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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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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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The Field Museum Achieves LEED Gold

March 16, 2015 by · Leave a Comment 

Chicago’s Field Museum is one of the world’s largest natural history museums and now one of just two such institutions in the nation to earn LEED-EB O+M Gold certification. The museum had twice obtained LEED ID+C Gold for its Conservation Hall and again for the 3D theater; this rating for the property as a whole further demonstrates The Field’s commitment to improve building efficiencies.
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Rethinking Your Building’s Waste Infrastructure

June 25, 2014 by · Leave a Comment 

By Matt Baker

We often think of waste in our buildings as a burden, as something that must be dealt with. “I want to disavow that notion and talk about how you can think of your waste stream as an asset in your organization, not a liability,” said Kevin Dick.
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Hubble Middle School: Designing for the Future

December 16, 2010 by · Leave a Comment 

By Matt Baker

When School District 200 approached Legat Architects seeking a firm to design a new middle school for the Wheaton/Warrenville area, they had specific requests and parameters. What school officials didn’t expect was to have the tables turned on them. “If you were to design your own workspace or classroom, what would you design it to be?” That’s the question Legat’s Patrick Brosnan, who served as principal on the project, put to the faculty and staff. “In fifty years, how would you be using the classroom? Because it will still be there in fifty years.”
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Seeds of Change: Vertical Farming Comes to the South Side

June 10, 2010 by · 2 Comments 

When the global population first entered the billions, Napoleon was reshaping Europe, Beethoven and Haydn were contemporary musicians and the cutting edge in technology was the steamship. That population would double sometime between the World Wars and by the turn of the millennium, humanity numbered over six billion. Of course, we’re not done; estimates suggest that by the year 2050, a world census could come in somewhere between nine and ten billion.
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