Category Archives: Green Scene

This week’s Green Scene column in Crain’s Chicago Business: A new way to help Chicago restaurants go green

More local restaurant owners may consider seeking green certification after one group makes its application more Chicago-friendly. The nonprofit Green Chicago Restaurant Coalition is inviting Chicago-area restaurants, caterers and cafeterias to participate in a pilot study just launched by Green Seal to make its … Continue reading

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This week’s Green Scene column in Crain’s Chicago Business: Entrepreneurs can hit Chicago streets for green biz opportunities

A recently-completed green street pilot project could translate into future deals for eco-entrepreneurs offering products and services for sustainable roadways. Chicago’s Department of Transportation (CDOT) last week unveiled the first phase of a green street project on a two-mile patch … Continue reading

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This week’s Green Scene column in Crain’s Chicago Business: Delta Institute chief shines spotlight on opportunities for eco-entrepreneurs

Jean Pogge tells sustainably-oriented entrepreneurs there’s gold in the garbage if they’d only take a closer look. After about 16 months at the helm of the non-profit Delta Institute, Ms. Pogge believes there’s great potential in creating companies that find … Continue reading

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This week’s Green Scene column in Crain’s Chicago Business: Clean-tech motor startup gears up for electric vehicle age

A Chicago clean-energy startup is betting that growth in electrified motors will extend beyond electric cars Hybrid Electric Vehicle Technologies, a Chicago-based firm, designs unique motors and other components for electric transport and appliances. While the technology is being tailored to … Continue reading

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This week’s Green Scene column in Crain’s Chicago Business: Artisanal candymaker leaps into bricks and mortar

When you walk through the front door of Katherine Anne Confections’ new storefront in the Logan Square neighborhood, it’s immediately obvious why the young entrepreneur took that big step to open a shop of her own. The aroma of fresh-made chocolate truffles … Continue reading

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This week’s Green Scene column in Crain’s Chicago Business: Seeing promise in water purification

A local entrepreneur focusing on quick and cheap ways to purify drinking water is getting a double boost this fall. PortAPure Inc., launched in late 2010 by George Page, was selected by Impact Engine as one of the first eight startups that will … Continue reading

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This week’s Green Scene column in Crain’s Chicago Business: Entrepreneur turns regional heirloom recipes into local, organic food products

Lee Greene is betting consumers seeking locally-sourced foods that are reminiscent of a sense of place — or terroir — will latch onto her line of condiments and other items that hearken back to some of the original immigrants that … Continue reading

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This week’s Green Scene column in Crain’s Chicago Business: ‘Father of carbon trading’ predicts growth in clean-tech startups

Richard L. Sandor was ahead of the curve in identifying the next big trend in finance, so many entrepreneurs are taking note of his enthusiasm for growth in green technology startups, particularly in the Midwest. Mr. Sandor, 70, is widely … Continue reading

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This week’s Green Scene column in Crain’s Chicago Business: Local entrepreneurs center stage in Lollapalooza’s green push

Lollapalooza’s producers are tapping local green businesses to emphasize their message that sustainability should be part of any music festival, especially one of the biggest in the country. Beginning Friday, the three-day live music extravaganza will feature 130 bands on eight … Continue reading

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This week’s Green Scene column in Crain’s Chicago Business: Fluorescent bulb recycler gets a jolt from Goldman

EverLights has been a successful fluorescent fixture recycling company, but owner Kelly Gallagher hopes to take it to the next level with the skills she picked up this year in an intensive business training program sponsored by Goldman Sachs. Kelly Gallagher … Continue reading

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