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Cool window displays — and eco-friendly, too

Originally published in Crain’s Chicago Business February 13, 2014 Linsey Burritt, left, and Crystal Hodges Shop owners often buy all sorts of stuff to create eye-catching window displays, only to toss it all out for the next season’s promotion. Most … Continue reading

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This week’s Green Scene column in Crain’s Chicago Business: Celebrating an anniversary, and looking ahead

This month marks the one-year anniversary of the Green Scene column’s debut, so I thought I’d take a moment for a quick look back and an eager eye ahead. The local green economy cuts such a wide swath across so many sectors … Continue reading

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This week’s Green Scene column in Crain’s Chicago Business: Chicago’s chief sustainability officer reaching out to new partners

Karen Weigert has only been the city of Chicago’s Chief Sustainability Officer since June, but she’s already forging partnerships across city departments and reaching out to the business community. Mayor Rahm Emanuel created the position to push green efforts throughout city … Continue reading

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This week’s Green Scene column in Crain’s Chicago Business: Planning for an even greener Lollapalooza

Lollapalooza’s 20th anniversary concert event in Chicago’s Grant Park this weekend will be the greenest one ever, with a raft of local green businesses getting in on the action.  Greenbacks will flow during the three-day festival to local vendors with … 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: 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: 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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This week’s Green Scene column in Crain’s Chicago Business: Field Museum spotlights sustainable design

The Field Museum is kicking off a new exhibit Friday that will feature items made from sustainable materials and created by 10 designers from the worlds of fashion, furniture, textiles and home products. The designers, including fashion icon Isaac Mizrahi, … 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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