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Lakeshore Recycling Systems Receives $1.5M Closed Loop Fund Investment

As it moves forward with its plan to invest more than $500 million in US recycling projects by 2020, the Closed Loop Fund yesterday announced its latest investment: $1.5 million in Lakeshore Recycling Systems. The investment allowed the recycling company to bring a material recovery facility to Chicago — the … Read more »

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Method, Gotham Greens to Build World’s Largest Rooftop Farm

Eco-friendly cleaning products company Method Products and urban farming company Gotham Greens will partner to build what they say is the world’s largest rooftop farm at Method’s new manufacturing plant in Chicago. Designed by William McDonough + Partners, Method says it expects its plant will be the world’s first LEED-Platinum … Read more »

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Walmart, Target Partner on Product Sustainability

Walmart and Target have teamed up to improve sustainability in the personal care and beauty industry. The two companies, along with nonprofit Forum for the Future, last week co-hosted the Beauty and Personal Care Products Sustainability Summit in Chicago. Representatives from suppliers including Procter & Gamble, Unilever, Estee Lauder and L’Oreal … Read more »

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Cambridge Joins Chicago, NYC With Energy Benchmarking Requirement

Commercial, multifamily and municipal building owners in Cambridge, Mass., will be required to annually benchmark and report their properties’ energy performance in an effort to cut energy waste, lower utility bills and reduce greenhouse gas emissions. The Building Energy Usage and Disclosure Ordinance was passed unanimously by the City Council of Cambridge … Read more »

Chicago Buildings Cut Carbon, Save $2.5M

Chicago Buildings Cut Carbon, Save $2.5M

Chicago’s biggest buildings have eliminated more than 28,000 metric tons of CO2 emissions and saved $2.5 million in annual avoided energy costs through retrofits, according to a Natural Resources Defense Council report. The Retrofit Chicago Commercial Business Initiative offers a replicable model for other municipalities, the report says. Dozens of … Read more »

US Leader In Green Commercial Space Announced

The US city with the highest percentage of green commercial space is Minneapolis, with 77 percent of its commercial real estate space certified as green, according to a study by CBRE Group and Maastricht University. The city with the second-highest percentage of green space was San Francisco, at 67.2 percent, … Read more »

GBI Launches Green Globes for Sustainable Interiors

The Green Building Initiative (GBI) will launch a rating tool for eco-friendly interior designers and architects, called Green Globes for Sustainable Interiors, at the annual NeoCon commercial interior design tradeshow in Chicago. Interior Sources reports that GBI’s latest green building certification program will include a survey assessment, the use of … Read more »

PwC: Stockholm, Sydney Top Sustainable City Ranking

PwC: Stockholm, Sydney Top Sustainable City Ranking

Stockholm and Sydney are the most sustainable cities in the world, a ranking driven by air quality, recycled waste efforts and public park space, according to a PriceWaterhouseCoopers report. The firm’s sixth edition of the Cities of Opportunity report, which ranks the top 30 cities from across the globe, measures 10 key indicators including … Read more »

Green Business Challenge Awards $80,000

Businesses in Cupertino, Calif.; Houston; Lexington, Ky.; and West Palm Beach, Fla., will soon get help for projects that reduce energy, water waste and carbon footprint. The four winning cities of the Green Business Challenge, sponsored by Office Depot and ICLEI Local Governments for Sustainability-USA, will each receive $20,000 along … Read more »

Standards & Compliance Briefing: Energy Benchmarking, Low-Voltage DC, Hotels’ ISO 14001

Chicago now recognizes the ASHRAE-Certified Building Energy Assessment Professional as a data verifier credential under the city’s new Energy Benchmarking Ordinance. As a result, BEAP credential holders are eligible to provide professional verification of data for the benchmarking and transparency ordinance, which Chicago adopted last September. Chicago is the only city that requires data … Read more »

Cities Pledge Carbon Emissions Cuts from Buildings

Cities Pledge Carbon Emissions Cuts from Buildings

Mayors from 10 major US cities pledged to boost the energy efficiency in their buildings as part of an initiative to cut a combined 5 to 7 million tons of carbon emissions annually. The total annual emissions reduction goal is equivalent to the amount of electricity used by 700,000 to nearly … Read more »

Solar Express

Solar Express Rolls Through Chicago

The city of Chicago launched Chicago Solar Express, a streamlined permitting, zoning and interconnection process for those seeking to place solar installations on residential and commercial properties. The project aims to slash wait times for solar permits for small installations from 30 days to one day, cut fees by 25 … Read more »