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The Greening of the City That Works

This summer the city of Chicago will open the Midwest Center for Green Technology in an industrial area three miles west of downtown. It will house Spire Solar Chicago, a manufacturer of solar energy equipment employing 100 people, along with Greencorps Chicago, the city’s own community greening and job skills program. The building will be a model of environmental design—with solar panels, a rooftop garden and a storm water retention area using native wetlands plants. It will also be a community center where people can design their own landscapes and get advice about energy efficiency. It’s a great Chicago success story, improving both the economy and the environment. And as if that weren’t enough, it was built on an abandoned brownfield, the site of a a rock crushing operation that was in constant violation of our environmental laws. This project represents the next step in Chicago’s brownfield initiative, already one…Log In to Read Full Article

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