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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.

A Greener Field

thumb_fieldThe Field Museum has over 26 million objects in its collection, only 1% of which are actually on display. But the Field isn’t just a repository for dead and dusty things, it’s an active research institution. The exhibit areas that visitors see make up only a portion of the building’s space with offices, labs and storage occupying the majority of the building’s square footage.

Demand Response 101

thumb_77_wackerDemand response has been called the “killer application for the smart grid” by John Wellinghoff, former Chairman of the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission. But what is it? In short, demand response is the ability of energy users to change their demand for power during periods of severe supply constraints and/or extreme spot market prices for electricity.

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