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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: 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: 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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This week’s Green Scene column in Crain’s Chicago Business: Power2Switch lets users comparison-shop for electricity

A local energy-broker startup is making it easier for small businesses to compare electricity rates in Illinois and switch to the cheapest — or the greenest — supplier if a better deal comes along. Power2Switch LLCis like the travel website … Continue reading

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This week’s Green Scene column in Crain’s Chicago Business: Wind turbine maker blows into town with focus on rooftops

Some of the next crop of wind turbines hoisted onto buildings around Chicago may come from a small manufacturing plant on the city’s North Side intent on making a big name for itself in the wind-energy business. Andre DeRosa, 34, … Continue reading

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