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By Matt Baker
The project was designed to reduce delays and increase capacity at the airfield. Spend some money now, the thinking goes (the current OMP budget is estimated at $8 billion), and make more later once O’Hare’s prominence as a transportation hub is carried on into the 21st century.
|Spanning roughly 24 acres, the 1,067,220 square foot Millennium Park is considered one of the largest green roof projects in the world. Completed in 2004, the $475 million project includes landscape art, full grown trees, interactive water fountains and a skating rink in the winter. What many people forget is that the roof actually covers two parking garages, a transit center and the 1,525 seat Harris Theater.|
By Linda Seggelke
Ten years ago, the city of Chicago introduced its Energy Conservation Code, based largely on the International Energy Conservation Code (IECC). The 2001 Chicago Energy Code was written to increase savings by lessening energy drain both commercially and residentially.
In that time, it has been revised twice: in 2006 and 2009. These revisions have seen some modest gains in efficiency. The 2009 edition, for example, contains a 15% increase in overall energy savings beyond the 2006 book.
By Valerie Miller
It may sound noble. I could say I wanted to take a stand for energy consumption but the truth is, I live in London and all of this is normal. No one has dryers (or very few). People look at me a little funny when I ask for a plastic bag at the checkout and since December 2010, people have rented a bike 8,811,527 times instead of driving to work.
By Jon Sedey
By Matt BakerFounded in 1899 and ABA-accredited for sixty years, the John Marshall Law School (JMLS) is perhaps Chicago’s best-known independent law school, having produced many notable jurists, including Timothy C. Evans, the Chief Judge of the Circuit Court of Cook County and the current White House Chief Of Staff, Bill Daley.
The school offers JD and other graduate degrees in a variety of curricula, such as property law, trial advocacy and legal writing; U.S. News & World Report recently ranked the institution sixth in the nation in this latter category. Starting in January 2012, JMLS will now also offer a new JD Certificate in Sustainability Law through its Center for Real Estate Law.
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.
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.
By Jon Sedey
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.