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Performance-Based Procurement: Infusing Your Design-Build Contract with Energy Requirements

thumb_ProcurementInnovation is a crucial part of the green building movement. That’s the idea behind a new trend: performance-based procurement. First developed by the Colorado-based National Renewable Energy Laboratory, performance-based procurement is an approach that sets into motion higher energy efficiency in a building before a shovel ever meets dirt.

Chicago Announces New Chief Resilience Officer

thumb_koch_aaronLike other global cities, Chicago faces many challenges at the outset of the 21st Century. Overcoming these requires an ability to be resilient, to bounce back from adversity and to over-prepare for eventual hardship. To help in this fight, Aaron Koch has been named the first Chief Resilience Officer in Chicago.

New Chief Sustainability Officer in Chicago

cityhall2_thumbKaren Weigert has resigned as Chief Sustainability Officer at the City of Chicago. Replacing her will be Chris Wheat, previously the head of the Mayor’s Innovation Team.

Transit-Oriented Development and Waking up from the American Dream

thumb_todUrban planning is one of those practices one might not notice until encountering a poor example of it. While the frustration of a long commute may annoy the lay person, urban planning wonks know that the ways we arrange and interact with our built environment can have powerful impacts. One emerging part of the urban planner’s toolbox is transit-oriented development (TOD). As our culture shifts, with more and more people opting to live in dense, urban neighborhoods and renouncing automobiles, the urban landscape must respond.

New Facility Targets Tomorrow’s Electricians

thumb_intechThe cost to install alternative energy technology has steadily dropped for the last several years. One consequence of this competitive pricing on renewables is that the next generation of electricians will need revolutionary training in order to install and maintain these revolutionary technologies. That’s why the IBEW NECA Technical Institute opened a renewable energy training field to train electricians on the latest sustainable technologies at the country’s largest outdoor training campus of its kind.

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