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Buildings Environments FALL 2008

ECONOMIC SENSE MAKES ENVIRONMENTAL SENSE Features‌ The Green Revolution in Existing Condominium Buildings Emerald Gala Celebrates Natural Leaders Chicago Number One on List of Top Green Roof Cities The Weather and Your Landscape More to Green Building Than Meets the Eye 2008 Recycling Award Winners


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table of contents COVER STORY

21 Subscription Form

02 Economic Sense Makes Environmental Sense By David Mack

22 Condo Lifestyles State of the Industry

23 Chicagoland Buildings & Environments Profile 24 2008 Recycling Award Winners

06 The Green Revolution in Existing Condominium Buildings By Howard Dakoff 07 In Memoriam - William Alter Industry Happenings 08 Emerald Gala Celebrates Natural Leaders 08 LCA Names Executive Director 09 Chicago Number One on List of Top Green Roof Cities 10 Gateway Green’s TREEcago Announced 11 Jones Lang LaSalle and Staubach Companies Complete Transaction to Merge Operations EVENT HIGHLIGHTS

12 MCD Showcases the Races 13 MCD Golf Invitational 14 Editor’s Message 15 Directory Advertising Section THE LANDSCAPE BUYER

19 The Weather and Your Landscape by James A. Fizzell S P E C I A L F E AT U R E

20 More to Green Building Than Meets the Eye By Larry Schaffel


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GOOD ENVIRONMENTAL SENSE M on September 22 Suzanne malec-mcKenna, Commissioner of the Chicago department of the environment, addressed a luncheon audience of the City Club of Chicago.


he Commissioner has been in her present position since August 16, 2007 when she was named to succeed Sadhu Johnston who was promoted to the job of Deputy Chief of Staff as Chief Environmental Officer in the Office of Mayor Daley. “No (other) city in the nation has a Chief Environmental Officer,” said Malec-McKenna in paying tribute to her predecessor. Previously the new Commissioner had served for thirteen years in the Department she now heads as the Deputy Commissioner of Natural Resources and Water Quality. Before that she worked for the Open Lands Project as an Urban Forestry Manager. The subject of the Commissioner’s


speech was the Chicago Climate Action Plan (CCAP), but before launching into her discourse on the topic MalecMcKenna gave recognition to a number of her colleagues in the audience from various departments of the City and other representatives of the public sector as well as those in attendance from private industry, including contractors, consultants and corporate leaders with whom she had developed a working relationship over the past decade of her local public service. “I’m thrilled to be here today among this great group of people, many of whom I’ve worked with,” she said enthusiastically. “We’re all working together to achieve the Mayor’s vision,” of a viable and dynamic City.

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Malec-McKenna then paid homage to the office she now leads. “The Department of Environment is so phenomenal,” she said. ”We work as a team to make this City as great as it is.” In summing up the collaborative effort of everyone whose contribution to the City’s progress she had just acknowledged, the Commissioner said, “all these people coming together are making things happen.”

Chicago Climate Control Action Plan In her speech to the Civic Club, Malec-McKenna was making the first announcement in a public forum of the CCAP, which is a synthesis of many of the City’s ongoing programs of sustainability in addition to some new initiatives that are in their early formative stages. A press release had, however, been issued by the Mayor’s office a few days earlier in which the Chief Executive stated, “this is an ambitious plan that contains many important ideas that will ensure Chicago continues to distinguish itself as an environmental role model for the rest of the nation. We can continue to lead by example and the Chicago Climate Action Plan is the next step. We can’t solve the world’s climate change problem in Chicago but we can do our part.” In laying out the plan before her audience, Malec-McKenna observed, “you don’t even know about it yet. We know it’s a big challenge but we all see it as a tremendous opportunity.” The Commissioner described some of the principal features of the CCAP, which while just having been unveiled is actually beyond its introductory stage. “We are focused on implementation,” she said. “It’s a plan already underway.” The CCAP was put together by a task force headed by Adele Simmons, President of Global Philanthropy Partnership and autumn 2008

MAKES GOOD ECONOMIC SENSE Sadhu Johnston who were assisted by advisors from the business, academic and civic communities as well from City government. The intent of the Program, as embodied in its numerous strategies for action, is to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and, as the Mayor had indicated, address climate change. The Commissioner pointed out that by one measure Chicago is ahead of the many municipalities that surround it. “There are more per capita carbon emissions being created in the suburbs than the City,” she said, adding that overall 70% comes from

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energy in buildings, 21% from transportation and 9% from other sources. A goal of CCAP is,” to reduce our (Chicago’s) greenhouse gas emissions by 25% below 1990 levels by 2020 and to 80% by 2050.”

Mitigation & Adaptation Strategies

▲ Suzanne Malec-McKenna

The CCAP establishes twenty nine total strategies or actions that can mitigate the discharge of greenhouse gases into the atmosphere in 4 areas- through clean and renewable energy sources; energy efficient buildings; improved transportation options and reduced waste and

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industrial pollution. Also included in the plan is what the Commissioner described as adaptation strategies, which involve the City adapting to changes already underway in our climate as a consequence of our heat trapping gas emissions from decades past. She then provided some details of these strategies, which we have supplemented with additional information gleaned from the Plan. With respect to energy efficient buildings, mitigation would include such actions as reflective roofs, green roofs and improved water use efficiency. The CCAP also encourages retrofitting commercial and industrial buildings for energy efficiency- the goal is 50% of building stock resulting in a 30% energy use reduction. “It’s not just good for the environment, it makes economic good sense,” she noted, an observation she repeated several times during her presentation and which essentially became a major theme of the speech.

Chicago Energy Code to Be Updated Other strategies in the Plan include updating the City’s Energy Code, which

was scheduled for October. The Commissioner included schools as part of this retrofitting plan for large buildings. “Schools are part of the plan- they are going green,” she said and also noted that retrofitting of residential buildings to make them more efficient in their use of utilities is an additional objective- also 50% of buildings to lower energy use by 30%. She specifically cited Chicago’s 80,000 bungalows, many of which are being rehabbed through the Chicago Historic Bungalow Initiative with City assistance. “Why not bring in energy efficiency while you’re at it?” she asked.

Additional Energy Saving Steps Two other strategies in the CCAP aimed at improving energy efficiency of buildings are establishing new guidelines for renovations to meet green standards and expanding the promotion of appliance and light bulb trade in efforts for reduced energy consumption. Chicagoans are also to be further encouraged to take some well-known, easy steps to reduce their emissions and improve the environ-

ment, many of which were outlined in the Daley press release that first announced the CCAP. Included are adjusting thermostats up or down in summer or winter; weatherizing their homes; turning off appliances and computers when not in use, planting trees and shrubs around their homes to cool the surroundings and by walking or biking more. As MalecMcKenna noted on this last piece of advice, “getting healthier connects to the environment.” In the area of clean and renewable energy sources, mitigation strategies include upgrading power plants by improving their efficiency, building renewable electricity sources such as wind turbines and promoting household renewable power.

Transportation Options Mitigation strategies to improve transportation options focus on investing more in public transit to increase ridership and providing incentives for people to take the train or bus; encouraging public transit oriented development that cen-

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ters on transit, walking and biking and making the last two modes of transportation easier for people to accomplish. Additionally the Plan encourages car pooling and sharing; advocating higher fuel efficiency standards and cleaner fuels and improving the fuel efficiency of fleet vehicles of the City. Improving freight movement around the City is also a goal as is providing whatever support is feasible for high-speed intercity passenger rail service.

