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Greenbuild Legacy Projects Announced

August 26, 2010 by · Leave a Comment 

The United States Green Building Council (USGBC)-Illinois Chapter Host Committee awarded six grants to Chicago area “legacy projects” in conjunction with this November’s Greenbuild Conference. This action advances the Chapter’s goal of developing green building at the grassroots level. The Greenbuild Conference is looking to give ten full conference scholarships to Greenbuild 2010 for those making a difference locally, as a way to encourage diversity within the green building community.
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Local USGBC Design Competition Winners Announced

July 29, 2010 by · Leave a Comment 

The Illinois Chapter of the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) on Wednesday night announced the local winners of the 2010 Natural Talent Design Competition in the Haworth showroom at the Merchandise Mart. Nineteen designs were submitted to the local chapter in one of two categories: student or emerging professional. The winning entries in each category received a pass to this year’s Greenbuild expo and their designs will advance to the next level in the national charrette.
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Chicago Premiere of “Carbon Nation” Documentary

July 22, 2010 by · Leave a Comment 

“Carbon Nation,” a documentary film about climate change solutions, will make it’s Chicago premiere on August 10 in Millennium Park. The film had it’s first viewing at the Environmental Film Festival in the Nation’s Capital last March.
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New Smart Grid Partnership Creates a World First in Chicago

July 21, 2010 by · 1 Comment 

A signing ceremony today set into the motion a first-of-its-kind partnership to bring new smart grid innovations to Chicago. The deal is a cooperation between the Illinois Science and Technology Coalition (ISTC), the Building Owners and Managers Association (BOMA), the Citizens Utility Board and several South Korean government and private interests, including Korea Telecom and LG Electronics. The public-private partnership is expected to provide more than $20 million to develop technological infrastructure, deploy energy optimization solutions, improve grid security and create a green collar workforce.
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New Light Bulb Labeling Will Eschew Watts for Lumens

June 24, 2010 by · 1 Comment 

The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) recently announced that, starting next year, light bulbs will feature new labeling on packaging designed to help consumers choose among the different types of bulbs on the market and allow them to save money by selecting the most efficient bulbs that best fit their lighting needs.
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Wilmette Public Works Facility Becomes One of Few to Hit Gold

June 17, 2010 by · Leave a Comment 

Many municipalities across the nation have legislated the greening of their facilities. Only a handful of public works buildings, however, aim as high as LEED Gold. Wilmette’s new public works facility did just that.
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2010 Building Green Chicago Conference & Expo

June 10, 2010 by · 1 Comment 

For the fourth straight year, Index Publishing hosted the Building Green Chicago Conference and Expo at the Chicago Marriott Downtown on April 7. The educational component was broken into four sections covering the urban landscape, water management, local energy efficiency success stories and an overview of the new LEED for Neighborhood Development.
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Architects Behaving Well and Tracking It: Meeting the AIA 2030 Commitment Starts in Chicago

June 10, 2010 by · 2 Comments 

At this point, a lot of architects can recite chapter and verse on the negative impact buildings’ greenhouse gas emissions have on the environment. Plain and simple: buildings are the single largest contributor to the annual production of greenhouse gases.
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Innovation Incubation: A Look Inside the Chicago Sustainable Manufacturing Center

June 10, 2010 by · 1 Comment 

Carl Sandburg wasn’t abusing his poetic license when he referred to Chicago as “Hog Butcher for the World, / Tool Maker, Stacker of Wheat, / Player with Railroads and the Nation’s Freight Handler.” Situated at the midway point between production to the west and consumption to the east, the City of Big Shoulders functioned as middleman to the nation. This gave rise to miles of new rail, acres of factories and the highest concentration of butcheries anywhere. The slaughterhouses were so extensive that the stew of methane and other gases belching to the surface of the Chicago River’s South Branch from discarded, decomposing offal provided the waterway a new nickname, “Bubbly Creek.”
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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 called Building For Sustainability: Resources for Sustainable Building in Chicagoland.
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