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Green Collar Insulators

March 23, 2008 by · Leave a Comment 

By Brian Glynn, Heat and Frost Insulators—Local 17 and
Alec Rexroat, Illinois Regional Insulation Contractors Association

The past few years have seen a movement in America towards thinking “green.” Many new green products, services and technologies have emerged to take advantage of this trend. But this development isn’t just a fad. Citizens and policymakers are confronting the reality of global warming and recognizing the opportunities that can come from taking collective action. All you have to do is watch the news to hear all of the presidential candidates speak about building a new green economy to create jobs while protecting the environment. Many of these “green-collar” jobs will put to use existing expertise for work that is impossible to ship overseas.
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Silver Merchandise: The Mart’s LEED Journey

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The world’s largest commercial building, The Merchandise Mart Chicago, achieved U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design Existing Building (LEED-EB) Silver certification in November 2007. This was a tremendous accomplishment for a 75+ year-old building that encompasses 4.2 million square feet and houses over 700 tenants, especially considering that the unique tenant roster includes retailers, wholesale showrooms and corporate offices. Read More…

2008 Building Green Chicago Conference

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Index Publishing Corporation worked closely with Chicago’s Chief Environmental Officer, Sadhu Johnston, DOE and DOB to develop this annual program that focused on sustainable design and development in the context of retrofitting existing buildings and leased space, as well as the broader environmental, social and economic imperatives.
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Green Building and Climate in Chicago

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By Sadhu Johnston, Chief Environmental Officer, Chicago Department of Environment and
Joyce Coffee, Director of Project Development, Policy and Research, Chicago Department of Environment

Recent analysis of carbon emissions in Chicago exemplifies the important role that the built environment can play in addressing climate change. Over 70 percent of green house gases produced in Chicago come from energy used in or by buildings. Thus, addressing climate change in Chicago will necessitate making both new buildings and existing buildings more energy efficient. Read More…

The Key to Green: Education

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By Doug Widener
Executive Director, USGBC-Chicago

American buildings turn out to be extremely wasteful both during and after development. A typical commercial construction site, for instance, generates up to two and a half pounds of solid waste per square foot—that’s over one million tons of garbage for a project the size of the John Hancock Center. Read More…

Chicago’s Green Building Initiatives Take Global Strides

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By Vuk Vujovic, Associate AIA, LEED AP
and Steven Kismohr, AIA, LEED AP

The world is in peril. Scientists find the Earth is in danger of harmful radiation. Its agricultural production is depleting, followed by a declining economy. The planet’s biodiversity is waning rapidly, while countries and multinational companies, fearing economic and social upheaval, are slow to make changes to their business-as-usual approach. Does this sound like a familiar scenario? In the 1970’s, this was about the ozone depletion. Today, we are dealing with global climate change.
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Insuring Your Green Investment

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By Matt Baker

It is the hope of every forward-thinking developer that sometime in the near future, the prices for sustainable building systems and materials will be competitive with their conventional counterparts. In the meantime, those that do take the green leap are content to know that the extra initial cost of installing green technologies will be made up by the eventual energy savings. Every property is an investment, but this delayed payoff adds a deeper sense of investiture to green buildings. Read More…

Technology and Ecology Meet at Flashpoint Academy

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A Different Approach
Flashpoint Academy of Media Arts and Sciences is not your typical college; for proof, you need only walk the halls. The common areas, classrooms and hallways are all lined with pop art. The president’s office sports a Segway and a pair of skateboards are mounted on one wall. Read More…

Staying Sustainable As Stocks Slide

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The housing bubble has popped, the mortgage crisis turned into the credit crisis and many are starting to wield the “R” word: “recession.” There is always something for economists to worry about when the market hits a trough, but for ecologists, there is one more—how do we keep the green building momentum from dissipating? Read More…

Greener Pastures: Real Estate, Sustainability and the Bottom Line

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By Dan Probst

As corporate CEOs and CFOs increasingly recognize the full range of financial benefits that flow from environmental sustainability, real estate strategies are at the top of their list of priorities—whether they realize it or not.
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