Trump Tower river violations incur a swift lawsuit by Illinois attorney general

August 15, 2018 by  
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Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan has filed a lawsuit against the Trump International Hotel & Tower for alleged pollution to the Chicago River and threats to local wildlife. The lawsuit was filed in the Cook County Circuit Court in Illinois this Tuesday against the conglomerate, and the suit cites infringements of the EPA’s U.S. Clean Water Act of 1972 . The Clean Water Act protects the waters of the U.S. from being inundated with polluting discharges, and it also sets wastewater standards for industries and residential zones. According to Madigan, this is the issue, put simply, with the Trump Tower building. The structure releases millions of gallons of water from air conditioning and other cooling systems into the river on a daily basis. The residential tower is mandated by the EPA to run studies on the residual impact of its activities to the surrounding river, something it has not done, the attorney general said. Related: Urban Rivers designs a multiplayer Trashbot Game to clean the Chicago River The 92-story tower is posing a threat to aquatic life by destabilizing the ecosystem in the river. “Trump Tower continues to take millions of gallons of water from the Chicago River every day without a permit and without any regard to how it may be impacting the river’s ecosystem,” said Madigan, who has held her position in the Illinois legal system since 2003. Related: Chicago drinking fountains have been running non-stop for months, and the reason why is infuriating The affairs of the building are now under the leadership of President Trump’s two sons since he assumed office in 2016. “We are disappointed that the Illinois Attorney General would choose to file this suit considering such items are generally handled at the administrative level,” representatives of the Trump Organization stated. “One can only conclude that this decision was motivated by politics.” The Illinois Chapter of the Sierra Club and Friends of the Chicago River groups have also recently stated plans to sue the Chicago Trump Tower for allegedly violating the Clean Water Act. Via Reuters Image via Daniel Huizinga

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98-year-old man donates $2 million in stock for 395-acre wildlife refuge

June 8, 2017 by  
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98-year-old Russ Gremel purchased $1,000 of stock in a pharmacy chain around 70 years ago. That chain was Walgreens, and Gremel’s small investment made him rich. But instead of using that money for himself, he decided to donate all of his stock to the Illinois Audubon Society , and they’re putting it to good use in the 395-acre Gremel Wildlife Sanctuary to protect wetlands in Amboy, Illinois . Decades ago Gremel bought $1,007 of stock in Walgreens on his brother’s advice to invest in drugstores, as people would always need medicine and women would always buy makeup. Then Walgreens exploded, and Gremel could have cashed out for millions of dollars. But he didn’t want to keep the money, telling the Chicago Tribune he’s a simple man who likes to eat stew and oatmeal and last drove a 25-year-old Dodge. Related: Colorful Hawai’i Wildlife Center Protects and Rehabilitates Endangered Species on the Big Island The Gremel Wildlife Sanctuary is home to around 200 bird species, rare turtles , and over 400 plant species. The Illinois Audubon Society was able to purchase the land with money from Gremel and a grant from the Illinois Clean Energy Community Foundation, as well as their own funds. Gremel had planned to leave his stock to the Illinois Audubon Society, but then decided to give it away while he was still living so he could see the property they’d buy with it. That property doubles the area of wetlands protected in Amboy. Gremel said in a video he wanted to use the money to do good in the world. “That’s what money is for,” he said. “If you can’t do good with it, don’t have it.” He considers nature to be incredibly important; he grew up hiking and camping and then was a scoutmaster with the Boy Scouts of America for over 60 years. Illinois Audubon Society Executive Director Jim Herkert told the Chicago Tribune of Gremel’s donation, “It’s allowing us to protect a really valuable and important piece of property and fulfill one of Russ’ wishes that we could find a place where people could come out and experience and enjoy nature the way he did as a kid.” Via the Chicago Tribune , SaukValley.com , and EcoWatch Images via screenshot

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Christmas 2015 brought a wave of wild winter weather around the world

December 28, 2015 by  
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Origami-inspired “zippered tubes” create super strong structures that fold down flat