Waste and Industrial Pollution The Commissioner turned her attention to a goal of reducing waste and industrial pollution. An obvious aspiration is to increase recycling efforts- the CCAP’s stated objective is to reduce, reuse or recycle 90% of Chicago’s waste by 2020. “Recycle drop off points are being made more accessible to everyone’s home,” she said, adding that Chicago is mounting a two pronged effort that deals not only with recycling waste products but also trying to reduce or eliminate opportunities for waste creation, especially as a by-product of business or industrial

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activities. The Commissioner then reiterated the central theme that, “what is economic good sense is often environmental good sense.” Two additional strategies that are aimed at decreasing waste and pollution are the switch to alternative refrigerants in air conditioners and appliances that are less damaging to the environment than those predominantly in use now and increasing the capture of storm water runoff on site by better management and the use of green infrastructures. Because of time constraints, MalecMcKenna didn’t spend much time on adaptation strategies but they can be found at along with the complete CCAP. Without going into too much detail, the chief strategies in this area concentrate on such issues as finding better and more innovative ways to cool hot spots in the City; better management of storm water and the protection of air quality; planting vegetation that can survive in altered climates and encouraging both private organizations and households to take steps to con-

trol flooding and manage heat waves through such means as planting shade trees and arranging for back up power for sump pumps. The City of Chicago also plans to work with businesses to assess their vulnerability to climate change and how to combat it. Finally, the overall implementation is to be periodically evaluated and revised where appropriate.

Waste Franchising Malec-McKenna addressed the concept of waste franchising under which Chicago would divide the municipality into 10 to 20 zones in each of which only one waste hauler would be awarded the entire contract for collecting trash for buildings over 4 units in size. Currently, the various haulers doing business in Chicago compete for contracts with individual building owners. She pointed out that the Department of Streets and Sanitation collects 18% of the waste stream from the 4 unit and smaller structures and that approximately 29% of the continued on page 28

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The “Green” Revolution in Existing Condominium Buildings

If you have not noticed, the “Green Revolution” is here. From Fortune 500 companies to Presidential candidates, the environment is a hot topic.


nvironmental legislation, documentaries on global warming to advertising for “green’ products and services are everywhere. Accordingly, existing condominium associations are increasingly searching for a road map to “go green” or at least, understanding green practices they can implement to reduce their carbon imprint. The Condominium Green Revolution falls into two categories: New construction LEED certified green buildings and existing residential condominium association implementing concrete steps to become green friendly and/or reduce their carbon imprint. LEED, which stands for Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED), is a certification program for green buildings administered by the United States Green Building Council (USGBC). According to the USGBC, buildings (in general) account for 65% of electricity consumption and 30% of the total energy use in the Unites States and construction and demolition waste constitutes 40% of the total solid waste. LEED certified buildings are more environmentally friendly. While not a topic to be covered in this article, residential condominium developers are more frequently constructing LEED certified buildings. The benefits are clear: marketing benefits, reduced building and operating costs in exchange for minimal additional construction costs if properly planned. This article is focusing on the most practical steps an existing residential condominium associations may implement to become “green” friendly.

ENERGY EFFICIENCY There are many opportunities for residential associations to reduce energy usage. Substituting compact florescent lamps for traditional incandescent light bulbs can save up to 75% in annual electricity costs and reduce energy consumption. Encouraging unit owners to install water regulators in showerheads and toilets reduces water usage without sacrificing comfort, and purchasing water saving washing machines and dryers. While the water saving to a particular unit may be nominal, in the aggregate with a multi-unit condominium association, the savings could be impressive. Further, board decisions relating to irrigation of common element landscaping such as capturing rainwater for irrigation could have substantial water savings. Associations may consider adding insulation where necessary; install a reflective roof coating and/or a green roof to lower energy consumption. Additionally, air conditioning usage could be reduced with the use of an appropriate fan system in the common elements.

RECYCLING PROGRAMS An association may implement recycling programs through its rules and regulations. Boards may amend their rules and regulation by calling a board meeting on no less than 10 days and no more than 30 days notice. Bins for the appropriate recyclable materials should be provided on every floor of a condominium association and a specific program implemented for recycling.

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MAINTENANCE PROGRAMS/SYSTEM UPGRADES The board should enact an aggressive maintenance program for its building exterior (to reduce escaping heat and air conditioning) and system upgrades to meet “green” building energy and lighting performance standards. Any building system operating more efficiently will invariably utilize less energy and reduce the association’s carbon footprint.

GREEN PRODUCTS An association should consider using building materials that are approved green products. Examples would be, cleaning chemicals, paint, green certified wood and/or using recycled paper products. Further, the association can purchase “Energy Star” certified products (which is a joint program between the US Department of Energy and the Environmental Protection Agency).

GREEN PRACTICES The power of the dollar. Associations should utilize its buying power to focus on purchasing products from vendors that are green conscious or green certified. Further, associations may consider becoming carbon neutral themselves by offsetting their own emissions of carbon and other greenhouse gases. While associations do not generate direct emissions since they are not manufacturers of products, associations do cause indirect emissions through common element and unit energy usage. To offset these emissions, associations can support alternative energy projects (such as solar or wind power) or may participate in the

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In Memoriam

Shown here is the recently installed garden atop the parking garage at 373040 North Lake Shore Drive Condominiums. The building also hosts Zip cars and IGO cars.

Alter Group founder William Alter William Alter, founder of the real estate development firm Alter Group Ltd., died August 8 at his home in Winnetka of complications from pneumonia. mr. alter, who would have turned 79 in late august, also suffered from alzheimer’s for about five years, although he managed to remain somewhat active with the company until early last year. he retained his title as chairman and Ceo of Skokie-based alter group. the company, which is now run by mr. alter’s son michael, is one of the largest developers in the nation. the firm ranked

Chicago Climate Exchange (CCX) or similar carbon offset providers, which allow companies/organizations to purchase “credits” through carbon contracts sold by manufacturing companies that have reduced their own carbon emissions. The CCX was created to allow the worst carbon emission offenders (usually manufacturing companies) to purchase carbon offsets from other companies that can more easily reduce their carbon emissions.1

“GREEN” RESERVE STUDIES For associations serious about implementing “green” practices for their operations, a “green” reserve study is a useful planning tool to fund the implementation of such practices. Traditional reserve studies are used to determine the remaining useful life of common element components for budgeting purposes; however, traditional reserve studies do not take into account the savings to the association of 1

implementation of green practices. “Green” reserve studies will reconcile the higher up front costs for implementing green practices and the financial savings from an operational standpoint.

vately held companies in the Chicago area, with 2006 revenue of $567 million. the late mr. alter founded alter group in 1955. he began his real estate career by


brokering land sales to homebuilders in the

As the world is becoming more conscious of the environment and our direct or indirect - effect on it, there is a tidal wave of interest in learning more about the available steps to implement green practices. However, such interest must be converted to implementation to make a difference. It is each individual person’s responsibility, and thus derivatively, each condominium association’s responsibility, to take some steps – even if minimally – to be more environmentally friendly. If not for ourselves, the benefits of such actions will inure to our children. ≠

Chicago suburbs, and began building homes himself in 1959. over the next several decades, mr. alter expanded his business into industrial and office real estate markets nationwide. mr. alter, a native of Chicago’s South Side and an engineering graduate of the university of illinois at urbana-Champaign, began to transition control of the business to michael in the late 1990s. mr. alter is survived by his wife, evelyn, and four adult children: michael, harvey, Jonathan, and Jennifer alter abt. he is also survived by two stepchildren, nicole Bliwas

levenfeld Pearlstein, llC was the first Chicago-based law firm to join CCX and offset all of its indirect carbon emissions. Further, levenfeld Pearlstein, llC was the first law firm in the nation to adopt the american Bar association’s model rules for sustainability.

