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Building a Better Neighborhood: LEED-ND and the Future Community

June 10, 2010 by · Leave a Comment 

Park Forest, one of Chicago’s southern suburbs, had a curious beginning. Established in 1949, the village wasn’t served by a commuter rail line, the kernel around which most other suburbs accrued. It was in fact the first post-war, planned community built around an automobile-oriented shopping mall. Ten years later, around 29,000 residents lived in ranch style homes on large lots, enjoying the independence that their cars gave them. This new vision of suburbia would change the development landscape in America for generations
to come.
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Seeds of Change: Vertical Farming Comes to the South Side

June 10, 2010 by · 2 Comments 

When the global population first entered the billions, Napoleon was reshaping Europe, Beethoven and Haydn were contemporary musicians and the cutting edge in technology was the steamship. That population would double sometime between the World Wars and by the turn of the millennium, humanity numbered over six billion. Of course, we’re not done; estimates suggest that by the year 2050, a world census could come in somewhere between nine and ten billion.
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ComEd Increases Financial Aid to High Performance Buildings

June 2, 2010 by · 1 Comment 

Commonwealth Edison has announced that it will increase the maximum funding amount of financial incentives for new construction or major renovation projects in its service territory to $150,000—a $50,000 increase since the program’s inception in June of 2009.
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South Works Planned Developement Set for TIF Infusion

May 12, 2010 by · 2 Comments 

The Chicago City Council may once again turn to controversial tax-increment financing (TIF) to help pay for the redevelopment of the years-dormant South Works property. On Tuesday, the Council’s Community Development Commission voted unanimously in support of pledging $96 million to finance the first phase of a massive overhaul of the former U.S. Steel plant on the city’s south side. If approved by the full Council, the South Works TIF would be the City’s largest ever subsidy of private development.
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Chicago Climate Exchange Set to Go on ICE

April 30, 2010 by · Leave a Comment 

Intercontinental Exchange Inc. (ICE), a leading operator of regulated global futures exchanges and markets, has announced its acquisition of London-based Climate Exchange Plc, the parent of, among other exchanges, the Chicago Climate Exchange and the Chicago Climate Futures Exchange.
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JJC Opens First LEED-Certified Community College Greenhouse

April 26, 2010 by · Leave a Comment 

If it could, a leafhopper that sneaks through the roof of Joliet Junior College’s (JJC) new Greenhouse Facility this spring would gloat. Its lower-flying fellow pests cannot penetrate the structure: the near 16-foot walls are too high, and the passive ventilation system offers no vents or fans to slip through. But just as it prepares to dig into a chrysanthemum, that leafhopper gets sucked up and out of the facility.
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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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Evanston Contemplates Lake Michigan Wind Farm

April 13, 2010 by · Leave a Comment 

The struggle over offshore wind turbines is one usually fought along the the East and West Coasts. But that battle is now here by the shores of Lake Michigan as the City of Evanston contemplates the installation of a wind farm off its shore.
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Chicago Among Top Five Greenest U.S. Cities

March 31, 2010 by · 2 Comments 

Continuing a national appraisal begun last year, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has ranked the top U.S. cities in terms of efficient buildings. Chicago moved to fifth overall, up one spot from the previous year. The ranking is based on number of building which garnered the EPA’s Energy Star rating, of which Chicago has 134.
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Chicago Announces Creation of Green Jobs Using Recovery Act Funds

March 15, 2010 by · Leave a Comment 

The City has used $16 million received under the American Recovery and Reinvestment program to create more than 650 “green” jobs for formerly-incarcerated individuals, Mayor Richard M. Daley said last week.
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