Index Publishing is pleased to announce the latest issue of Sustainable Chicago, an e-zine published in cooperation with the City of Chicago, the Chicago chapters of the USGBC and AIA and other leaders of Chicago's efforts to lead by example in sustainable design and development.Sustainable Chicago is published every quarter and is free to you. Please share it with your friends, colleagues and anyone else committed to making Chicago a better place.
Hyde Park's 53rd Street corridor had seen better days. Retailers were moving away and the storied neighborhood, with its landmark buildings and diverse, proud residents was falling into disrepair. It took more than ten years, but the new Harper Court development will serve as a new anchor for the commercial district and as new office space for the University of Chicago.
No matter the size of the company or its sustainability engagement, developing an effective energy management plan can be difficult. The Environmental Defense Fund is hoping to help with their EDF Climate Corps project. The enterprise sends bright young self-starters into organizations around the country, to help them tackle the challenges of energy efficiency. And this year, the focus is on Chicago.
This region has long been a leader in aggressive sustainability measures. Cook County is showing its commitment with its Demolition Debris Diversion program. Deb Stone, the Cook County Chief Sustainability Officer lays out what the County has committed to, how the program will alleviate our landfills and how she hopes the trend will ripple out to the region as a whole.
Also in this issue, we recap the 8th annual Building Green Chicago Conference, delve into how you can best manage your building's waste stream, explore the Chicago Energy Benchmark ordinanceand take a closer look at the fundamentals of passive house design. And of course, our green calendar of events lets you know what seminars and educational events are happening in and around the city.
Each issue of Sustainable Chicago provides updates on local efforts to implement sustainable initiatives, including the latest design and development strategies, featured local projects, city and county incentives, new products and services and business justifications to build green.
We hope you enjoy this issue of Sustainable Chicago and invite you to offer your comments and suggestions based on challenges and successes you have experienced in seeking "ROGI"—return on green investment. Please send your comments or article suggestions to us.