Monthly Archives: September 2011

This week’s Green Scene column in Crain’s Chicago Business: Wondering how other businesses are using renewable energy? Get a sneak peek

A handful of Chicago-area business owners with renewable-energy systems on their premises are inviting anyone curious enough to stop by on Saturday for a firsthand look at how they work. Fifteen businesses are participating in the Illinois Solar Tour, a daylong … Continue reading

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This week’s Green Scene column in Crain’s Chicago Business: New Chicago ordinance encourages urban farmers to start planting

The Chicago Lights Urban Farm in the Cabrini-Green neighborhood, a garden run in collaboration with Growing Power Inc. (Image via ChicagoLights.org.) By Judith NemesUrban farming entrepreneurs can start digging and planting now that Chicago’s City Council passed a new zoning ordinance … Continue reading

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This week’s Green Scene column in Crain’s Chicago Business: Why green entrepreneurs need to protect their ideas

Green-tech entrepreneurs, like most other start-up folks, probably spend more time worrying about securing their next round of financing compared with, say, intellectual property protection. But they ignore it at their peril. So says Jim Naughton, chairman of the green … Continue reading

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This week’s Green Scene column in Crain’s Chicago Business: Turning food scraps into a green biz

Until the city of Chicago and nearby municipalities launch their own curbside food composting programs, Erlene Howard’s start-up pick-up service is filling a gap in the local green garbage landscape. The Evanston-based bookkeeper was dismayed at the lack of good … Continue reading

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