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Tuesday, May 26th, 2009
Partners In Change

“We’ve got about 5,000 days to figure it out,” Makower says. That’s just over 13 years before the planet’s environment is damaged beyond repair. “Where’s the urgency,” he asks. “Where’s the audaciously big thinking?” From 5-8 p.m. on June 17th, 2009, The Delta Institute will host Governor Pat Quinn and celebrated author of Strategies for the Green Economy and founder of, Joel Makower for it’s annual event, Partners in Change.

Thursday, March 12th, 2009
2500 N. Frontage Rd. Darien, IL

Wight’s educational mission for sustainability does not end with plaques about green roofs and dual flush toilets (which had to be imported from Australia because no such thing existed in the US at the time of construction), but extends into the day to day operations of the firm itself. The firm offers LEED training classes to aid those preparing for the exam, Green Bag lunches to learn about products and technologies, and a Sustainability Forum encompassing Research and Development, the Green Library, Community Outreach, and the living laboratory that is the Darien office (the firm is constantly experimenting with different green building products and currently has seven different green roof plots on its roof in Darien).

Wednesday, February 4th, 2009
3333 W. 47th St.

Come February, the non-profit ReBuilding Exchange will open its doors in the Brighton Park neighborhood, just a few blocks from the Kedzie Orange Line stop. The organization’s facility will serve as a clearinghouse for salvaged building supplies that will, among others, divert waste from landfills, conserve energy-intensive resources, create jobs for the underemployed and provide affordable materials to an underserved community.

Tuesday, December 9th, 2008
60 W. Kinzie

The Greenway Self Park garage, at the corner of Kinzie and Clark, currently under construction and slated for completion in mid-2009, is designed for maximum energy efficiency and minimal waste. One of the most notable elements will be the six vertical wind turbines stacked along the southwest corner. This innovation will provide enough electricity for all of the building’s exterior lighting and contribute excess power directly to the grid.

Monday, November 12th, 2007
722 W. Grand

cob is a building material consisting of clay, sand, straw, water, and earth, similar to adobe (language via Wikipedia). It is considered a green building material because it relies solely on local material and requires very little energy to produce.

Monday, November 5th, 2007
Greenbuild 2007!

This week 20,000 green building professionals are descending on Chicago for the U.S. Green Building Council’s annual Greenbuild conference. The show is at the new McCormick Place West building, which is expected to earn a LEED® certification. We won’t focus on detailed conference coverage – Inhabitat has proved a good resource for this in the past – but here’s a shout-out to all our out-of-town readers dropping in this week.


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