The Obamas just revealed a first look at the new Presidential Center in Chicago

May 3, 2017 by  
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Former president and First Lady Barack and Michelle Obama just revealed plans for the Obama Presidential Center in Chicago. The park-like campus will feature three buildings including a museum, a forum and a library. The highlight of the design is the museum, which is clad in light-colored stone and stands as a sort of “lantern” for the campus. Designers are focusing on merging the best of the outdoors with the best of the indoors by including plenty of green spaces, green roofs , and public gardens. The campus, located in the neighborhood Jackson Park, will host exhibition space, education rooms, a restaurant, public gardens, and the Presidential library, which will house documents, photos and artifacts from Obama’s time in office. Related: Obama’s presidential library will be set in Chicago’s Jackson Park Pathways will criss-cross the campus, allowing visitors to walk from green spaces on the ground level to the green roofs of the two lower buildings. An outdoor plaza will connect everything together. The design was created by Tod Williams and Billie Tsien and will cost approximately $500 million to construct. Once completed, the buildings will comprise 200 – 225,000 square feet. Via The Chicago Tribune images via The Obama Foundation

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Incandescent Light Bulb Ban Pushed Back

December 16, 2011 by  
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A Congressional spending deal made late last night includes a provision that prevents the Department of Energy from enforcing the incandescent light bulb ban set to go in effect in January for another nine months. The first phase of the ban , which still remains on the books but just can’t be enforced, includes higher efficiency standards for 100-watt bulbs.  By the end 2014, all incandescents will be phased out.  According to the National Electrical Manufacturers Association, many American light bulb makers had already started investing money on making the change from incandescents to more efficient bulbs like halogen, CFLs and LEDs and this delay may now cause them to lose money to foreign competitors still selling the cheaper bulbs. The delay in enforcement will end on September 30, 2012 at the end of the government’s fiscal year when hopefully the legislation will be able to go into effect. via Chicago Tribune

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World’s Largest Commercial Bamboo Building

December 16, 2011 by  
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Bamboo is considered a green building material, but it is most often found as an adjunct within larger construction using other materials. Recently, however, an entire chocolate factory has been built in Indonesia as the world’s largest commercial bamboo structure . The 26,500 square foot (2,460 square meter) facility handles the entire range of operations, from initial processing the beans to final production of chocolate, what they call “beans to bars.” The Big Tree Farms factory , located in Sibang, Bali, not only has the exterior built from bamboo, but bamboo was also used for interior walls, which were made from woven bamboo strips, and stairs which used bamboo plywood for treads. The bamboo was treated with borax for fire-prevention and boric acid to resist insects, and a food-grade coating was applied to interior walls. What makes bamboo an especially green building material is that it is fast-growing, making it a rapidly renewable resource that doesn’t devastate the landscape when it is harvested. Bamboo is strong enough to compare with mild steel in some applications. It is regularly used for construction scaffolding throughout southeast Asia. via: Architect magazine

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Giant Bass-O-Matic Power Plants Killing Millions Of Great Lakes Fish

June 16, 2011 by  
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Image Credit Seabamirum Power plants on rivers and lakes have usually been built with “once-through” cooling, where water is sucked in and dumped back into the lakes as much as 30 degrees hotter. Michael Hawthorne of the Chicago Tribune writes that the effects on the ecosystem are huge: Staggering numbers of fish die when pulled into the screens of water intake systems so powerful that most could fill an Olympic swimming pool in less than a mi… Read the full story on TreeHugger

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Joliet Illinois Wants To Dump More Radium On Open Lands

January 30, 2010 by  
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Subsurface injection of biosolids, aka “sludge.” Image credit :CCUA.info This strange tale is a synopsis of a lengthy story related by the Chicago Tribune . Dozens of municipalities in northeastern Illinois, including such Chicago suburbs as Joliet, Bartlett, and Batavia, are required to remove radium before distributing the water to customers.

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Asian Carp Update: Michigan Request For Lock-Closing Turned Down By US Supreme Court

January 19, 2010 by  
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“An Asian Bighead carp swims in the Great Lakes Invasive Species tank at Chicago’s Shedd Aquarium.” Image credit:Nancy Stone/ Chicago Tribune . I hate it when lawyers end up managing shared environmental resources

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