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Emerald Gala Celebrates Natural Leaders the u.S. green Building Council (uSgBC) – Chicago Chapter recognized the 2008 natural leaders award recipients at its 3rd emerald gala on June 14, 2008. the event was held at the Field museum of natural history and was hosted by nBC 5 meteorologist, ginger Zee. the natural leaders awards celebrate individuals and organizations that are contributing to the region’s sustainability and that help to support the uSgBC – Chicago Chapter’s mission to lead the regional transformation of the built environment to become ecologically sustainable, profitable, and healthy through education, advocacy and collaboration. awards are given in four categories – intent to matter, regeneration, Small feet/ large Feat and environmotion.  James allen of Sloan valve Company received the intent to matter award that recognizes a leader who is deliberate in embedding sustainability into the practice of creating the built environment. Sloan valve Company, a leading manufacturer of water conserving plumbing systems, is driven by a mission of conservation that has been in place since the company’s founding over 100 years ago. the firm has a long standing commitment to green building and is an industry leader in developing sustainable products and technologies, such as waterfree urinals and solar powered faucets. Sloan has a holistic approach to reducing its environmental footprint, 100% of the manufacturing plant electrical usage has been offset by renewable energy credits.  the re-generation award recognizes an individual who is sowing the seeds of knowledge about the environment and the challenges we face in the minds of the next generation. the recipient is Pat dieckhoff of mchenry County College who combined her passion for the environment with that for education. her innovative teaching method of interweaving childhood learning with physical movement is a testament to sowing long lasting commitments to the environment in upcoming generations. She has extended her branches to reach all ages, from preschoolers through adult teachers. through the d. louis marchi institute, mchenry Community College and the regional office of education for mchenry

County, she has invigorated many educators to also spread the seed of knowledge within the educational community. the merchandise mart Properties, inc. was honored with the Small feet/large Feat award that recognizes an organization that has made strides to reduce its environmental footprint. in just two years, the merchandise mart in Chicago overhauled its building operations to achieve leed for existing Building Silver certification. With just over 4.2 million square feet, the mart is now the largest leed commercial building in the world. the core team of merchandise mart staff, dubbed the “green team,” has built a community around green building initiatives, involving tenants, building visitors and their colleagues. they significantly reduced the environmental impact of their operations and in turn have provided a model for other commercial buildings to follow suit.  the environmotion award, which recognizes an individual or organization that notably advances an idea that improves or restores the environment, discovers and imitates a process inherent in nature, or averts a negative impact on nature, was given to Conservation design Forum (CdF). For fourteen years, CdF has specialized in the creative integration of environmentally and culturally sustainable land planning, site design, and development techniques. CdF led one of the first applications of green roof technology in the nation at Chicago City hall. the green roof paved the way for nearly an additional 3 million square feet to be installed in Chicago – which now leads the country in green roofs. ≠

ILCA Names Executive Director Scott grams has been named executive director of the illinois landscape Contractors association (ilCa), a state-wide organization of green industry members and businesses. Previously, grams was executive director of the geographic information Systems Certification institute (giSCi), the certification and professional development program arm of the urban and regional information Systems association (uSiSa). grams will work with the Board of directors and committees to further ilCa’s education programs, legislation-in-action policies, and quality workmanship for existing and new members. he will oversee ilCa’s sponsorship of the midwest’s largest annual three-day horticultural and educa-

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tional trade show, mid-am.   “Priorities for ilCa programs include,“ states grams, “reaching out to the industry of young professionals and seasoned members with specialized training, education, and/or networking while minimizing member costs.  membership is the most important aspect of ilCa fueling and fuels everything we do.  harnessing the energy and creativity of young members is vital to the long term success of ilCa.  our seasoned members have an abundant wealth of experience to share with each other, policymakers, and the public.” grams received his masters in Communication from northwestern university after his Ba in Communications from Purdue university.  autumn 2008

Chicago Number One on List of Top Green With more than half-a -million new squarefeet of green roofs installed in 2007, Chicago leads in becoming the greenest City in america. “Cities are no longer the enemies of the natural environment,” says Chicago mayor richard m. daley of the news. With nearly 517,633 new square-feet of green roofs installed in 2007, Chicago is once again no. 1 on this year’s top 10 list of Best u.S. green roof Cities from green roofs for healthy Cities’ 3rd annual green roof market industry Survey of corporate members. this is the fourth consecutive year in a row that Chicago has come in the top spot in the annual survey. the city beats out Wilmington, de (no. 2 on the list) by more than 300 thousand square feet. in 2007, 30 percent more green roofs were installed in north america representing a five percent market growth increase over last year’s 25 percent. that’s good news as more green roofs means cleaner air, cooler cities, reduced energy consumption, beautiful rooftops, less untreated stormwater running into our rivers and streams, and green space for people, plants and animals. “Chicago’s success with the widespread adoption of green roofs begs the question, what are they doing right?” says Steven W. Peck, founder and president of green roofs for healthy Cities. “i

can tell you that the seeds of Chicago’s tremendous crop of new green roofs came from the mayor’s office in the form of political will and vision. Proactive policymaking and green roof and wall incentives from the City’s planning department plus excellent educational tools continue to act like fertilizer, accelerating and supporting healthy design for a more livable city.” “i’m proud that Chicago is the national leader in green roofs. We built our first on City hall in 2000. Since then, more than 400 of them, covering more than 4 million square feet, have been constructed, or are planned, on public and private buildings – including new buildings planned at o’hare airport,” said Chicago mayor richard m. daley. “Cities are no longer the enemies of the natural environment; they’re leading the way in preserving and protecting it. our green roof program is just one way we are preserving and protecting our natural resources while saving money, creating jobs and improving the quality of life.” ≠

editors note: Survey methodology and charts available under media resources at green roofs for healthy Cities – north america, inc. was founded in 1999 as a small network of public and private organizations and is now a rapidly growing 501(c)(6), not-for-profit industry association for green roof experts in north america. the group’s mission is to increase the awareness of the economic, social and environmental benefits of green roofs and green walls, and other forms of living architecture through education, advocacy, professionalism and celebrations of excellence.

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Gateway Green’s TREEcago Announced Chicago gateway green along with the active support of the City of Chicago and mayor daley is leading a large-scale planting throughout Chicago. targeted areas will be transportation corridors, with a focus on the Southside around the dan ryan and Bishop Ford expressways, as well as key communities throughout the city. Planting will be coordinated to support the goals of the City of Chicago’s Climate Strategy action Plan. trees provide innumerable benefits to urban areas. they remove carbon dioxide and harmful particulates from the air, and produce oxygen. their canopies provide shade, thus reducing cooling costs, and reduce storm-water run-off. Beyond their environmental contributions, trees improve our quality of life as well: they reduce noise pollution, increase property values, and according to uSda Forest Service, have even been shown to promote faster recovery for hospital patients. this initiative will involve the public by educating individuals about the importance of trees and engaging them in an online community to help achieve this tree-planting goal. a volunteer planting of 60 trees symbolically launched the treecago initiative on Saturday, april 26, 2008 at 64th and Wells in Chicago’s englewood neighborhood. a planned press event with mayor daley was scheduled for october 25, 2008 to formally the launch the treecago program. Several

planting days in october, including one in conjunction with our partner, the Chicago Bulls were also planned. the treecago program is web-based, with all donations and donor interaction channeling through website and email marketing. applications such as interactive mapping tools and tree-growth graphics will be utilized to create engaging web content. there will be several donation levels available ($25, $75, $150 and $300) for individuals to select, as well as repeat giving and a “family tree” option. in recognition of their donation, contributors will be sent personalized certificates commemorating their contribution. Staged emails will allow donors to watch a typical tree grow, thus allowing them to tangibly see how they are benefiting the city for generations to come. Because all donations are made online, and all follow up is conducted through email, the program will be paperless. Chicago gateway green is a 501(c)3 nonprofit and sponsorship is tax deductible. (312) 540-9930

