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Recycling Used Ceilings Helps Hotel Developer Reach Waste Diversion Goals

March 16, 2016 by · Leave a Comment 

By Anita Snader

When converting an 18-story office building into a five-star, luxury hotel off Chicago’s Magnificent Mile, developer CBRE Development Services wanted the new, 284-room Conrad Hotel to be a high-performance, green building that would meet the requirements for LEED certification. Read More…

Sustainability Takes Center Stage

March 16, 2016 by · Leave a Comment 

By Matt Baker

A recurring theme in Tom Stoppard’s Arcadia is how echoes of the past inform the present, which makes it a fitting inaugural production for the new Writers Theatre in Glencoe. The first permanent home of the 24-year-old theater company takes cues from the surrounding community and its heritage, but contextualizes them for this century.
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New President and CEO for Delta Institute

March 7, 2016 by · Leave a Comment 

Delta Institute, a Chicago-based nonprofit focused on revitalizing the Great Lakes environment, has new leadership. Board Chair Melissa Mayer announced that Bill Schleizer, the organization’s Managing Director for the past five years, has now been named President and Chief Executive Officer. Read More…

New Sustainable Materials Roadmap Hopes to Curtail Waste Generation in Cook County

February 23, 2016 by · Leave a Comment 

By Matt Baker

In the Great Lakes region, Illinois comes in second in the unenviable race for which state can generate the most garbage. The problem is exacerbated in Cook County, which falls well below national averages in both waste mitigation and rate of recycling. For environmental and financial reasons, these problems must be addressed.
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New Chief Sustainability Officer in Chicago

February 5, 2016 by · Leave a Comment 

By Matt Baker

Karen Weigert has resigned as Chief Sustainability Officer at the City of Chicago. Replacing her will be Chris Wheat, previously the head of the Mayor’s Innovation Team.
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Illinois is Again Tops in Nation for LEED-Certified Projects

January 26, 2016 by · Leave a Comment 

By Matt Baker

For the third straight year, Illinois tops the annual ranking of green building projects in the U.S. The per capita list was compiled by the USGBC using U.S. Census data and commercial and institutional green building projects that were LEED-certified throughout 2015. Illinois retained its top national position with 161 LEED certifications last year, representing 3.43 square feet of certified space per resident.
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Regional EPA Administrator Steps Down

January 22, 2016 by · Leave a Comment 

The regional director of the Environmental Protection Agency overseeing Illinois and five other states has resigned. Her departure is a consequence of the water contamination crisis in Flint, Michigan.
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Energy Transparency for Chicago’s Buildings Reaches New Heights

January 13, 2016 by · 1 Comment 

By Amy Jewel

[Originally posted on imt.org]

On December 16th, the City of Chicago released its 2015 Chicago Energy Benchmarking Report and Infographic, summarizing results from 2015 implementation of the Chicago Energy Benchmarking Ordinance.

Chicago’s energy benchmarking ordinance raises awareness of building energy performance through information and transparency, with the goal of unlocking energy and cost savings opportunities for businesses and residents. Large properties 50,000 square feet and greater are required to track whole-building energy use, report to the City annually, and verify data once every three years.
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Sustainability at the Shedd

December 16, 2015 by · Leave a Comment 

By Matt Baker

By all accounts, John Graves Shedd was a successful businessman of his day; Marshall Field called him “the best merchant in the United States.” He was also a philanthropist and civic leader, donating to schools, hospitals and libraries. But the one reason that today his name is known to every Chicagoan is that it is etched in marble on what is perhaps his greatest gift, the Shedd Aquarium.
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Sustainable Design at the 2015 Chicago Architecture Biennial

December 16, 2015 by · Leave a Comment 

By Christian Jebsen, CEO Kebony

Chicago has long been a leader in the field of architecture. From the Willis Tower to the John Hancock Center, countless feats of architecture span the city, creating Chicago’s one-of-a-kind skyline along Lake Michigan. The city’s architectural accomplishments have been celebrated in photographs, paintings and films for decades, but for the first time in history, the city came together to celebrate architectural innovation at the 2015 Chicago Architecture Biennial—North America’s largest international exhibition of modern architecture.
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