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The Precautionary Principle: Bedrock of Sustainability?

September 8, 2010 by · 1 Comment 

By Jonathan Wootliff

First mooted back in 1972 at a United Nations conference in Stockholm, the so-called “precautionary principle” has become as much anathema to some and godsend to others. A local and timely example of this highly controversial concept is a growing debate about the right of Asian Carp to swim in the Great Lakes.
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Nation’s Largest Solar Plant Provides Ray of Hope for Alternative Power

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By Matt Baker

It seems so simple. Coal and oil are dirty, finite resources while sunlight is clean and ubiquitous. So why haven’t we made the change? There are many reasons but the most looming is money. It still costs two to three times as much to produce one kilowatt hour of solar power compared to conventional means. The best way for alternative energy to achieve parity with fossil fuels is expanded production. Increase the scale and prices will decrease.
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Natural Talent 2010: Small, Green and Affordable

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By Matt Baker

It’s been five years since Hurricane Katrina devastated New Orleans. Early predictions of the city’s impending demise, especially for its poorest, hardest hit neighborhoods like the lower Ninth Ward and Broadmoor, have so far proven unfounded. Proof of a city on the mend exists beyond the Saints’ Super Bowl success. The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers is currently undertaking the largest task in its history, a $14 billion overhaul of the levees. And all across the Mississippi Delta, residents are slowly moving back.
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Greenbuild 2010: Bringing Green Back to Chicago

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By Dieterich Herndobler

The annual Greenbuild International Conference and Expo, hosted by the United States Green Building Council (USGBC), is visiting Chicago for the second time since its beginning in 2002. The expo will be at McCormick Place West from November 17th through the 19th and will use twice the space it did in 2007.
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ANEW Life for Office Furniture

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By Matt Baker

It may not happen often, but inspiration sometimes comes in the form of furniture crashing to the pavement.

Having found success as an interior designer, Rose Tourje began to have conversations with a group of others like her who wanted to give back. What came of this effort was a look at industry processes from beginning to end. With the green movement underway, plenty of front end improvements were being implemented, in great part to the leadership role of the USGBC.
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Local USGBC Design Competition Winners Announced

July 29, 2010 by · Leave a Comment 

The Illinois Chapter of the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) on Wednesday night announced the local winners of the 2010 Natural Talent Design Competition in the Haworth showroom at the Merchandise Mart. Nineteen designs were submitted to the local chapter in one of two categories: student or emerging professional. The winning entries in each category received a pass to this year’s Greenbuild expo and their designs will advance to the next level in the national charrette.
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Chicago Premiere of “Carbon Nation” Documentary

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“Carbon Nation,” a documentary film about climate change solutions, will make it’s Chicago premiere on August 10 in Millennium Park. The film had it’s first viewing at the

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Environmental Film Festival in the Nation’s Capital last March.
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New Smart Grid Partnership Creates a World First in Chicago

July 21, 2010 by · 1 Comment 

A signing ceremony today set into the motion a first-of-its-kind partnership to bring new smart grid innovations to Chicago. The deal is a cooperation between the Illinois Science and Technology Coalition (ISTC), the Building Owners and Managers Association (BOMA), the Citizens Utility Board and several South Korean government and private interests, including Korea Telecom and LG Electronics. The public-private partnership is expected to provide more than $20 million to develop technological infrastructure, deploy energy optimization solutions, improve grid security and create a green collar workforce.
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New Light Bulb Labeling Will Eschew Watts for Lumens

June 24, 2010 by · 1 Comment 

The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) recently announced that, starting next year, light bulbs will feature new labeling on packaging designed to help consumers choose among the different types of bulbs on the market and allow them to save money by selecting the most efficient bulbs that best fit their lighting needs.
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Wilmette Public Works Facility Becomes One of Few to Hit Gold

June 17, 2010 by · Leave a Comment 

Many municipalities across the nation have legislated the greening of their facilities. Only a handful of public works buildings, however, aim as high as LEED Gold. Wilmette’s new public works facility did just that.
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