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Gothic Revival: Does the Randolph Tower Portend a Residential Renaissance in the Loop?

September 26, 2013 by · Leave a Comment 

By Matt Baker

4_Randolph Tower_After_Exterior_Dusk_Leslie SchwartzChicago is home to a building dreamed of in the lavish 1920’s and which subsequently fell into demise during the Great Depression. With the dawn of a new millennium came a possibility for resurgence, but history was about to repeat itself; the soaring stock market took a massive hit and financing for construction projects evaporated. Could this building possibly survive two economic disasters?
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Tax Rebates May Be Gone, But Utility Rebates Remain

March 15, 2012 by · Leave a Comment 

By Jon Sedey

What would you do if major utility companies like Nicor, ComEd and Peoples Gas would pay you to change your energy consumption habits? If you knew you could get free money out of these companies, would you modify your behavior now, to fix things today? The obvious answer is yes, you would change. And in a depressed economy where contractors, builders and homeowners are seeking alternative methods to save money and spend less on everything, more utility providers are making free and easy money a reality.
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Green Building Goes Back to School

September 14, 2011 by · Leave a Comment 

By Matt Baker

Federico Garcia Lorca Elementary, which opened in the Avondale neighborhood last year, features a vegetated roof over half of the school.

That disappointing surrender of freedom that every child feels upon returning to school at the close of summer is generations old. School itself, however, is changing at an ever increasing clip as textbooks are giving way to computer tablets, chalkboards to whiteboards and spiral notebooks to flash drives.
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Where are All the Green Jobs?

September 14, 2011 by · Leave a Comment 

By Matt Baker

In the last decade, green jobs have been viewed as a panacea for this country’s ails. They have the power not only to curb climate change and shrink the amount of foreign fuel imported into the United States, but to create jobs that might not otherwise exist. And of course, all of these benefits are also the first lines of defense for national security.
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Nonprofit Lender Supports Energy-Efficiency

September 14, 2011 by · Leave a Comment 

By Jon Sedey

Formerly known as Illinois Facilities Fund, IFF is a nonprofit lender and real estate consultant dedicated to improving other like-minded nonprofits and the communities that they serve. IFF is committed to the belief that the nonprofit sector is extremely influential in terms of changing our current society. “We only lend to nonprofits, so our whole business is understanding everything about them, their operating structure, governance structure and how financing helps or hurts them,” said IFF CEO Joe Neri.
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The Taxman Cometh: Ernst & Young’s Green Office and Green Agenda

March 9, 2011 by · Leave a Comment 

By Matt Baker

In 2009, Ernst & Young moved out of their marquee address—the 110-story Willis Tower—into a newer structure up the river. Owned by a joint venture of two John Buck Company funds, Chicago-based investor Brijus Properties and Morgan Stanley’s Prime Property Fund, 155 North Wacker wooed the professional services giant away.
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Web Portal Helps Affordable Housing Become Greener

June 10, 2010 by · Leave a Comment 

For small community organizations without much experience in sustainable building, navigating the sea of funding options to find the best fit for an affordable housing project can be as challenging as the grant applications themselves. To help close the information gap in this field, nonprofit housing lender Chicago Community Loan Fund (CCLF) has launched the latest resource for community developers: a new web resource at www.greenaffordable.org called Building For Sustainability: Resources for Sustainable Building in Chicagoland.
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