Gateway Green’s Mission: Chicago gateway green is dedicated to greening and beautifying the expressways, gateways, and neighborhoods of Chicago. our plantings improve the environment and quality of life for millions of residents and visitors. in the last twenty years, Chicago has undergone a transformation from a gritty, midwestern city of “big shoulders” to a 21st century metropolis known as one of the most beautiful and green cities in the world. Chicago gateway green is proud to continue its leadership in this ongoing transformation. ≠

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Jones Lang LaSalle and The Staubach Company Complete Transaction to Merge Operations Jones lang laSalle incorporated (nYSe: Jll), the world’s leading financial and professional services firm specializing in real estate, announced on July 11 of this year the completion of the transaction to merge operations with the Staubach Company, the leading real estate services firm specializing in tenant representation in the united States. the combined firm will operate under the Jones lang laSalle brand. under the terms of the transaction, Jones lang laSalle paid $123 million in a combination of cash and assumed net liabilities and $100 million in stock at closing, with an additional $390 million paid out in cash over five years, for all of the outstanding capital stock of Staubach holdings, inc. Potential earn out payments of up to $114 million will be paid subject to the achievement of certain performance metrics.  “We are delighted to welcome to our firm more than a thousand talented Staubach colleagues who share our culture of client service and integrity,” said Colin dyer, Chief executive officer of Jones lang laSalle.  “By combining the strengths of our organizations, our ability to grow and to help our clients realize real value will be elevated to an unprecedented level.”

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Substantially all of Staubach’s employees are integrating into the Jones lang laSalle organization including roger Staubach and other senior Staubach leaders, who will hold key positions within the combined organization. mr. Staubach’s active involvement in the firm will include joining the Jones lang laSalle Board of directors and taking on the new role of executive Chairman, americas, to focus on client relationships, new business development and strategy.  greg o’Brien, former Staubach Ceo, will serve as Ceo of Brokerage, americas, leading the newly created business that will set strategic direction for tenant representation and agency leasing throughout the firm’s americas region.  John gates, former Staubach President and Coo, will be the President of Brokerage, americas.  Both mr. o’Brien and mr. gates will join the firm’s americas executive Committee, which is headed by Peter roberts, Jones lang laSalle’s Ceo, americas. “the overwhelmingly positive reaction we have received since announcing the merger agreement last month has reinforced our conviction that we are doing the right thing for our clients and our people,” said roger Staubach, executive Chairman, americas for Jones lang laSalle.  “our

clients told us they wanted a global platform and now, working with our Jones lang laSalle colleagues across the world, we will be able to provide the broader range of integrated services they require at the same exceptional level of client service they have grown to expect.” About Jones Lang LaSalle Jones lang laSalle (nYSe: Jll) is a financial and professional services firm specializing in real estate. the firm offers integrated services delivered by expert teams worldwide to clients seeking increased value by owning, occupying or investing in real estate. With 2007 global revenue of $2.7 billion, Jones lang laSalle has approximately 180 offices worldwide and operates in more than 700 cities in 60 countries. the firm is an industry leader in property and corporate facility management services, with a portfolio of approximately 1.2 billion square feet worldwide. laSalle investment management, the company’s investment management business, is one of the world’s largest and most diverse in real estate with more than $54 billion of assets under management. ≠

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2008 mCd golf Committee Chairs

tim Conway –golub & Co greg Semmer –Kinsella landscape, inc. Co Committee

tony Briskovic – Chicagoland management & realty tracy davis – mcgill management tairre dever-Sutton – tairre management Services

tony dister – Community advantage of Barrington Bank & trust n.a. mike Forsell heil heil Smart & golee mark neville – hard Surface Solutions Cathy ryan Property Specialists, inc., tom Skweres – vanguard Chicago Christine evans – vanguard Community managment tom Wykle – B.t lakeside roofing MCD Staff Coordinators

mike davids, Sherri iandolo, arlene Wold & mary Knoll

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editor’s message


nvironmental and green issues have become increasingly popular in the past few years. it’s really great to see so many organizations and


individuals as well as many media outlets working toward the common goal

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of helping make our buildings green. as if it’s not challenging enough to “go green” amid a myriad of other concerns, we are challenged further by our ongoing financial crisis. We sincerely hope that the environmental initiatives do not get set-aside in these times of financial turmoil. our cover story for this issue of CBe offers an overview of the current initiatives and programs of the Chicago department of environment including mayor daley’s new Climate Control action Plan. Current doe

Editor & Publisher Michael C. Davids Vice President Sherri Iandolo Art Director Rick Dykhuis Contributing Writers James A. Fizzell, Cathy Walker, David Mack

Commissioner malec-mcKenna provides plenty of ways that “environmental Sense makes economic Sense” in this story.

environmental concerns and opportunities can be found in buildings of all types. our past special features have focused on specific types of buildings along with the owners, developers and managers of these types of facilities. Schools, office buildings, libraries, government offices and new condo properties have all been featured in recent issues. in this issue, “the green revolution and existing Condominium Buildings” features how existing community association properties can make their buildings greener. “more to green Building than meets the eye” offers a look at how a new condo building and a condo unit residence can go green. the outstanding recycling efforts at a variety of building types are profiled in our feature on 2008

Circulation & Administration Carol Iandolo, Mary Knoll, Arlene Wold

recycling award recipients. Jim Fizzell’s regular column on the weather and your landscape provides some helpful tips on prepar-

The Landscape Buyer and Chicagoland Building & Environments is published Winter/Spring and

ing your outdoor landscape for the winter and insight on how the past season’s weather has affected your plants and landscape. our regular industry happenings column along with highlights from a variety of spe-

Summer/Autumn by MCD Media, as informational and educational tools for the buyers, users and providers of green industry products and services. For editorial, advertising and

cial events and awards programs can also be found in this issue. We look forward to exploring other green building trends and issues in coming issues of CBe. if you

subscription information contact: 935 Curtiss, Suite 5,

have a green story to share, or if your property has a special need or challenge, mCd media produces special

Downers Grove, IL 60515, 630-932-5551 or 630-663-0333.

events that feature a variety of resources and experts specializing in current issues. many members of our

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CBe advisory board will attend these events. there are also key resources from our sister publication –Condo lifestyles available at our special events.

Building & Environments maintains a circulation of 7,000.

Please consider attending our upcoming State of the industry program on december 11th at the

Subscriptions are available for $19.95 per year. Group sub-

Chicago Cultural Center. one of the topics we will discuss is environmental issues for Buildings. You can find

scriptions are available at $13.95 each, per year (orders of 5

more information and a registration form on page 22 of this issue. Please make plans to join us. if for some

or more). Single issues are available for $10.95.

reason you are unable to attend, we wish you a very happy holiday season.

All material herein is copyrighted. No part of this publica-

We very much appreciate the positive input we have received from many of you about our

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Chicagoland Buildings & environments (CBe) publication. With your help we will continue to serve as a

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source of practical independent information on environmental issues for Chicagoland buildings and facilities. We hope you can gain some insight from the various examples we have selected to help you manage

This publication is designed to provide accurate and authoritative information in regard to the subject matter

the properties you are involved with. those of you who are interested in becoming a subscriber can obtain

covered. It is issued with the understanding that the pub-

subscription information on page 21 of this issue. as we continue to grow our new venture, we encourage

lisher is not engaged in rendering legal or accounting serv-

you to make your environment and your community all it can be. ≠

ices. If legal advice is required, the services of a competent professional should be sought.

