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Green Infrastructure Mimics Nature to Fight Stormwater

September 18, 2014 by · Leave a Comment 

By Marilyn Witney, ICN Pro, AMG
Marketing Director, Midwest Ecological Landscape Alliance
www.melaweb.org

Ball_smallWhen astronomers search for life beyond our earth, they look for the one thing vital to all life as we know it: water. But this resource, the only one that drops right from the sky to our doorstep, free of charge, is not limitless. Just ask anyone in California or Texas this past summer.

Here in Chicago, it seems that most of the time we have way too much water. Last year, we experienced historic rain events. In part due to climate change, this is becoming the new normal. Storms are more frequent, more intense and less predictable. This season has already had above average precipitation, climbing again toward historic levels. In August, numerous areas received more than the normal rain expected for the entire month in just one day . All of this has added up to millions of dollars in damage for municipalities and landowners, along with heartache and loss because of flood-damaged homes, businesses and recreation areas.
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A Greener Field

September 18, 2014 by · Leave a Comment 

By Matt Baker
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You have been to the Field Museum of Natural History, no doubt. You’ve seen the taxidermied animal specimens, the mummies and the fossils. You’ve gazed up at Sue. But there’s so much you haven’t seen.
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Hedge Fund: Rebates for Your Sustainable Back Yard

December 13, 2012 by · Leave a Comment 

By Linda Seggelke

In 2010 the City of Chicago established an educational and incentive program that highlights the many ways that Chicagoans can create more environmentally friendly landscapes. The program, titled Chicago’s Sustainable Backyards Program, is now being managed by the Center for Neighborhood Technology (CNT). As more and more individuals become concerned about the negative impact we have on the city, the country and even the planet, the sustainable backyards program allows property owners to garner rebates while improving the look and efficiency of their yard.
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