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It Doesn’t Get Any Greener Than This

September 17, 2012 by · Leave a Comment 

By David Buss

Homeowners and business owners searching for an environmentally friendly, energy-efficient home heating system are turning with increasing frequency to geothermal systems to meet their comfort needs, responsibly and affordably. And for good reason. Geothermal comfort systems are proving to be the world’s greenest heating and cooling systems.
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Program Seeks to Identify, Unite Chicago Area Green Projects

August 24, 2012 by · Leave a Comment 

Since last year, several volunteers and more than 200 students from 17 local and national universities have been canvassing all 77 community areas in Chicago, looking for sustainability projects in an attempt to create the city’s first comprehensive green initiative database, map and website. It’s a large undertaking that has never been done before, largely because many of these green initiatives are flying under the media radar and have gone unrecognized even within their own communities.
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The Crossroads of Environmental Science, Engineering and Construction Management: A Discussion on LEED

August 21, 2012 by · Leave a Comment 

LEED certification appears often on Sustainable Chicago, like in the unveiling of a zoning map that pinpoints examples of green building design in Chicago. LEED standards directly relate to contemporary building processes. Today, green construction expert Noelle Hirsch writes about the potential benefits and drawbacks of turning LEED certification into an industry standard. Noelle’s articles frequently appear at www.constructionmanagement.net, an online resource for construction managers and students.

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O’Hare Plans Massive Solar Panel Installation

July 24, 2012 by · 1 Comment 

By Matt Baker

The Chicago Department of Aviation (CDA) recently announced that it is seeking a developer to design, construct and maintain a new solar power generation installation on the grounds of O’Hare International Airport. Development will occur over two phases with an expected completion by 2016.
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Retrofit Chicago

June 21, 2012 by · Leave a Comment 

By Matt Baker

Some in the sustainability community were unsure of what sort of policy changes to expect as Mayor Daley handed over his office to Rahm Emanuel. After all, under Daley’s charge, a number of green building programs were put in place, such as the Green Permit Program, the Chicago Climate Action Plan and the Chicago Green Bungalow Initiative. The green roof on top of city hall stood as a badge of his commitment for years.
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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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Double Down: Two Riverfront Buildings Invest in Sustainability

June 21, 2012 by · Leave a Comment 

By Matt Baker

The two buildings at 10 and 120 South Riverside Plaza sit beside the south branch of the Chicago River, near more traditionally attractive, art deco structures like 2 North Riverside Plaza and the Civic Opera House. These two Miesian boxes aren’t necessarily homely in comparison so much as emblematic of their era. Designed by Skidmore Owings and Merrill and erected in 1965 and 1967, they exhibit the steel and glass aesthetic of mid-century modernism.
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Power to the People: Electrical Aggregation

June 21, 2012 by · Leave a Comment 

By Matt Baker

Though many Illinois residents may still not be aware of it, their utility options broadened in January 2010 with the passage of the Illinois Power Act. This legislation allows municipalities and counties to collectively bargain with alternative electric suppliers on behalf of their residents and small businesses. And in many cases, it can lead to a greater demand for alternative energy.
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Beyond Cost, the Environmental Benefits of Wood Buildings

June 21, 2012 by · 2 Comments 

By Duane Schantz

For many building designers, the choice of wood as a structural material is driven by price. Wood is cost effective—in terms of materials, speed of construction and design flexibility—while meeting code requirements for safety and performance in a wide range of building types. However, as green building has evolved beyond its initial emphasis on operational energy efficiency, it has become increasingly clear that, in addition to cost, there are compelling environmental reasons to choose wood.
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Building Green Chicago 2012

June 21, 2012 by · Leave a Comment 

By Linda Seggelke

Now in its sixth year, the Building Green Chicago Conference has grown into one of the area’s most reliable sustainable building events. Hundreds came out to the Chicago Mart Plaza to visit with green vendors, hear educational seminars and network with like-minded professionals.
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