Gallery: Chicago Honors Exceptional Eco Projects With Greenworks Awards

Richard J. Klarchek Information Commons by Solomon Cordwell Buenz To help spur the onset of a paperless age, Loyola University has built a library based on digital information. The building is situated on the Michigan lakefront, and the project takes advantage of the incredible views with a series of mechanically vented windows that allow the lake breeze to cool the building. The Richard J. Klarchek Information Commons is the leader in a series of building projects that are designed to reduce on-campus energy usage by 52%.

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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  1. Frauen Westen Gro脽handel August 30, 2011 at 10:58 pm

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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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