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Supreme Court Rules Against EPA on Pollution Regulations

June 29, 2015 by · Leave a Comment 

The U.S. Supreme Court has ruled that the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) overreached with its regulation of oil- and gas-fired power plants. According to the ruling, a Clean Air Act amendment intended to check the emissions of mercury and other toxic materials didn’t take into account the financial cost of reducing those pollutants.
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Please Don’t Feed the Landfills: Food Composting on a Commercial Scale

June 24, 2015 by · Leave a Comment 

By Matt Baker

Reducing the amount of food we send to landfills can have significant financial and environmental benefits. One method for dealing with our leftovers is composting. But can it scale up to a commercial scale where those benefits could be maximized?
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Doing Growth Right: ICE Expands Its Chicago Office

June 24, 2015 by · Leave a Comment 

By Matt Baker

With growth comes the opportunity for better efficiency. Nurture a copse of trees into a forest and witness the diversity and vibrancy of life that takes up residence there. The same is true of systems designed by man as well as nature.

The Intercontinental Exchange, or ICE, is a multinational conglomerate of stock exchanges and clearing houses. They own and operate more than 20 exchanges and marketplaces covering commodities, indexes and equities, including the New York Stock Exchange which they acquired in 2013.
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Working Toward a Zero Carbon Future

June 24, 2015 by · 1 Comment 

By Christian Jebsen, CEO Kebony

The carbon cycle is a natural phenomenon which allows the Earth to sustain life. This means healthy amounts of carbon are naturally present in the Earth’s atmosphere. However, human activity and the onset of industrialization have dramatically altered this equilibrium by increasing the amount of carbon dioxide emitted and decreasing the number of natural sinks used to remove it from the atmosphere. Although countless industries are responsible for this altered state, one in particular is making headway in the race to solve this global issue.
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The 606: The Trailhead to a Larger Trend

June 24, 2015 by · Leave a Comment 

By Linda Seggelke

After more than a decade of planning, $95 million in funding and one name change, the City of Chicago cut the ribbon recently on the 606, a new elevated park that stretches for nearly three miles on the city’s northwest side. Formerly known as the Bloomingdale Trail, the park makes use of a disused rail line that stretches above Bloomingdale Avenue, connecting Bucktown, Wicker Park, Logan Square and Humboldt Park.
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Chicago Green Office Challenge 2015 Winners Announced

June 11, 2015 by · Leave a Comment 

New winners have been crowned in the Green Office Challenge—an ongoing competition where commercial offices implement sustainable practices. While winning the challenge is certainly an honor, the true benefits are better energy efficiency, reduced utility costs and mitigation of greenhouse gas emissions.
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New Green Rating System Takes Aim at Power Systems

April 29, 2015 by · Leave a Comment 

With LEED, the USGBC has enjoyed a virtual monopoly on green building ratings. Since the organization’s formation in 1993, our collective understanding of what makes a building truly green has become more refined. The USGBC hopes to have the same effect on how we generate and distribute electricity.
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The Right Window Means a New Lease on Life … and New Leases

March 26, 2015 by · 2 Comments 

By Matt Baker

The elder sibling of Prudential Plaza turns 60 this year. As a birthday gift, it’s getting a $100 million upgrade which includes new mechanical systems, a 10,000 square foot outdoor deck and other improvements. The most extensive change, however, is hidden in plain sight: the replacement of every window in the building’s façade.
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Waste Management’s Dirty Little Secret

March 26, 2015 by · 1 Comment 

By Linda Seggelke

The hauling and handling of garbage is a job that few of us really want to think about. But we should, because the industry has a huge potential to increase landfill diversion, resource conservation, material reuse and, perhaps most importantly, jobs.
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Sculpting a Green Office

March 26, 2015 by · Leave a Comment 

By Matt Baker

“In every block of marble I see a statue as plain as though it stood before me, shaped and perfect in attitude and action.” So begins a quote often attributed to Michelangelo. “I have only to hew away the rough walls that imprison the lovely apparition to reveal it to other eyes as mine see it.”

The eight-story building at 20 North Michigan Avenue was such a sculpture—a green, innovative office building trapped in an aging warehouse. It just took a little foresight and years of carving to release it.
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