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This week’s Green Scene column in Crain’s Chicago Business: Climate change and business part of Chicago Ideas Week

Climate change and business were on the agenda of Chicago Ideas Week amid the wide range of thought-provoking events scattered throughout the city these last few days. At a gathering Wednesday night, local experts in climate change issues and economic matters shared … Continue reading

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This week’s Green Scene column in Crain’s Chicago Business: Report finds uneven results in green building projects

A new report on green buildings in Illinois shows owners who pay a  premium for eco-friendly features find it’s worth it, but only if managers maintain the building’s systems as intended. In addition, green building projects in Illinois that made energy … Continue reading

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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: 11 wealthy families team up to invest in clean tech

Eleven wealthy families are now scouting for investment opportunities in the clean-energy sector – and the investment syndicate they’ve formed has already inked some deals. The Cleantech Syndicate was created in 2010 but only announced its formation late last month after it … Continue reading

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This week’s Green Scene column in Crain’s Chicago Business: Germans eye Chicago for renewable energy expansion

Chicago and the Midwest could see an uptick in renewable-energy business with a German flavor if goodwill forged at a recent gathering translates into real deals. That optimism was shared by many among the 120 attendees at a recent daylong … Continue reading

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This week’s Green Scene column in Crain’s Chicago Business: Engineering firm grows via projects to shrink cities’ carbon footprints

A relatively new Chicago sustainability engineering firm is in expansion mode to help shrink the carbon footprint of cities and buildings around the globe. PositivEnergy Practice LLC was formed about 18 months ago by the three partners of architectural firm … Continue reading

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This week’s Green Scene column in Crain’s Chicago Business: Clean-tech entrepreneurs gather to explore Illinois growth options

Leaders of Illinois’ “clean energy” movement gathered in Chicago yesterday and called more coherent state legislation and better financing opportunities as essential ingredients to attract growth in the renewable energy sector here. More than 100 clean-tech entrepreneurs, finance executives, policy … Continue reading

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This week’s Green Scene column in Crain’s Chicago Business: Incentive plans reward consumers who recycle, cut energy use

Two pilot programs launched in Chicago over the last two years are encouraging city dwellers to improve their green-lifestyle behavior by awarding them points redeemable for discounted coupons at local retailers, restaurants and cultural institutions. Recyclebank hit the Chicago market … Continue reading

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This week’s Green Scene column in Crain’s Chicago Business: Chicago startup aims to turn buildings into batteries

A local energy-efficiency technology startup is helping commercial property owners turn their buildings into batteries. Chicago-based Clean Urban Energy developed a software platform that enables buildings to store excess thermal energy in their own concrete and drywall and then tap it … Continue reading

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This week’s Green Scene column in Crain’s Chicago Business: Home remodeler re-invents his biz with green-energy focus

One traditional home remodeler on Chicago’s North Shore is positioning himself for success in the emerging green economy. Ron Cowgill, who owns D/R Services Unlimited Inc. in Glenview, last August formed a new company that promotes his newly acquired expertise … Continue reading

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