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Natural Talent: The Search for Chicago’s Next Green Building Stars

September 2, 2009 by · Leave a Comment 

By Matt Baker

This summer, the Chicago branch of the USGBC, in collaboration with the McHenry County affiliate of Habitat for Humanity, hosted the Natural Talent design competition. The charrette was open to all university level students of any discipline and level and individuals five years or less out of school.
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The Case for Green: Quarles & Brady Make Bold Moves for Sustainability

September 2, 2009 by · Leave a Comment 

By Matt Baker

The Chicago River is home to a new skyscraper, a modern gem of steel and glass at 300 N. LaSalle Street developed by Hines. With unique cutouts offering eight corners per floor and a streamlined exterior, it is a beautiful addition to the historic buildings along the riverfront.
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The Windy City Goes Solar

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By Matt Baker

In April, energy giant Exelon Corp. announced plans to erect a solar collection plant on Chicago’s south side. The $60 million plus project would only go forward, Exelon said, with stimulus support from the federal government.
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Investment in Renewables Trumps Fossil Fuels

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By Ursula Wilhelm

The world financial markets were in a tailspin in 2008, with investments across the board off previous years. Nevertheless, capital growth in clean energy grew 5% on the record investments made in 2007.
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Maintain to Sustain: Chicago’s FBI Office Achieves a World First

June 3, 2009 by · 3 Comments 

By Matt Baker

When considering those at the forefront of environmental sustainability, one normally wouldn’t think first of the Federal Bureau of Investigation. But with the recent awarding of a platinum certification for LEED Existing Building Operations & Maintenance (EBOM)–the world’s first–the FBI Chicago regional office has shown that they are just as conscious of carbon footprints as fingerprints.
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The Unsung Hero of Green Building

June 3, 2009 by · Leave a Comment 

By Brian Glynn, Local 17

If you were to ask the average homeowner to name five ways in which they could make their house more energy efficient, the word “insulation” would undoubtedly come up. Living in the temperature roller coaster we call Chicago, most of us have directly witnessed the difference insulation makes in a home.
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Measure. Verify. Repeat. Why You Should Collect Energy Data – and Use It

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By John Schinter

A large company that spent nearly $30 million annually on energy across its U.S. portfolio recently reduced its usage by more than 7 percent over a three-year period, saving millions of dollars a year.
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Green Games: Inside Chicago’s Olympic Bid

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By Matt Baker

Over a hundred years ago, Chicago was awarded the Olympic Games.
But it wasn’t meant to be. The 1904 Games were instead moved to St. Louis, to be held in conjunction with their World’s Fair planned for the same year. Read More…

BOMA GOES FOR THE GOLD

March 4, 2009 by · 1 Comment 

By Matt Baker

As its constituency has begun to feel the mounting pressure to go green from tenants, investors and government regulation over the years, the Building Owners and Managers Association (BOMA) has expanded its role as advocate to include more green leadership. Initially concentrating on the low-hanging fruit of sustainability, BOMA has tried to show its members not only the methods for updating their properties in a responsible way, but also varied ways to finance it.
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The End of Demolition

March 4, 2009 by · 1 Comment 

By Dave Hampton

Late on a Thursday night in June 2005, the local fledgling environmental advocacy group, Urban Habitat Chicago (UHC), got a call about a home that was slated for demolition the following Monday morning. The caller heard we were those enthusiastic young folks who tried to reuse building materials to make new things, and thought we might be able to salvage some things from the house.
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