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Little Village Unveils Plans for Urban Farm and Park

November 1, 2011 by · Leave a Comment 

During the next step of Little Village’s effort to clean and remediate local brownfields, the nonprofit Little Village Environmental Justice Organization (LVEJO) unveiled plans for two neighboring sites, which total over 24 acres of land.

One site will become a soccer field with walking trails. The other will host organic beans and tomatoes. Both sites are former contaminated brownfields that comprise the first new green spaces in more than 80 years in a community that ranks second-worst in Chicago in available open space. LVEJO and community members hope that these sites can become catalysts for local anti-obesity and climate change efforts.
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FedEx O’Hare Opens City’s Largest Green Roof

October 25, 2011 by · Leave a Comment 

The FedEx Cargo Relocation Facility, is part of the O’Hare Modernization Program (OMP), now includes the largest green roof in the City of Chicago. The 3.9 acre structure is the size of three football fields or roughly 175,000 square feet.

The roof is visible from planes as they take off and land from O’Hare. Globally, this is the second largest green roof structure, behind a green roof at the Frankfort, Germany airport.
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Plan will Protect $2.2 Million Public Trees on Near Northside

October 20, 2011 by · Leave a Comment 

By Jon Sedey

Prior to Chicago’s budget crisis, and the disbanding of the Department on Environment, having the means to care for all of the city’s street trees has been difficult. Besides financial challenges, Chicago’s urban street trees have to survive in extremely harsh conditions, face vandalism and are subject to removal and relocation at a moment’s notice.
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Chicago Disbands Department on the Environment

October 14, 2011 by · Leave a Comment 

By: Jon Sedey

At Wednesday’s special City Council meeting, Mayor Rahm Emanuel revealed his budget plan that asks taxpayers, city workers and aldermen to sacrifice to avoid harsher fiscal problems in the future.

Emanuel’s proposed plan includes hitting up visitors and suburbanites for more money, closing three police stations, cutting library hours, overhauling garbage collection, doubling city water bills and restructuring city departments to cut down on waste.

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New Ordinance Encourages More Urban Farming

September 28, 2011 by · Leave a Comment 

By Jon Sedey

A new zoning code, approved at the last council meeting, will promote the expansion of community gardening and urban agriculture within the city boundaries.

The amendment, first introduced by Mayor Rahm Emanuel in July, recognizes urban farming and allows citizens or companies to apply for building permits and zoning approvals to help establish foundations in the urban agriculture sector. The ordinance legalizes urban farming of vegetables, fruits and fish and will permit owners to sell what they raise.
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Chicago River Improvements Include New Boathouses, Pollution Controls

September 21, 2011 by · Leave a Comment 

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Mayor Rahm Emanuel announced on Monday a plan to enhance the Chicago River’s recreational appeal. The future development would be grounded by four new boathouses, several new boat launches, expansion of riverfront trails and pollution controls of the famed waterway.
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Green Building Goes Back to School

September 14, 2011 by · 2 Comments 

By Matt Baker

Federico Garcia Lorca Elementary, which opened in the Avondale neighborhood last year, features a vegetated roof over half of the school.

That disappointing surrender of freedom that every child feels upon returning to school at the close of summer is generations old. School itself, however, is changing at an ever increasing clip as textbooks are giving way to computer tablets, chalkboards to whiteboards and spiral notebooks to flash drives.
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Local Wholesale Produce Distributor Aims to Reinvent LEED Standards

September 14, 2011 by · Leave a Comment 

By Jon Sedey

Situated in the Back of the Yards Neighborhood in Chicago’s Stockyards Corridor sits what many hope to be the pioneer in the food service distribution sector. Testa Produce, Inc., an independent wholesale produce distributor, opened its doors to their new, 91,000 square foot, $23 million facility.

On track to become the nation’s first LEED Platinum food distribution facility, everything from the parking lot to the food refrigeration system is a result of President and owner Peter Testa’s vision. “Part of being in the agricultural business is to have a responsibility to take care of the earth a bit better,” said Testa.
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Where are All the Green Jobs?

September 14, 2011 by · Leave a Comment 

By Matt Baker

In the last decade, green jobs have been viewed as a panacea for this country’s ails. They have the power not only to curb climate change and shrink the amount of foreign fuel imported into the United States, but to create jobs that might not otherwise exist. And of course, all of these benefits are also the first lines of defense for national security.
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Emanuel Looks to Clean Up Chicago Recycling

September 14, 2011 by · 3 Comments 

By Susanna Weatherford

The City Council adopts the goal of making regular recycling service available by July 1, 1993, to 100 percent of the households in low-density dwellings served by the City of Chicago.

So begins the section of the Chicago Municipal Code regarding regular recycling service. To put that in perspective, Chicago Bulls fans were wearing out the word “threepeat” in July of 1993, the Unabomber was still on the loose and David Letterman was preparing his switch from NBC to CBS.
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