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Chicago Commits to 100% Renewable Energy Among City-Owned Buildings

April 11, 2017 by · Leave a Comment 

Mayor Rahm Emanuel has commitment to shift city-owned buildings to 100% renewable energy by 2025. If implemented, Chicago would be the country’s largest city to decarbonize the energy supply of its public buildings.
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Chicago Selects New Chief Resilience Officer

May 3, 2016 by · Leave a Comment 

Like other global cities, Chicago faces many challenges at the outset of the 21st Century. Overcoming these requires an ability to be resilient, to bounce back from adversity and to over-prepare for eventual hardship. To help in this fight, Aaron Koch has been named the first Chief Resilience Officer (CRO) in Chicago.
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New Chief Sustainability Officer in Chicago

February 5, 2016 by · Leave a Comment 

By Matt Baker

Karen Weigert has resigned as Chief Sustainability Officer at the City of Chicago. Replacing her will be Chris Wheat, previously the head of the Mayor’s Innovation Team.
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Chicago Center for Green Technology to Close

October 30, 2014 by · 1 Comment 

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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Green Office Challenge Round 3 Awards Announced

June 18, 2014 by · Leave a Comment 

chicago_aerialThe winners of the 2013 Chicago Green Office Challenge were announced at a reception held today at the Chicago Cultural Center. The Green Office Challenge is a friendly competition to encourage area businesses to adopt sustainable practices in their workspaces that promote efficiency, save money and reduce greenhouse gas emissions.
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Reducing Energy Consumption, Neighborhood by Neighborhood

December 18, 2013 by · Leave a Comment 

Neighborhood2By Matt Baker

Chicago has put a number of programs into place to challenge residents to reduce their utility consumption. It started with the Green Office Challenge, pitting commercial office spaces against each other to lower energy, materials and water consumption. Retrofit Chicago is a similar program on a larger scale, with entire buildings in competition.

The latest program aims to go even bigger, with neighborhood competing against neighborhood. The Chicago Neighborhood Energy Challenge is a six-month pilot competition among multi-unit buildings in Humboldt Park and Logan Square that will encourage residents to reduce energy usage.
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Davis Appointed New Building Commish

December 11, 2013 by · Leave a Comment 

Chicago City HallThe Chicago Department of Buildings has a new head. Mayor Rahm Emanuel today named Felicia Davis Commissioner, replacing Michael Merchant. Davis will oversee code enforcement, as well as ongoing efforts to modernize the department.
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Energy Use Benchmarking Comes to Chicago

September 26, 2013 by · Leave a Comment 

By Matt Baker

Greenwashers. They are the ones telling you that their product is sustainable and never mind about backing those claims up. You might be annoyed to discover that you’ve wasted your money on paper towels or a floor cleaner that claimed to be green but wasn’t. Now imagine that the product bathed in greenwashing isn’t some $5 cleaning product but a piece of real estate.
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Sustainability is Above Board at Chicago’s Newest Harbor

March 20, 2013 by · Leave a Comment 

By Matt Baker

31st_Okrent_smBears season tickets. That is possibly the only waiting list in Chicago longer than the one to get a boat slip. With marina demand so large, the need for a new harbor was evident. The Chicago Park District conducted a study of the lakefront in 2005 to determine the best spot for a new marina. At the top of that list was one location: 31st Street.
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That Land’s Not Vacant, it’s Fallow: Creating More Community Gardens in Chicago’s Food Deserts

March 20, 2013 by · Leave a Comment 

By Linda Seggelke

New_crops-Chicago_urban_farmFood deserts—areas where access to groceries and fresh food has been replaced by convenience stores and fast food restaurants—have plagued Chicago for years, particularly in the west and south neighborhoods. A recent report has shown that these areas are shrinking, with the number of Chicagoans living in a food desert reduced by 40% over the last five years.
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