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Mandating Change in Illinois

December 2, 2009 by · 1 Comment 

By Danielle Wagner

The State of Illinois wants to demand more green from its buildings. The Illinois General Assembly recently passed the Green Buildings Act into legislation. The Act, effective as of July 24, 2009, mandates that state-funded building construction and major building renovation of state-owned facilities must obtain LEED, Green Globe or an equivalent sustainable building certification.
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Proving Mechanical Insulation’s Worth

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By Brian Glynn

“Are you sure this enhancement is going to make a difference?”

If you work in green building design and/or construction, no doubt this is a question that you have had to answer at some point in your career. This is particularly true for those who work in the mechanical insulation industry. Read More…

Q & A: Manny Flores Discusses a Greener Chicago

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By Matt Baker

In just a few years, First Ward Alderman Manny Flores has made an impression on the local political scene. Formerly an aide to Congressman Luis Gutierrez and a prosecutor in the Cook County State’s Attorney office, Flores has made political transparency and environmental consciousness essential to his platform.
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Building on Green: MMPI’s 30-Year Dedication to Sustainability

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Every Chicagoan knows The Merchandise Mart, the colossal and stately art deco gem that sits at the fork of the Chicago River branches. But not everyone knows its role in the green movement. MMPI, owner and manager of The Mart and its sister building, 350 West Mart Center, has been dedicated to creating sustainable environments for more than thirty years, a commitment that has awarded both buildings with LEED certifications.
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Putting the Pieces Together: Training the Next Generation of Green Pipefitters

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By Kenneth Ruesken

Pipefitter Local 597 has been training members in the installation, maintenance and service of heating, ventilation, air conditioning and refrigeration (HVAC/R) for over one hundred years. Since the inception of the green movement, they have focused their effort on training for the future.
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25 Case Studies: Evaluating Green Buildings After Construction

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By Doug Widener

Building green is only the beginning. Without practiced operations and properly gauged utility use, a sustainably built structure is no different from its traditionally built neighbors. But with an understanding of operational issues, tenant behavior and maintenance practices, building owners and managers can implement ongoing changes that lead to improved building performance and sustainability over time.
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Churning Up Jobs

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By Linda Seggelke

If there are two major issues that define the current American zeitgeist, they are surely the hobbling economy and the looming threat of climate change. As the wildly successful “Cash for Clunkers” program has shown of late, quite often one solution can absorb the impact of both problems.
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Tomorrow’s Chicago

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By Katherine McCarthy

In the centennial year of Burnham and Bennett’s 1909 Plan of Chicago, it is fitting to adopt a major new plan that carries its legacy into the new century. The 2003 Central Area Plan (CAAP) responded to the remarkable transformation of Chicago’s Downtown over the previous 20 years. The first Downtown plan produced by the City since 1958, it detailed the potential for the growth of the Loop and surround area over the next two decades.
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Index Publishing to Create New ‘Green Layer’

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As more and more construction projects seek to become green across Chicago, Index Publishing is working to present these projects to our current and future GIS subscribers on its GIS map.
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A Hot Commodity

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By Danielle Wagner

One bellwether for the sustainability mindset is the rise in stock over the past few years for carbon trading. With new legislation that has passed the House and is currently pending in the Senate, the carbon trading market will soon be up for grabs.
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