Gallery: Chicago Honors Exceptional Eco Projects With Greenworks Awards

Advanced Technology Center by S&C Electric Company This high power testing facility's Advanced Technology Center is one of the first industrial buildings in the Chicago metropolitan LEED Gold certification. The 43,000 sq ft building houses testing centers for generators and a new Smart Grid product. The ATC is one of the most environmentally-friendly facilities of its kind in the world. The structure minimizes environmental impact through numerous energy-efficient and sustainable design features, including an 8,000-square-foot green roof, use of recycled content and locally-produced building materials, and other innovative measures.

Nature Boardwalk at Lincoln Park Zoo

This project includes a 14-acre revitalization of the pond located at Lincoln Park’s Zoo. The half-mile walkway is openly accessible to all visitors. 90% of the materials from the construction project were able to be reused, and the pond was dug deeper, so that fish would be able to weather the winter there. The outdoor classroom, shown above, was inspired by the shells of turtles that reside in the surrounding pond. The boardwalk, made from recycled plastic, has educational information about nature and the environment along its path.

CNT Energy Savers by CNT Energy

Facilitating efficiency upgrades to apartment buildings across the city, CNT Energy Savers has seen an average energy reduction of 30% per project. CNT doesn’t just help with the labor in their renovations, but also educates building owners and aids in sorting through rebate paperwork.

The Joy Garden at Northside Preparatory High School by Urban Habitat Chicago

Students, teachers, and members of the neighboring community invested numerous hours of labor in a plan to transform the contaminated earth of a former salt storage area into a beautiful garden — all for just $7,000. Almost all of the materials used were reclaimed from other Chicago building sites.


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  2. Lea Bogdan December 2, 2010 at 10:15 am

    The winners were announced at a ceremony last night! For the Built Environment Category the award recipients were: Nature Boardwalk at Lincoln Park Zoo, the Lakefront Comfort Stations by Muller&Muller Ltd., and the Sakofa House by Harley Ellis Devereaux. The Fast Pitch audience choice winner was CNT Energy Savers. Congrats to all of the winners!

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