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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: 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: 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: Green-biz advocates see red over new city ordinance

Local green business leaders are seeing red over a new green business certification ordinance passed Wednesday by the Chicago City Council. The ordinance will create a green business program run by the city’s Department of the Environment that’s intended to … Continue reading

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This week’s Green Scene column in Crain’s Chicago Business: ReBuilding Exchange rides growth into bigger HQ

Contractors and homeowners looking for reclaimed building materials will soon have a new, more central location in Chicago to find aged window fixtures, doors, bathtubs and much more. Next week, the ReBuilding Exchange, an affiliate of the non-profit Delta Institute, is relocating … Continue reading

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This week’s Green Scene column in Crain’s Chicago Business: Helping institutions ‘green up’ their food services

Greg Christian Greg Christian became a food sustainability consultant for cultural institutions quite by accident. His original plan was on the other side of the equation: help food-service providers green their operations so they could get more institutional clients who … Continue reading

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This week’s Green Scene column in Crain’s Chicago Business: South Bronx eco-activist talks green jobs in Chicago

Majora Carter’s presentation at the TEDxMidwest conference in Chicago last October. Majora Carter, a MacArthur Foundation “Genius” award winner known for fostering eco-entrepreneurship in the South Bronx and elsewhere, was the star attraction at a Blacks in Green-sponsored event this … Continue reading

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This week’s Green Scene column in Crain’s Chicago Business: City launches Version 2.0 of Green Office Challenge

The city of Chicago on Thursday kicks off round two of its Green Office Challenge — a program designed to inspire commercial building property managers and tenants to shrink their carbon footprint and save some money in the process. Last year, … Continue reading

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