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Lucas Museum Starts to Take Shape

November 4, 2014 by · Leave a Comment 

The renderings are in for the Lucas Museum of Narrative Art that will go up on a parking lot adjacent to Soldier Field. Filmmaker George Lucas announced the project earlier this year and tapped Beijing-based MAD Architects to design the museum.
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Chicago Center for Green Technology to Close

October 30, 2014 by · 5 Comments 

DSCF0177One of the landmarks of former Mayor Richard M. Daley’s green initiatives is coming to a close. The Chicago Center for Green Technology (CCGT) will cease operations after Friday, October 31, 2014. The building will no longer be available to the public for tours and no more Green Tech U (GTU) classes will be held.
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Illinois Organizations Honored for Achievements in Environmental Protection

October 24, 2014 by · Leave a Comment 

Twenty-four Illinois companies and organizations were honored for their significant achievements in protecting the environment, helping sustain the future, and improving the economy. The Governor’s Sustainability Awards were presented yesterday at the Hyatt Regency Chicago. The honor is presented by the Illinois Sustainable Technology Center (ISTC), a unit of the Prairie Research Institute at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.
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Chicago Green Office Challenge: Making it Easy for Chicago Businesses to be More Sustainable

October 15, 2014 by · 1 Comment 

By Karen Weigert, Chief Sustainability Officer, City of Chicago

With the change of a few light bulbs, DTZ, a property management company, has edged out healthcare brand solutions firm, Purohit Navigation, for the current #1 ranking on the live leaderboard—and the Peace Corps Midwest Regional Recruiting Office is just a few points behind. Competition is heating up in the Chicago Green Office Challenge, and it is bringing in offices from every sector to see who is the greenest of them all.
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The Gilded Tower: Luxury Apartment Building Obtains LEED Gold

September 18, 2014 by · Leave a Comment 

By Matt Baker

southeast_corner_smallStocked with amenities and attired in several layers of luxury, a new rental tower opened in Streeterville last year. This June, 500 Lake Shore Drive received LEED Gold certification from the USGBC, attesting to the demand for not just opulence but sustainability in the upscale housing market.
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Bringing Sustainability to Cook County

September 18, 2014 by · Leave a Comment 

By Deborah Stone, Chief Sustainability Officer, Cook County
Tony Dover, Energy Manager, Cook County Bureau of Economic Development
Barbara Maloof, Public Information Officer, Cook County Bureau of Economic Development

Cook County is the second most populous county in the United States, home to both the largest single-site jail and the second largest public health system in the nation. Under the leadership of Board President Toni Preckwinkle, Cook County is making significant investments in sustainability through an inventive approach to energy management and financing.
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Green Infrastructure Mimics Nature to Fight Stormwater

September 18, 2014 by · Leave a Comment 

By Marilyn Witney, ICN Pro, AMG
Marketing Director, Midwest Ecological Landscape Alliance
www.melaweb.org

Ball_smallWhen astronomers search for life beyond our earth, they look for the one thing vital to all life as we know it: water. But this resource, the only one that drops right from the sky to our doorstep, free of charge, is not limitless. Just ask anyone in California or Texas this past summer.

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Chicago, it seems that most of the time we have way too much water. Last year, we experienced historic rain events. In part due to climate change, this is becoming the new normal. Storms are more frequent, more intense and less predictable. This season has already had above average precipitation, climbing again toward historic levels. In August, numerous areas received more than the normal rain expected for the entire month in just one day . All of this has added up to millions of dollars in damage for municipalities and landowners, along with heartache and loss because of flood-damaged homes, businesses and recreation areas.
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A Greener Field

September 18, 2014 by · Leave a Comment 

By Matt Baker
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You have been to the Field Museum of Natural History, no doubt. You’ve seen the taxidermied animal specimens, the mummies and the fossils. You’ve gazed up at Sue. But there’s so much you haven’t seen.
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Demand Response 101

September 18, 2014 by · Leave a Comment 

By Karan Gupta, EDF Climate Corps Fellow

Demand response has been called the “killer application for the smart grid” by John Wellinghoff, former Chairman of the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission. But what is it? In short, demand response is the ability of energy users to change their demand for power during periods of severe supply constraints and/or extreme spot market prices for electricity.
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Climate Action March Coming Through Chicago

September 2, 2014 by · Leave a Comment 

Chicago Climate March PosterOn March 1, 2014, hundreds of everyday Americans set out from Los Angeles, CA, on a 3,000-mile walk to Washington, DC. The goal of the Great March for Climate Action, according to the organization’s mision statement, is to “change the heart and mind of the American people, our elected leaders and people across the world to act now to address the climate crisis.”
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