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NUISANCE WILDLIFE Sebert Landscaping, Inc. 630-497-1000

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Smithereen Pest Management Services 847-647-0010

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John Deere Landscapes 815-469-7575 LAWN CARE McGinty Brothers Professional Lawn & Tree Care 847-438-5161

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By JaMES a. fizzELL

The Weather and Your Landscape We have been writing this column on the upcoming weather for amost 15 years now. the amazing thing over this period of time is the difference between seasons.  no two seasons have been the same. there have been el ninos and la ninas, severe winters and mild winters. the 2007-08 winter was a characterbuilder, a throwback to earlier days! do any of you remember the early 1950s or the late 1970s?


ast winter we experienced the effects of a moderately severe la nina. that phenomenon developed during the fall of 2007 and resulted in the snowy, and extremely changeable winter; the cool, wet spring; and the mild, mostly moist summer. the snow should not have been a surprise for those of you who read this column.  a year ago we indicated that there would be 50 inches (or more) of snow in multiple events, with temperatures alternating from very warm to very cold between storms. Wild temperature swings with zero and snow in mid-december followed by 40s or higher a few days later, were repeated in January with zero one week, 65 degrees and thunder storms the next. a return to below zero a few days later quickly moderated, the scenario to be repeated throughout the season.

were activated. until that time, there had been little need for supplemental watering.  the dry weather was short-lived.  in September, the residues of two tropical depressions resulted in tremendous rains and severe flooding throughout the area.  tropical storm lowell from the Pacific combined with hurricane ike moving up from the gulf to dump as much as ten inches of rain over one weekend. Flooding was widespread and damage extensive. our long-range weather guru, greg Soulje was indicating that this would be about the last of the tropical storms and that weather was being affected by a neutral southern oscillation.  the la nina had dissipated and a predicted el nino was yet to develop.  a la nina develops when the eastern Pacific water temperatures near the equator are colder than normal, an el nino when they are above average, the so-called Southern oscillation. 

Fluctuating Extremes Cause Damage the extreme fluctuating temperatures did a lot of damage to plantings. Fortunately, the snow cover provided some protection to lower-growing plants, however. Spring had a tough time getting started.  the weather was cold and wet, and most properties had difficulty getting their spring work done.  Some were still at it in June.    as we predicted, summer started out wet as well, with temperatures running mostly below average.  the la nina was expected to break down in early summer, but in fact the effects continued until late summer when weather did dry out for a few weeks.  Plantings accustomed to the adequate moisture began to suffer and irrigation systems

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Coming Fall and Winter For this fall and quickly approaching winter, Soulje suggests that the lingering effects of the la nina will finally dissipate, gradually developing into an el nino around the first of the year. after the September deluge, fall weather will be drier, and temperatures changeable. the cooling trend underway in early September intensified with a cold snap in early october.  this may result in frost as far south as i-70, but moderated here by the warmer waters of lake michigan.  that should be followed by a pronounced indian Summer set-up through late october with temperatures at or above average, and precipitation

normal to slightly above. another short period of cold should develop in late october or early november, not sufficiently long to allow for the hardening process to take place. thus, plants may go into winter without being well hardened off.  it may be into midnovember before a hard freeze arrives. Soulje thinks winter will start out quite active with snow and some cold.  as the el nino develops, mid-to-late winter will be quiet, warmer, and drier, a typical el nino winter.  total snowfall will be in the range of 30 inches or so, about half of what we received last year, and most will occur early in the season. the u. S. Weather Service also indicates that the la nina actually has dissipated to a neutral state and suggesting the next three months will be warmer than the long-term average, but not officially calling for an el nino.  interestingly, to the converse of most predictions, the old Farmer’s almanac says to expect a cold and snowy winter here.

Effect on Plants Plantings responded to the unusual weather of the past year in a number of ways. the result of last winter was seen in dieback of limbs and stems on trees and shrubs due to severe cold.  later cankers developed on susceptible stems, causing more dieback.  heavy salting damaged a lot of lawns adjacent to paved surfaces.  the moist, cool start to the season produced lush growth and abundant flowering.  early flowering was prolonged as trees and shrubs took advantage of the coolness and there was no late frost to kill off blooms.  anticipated foliar problems were avoided as landscape professionals, having learned of the effects of wet weather, applied appropriate measures to keep plantings healthy and attractive. throughout the summer, lawns, even without irrigation, were vigorous and green.  an exception was the short dry spell in august necessitating some supplemental water.  the floods in october messed up plantings of annuals that were to be replaced with fall mums, asters and pansies anyway.  the long-term effects of the inundations won’t be known for some time.  continued on page 27

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he latest trend in international efforts to preserve and improve the environment is the creation of green buildings that demonstrate environmentally aware processes and practices. the first residential building in Chicago to be designated as a green building by the uS green Building Council that will achieve leed certification is the 340 on the Park luxury condominium tower opposite millennium Park. it anchors the southwest corner of the $4 billion lakeshore east mixed-use “village in the heart of the city.” (leed is an acronym for leadership in energy and environmental design.) Co-developers magellan development group and related midwest have gone a step beyond utilizing construction processes and practices that achieve energy savings, improve air quality, reduce waste, etc. (see attached Summary of green Features) to create a green building.

Green Condo Residence in collaboration with Stanton interior design Concepts inc. they have created a green condominium residence. guided by Candy Scott, aSid, designer-merchandise director for Stanton, the one-bedroom unit features furniture, textiles and decorative accessories that “emphasize the concept of contemporary earth friendliness.” For example, the open-design plan includes a living room cabinet crafted of formaldehyde-free certified plywood with a low voC finish and doors made from reclaimed stalks of the sorghum plant.

are certified organic, un-dyed cotton left in its purest, most natural state (grown and processed without the use of herbicides or pesticides).

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the living room also features a sleek, low-profile sectional sofa covered in flax-colored organic cotton upholstery and a molded plywood coffee table that rest on top of a 100 percent natural wool rug. the dining area showcases a boldly-sized table constructed of sustainable teak. each timber is supported by the tropical Forest trust that promotes harvesting from responsibly-managed forests. hanging above the table is an abaca pendant made from the stalks of a musa textilis plant. in the corner is a pair of sculptures reclaimed from old fence posts in a scrap yard. never treated, the wood has a unique natural weathered quality. the kitchen presents a Zen-like ‘window treatment’ that consists of two maple wooden troughs filled with sea sand and cut stalks of bamboo. the bedroom features a custom-designed, built-in headboard and attached nightstands constructed of medium-density fibreboard and cherry veneers with a natural metal platform. all the linens

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lakeshore east spans 28 acres, believed to be the largest parcel of downtown land under development in a major u.S. city. this $4 billion, award-winning mixed-use development in the rapidly growing new east Side incorporates all the elements of a traditional city community, a lifestyle center that includes homes, retail, recreational opportunities and amenities such as a lush 6-acre public park and a planned elementary school. lakeshore east is perceived as a preview of the future, a mixed-use development in the heart of the city where people can live, work, shop, eat and pursue whatever interests them without having to get into a car. the plan that completes the ambitious illinois Center development allows for the construction of up to 4,950 residences, a magnificent 6-acre public park, 2.2 million gross square feet of commercial space, 1,500 hotel rooms and 400,000 square feet of retail space.

Award Winning Park among the many attractions of the lakeshore east Park, is free Wi-Fi or wireless broadband internet access. other park amenities include a children’s play park, a gated dog park, a large open meadow, water fountains, ornamental gardens and extensive seating. the crown jewel of the community, it has been named the Best new Park in Chicago by Chicago magazine and more recently selected as a winner of the prestigious the american architecture award for 2008 by the Chicago athenaeum museum of architecture and design. residential developments at lakeshore east currently include six completed and occupied buildings. they include the 29-story lancaster, the community’s first condominium building with 209 homes; the Shoreham, a 46-story apartment tower with 548 residences; the regatta, a 44-story condominium building with 325 units; the Chandler; a 35-story condominium building with 304 condo home; 340 on the Park, a 62-story condominium tower with 344 units and the 51-story the tides, the community’s second rental property with 607 luxury units now accepting applications. Construction is progressing on the 82-story aqua, which will be the first high-rise in the city

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• Mechanical systems designed with variable speed toilet and kitchen exhaust fans to operate according to demand load, as well as heat exchangers to capture heat from exhaust air before discharge.

designed uniquely to combine condominiums, rental apartments, hotel and retail spaces. the first phase of the Parkhomes at lakeshore east, an enclave of 25 gracious townhomes, is also under construction. ≠

Summary of the Green Features of 340 On the Park

Improved Air Quality and Comfort • High-efficiency filters on main building air intake systems and individual filters on residential fan coil units

• The design and construction of 340 On the Park includes numerous environmentally aware processes and practices that will culminate in the building achieving LEED certification by the US Green Building Council. LEED stands for Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design.

