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Water Bottle Filler, Mobile Market Win Chicago Innovation Awards

A bottle filling station for drinking water designed by Elkay, a construction fleet tracking system by Navman Wireless and a school bus converted into a market selling local produce are some of the green products to be honored at the 2011 Chicago Innovation Awards.

The EZH2O bottle filling station (pictured) provides a rapid fill for reusable water bottles, such products have proven popular on college campuses and in airports throughout the U.S., Elkay says. The station features a “Green Ticker” to display the number of 16-ounce water bottles that a particular machine has saved from landfill.

Navman Wireless says the Qtanium 300 is the first construction fleet tracking system to make it possible to monitor actual equipment usage and associated costs for all makes and models of construction equipment from a single application. In particular, the product can help reduce the amount of fuel wasted while vehicles are idling, decreasing costs and emissions, Navman says.

Fresh Moves won the People’s Choice Award for their mobile grocery store that serves Chicago neighborhoods lacking access to fresh produce. The converted school bus travels to such “food deserts” and sells both conventional and organic, local produce from its single aisle.

A full list of winners is available here.

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