September 15, 2015 by  
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Taking inspiration from origami is nothing new. Kayaks , furniture , museums , and space-based solar panels have all been inspired by the Japanese art of paper folding. The latest origami creation could have applications for everything from nano medicine to space exploration. Researchers from University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, the Georgia Institute of Technology and the University of Tokyo have created a “zippered tube” from folding paper that is flexible enough to fold, but stiff enough to support weight. By zippering two tubes together, the team found that they could create a structure that was difficult to twist or bend, but also folds entirely flat. Read the rest of Origami-inspired “zippered tubes” create super strong structures that fold down flat

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Kiyoshi Mino’s startlingly realistic felt sculptures blow taxidermy away

March 25, 2015 by  
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IKEA’s New 98 Megawatt Wind Farm in Illinois is Capable of Powering 70 Stores

April 11, 2014 by  
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There are companies who talk about going green, and companies who do something about it. This week, for the 206th time, IKEA proved that it belongs in the latter category. The popular home furnishings retailer recently announced its first wind power investment in the U.S., a 98 megawatt wind farm in Hoopeston, IL. Although it’s IKEA’s first wind wind farm here in the States, the company has purchased or heavily invested in over 200 wind power operations around the world. And it’s all part of the firm’s quest for total energy independence by the year 2020 . Read the rest of IKEA’s New 98 Megawatt Wind Farm in Illinois is Capable of Powering 70 Stores Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: ikea , IKEA buys first US wind farm , IKEA buys Illinois wind farm , IKEA buys wind farm , IKEA invests in solar power , IKEA invests in wind power , ikea renewable energy , ikea store

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TROCHET: Ateeq Upcycled Plastic Bag Furniture & Yoga Mats Empower Saudi Women

April 11, 2014 by  
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Diana Rayyan is the amazing force behind Ateeq, an inspiring social organization in Saudi Arabia that makes all sorts of objects from old plastic bags. Called Trochet — a combination of the words “trash” and “ crochet ” — this eco-friendly line of accessories and even furniture is handmade by women in need. After gathering, washing and cutting the old plastic bags into strips, these skilled women turn their trash into treasure. Read the rest of TROCHET: Ateeq Upcycled Plastic Bag Furniture & Yoga Mats Empower Saudi Women Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: Art , Ateeq , Diana Rayyan , green home decor , Milan Design Week 2014 , Milan Furniture Fair , plastic objects , Recycled Materials , Trochet , upcycled plastic bags

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Marjan van Aubel’s Solar-Powered Current Table Uses Photosynthesis to Charge Your Gadgets

April 11, 2014 by  
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Kentucky is Shipping Invasive Asian Carp to China to Halt Their Spread Across the US

March 26, 2014 by  
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The Asian carp population has exploded in the US – the fish can now be found in 12 states, despite attempts to curb the species’ spread. Now the state of Kentucky has hit upon a novel solution: send the fish back to China, where they are a prized delicacy. Read the rest of Kentucky is Shipping Invasive Asian Carp to China to Halt Their Spread Across the US Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: Asian carp , ecosystems , environmental destruction , illinois , invasive carp , invasive species , kentucky , npr , rivers , water issues        

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Farmer’s Fridge Dispenses Healthy Salads and Snacks from a Reclaimed Wood Vending Machine

January 28, 2014 by  
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The Farmer’s Fridge vending machine has taken the art of convenience food to a completely new level. Instead of offering processed, body-wrecking junk in environmentally-unfriendly wrappers, the Chicago kiosk is stocked with fresh veggies in recyclable and reusable toxin-free containers. Resembling more of a produce stand than a snack-dispenser, the exteriors are made from reclaimed wood sourced in Illinois. All major credit cards are accepted, and each salad, parfait, and vegetable stick is vetted according to standards set by the Environmental Working Group , and sourced to be as local and fresh as possible. Read the rest of Farmer’s Fridge Dispenses Healthy Salads and Snacks from a Reclaimed Wood Vending Machine Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: BPA Free , chicago , Environmental Working Group , farmer’s fridge , fresh vegetables , garvey food court , illinois , lake forest tollway oasis , phthalate free , processed foods , reclaimed wood , recyclable packaging , seasonable produce , snack machine , soup kitchen , vending machine        

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