• Paints to be low off-gassing of organic chemicals • Individually controlled thermostats for each residence—zoned and programmable • Carbon monoxide sensors throughout the garage areas.

• Energy Savings – More energy efficient than code requirements reducing annual energy costs to operate the building by 20%. Energy efficiency is achieved by: • Independent third party commissioning to verify mechanical systems performing as designed

• Certified environmental tobacco smoke control program

Good Construction Practices.

• Glass exterior wall system with thermallybroken window frame to reduce cold transmission in the winter and low-e tinted glass to reduce solar heat gain in the summer

• Indoor Air quality management plan to keep mechanical systems clean during construction.

• Sophisticated building management system controlling mechanical equipment

• Building materials to contain 5% recycled content to reduce demand for virgin materials

• 50% of construction waste to be diverted to recycling programs

• Significant percentage of building materials to be locally produced to support the local economy and reduce the energy used providing transportation to the site • Erosion and Sedimentation Control program implemented during construction to minimize impact on storm water systems.

Global and Local Benefits • Chilled water for building air-conditioning to be provided by Thermal Chicago, a central district chilled water service. Thermal Chicago uses an ice storage system to reduce peak-time electrical demands and produce chilled water with greater efficiencies. • Landscaped and “green” first floor roof to reduce storm water run-off • Storm water collection tank to provide water for irrigating landscaping • Bamboo, a rapidly renewable resource, to be used as the flooring in the public areas of all of the residences • Light-colored roof to reduce heat island effect • Conveniently located bicycle storage room on the first floor for over 300 bikes

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The Alter Group Altielbi Development Corp. A. Finkl & Sons Allstate BP Amoco Chicago Park District City of Chicago City of Park Ridge College of DuPage Cook County Draper and Kramer, Inc. DuPage County Essex Inn Good Samaritan Hospital The Habitat Company Harbor Springs Hines John Buck Co. Kane County Lutheran General Hospital Mercy Medical Center Peggy Notebart Museum Pepper Construction Shedd Aquarium Soldier Field State of Illinois Tellabs Tishman Construction Corporation TJ Adams & Company Underwriters Laboratories Village of Carol Stream Village of Lincolnshire Waste Management, Inc. WRD Environmental autumn 2008







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he Illinois Recycling Association (IRA) and the Illinois Chapter of the Solid Waste Association of North America (SWANA) jointly hosted the Illinois Recycling and Solid Waste Conference & Trade Show June 9 - 11, 2008 at the Sheraton Hotel in Arlington Heights. The recycling and solid waste professional organizations themed their program “Race to Green”, a single comprehensive conference focused on integrated recycling and solid waste solutions.

» outstanding Business recycling Program AISIN Manufacturing, IL, Marion, Illinois the waste reduction and recycling efforts aiSin has undertaken have reduced the out-going waste volumes by over 55% in the past five years. these results have been made possible through employee awareness campaigns, innovation, and commitment to long range goals. the efforts at aiSin do not end at the plant walls, as team members are encouraged to bring recyclable items from home that would otherwise be destined for landfills. this commitment has had an impact on the local community which is demanding more recycling options as the possibilities available for recycling are demonstrated by the leadership at aiSin.

» outstanding government recycling Program Solid Waste Association of Northern Cook County (SWANCC), Glenview, Illinois the Solid Waste agency of northern Cook County (SWanCC), an intergovernmental joint municipal action agency, was established in 1988, comprised of twenty three Cook County communities, north and northwest of Chicago. the region represents 800,000 people/ 230,000 households. Since 1992, 40% of the residentially generated waste has been kept out of landfills due to effective curbside recycling programs, to include landscape wastes. last Year, 92,677 tons of recyclables (not including landscape wastes) were collected on a regional basis. SWanCC takes pride in being a leader in illinois by providing innovative source reduction and recycling programs to its member communities. SWanCC is recognized for its outstanding government recycling Program.

» outstanding municipal recycling Program City of Du Quoin, Illinois in 2004, the green Communities initiative group, the du Quoin City Council, Public Works director, dale Spencer, and the officials of School district

The conference was attended by hundreds of Government, Business and Industry professionals from Illinois and across the nation. This conference was geared to those responsible for the critical decisions, strategic oversight and involvement in solid waste, recycling and sustainable practices. The 2009 conference is scheduled for Jun 1-3 2009 in Bloomington, IL. For more information visit ≠

300 teamed up to implement a municipal recycling program at the du Quoin middle School facility. Countless hours were spent in the classroom, at City hall, and even on the streets educating the residents about recycling. By 2005, the level of success was so great, the City Council expanded the program to the du Quoin high School, as well as adding a recycling container at the main dumpsite. the success of the program can be seen through the increased tonnage from 31.5 tons in 2004 to 158.4 tons in 2007, amounting to a total of 407 tons over the past 4 years.

» outstanding Business electronics recycling Program Vintage Tech Recyclers, Plainfield, Illinois Created in october 2005, vintage tech recyclers inc. of Plainfield, illinois, is a fast growing asset recovery and electronics recycling company. in addition to recycling equipment that cannot be reused, they resell functioning, desirable equipment and share profits from those sales with their customers. vintage tech recyclers has worked extensively with local counties and municipalities to set up and service permanent residential collection sites and to hold special one-day collection events. they also have developed a free drop-off site at their Plainfield facility and work with several not-for-profit organizations. they donate equipment to schools and supplying working phones for use by the elderly and victims of domestic violence. Since inception, vintage tech has diverted approximately 1,200 tons of e-scrap from the landfill. they are currently collecting and processing approximately 500 tons of material a year.

» outstanding government electronics recycling Program Jackson County, Illinois Jackson County initiated the first government sponsored permanent electronics recycling collection program in illinois in September 2002. this program was the evolution of annual collection events the county had started two years earlier. the permanent program was developed to provide residents with convenient, year round recycling options for electronic equipment. during

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the first year of operation, 73,000 pounds of electronics were collected for recycling. this amount increased every year since, resulting in 266,000 pounds collected during the past year. Jackson County contracts with Southern recycling Center in Carbondale to serve as the local collection point for these items. the County takes seriously the disposition of collected electronics and updates its contract language every two years to ensure that contracted processors are abiding by the most current management practices. in June 2008, Jackson County will collect its one millionth pound of electronics from the public.

» outstanding use of a recycled material Engineered Plastic Systems, LLC, Elgin, Illinois engineered Plastic Systems (ePS) uses pre consumer, post-consumer, and post-industrial hdPe to manufacture high quality plastic lumber products such as deck board, outdoor furniture and shipping pallets. ePS recently added a new stateof-the-art extrusion line supported by grant funds from the dCeo recycling expansion and modernization Program. engineered Plastic Systems increased production volume, achieved higher sales levels, increased employment, and increased diversion of hdPe from the waste stream. in the past year the firm recycled over 200 more tons of hdPe than the year before. this increased production volume is the equivalent of diverting 2,100,000 milk jugs from the landfill.

