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Inside The City Of London's New Landmark Skyscraper

Buildings are responsible for a third of harmful greenhouse gas (GHG) pollution from U.S. electricity use, with that percentage rising dramatically in urban centers. Chicago is no exception: Buildings account for approximately 70 percent of the city’s GHG emissions. Moreover, many buildings use more energy than they need to, which is unnecessarily expensive and damaging to the environment. Although… Keep reading →

Chicago Prepares For 2016 Olympics Decision

The City of Chicago passed an ordinance September 11 requiring buildings with more than 50,000 square feet to report their energy use to a benchmarking tool and eventually to the public. The law, passed in a 32-to-17 vote, is part of the city’s overall efforts to reduce energy use in half of Chicago’s buildings 30… Keep reading →


Chicago environmentalists won a hard-fought victory late Tuesday as the city’s two coal power plants announced that they will close — one of them by the end of the year. The Chicago Sun-Times reports that Midwest Generation has agreed to close its two coal fired plants. The Fisk generating station, in the city’s Pilsen neighborhood, is slated to close by Dec. 31, while the Crawford plant in Little Village will close by the end of 2014. Mayor Rahm Emanuel last week presented what was essentially an ultimatum to the plants — that they either clean up their pollution or risk being shut down by the city. He had campaigned on a promise that he would force the plants to reduce their dangerous emissions, Fox Chicago reports