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This week’s Green Scene column in Crain’s Chicago Business: Chicago eco-fashion designers strut their stuff for Fashion Week

By Judith Nemes Models will strut down a green runway tonight at Millennium Park to show off the spring and summer 2012 collections from the growing field of local eco-fashion designers participating in the weeklong Fashion Focus Chicago. Tonight’s Vert Couture Eco-Fashion … 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: 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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This week’s Green Scene column in Crain’s Chicago Business: Startup turns home cleanout into home greenout

One Chicago-area green entrepreneur is making it easier for homeowners looking to de-clutter in an eco-friendly way by taking their stuff and donating, recycling and avoiding the landfill. Fran Horvath started Greenout Cleanout as a full-fledged company about six months … Continue reading

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This week’s Green Scene column in Crain’s Chicago Business: Bike-sharing outfit rolls out more stationss

Photo courtesy of Jeremy Rothschild By Judith Nemes As thousands of Chicago residents are participating in this week’s Bike to Work Week, a one-year-old bike-sharing program is gearing up for expansion to ride that wave of interest. B-cycle, a bike-sharing … Continue reading

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This week’s Green Scene column in Crain’s Chicago Business: Tapping old, new technology to boost the life span of city’s trees

The Stanford, Conn.-based tree maintenance company Bartlett Tree Experts is aiming to help Chicago-area clients maximize the longevity of their trees by tapping high-tech solutions from the IT lab and testing low-tech solutions borrowed from ancient cultures. The company’s research arm … Continue reading

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This week’s Green Scene column in Crain’s Chicago Business: Evanston startup helps small firms go green

Most small business owners wouldn’t naturally think about swapping out their exit signs for more eco-friendly ones as an obvious place to start greening their workplace. But that’s what an Evanston startup is banking on as one of the initial … 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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