» outstanding large event recycling Green Build 2007 recipients: dan Bulley uSgBC-Chicago Chapter, volunteer Committee Chair; Kevin Kruis, Special events and recycling manager, allied Waste Services, Chicago the uS green Building Council’s annual conference and exposition, green Build, was held at the new leed certified mcCormick West convention center in november 2007. 20,000 people from all over the world, attended the first “green” event in the recently opened facility. the Chicago Chapter of uSgBC served as local host Committee. as Chair of the volunteer Committee, dan Bulley recruited literally hundreds of national and international college stuautumn 2008

dent volunteers, and assigned their jobs during green Build. Kevin Kruis, from allied Waste Services, organized all of the back of the house systems and onsite recycling stations necessary to collect the material and make sure it was properly processed. over 120 “Clear Stream” recycling stations were placed throughout the event and staffed by these volunteers. the event attained a phenomenal 91% recycling rate with 40 tons of recycled material generated and only 4 tons of waste disposed. included in the 40 tons of recycling were 7 tons of food scrap composting and over 6 tons of wood from the exhibit hall.

» outstanding hospitality industry recycling Program Chicago Hilton and Towers, Chicago, Illinois Recipient: Del Craven, Asst. Chief Engineer the Chicago hilton and towers green team, led by del Craven, strives to educate employees, reduce carbon emissions and cut costs by promoting energy and water conservation, recycling and pursuing eco-friendly suppliers and equipment. accomplishments to date include: recycling of all cardboard and paper; recycled over 36 tons of glass last year; Fluorescent lamps and ballast are currently being recycled; all batteries are being recycled; #1 and #2 plastics and all metals are collected and recycled; Waste oils are collected and recycled; used furniture and linens

are resold, reused, or donated; Compact fluorescent lamps and motion detectors are in place and used throughout the building to conserve energy. the hilton Chicago “green team” and all employees are recognized for the outstanding recycling program in place.

» outstanding College and university recycling Program Saint Xavier University, Chicago, Illinois Saint Xavier university was one of 12 illinois schools that participated in the nationwide recyclemania competition. recyclemania is a friendly competition among college and university recycling programs in the united States that provides the campus community with a fun, proactive activity in waste reduction. over a 10week period, campuses compete in different contests to see which institution can collect the largest amount of recyclables per capita, the largest amount of total recyclables, the least amount of trash per capita, or have the highest recycling rate. of the 400 schools that participated nationally, Saint Xavier university ranked 6th nationally and 1st in illinois in the grand Champion category. Saint Xavier university reached a 41% cumulative recycling rate across the whole campus.

» outstanding reuse organization The Recyclery, Evanston, Illinois the recyclery is a non-profit collective that operates from a small (about 1,000 sq. ft.) space in evanston, illinois. this group works to refurbish and restore donated and discarded bicycles. established three years ago, the recyclery has placed more than 1000 bikes back into use and has accumulated a supply of bike parts to be used in the future. the recyclery is primarily run by volunteer labor. volunteers have the satisfaction of rescuing bicycles from the trash and transforming them into a sustainable form of transportation. renovated bicycles are placed back into reuse through a variety of programs: 1.) earn-a-Bike: 2.) FreeCyclery and, 3.) used Bicycle Sales: Providing inexpensive bikes means neighbors have more access to bikes; the community as a whole gets more exercise, reduces oil use, cuts back on congestion and is more open to friendly waves!

» exceptional leadership-State legislator award State Senator Susan Garrett (D) 29th District-Illinois Senator Susan garrett has served in the general assembly since 1999 - first as a state representative representing the 59th district, and since 2003 representing the 29th district as State Senator. Senator

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garrett is a member of the general assembly environmental Caucus. For the last two years she has “championed” the electronic Products recycling and reuse act. this has required countless hours of negotiation between manufacturers, environmental groups, lobbyists, local government officials, electronic processors and other stakeholders. therefore, for her determination, energy, and leadership ira wishes to acknowledge Senator Susan garrett and present her with the exceptional leadership for a State legislator award.

» exceptional leadership in environmental Stewardship Patrick Quinn, Lieutenant Governor, State of Illinois in his capacity as Chairman of the illinois green governments Coordinating Council, lt. governor Quinn leads representatives from 14 other state agencies in implementing green initiatives throughout the state. green initiatives led by lt. governor Quinn and the green governments Coordinating Council include: 1.) the Sustainable university and Schools Compact program. 2.) Cell phone recycling drive – in celebration of america recycles day last year, lt. governor Quinn worked with verizon Wireless’ hope line program and the illinois recycling association to organize a cell phone recycling drive in state office buildings. 3.) State Fair recycling - vendors and visitors at the 2007 illinois State Fair recycled 3,900 pounds of aluminum cans, nearly four times the amount recycled at the 2006 fair.

» outstanding environmental leadership organization award Environmental Law and Policy Center (ELPC), Chicago, Illinois the environmental law & Policy Center is a public interest environmental advocacy organization based in Chicago, il . one of elPC’s major principles is that environmental progress and economic development can be achieved together. over the past four years the elPC has diligently worked to foster support for a computer and electronic scrap recycling law for illinois. Senior Policy analyst, Joe Shacter; and staff attorney mel nickerson championed elPC’s efforts. their tireless efforts to facilitate, and “referee” discussions by stakeholders representing opposing views; to draft potential language; and to liaison with government officials culminated in the introduction of Senate Bill 2313 by Senator Susan garrett during the current session of the illinois general assembly. the hard work and leadership provided by the environmental law and Policy Center to advance a “workable” electronic scrap recycling law in illinois is worthy of commendation.

» recycler of the Year Lou and Larry Baron, ACME Refining Chicago, Illinois lou Baron, a long time scrap metal peddler, founded acme refining in 1973. his son, larry Baron has been President and Ceo of the company since the 1980s. under lou and larry’s leadership, acme has grown from a one-man/one truck company to a fleet of over 180 trucks; a team of 25 sales people and over 350 dedicated employees and is now one of the largest privately owned recycling companies in the united States. While scrap metal is the core business, acme is involved in the recycling of cardboard, paper, plastic, wood, cartridges, batteries, liquids and coolants and e-scrap. acme runs its equipment on bio-diesel fuel. acme’s service area spans from Southern Wisconsin to Western and Southern illinois and to all of indiana and michigan. acme’s nine strategic locations operate on over 100 acres including a nonferrous metal warehouse, seven steel processing yards, a document destruction off site shred facility, a state of the art mechanics shop and a welding facility.

» outstanding Contributions to recycling “The Cameron Story” Gloria Corbin, Cameron, Illinois in october, 2007, gloria Corbin from Cameron , illinois contacted eagle enterprises recycling, inc., about starting a curb side recycling program in the Cameron, illinois area. She was informed that she would need at least 10 to 12 private subscribers in order to start the program. a few days after the initial conversation and receiving a list of accepted items, she already had the 10 to 12 subscribers needed. gloria continued to contact more area residents. By the end of november, she sent eagle a list of 23 names who had expressed an interest in the private recycling program. recycling carts were delivered to the homes on march 3. and the first collection date was monday, march 10. Collections have been completed every other monday from that point on. D I S T I N G U I S H E D S E R V I C E AWA R D

» outstanding Contributions to the illinois recycling association Dave Walters (Illinois EPA)—Past Chair of the Awards Committee dave Walters has served the illinois recycling association for many years as the Chair of the awards Committee and as iePa’s liaison to the ira Board of directors. dave diligently coordinated all the different awards categories, provided information to the committee and ensured all was in place for the annual awards banquet at the annual conference. dave was able to apply his vast knowledge of the regulatory aspects covering solid waste management and recycling when questions arose and when reviews were being completed.

