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Green Office Challenge Round 3 Awards Announced

June 18, 2014 by · Leave a Comment 

chicago_aerialThe winners of the 2013 Chicago Green Office Challenge were announced at a reception held today at the Chicago Cultural Center. The Green Office Challenge is a friendly competition to encourage area businesses to adopt sustainable practices in their workspaces that promote efficiency, save money and reduce greenhouse gas emissions.
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HOK Wins Living Building Challenge Collaborative: Chicago Competition

June 4, 2014 by · Leave a Comment 

LBCCC_2014The Living Building Challenge Collaborative: Chicago (LBCCC) has announced the winner of its 2014 School Annex Design Competition. HOK’s Chicago office won first place in the design charette. The Chicago office of Valerio Dewalt Train came in second with student entries coming in with honorable mentions.
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Mary Trieschmann Named New Head of Rebuilding Exchange

May 2, 2014 by · Leave a Comment 

Mary Trieschmann

Mary Trieschmann

The Rebuilding Exchange has announced the hiring of a new Executive Director. Mary Trieschmann is the new head of the Rebuilding Exchange and will lead in its efforts to create a strong, local market for reclaimed building materials by diverting construction and demolition waste away from landfills.
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Building Green Chicago 2014

April 3, 2014 by · Leave a Comment 

250x250_BGC-logo_SquareThe 8th annual Building Green Chicago Conference & Expo has been scheduled for April 29th, 2014. In addition to a showroom floor featuring the latest in green building products and services, attendees will be able to listen in on education panels covering some of the latest trends in sustainable construction. The keynote address will be delivered by Cook County Chief Sustainability Officer, Deborah Stone.
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Mending Brownfields: It Takes a Little Village

March 27, 2014 by · Leave a Comment 

Photo: Eric Allix Rogers

Photo: Eric Allix Rogers

By Matt Baker

The car bounced down the road, avoiding deep potholes and the snow and ice piled high on the curbs. Margaret Renas turned off of bustling Kedzie onto a narrow road. Beautiful, turn-of-the-century houses lined the residential street, but also the occasional dress store, taqueria or auto repair shop.

This is Little Village, a proud and vibrant neighborhood where businesses aren’t limited to the main commercial drag. But Renas’ job as she drove around the southwest side neighborhood was to ignore these signs of life. She was brownfield hunting.
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One of the Newest CPS Schools is Also the Greenest

March 27, 2014 by · Leave a Comment 

Goode5By Matt Baker

The Sarah E. Goode STEM Academy opened its doors in 2012, but it doesn’t have a single student. Here, pupils are “innovators.” As its name suggests, the high school specializes in science, technology, engineering and math. These are the areas of study from which future jobs are likely to spring; this is where future innovation lies.

But the students aren’t the only innovators involved, as one of the newest Chicago public schools is also the greenest. Located in Chicago’s Ashburn community, Sarah E. Goode STEM has been recognized with several awards, including an Excellence in Engineering Award from the American Society of Heating, Refrigerating and Air-Conditioning Engineers. The school has also been certified LEED Platinum by the USGBC—a first in the state.
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Petcoke and Chicago: Can They Coexist?

March 27, 2014 by · Leave a Comment 

petcoke1By Erin Verpil

With petcoke piles growing larger on the south side of Chicago, a battle is ensuing over the newly proposed ordinance introduced in February by Mayor Emanuel, Alderman Pope (10th) and Alderman Burke (14th). This ordinance would “prevent Chicago from becoming a dumping ground” for petroleum coke, known as “petcoke,” in the city and ban expansion of existing facilities that process, store or handle the material.
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Eye on Industry: The Green Method

March 27, 2014 by · Leave a Comment 

By Matt Baker

method1Factories can be noxious and dingy places. But they don’t have to be. The nation’s first LEED Platinum manufacturing facility is under construction right now in Chicago.
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Illinois Small Businesses Can Capitalize on Global Use of LEED

March 27, 2014 by · Leave a Comment 

By Laura Flamm, Illinois SBDC International Trade Center

Illinois boasts an active green building industry and recently made the USGBC’s 2012 list of the top 10 states for implementation of the LEED green building rating system. The Illinois chapter of the USGBC counted 137 members who manufacture or distribute green building products as of early 2014, in addition to hundreds of local consulting, architectural and engineering firms with green building expertise. Many of these companies are small businesses that are well placed to take advantage of growing export markets for their products and services.
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Friends of the Parks Appoints New President

February 6, 2014 by · Leave a Comment 

Cassandra FrancisFriends of the Parks (FOTP) has appointed a new President, Cassandra Francis. She succeeds Erma Tranter who served as President of the non-profit organization for thirty-three years.
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