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Friday, November 27th, 2009

By William Olson Developer: Calamos Real Estate LLC Development Architect: Lohan Associates, LLC Although most suburban development in the Chicago region has spurred on automobile-dependent urban sprawl and contributed to runaway greenhouse gas emissions, Naperville, Illinois—one of America’s quintessential edge cities—is now home to one of the nation’s models of hotel sustainability. Renowned as the [...]

Wednesday, May 13th, 2009
79th Street to 93rd Street

As part of an effort to stimulate sustainable and equitable economic development in one of the more socioeconomically distressed areas of the region, the City of Chicago is sponsoring one of the largest sustainable neighborhood revitalization developments in the country. Consisting of 1,140 acres in the South Chicago neighborhood, the Leadership for Energy and Environmental Design for Neighborhood Development (LEED ND) plan will serve as a guide to the city for sustainable redevelopment on the south side for the next 25 years.

Tuesday, January 6th, 2009
South Blvd. & Lombard Ave.

In December 2005, the Village of Oak Park began construction on what will be the first LEED certified public works facility in the state of Illinois. Completed in September of 2007, the $26 million facility maintains an array of environmentally friendly features and systems, and is presently in the process of acquiring LEED Gold Certified rating from the U.S. Green Building Council. Green materials of the building include low-emission paints, adhesives, coatings, sealants and carpeting, while energy features include taking advantage of large windows for passive solar heat and installing an ultra-efficient HVAC system. What is more, the top of the building will be outfitted with a green roof.

Wednesday, December 24th, 2008
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Since 1877, the Pacific Garden Mission has been helping the homeless find a safe haven. The Pacific Garden Mission aims to get homeless men and women back on their feet and back into the working world. Last October, the mission relocated to a facility that combines the men’s and women’s into one, 156,000 square foot mission, located on 14th and Canal. The Mission will house 1,000 nightly occupants and serve food to 1,800 people over three shifts per meal.
In addition to being a socially responsible agency, the Mission is taking steps to make the new mission environmentally responsible as well.

Thursday, December 18th, 2008
303 W. Dodge Ave.

The warm and caring people of the Jewish Reconstructionist Congregation (JRC) in Evanston follow a line of thinking spoken in depth in the book of Genesis, which states that the children of Abraham must follow the code of Tikkun Olam, or repairing the world. They believe that it is their duty to improve the condition of the world which they have inherited. JRC’s commitment to Tikkun Olam is readily apparent in their LEED® Platinum certified congregation center on Dodge Avenue.

Tuesday, December 16th, 2008
335 N. Mason

PCC Community Wellness Center is a non-profit network of health care centers that has provided affordable health care to underserved west side communities for over 25 years. Now, with the construction of the Austin Family Health Center, essential services like pediatric care, diagnostic testing, women’s health care, HIV testing and family planning will be offered in a building that is healthier for staff, visitors and the environment. The 18,000 square-foot facility, slated to open next summer, will have 15 exam rooms, increasing PCC capacity by 150% and providing care for up to 32,000 patients each year.


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