Tomorrow Night 10.26: Exciting Conclusion to 2010 GreenWorks Competition

Join leaders in Green Building, Green Business and Community Environmental Leadership at the GreenWorks Fast Pitch, where you will experience Chicago’s sustainability elite competing for top prizes in the 2010 Mayor Daley’s GreenWorks Awards.

Join the Chicago Climate Action Plan team next Tuesday, October 26 at the Merchandise Mart Conference Center to play your part by voting for the Audience Choice Award winners in the Sustainable Innovation in the Built Environment and Innovation in Green Business categories.

And the nominees are……

Sustainable Innovation in the Built Environment Award
2010 Green Bungalow Block: Greener Homes for South Shore by the Historic Chicago Bungalow Association
Advanced Technology Center by S&C Electric Company
Chicago Park District Fieldhouses – Prototype 1 by Booth Hansen
CNT Energy Savers by CNT Energy
The Joy Garden at Northside Preparatory High School by Urban Habitat Chicago
Lakefront Comfort Stations by Muller & Muller Ltd.
Nature Boardwalk at Lincoln Park Zoo
Richard J. Klarchek Information Commons by Solomon Cordwell Buenz
Sankofa House by Harley Ellis Devereaux

Innovation in Green Business Award
Carbon Day Automotive
Consolidated Printing Company
Earth Wind And Solar Energy, LLC
Farr Associates
Green City Market
Hannah’s Bretzel, LLC
I-GO Car Sharing
John G. Shedd Aquarium

Community Leadership Award
Allison Shaewitz, Ecominders, LLC
Bronzeville Community Garden Leadership Team, Urban Juncture Foundation
Dr. George P. Nassos, Illinois Institute of Technology, Stuart School of Business
Edgewater Environmental Sustainability Project Partnership
Elise Zelechowski, ReBuilding Exchange
Friends of Lincoln School
LaManda Joy, The Peterson Garden Project
Marilyn Engwall, City of Chicago
Seamus Ford and Amy Beltemacchi, Root Riot Urban Garden Network

The competition will begin at 6 p.m. followed by a reception with the judges, Fast Pitch presenters, and past Awards winners.
For more information, visit the Mayor Daley’s GreenWorks Awards 2010.

Don’t miss this unique opportunity to learn about the best climate action efforts going on in Chicago.

We hope to see you there!

DOE News and Opportunities, May 2008

Department of Environment News and Opportunities – May 2008
- May 10: Smart Home Green + Wired
– May 10: Green Your Closets and Drawers
– May 15: Daley Plaza Farmers Market
– May 17: Clean and Green
– May 17-18: Green Festival
– May 17-18: Great Chicago Places and Spaces Tour

Smart Home Green + Wired
– Saturday, May 10, 10 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
– Museum of Science and Industry, 57th St. and Lake Shore Drive

Check out the Museum of Science and Industry’s 3-story modular sustainable home, learn about the Chicago Green Home Remodeling Series and pick up a free compact fluorescent light bulb, while supplies last. For more information on the Smart Home Green + Wired, visit

Green Your Closet and Drawers
– Saturday, May 10, 10 a.m. – 3 p.m.
– Donations accepted at: Chicago Center for Green Technology, 445 N. Sacramento Blvd.; North Park Village Nature Center, 5801 N. Pulaski Rd.; St. Ailbe’s Church, 93rd and Stony Island.

Bring in your used clothes and eyeglasses to be reused by the Lion’s Club and the Salvation Army and receive a green gift, available while supplies last.

Daley Plaza Farmer’s Market
– Thursday, May 15, 7 a.m. – 3 p.m.
– Daley Plaza, 50 W. Washington St.

Fill your produce bags with fresh fruits and vegetables at the first Daley Plaza Farmers Market of the season. For more information, visit

Green Festival
– Saturday, May 17 – Sunday, May 18
– Navy Pier

Come celebrate what’s working in our communities, hear from environmental speakers and check out vendors for the latest in the green movement. Visit the Chicago Department of Environment exhibit to learn how you can reduce your environmental footprint. For more information, visit

Great Chicago Places and Spaces Tour

– Saturday, May 17 – Sunday, May 18
– Locations throughout Chicago

Come explore Chicago’s rich heritage in architecture and design during the 10th Annual Great Chicago Places and Spaces celebration. This is a weekend dedicated to architecture and design that offers more than 200 free tours of Chicago and it’s neighborhoods given by prominent architecture, design specialists and community leaders. Most walking tours are outside, please dress accordingly. For more information, visit

Mayor Daley’s Clean and Green

– Saturday, May 17
– Locations throughout Chicago

Community groups throughout Chicago can make an immediate difference in their neighborhood by volunteering for Mayor Daley’s Spring Clean & Green Day. For the past 20 years, Chicagoans like yourself have teamed up with community groups and the City of Chicago to help beautify your communities by cleaning up and recycling accumulated litter and trash. The City provides materials. For more information or to register, call 3-1-1.

