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Life in the Lab: Experimenting With the Single-Family Home

March 11, 2010 by · Leave a Comment 

By Matt Baker

It is early adopters that drive down the prices and stretch the capabilities of new technologies, whether it’s the first production automobiles or the latest smart phones. And with much of the green building industry only just emerging, it requires that willingness to try something new, to redefine what’s possible, if these technologies are to take root.

Even before Jim and Beth Masterson decided to refashion a former schoolhouse from the 1880’s into a green home for themselves and their five children, they had begun implementing a greener life. They eschewed the clothes dryer in favor of line drying and the family became avid recyclers and composters. It was an experiment in how environmentally conscious they could make their daily routines without disruption. Read more

Quarles & Brady Chicago Achieve LEED Gold

February 22, 2010 by · Leave a Comment 

The Chicago office of Quarles & Brady LLP recently achieved LEED-CI Gold from the USGBC, making it the first publicly registered law office in Chicago to achieve LEED Gold status. Read more

Waukegan Superfund Cleanup Begins

February 19, 2010 by · Leave a Comment 

Cleanup work made possible with $18.5 million in American Recovery and Reinvestment Act funds is now under way at the former site of Outboard Marine Corp. in Waukegan. OMC is one of 51 superfund sites across the nation to benefit from Recovery Act funding.
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Aqua: The Beauty of Green

December 2, 2009 by · 5 Comments 

By Matt Baker

Chicago has enjoyed a high-rise construction boom during the last decade. With a few notable exceptions, once the scaffolding and cranes come down, what has often been left behind are towering monuments to the banal: precast concrete behemoths hued somewhere between beach sand and aged asphalt.
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Building Green Chicago Conference & Expo Highlights

December 2, 2009 by · Leave a Comment 

Building on the popularity of its previous seminars, Index Publishing, in cooperation with USGBC Chicago, presented the Building Green Chicago Conference and Expo. The half-day event was a balance of showroom floor exhibiting the latest sustainable building products and educational seminars by top city officials and local leaders in the sustainability movement.
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Mandating Change in Illinois

December 2, 2009 by · Leave a Comment 

By Danielle Wagner

The State of Illinois wants to demand more green from its buildings. The Illinois General Assembly recently passed the Green Buildings Act into legislation. The Act, effective as of July 24, 2009, mandates that state-funded building construction and major building renovation of state-owned facilities must obtain LEED, Green Globe or an equivalent sustainable building certification.
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Proving Mechanical Insulation’s Worth

December 2, 2009 by · Leave a Comment 

By Brian Glynn

“Are you sure this enhancement is going to make a difference?”

If you work in green building design and/or construction, no doubt this is a question that you have had to answer at some point in your career. This is particularly true for those who work in the mechanical insulation industry. Read more

Q & A: Manny Flores Discusses a Greener Chicago

December 2, 2009 by · Leave a Comment 

By Matt Baker

In just a few years, First Ward Alderman Manny Flores has made an impression on the local political scene. Formerly an aide to Congressman Luis Gutierrez and a prosecutor in the Cook County State’s Attorney office, Flores has made political transparency and environmental consciousness essential to his platform.
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Building on Green: MMPI’s 30-Year Dedication to Sustainability

December 2, 2009 by · Leave a Comment 

Every Chicagoan knows The Merchandise Mart, the colossal and stately art deco gem that sits at the fork of the Chicago River branches. But not everyone knows its role in the green movement. MMPI, owner and manager of The Mart and its sister building, 350 West Mart Center, has been dedicated to creating sustainable environments for more than thirty years, a commitment that has awarded both buildings with LEED certifications.
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Putting the Pieces Together: Training the Next Generation of Green Pipefitters

December 2, 2009 by · Leave a Comment 

By Kenneth Ruesken

Pipefitter Local 597 has been training members in the installation, maintenance and service of heating, ventilation, air conditioning and refrigeration (HVAC/R) for over one hundred years. Since the inception of the green movement, they have focused their effort on training for the future.
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