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Helping Teens Help the Environment

September 14, 2016 by · Leave a Comment 

By Matt Baker

There are about a dozen teenagers in the room chattering excitedly, with more filtering in. Their voices echo off the walls since the space is still sparsely decorated; there are some plantings by the window, crafts along a ledge, and large sheets of paper up on the walls with the group’s goals. Be safe. Be social. Step out of your comfort zone. Take initiative.

This is the Green Creation Crew, a program funded in partnership by the YMCA of Metro Chicago and After School Matters. For six weeks this summer, teens from all around the city took part in this STEM program with a focus on energy and sustainability. They worked in teams to develop and execute environmental efficiency plans—pitching sustainable improvements to “clients,” actually making those improvements and then assessing their work afterward.
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New Facility Will Train Electricians in Next-Gen, Sustainable Technologies

November 10, 2014 by · Leave a Comment 

The IBEW NECA Technical Institute (IN TECH) campus has long been a recognizable site to drivers on I-294 as they travel through southwest suburban Alsip. It will soon stand out even more, however, after distinctive structures including turbines and solar panels go up. That’s not to mention a building that will look like the latest spaceship to land in the Chicago region since the Soldier Field redesign.
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Retrofitting Buildings and Behavior

September 26, 2013 by · Leave a Comment 

thermostatby Colin Rohlfing, LEED AP BD+C
Sustainable Director at HOK

Chicago is at a tipping point. The Retrofit Chicago program is in full-swing, “Sustainable Chicago 2015” has established a pathway forward for the city that emphasizes energy efficiency in the built environment and the Chicago Energy Disclosure Ordinance has been approved for implementation.

These initiatives have already decreased energy use in the City of Chicago and will continue to do so in the near future. However, significant reduction in energy cannot be solely achieved with “behind the scenes” building system upgrades. Sustainable principles and initiatives must be implemented and championed by building occupants from multiple stakeholder groups. The Chicago Green Office Challenge has taken efficiency to this next level; but unlocking the sustainable “power of people” is a deliberate and intricate process.
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A Decade of Model Green Building

June 21, 2012 by · Leave a Comment 

By Matt Baker

This June, the Chicago Center for Green Technology (CCGT) turned ten years old. Hundreds of people came out to celebrate the successes of one of the country’s premier green building educational facilities and to launch it toward the next ten years.
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The John Marshall Law School Offers New Certificate in Sustainability Law

December 15, 2011 by · Leave a Comment 

By Matt Baker

The John Marshall Law School

Founded in 1899 and ABA-accredited for sixty years, the John Marshall Law School (JMLS) is perhaps Chicago’s best-known independent law school, having produced many notable jurists, including Timothy C. Evans, the Chief Judge of the Circuit Court of Cook County and the current White House Chief Of Staff, Bill Daley.

The school offers JD and other graduate degrees in a variety of curricula, such as property law, trial advocacy and legal writing; U.S. News & World Report recently ranked the institution sixth in the nation in this latter category. Starting in January 2012, JMLS will now also offer a new JD Certificate in Sustainability Law through its Center for Real Estate Law.
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Lollapalooza to Feature Energy Playground

August 3, 2011 by · Leave a Comment 

If you are one of the quarter-million people expected to attend Lollapalooza this weekend, the three-day festival will feature more than just music acts. This year, fans will have a chance to engage with the Prius Playground, an energy-generating activity center on the concert grounds.
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Gold Raises Tenancy, Lowers Bottom Line at Prudential Plaza

September 8, 2010 by · Leave a Comment 

By Matt Baker

Prudential Plaza is a two building office complex on prime real estate overlooking Millennium Park. Prudential One (or as tenant and staff sometimes refer to it, Pru 1) was constructed in 1955. At forty-four stories, it was the tallest building in the city at the time and featured an observation deck, now closed. Prudential Two (Pru 2) was built in 1990. With its recessed chevrons and pyramid topper, the fifty-eight story younger sibling received several design awards, including Best Structure from the Structural Engineers Association of Illinois.
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