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: