3The Sarah E. Goode STEM Academy opened its doors in 2012, but it doesn’t have a single student. Here, pupils are “innovators.” But the students aren’t the only innovators involved, as one of the newest Chicago public schools is also the greenest. Located in Chicago’s Ashburn community, Sarah E. Goode STEM has been certified LEED Platinum by the USGBC—a first in the state.

Petcoke and Chicago: Can They Coexist?

petcoke2With petcoke piles growing larger on the south side of Chicago, a battle is ensuing over the newly proposed ordinance introduced in February by Mayor Emanuel, Alderman Pope (10th) and Alderman Burke (14th). This ordinance would “prevent Chicago from becoming a dumping ground” for petroleum coke, known as “petcoke,” in the city and ban expansion of existing facilities that process, store or handle the material.

Eye on Industry: The Green Method

method3Factories can be noxious and dingy places. But they don’t have to be. The nation’s first LEED Platinum manufacturing facility is under construction right now in Chicago. The factory will make liquid soap and other products for Method, the San Francisco-based purveyor of environmentally responsible home cleaning and personal care products. Construction started last year and employees will move in this October.

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