Need Some Gently Used House Parts?

You recycle bottles and cans. And paper. But what about windows? 2x4s? Countertops and cabinets? Gary Zuckerman does it all. He can help you move it, too. Here’s how he describes his business:

Recycle Plus offers resedential, commercial, and industrial recycling services for the public. In addition to this we sell reusable items like moving boxes, furniture, buckets, etc. Recycle Plus also does light moving jobs.

My wife and I are buying an old bungalow and planning renovation. A friend put us in touch with Gary and we’re planning to reuse materials that he collects and resells. It’s going to save money and energy.

Contact Gary at Recycle Plus by phone: 773-761-5937 …or by email:

Green Design

C3 Leader Grace Sielaff is looking for volunteers to help recycle water bottles at this year’s Air and Water Show, August 2007.

She is also a professional designer. Her M. Grace Designs business website shows how gorgeous design and green building can come together. Props for featuring LEED and other green building info prominently in her site and her professional practice!

Other World Consulting

C3 classmate Kevin Murphy sez, “I received my regular newsletter from Larry, of Other World Computing, and was delighted to read this at the end of all the sales information and helpful hints.”

While it seems pretty far off now, I know it’s a lot sooner than it might feel that OWC will be in a brand new location. As I mentioned in the prior newsletter, we have found a location and construction on our new facility is expected to commence sometime in Feb or March. And we’ll be doing it right, as one of the first LEEDs certified buildings in the Midwest with the goal also of being the among the first (there are only 103 to date..) LEED building to achieve gold certification as well. Building to LEED qualifications has some up front costs that a regular building would not – but much of that cost is returned in energy savings over the life of the building and you can’t put a price on the environmental impact benefits. We’ve got one world and it’s up to each of us to protect it…

Larry goes on a bit from there, and here on their website. Not your average business, eh?

When I recently had a need for more memory in my laptop, this bit from Larry, via Kevin, got my business. Their prices and service were good, too. So they’ll keep it. Try them out.

Going Green with the Sun

The Oct 30th issue of Crain’s Chicago Business reports that Excelon, the Chicago-based utility company, plans to save 10% per year on it’s electricity bill due to green choices made during construction, such as utilizing floor-to-ceiling windows that will supliment or eliminate fluorescent lighting with sunlight.  They’re also relocating most workers to cubicles near the windows with executives going to interior offices.  Excelon’s project aims to be certified as “green space” by the US Green Building Council (USGBC).

Contracting in Good Faith

Join Faith in Place and Interfaith Worker Justice for a co-sponsored workshop on building or remodeling as a congregation. The workshop on Sunday, November 12 will cover topics including:

  • Green building for congregations
  • The Energy Star self-audit program for congregations
  • Tips from experts on how to fund new building programs
  • How to verify good labor standards by congregational contractors

Register by phone with Clare Butterfield (773.235.4640). Chicago congregations whose members register will receive 100 compact fluorescent light bulbs. For more information, see

Green Chicago Linkage

Here’s a collection of interesting local, organic, community, and/or green websites I’ve found recently:

Beyond Today – an organization (and a blog!) for Chicagoans who want to do more about the Environment and Social Justice. Interesting because they link to us (yay!) have great local and national links, innovative actions, and because somebody from their group is going to be in the new C3 class that starts Saturday. Welcome Julie! – sustainable city, the successor to the Building Green Bridges green events calendar. Anyone can post an event here. A good place to see what’s coming and also to share your own event and project invitations.

Edens Lost and Found – a PBS mini-series featuring Chicago’s own Michael Howard and other green good things happening in communities here, and in other big cities. They have a pile of resources and organizational links, discussion guides and such in their Chicago Action Guide. You can view the Chicago part of the documentary series, too. – the Chicago center of the Earth Charter community, interesting because they held a big summit event last year and this year are organizing many “mini-summits” they want to happen in living rooms all over the Chicago area. The offer a discussion guide for these.

Green Bean – a news and discussion forum dedicated to reporting on built, in-progress, and unbuilt green building projects in Chicago, written and maintained by Erik Olsen, PE. Erik is a mechanical engineer, green building advocate, and Green Projects Administrator for the Chicago Department of Construction and Permit, where he manages the Green Permit Program.

Thanks… to west north for some of these links, and this cool new use for parking spaces, among other cool green blog posts.