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25 Case Studies: Evaluating Green Buildings After Construction

December 2, 2009 by · Leave a Comment 

By Doug Widener

Building green is only the beginning. Without practiced operations and properly gauged utility use, a sustainably built structure is no different from its traditionally built neighbors. But with an understanding of operational issues, tenant behavior and maintenance practices, building owners and managers can implement ongoing changes that lead to improved building performance and sustainability over time.
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Churning Up Jobs

September 2, 2009 by · Leave a Comment 

By Linda Seggelke

If there are two major issues that define the current American zeitgeist, they are surely the hobbling economy and the looming threat of climate change. As the wildly successful “Cash for Clunkers” program has shown of late, quite often one solution can absorb the impact of both problems.
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Tomorrow’s Chicago

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By Katherine McCarthy

In the centennial year of Burnham and Bennett’s 1909 Plan of Chicago, it is fitting to adopt a major new plan that carries its legacy into the new century. The 2003 Central Area Plan (CAAP) responded to the remarkable transformation of Chicago’s Downtown over the previous 20 years. The first Downtown plan produced by the City since 1958, it detailed the potential for the growth of the Loop and surround area over the next two decades.
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Index Publishing to Create New ‘Green Layer’

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As more and more construction projects seek to become green across Chicago, Index Publishing is working to present these projects to our current and future GIS subscribers on its GIS map.
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A Hot Commodity

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By Danielle Wagner

One bellwether for the sustainability mindset is the rise in stock over the past few years for carbon trading. With new legislation that has passed the House and is currently pending in the Senate, the carbon trading market will soon be up for grabs.
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Natural Talent: The Search for Chicago’s Next Green Building Stars

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By Matt Baker

This summer, the Chicago branch of the USGBC, in collaboration with the McHenry County affiliate of Habitat for Humanity, hosted the Natural Talent design competition. The charrette was open to all university level students of any discipline and level and individuals five years or less out of school.
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The Case for Green: Quarles & Brady Make Bold Moves for Sustainability

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By Matt Baker

The Chicago River is home to a new skyscraper, a modern gem of steel and glass at 300 N. LaSalle Street developed by Hines. With unique cutouts offering eight corners per floor and a streamlined exterior, it is a beautiful addition to the historic buildings along the riverfront.
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The Windy City Goes Solar

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By Matt Baker

In April, energy giant Exelon Corp. announced plans to erect a solar collection plant on Chicago’s south side. The $60 million plus project would only go forward, Exelon said, with stimulus support from the federal government.
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Investment in Renewables Trumps Fossil Fuels

June 3, 2009 by · Leave a Comment 

By Ursula Wilhelm

The world financial markets were in a tailspin in 2008, with investments across the board off previous years. Nevertheless, capital growth in clean energy grew 5% on the record investments made in 2007.
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Maintain to Sustain: Chicago’s FBI Office Achieves a World First

June 3, 2009 by · 3 Comments 

By Matt Baker

When considering those at the forefront of environmental sustainability, one normally wouldn’t think first of the Federal Bureau of Investigation. But with the recent awarding of a platinum certification for LEED Existing Building Operations & Maintenance (EBOM)–the world’s first–the FBI Chicago regional office has shown that they are just as conscious of carbon footprints as fingerprints.
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