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Illinois organizations awarded for environmental efforts

Illinois organizations awarded for environmental efforts

Submitted by the Illinois Sustainable Technology Center Twenty-five Illinois companies and organizations have been honored for their significant achievements in protecting the environment, helping sustain the future and improving the economy. The Governor’s Sustainability Awards were presented by the Illinois Sustainable Technology Center (ISTC) during a luncheon Oct. 27 in Champaign.  ISTC is a unit of […]

Niche green products gain share in recession

As consumers pinched pennies during the recession, many put aside environmental concerns and opted for lower-priced products, the New York Times reported. As a result, the number of green household cleaners slid to 105 in 2009 from 144 in 2008, the story said. But green products from niche businesses fared better than those from major […]

Tech startups vie for funding at Midwest Energy Forum

By Ann Meyer The major automakers might get credit for launching electric vehicles into the marketplace, but they couldn’t have done it without new technologies that scientists and small businesses created, panelists said Thursday at the Midwest Energy Forum held at the University of Chicago’s Gleacher Center. “We’re able to craft technology to some degree, […]

How green are the clothes on your back?

The Sustainable Apparel Coalition plans to catalog the environmental impact of apparel making and assign sustainability scores to garments based on its findings, The New York Times reported Tuesday. The effort is designed to encourage apparel makers to be more environmentally conscious, while also making consumers aware of the chemicals and processes that manufacturers use […]

Chicago to add 280 electric car charging stations

By Ann Meyer With 280 electric car charging stations to be installed at Chicago-area plazas by the end of the year,  recharging an electric vehicle should get easier, experts said. The development stems from a $1.9 million city of Chicago contract awarded to California-based 350Green LLC, which plans to build a nationwide network of charging […]

Giant Greenbuild expo beckons smaller players

Small companies with environmental products or services were among 27 employers participating in a a “green” jobs fair that attracted 500 Chicago-area job seekers to McCormick Place Nov. 16. The jobs fair was hosted by the U.S. Green Building Council in conjunction with the BlueGreen Alliance and the city of Chicago. While  applicants lined up 12 deep to […]

Wind energy start-ups seek capital to power up

With momentum building for clean energy, Chicago entrepreneurs Elizabeth Iwanicki and Giovanni Bonomi say demand for their wind turbines is accelerating.
Once they seal deals with prospective customers in the United States and abroad, their start-up, Tempest Wind Energy Inc., plans to add workers and move to a larger manufacturing facility, they said. “We know we will get the orders. I want to bring this business to Chicago. The whole idea is to get employment here,” Iwanicki said.

Chicago’s cutting-edge clean-energy firms seek funding to meet demand

AllCell, launched in 2001 with technology developed at Illinois Institute of Technology, offers a patented phase-change material technology that absorbs the heat generated from lithium batteries, making them safer and doubling their lifespan, Al-Hallaj said. The batteries are currently being used to power electric scooters and bikes, but soon will be in electric and plug-in hybrid automobiles and trucks, he said. The company has been selling to the military since 2008 and currently is working with top automakers, he said.

GreatPoint Energy turns coal into clean ‘bluegas’

GreatPoint Energy takes coal, which Perlman calls “the dirtiest, cheapest and most abundant fuel,” and turns it into clean natural gas for all sorts of applications. Over time, the clean fuel will reduce global warming while improving health and quality of life in developing countries, Perlman said.