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2010 Building Green Chicago Conference & Expo

June 10, 2010 by · 1 Comment 

For the fourth straight year, Index Publishing hosted the Building Green Chicago Conference and Expo at the Chicago Marriott Downtown on April 7. The educational component was broken into four sections covering the urban landscape, water management, local energy efficiency success stories and an overview of the new LEED for Neighborhood Development.
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Architects Behaving Well and Tracking It: Meeting the AIA 2030 Commitment Starts in Chicago

June 10, 2010 by · 2 Comments 

At this point, a lot of architects can recite chapter and verse on the negative impact buildings’ greenhouse gas emissions have on the environment. Plain and simple: buildings are the single largest contributor to the annual production of greenhouse gases.
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Innovation Incubation: A Look Inside the Chicago Sustainable Manufacturing Center

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Carl Sandburg wasn’t abusing his poetic license when he referred to Chicago as “Hog Butcher for the World, / Tool Maker, Stacker of Wheat, / Player with Railroads and the Nation’s Freight Handler.” Situated at the midway point between production to the west and consumption to the east, the City of Big Shoulders functioned as middleman to the nation. This gave rise to miles of new rail, acres of factories and the highest concentration of butcheries anywhere. The slaughterhouses were so extensive that the stew of methane and other gases belching to the surface of the Chicago River’s South Branch from discarded, decomposing offal provided the waterway a new nickname, “Bubbly Creek.”
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Web Portal Helps Affordable Housing Become Greener

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For small community organizations without much experience in sustainable building, navigating the sea of funding options to find the best fit for an affordable housing project can be as challenging as the grant applications themselves. To help close the information gap in this field, nonprofit housing lender Chicago Community Loan Fund (CCLF) has launched the latest resource for community developers: a new web resource at www.greenaffordable.org called Building For Sustainability: Resources for Sustainable Building in Chicagoland.
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Building a Better Neighborhood: LEED-ND and the Future Community

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Park Forest, one of Chicago’s southern suburbs, had a curious beginning. Established in 1949, the village wasn’t served by a commuter rail line, the kernel around which most other suburbs accrued. It was in fact the first post-war, planned community built around an automobile-oriented shopping mall. Ten years later, around 29,000 residents lived in ranch style homes on large lots, enjoying the independence that their cars gave them. This new vision of suburbia would change the development landscape in America for generations
to come.
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Seeds of Change: Vertical Farming Comes to the South Side

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When the global population first entered the billions, Napoleon was reshaping Europe, Beethoven and Haydn were contemporary musicians and the cutting edge in technology was the steamship. That population would double sometime between the World Wars and by the turn of the millennium, humanity numbered over six billion. Of course, we’re not done; estimates suggest that by the year 2050, a world census could come in somewhere between nine and ten billion.
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ComEd Increases Financial Aid to High Performance Buildings

June 2, 2010 by · 1 Comment 

Commonwealth Edison has announced that it will increase the maximum funding amount of financial incentives for new construction or major renovation projects in its service territory to $150,000—a $50,000 increase since the program’s inception in June of 2009.
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South Works Planned Developement Set for TIF Infusion

May 12, 2010 by · 2 Comments 

The Chicago City Council may once again turn to controversial tax-increment financing (TIF) to help pay for the redevelopment of the years-dormant South Works property. On Tuesday, the Council’s Community Development Commission voted unanimously in support of pledging $96 million to finance the first phase of a massive overhaul of the former U.S. Steel plant on the city’s south side. If approved by the full Council, the South Works TIF would be the City’s largest ever subsidy of private development.
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Chicago Climate Exchange Set to Go on ICE

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Intercontinental Exchange Inc. (ICE), a leading operator of regulated global futures exchanges and markets, has announced its acquisition of London-based Climate Exchange Plc, the parent of, among other exchanges, the Chicago Climate Exchange and the Chicago Climate Futures Exchange.
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JJC Opens First LEED-Certified Community College Greenhouse

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If it could, a leafhopper that sneaks through the roof of Joliet Junior College’s (JJC) new Greenhouse Facility this spring would gloat. Its lower-flying fellow pests cannot penetrate the structure: the near 16-foot walls are too high, and the passive ventilation system offers no vents or fans to slip through. But just as it prepares to dig into a chrysanthemum, that leafhopper gets sucked up and out of the facility.
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