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Changing Standards: What it Means to Be Green

December 16, 2010 by · Leave a Comment 

By Matt Baker

On May 1, 1893, before a bustling crowd in Chicago’s Jackson Park, President Grover Cleveland pressed a button, activating the hundred thousand incandescent lamps strung about on thick cables. They were to illuminate the “White City,” the neoclassical buildings of the World’s Columbian Exposition, and bespoke a new era of technology.
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Wash the Planet in Green

April 22, 2010 by · Leave a Comment 

As you’re likely aware, today is the 40th anniversary of Earth Day. Much has changed since its creation by U.S. Senator Gaylord Nelson (D-WI). The focus early on was environmental toxins, from polluted rivers to acid rain. Those threats have been abated slightly, but not eliminated (according to Friends of the Chicago River, for example, 1.2 billion gallons of sewage end up in the waterway every day). Since 1970, our understanding of the environment has grown, as has our lexicon of menaces: climate change, urban heat island, ozone depletion, VOC, HFC, GHG.
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