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Rose Kollman, Computerized Document Solutions rose Kollman has worked in support of the illinois recycling association office for ten years. rose has been an excellent resource person for the association over the years and has performed all duties assigned in a professional and timely manner, especially at conference time. throughout some major changes in the organization, rose was a steady hand and stable influence.

Rod Fletcher—Recognition for Outstanding Service to IRA as the Association President rod Fletcher has been the President of the illinois recycling association for five (5) years. this is a major milestone in that rod is the longest serving president in ira history. rod has worked diligently to move the association forward since he assumed the Presidency. during his tenure as President, several major accomplishments have been realized: • multiple regional workshops have been held on various recycling issues including the Best operational Practices for recycling Facilities, electronics and the C&d workshop • the full-time staff has been expanded from one to two employees • Several studies have been completed, to including the “e Scrap Capacity” study rod is a careful planner and detail-oriented. as Chair of ira’s Policy Committee, his work to organize ira’s efforts in opposition to proposed rules for recycling centers proved effective.

Kathryn “Kat” Billings, Wildwood, Illinois Kathryn is a senior at illinois State university entering her final semester this summer. her major is environmental health with a gPa of 3.76. her goal is to “make the world a cleaner, healthier, and safer places for all of us now and for future generations to come.” miss Billings is currently employed by iSu in the environmental health and safety office and has the following responsibilities: hazardous waste collection, laboratory hood evaluations, environmental sampling, program revisions, and data entry. She received the dean’s list award in both the spring and fall 2007 semesters and is president of the Student environmental health association. miss Billings is also actively involved in the american industrial hygiene association, Phi theta Kappa, american legion auxiliary and has been a volunteer at the lake County Fair. ILLINOIS RECYCLING ASSOCIATION AWARDS COM MITTEE CHAIR: DAVE MILLER, ILLINOIS ARMY NATIONAL GUARD COMMITTEE MEMBERS: MIKE HUSKEY, BURRIS DISPOSAL TERRY LEVY, UNIVERSAL SCRAP METAL WYNNE COPLEA, CITY OF SPRINGFIELD PAUL JAQUET, EAGLE ENTERPRISES DAVID SMITH, DCEO DAVID ROSS, DCEO MIKE MITCHELL, ILLINOIS RECYCLING ASSOCIATION

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Prepare for Early Snow

from page 19 Soils dried quickly after the floods. When heavy precipitation causes soils to drain rapidly, the drainage continues after the rains stop pulling in air and drying the soils.  ten days after the floods, sites were drying and watering was needed to relieve wilted plants. the approaching winter could provide some challenges.   Should weather turn dry, be sure to water trees and shrubs so they do not go into the season parched.  desiccation is a major cause of winter losses.  the active start to the winter means snow and some cold.  if the fall is dry and mild, not conducive to good hardening off of plants, expect the first blast of cold to do some damage.  don’t do anything that might interfere with dormancy.  do not fertilize until the trees and shrubs have lost their leaves, and don’t do any trimming until you are sure it will not stimulate any late season growth.  make sure the plants have lost their leaves and are well on their way to dormancy first.

if there is a lot of early snow, feeding pressure by rodents may be severe. rabbits and voles (meadow mice) will damage thin-barked trees and will clip back shrubs as they try to find food.  Protect trees from rabbits with guards.  eliminate voles with gladiator (Bromethalin) blocks scattered throughout the affected plantings. readily eaten by the mice, one bite is fatal.  other animals are not attracted to it, and any scavengers that eat the dead mice will not be harmed by it. tie up upright evergreens so weight of snow and ice does not break them down.  use burlap and twine, not plastic.  Set up burlap screens along pavement and beds to protect flowers, shrubs and turf-grass from salt spray. if you have not done so already, now would be a good time to meet with your snow removal contractor to finalize plans for the winter.  When the snow is falling and the wind is howling at 3:00 a.m., it is too late to decide where the snow will go.  make sure you and others involved are in agreement about where the snow is to be piled. there may be lot of snow early, so be prepared.  later in the season if the forecasts hold true, the snow may disappear and things could dry out. if that happens, it may be necessary to water some

exposed plantings and especially newer trees and shrubs in midwinter. every time we go through a dry winter, spring reveals plants that desiccated over winter.  Shallow-rooted trees that spend the summers in well-irrigated lawns are especially susceptible.  once soils dry, cold goes much deeper in the soil, and roots can be freeze-dried as well.  if the soil is moist, penetration by frost is reduced and roots are far better able to resist damage. Before weather gets too nasty, plan to install holiday decorations.  it is much easier to do when the crews can concentrate on doing a good job instead of just trying to keep warm.  it can save money, and can help the installers do a better job.  Winter is always a challenge.  With some idea of what to expect, plans can be made to cope with the weather.  even if things turn out better than expected, making a good plan is still good insurance.  Your experienced landscape professional can assist you in developing a comprehensive plan and in implementing it.  veteran staff and contractors have seen almost every conceivable winter weather event and know what to do about them.  take advantage of their expertise.  it will make their job a lot easier, and will relieve you of a lot of worry. ≠




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waste stream has no public oversight. “An opportunity is being lost here by not trying to control that 29%of the waste,” she said, adding that, “we’re not seeing good recycling rates in that 29%.” According to the Commissioner, formalizing how waste is collected will save money for those whose trash is transported by private scavengers. “If it doesn’t make economic sense, we won’t do it,” she added.

Many Greening Efforts Already Underway In summing up her presentation, the Commissioner offered some general comments about efforts to cool the environment to counter the potential impact of increased climate change and global warming through such previously mentioned measures as retrofitting buildings and designing new buildings differently to make them more energy efficient and environmentally friendly; continuing the effort to plant and promote roof top gar-


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According to the Chicago Fire Sprinkler Substitute Ordinance passed in 2004, commercial structures exceeding 80 feet in height must have 1⁄3 of their gross square footage protected by automatic sprinklers by January 1, 2009. The ordinance provides for fines of $500 to $1,000 per day for noncompliance per violation.

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1. Occupants in unprotected high-rise buildings are at great risk; even the largest ladder trucks will only reach one hundred feet (tenth floor). 2. The Life Safety Code adopted by the Illinois State Fire Marshal’s Office already requires high-rise buildings to be equipped with fire sprinkler systems or an engineered life safety system.

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3. The James Lee Witt report, released after the deadly Cook County Building fire, cited non-compliance with this State Code. 4. Retrofitting a high rise building costs on average $3.50 – $8.00 per square foot, but will save thousands of dollars annually in insurance premiums and greatly reduce liability.

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dens (the City has 4,000,000 square feet completed or underway) and planting trees at ground level (more than 5,000,000 will be located around town). The push to emphasize green growth and design will create jobs and, “drive a sustainable economy down the line,” she said, noting, too, that, “we have so many things underway and we have to keep going,” keeping the program as simple as possible to encourage the maximum participation by the public in its implementation. “We want it to be easy,” which she feels in the long run will,” make our City resilient, brilliant and strong.”

Some Questions In response to a question about wind turbines, Malec-McKenna said the City is currently mapping winds to determine where it would be most practical to locate a high profile wind turbine. “I promise that it will be up in the next year.” Another query from the audience about trees led the Commissioner to emphasize the Mayor’s ongoing arboreal commitment and state that “we’ll continue to plant trees because of the impact that they have on our quality of life.” Replying to a question about waste franchising, she noted that the concept is not new or cutting edge but that it’s happening all across the Country and locally in 30 suburbs around Chicago. It’s more an issue of control and concern in the business community that the City would do a poor job- “muck it up”- in trying to operate such a program. But she finds the potential benefits as being a more important consideration. “Our studies show 85% of customers will save money and have free recycling,” she said. Concerning the matter of job creation in implementing the CCAP, the Commissioner said her Department is assessing that issue now. “We’re looking at all kinds of jobs that would (contribute to making) our Climate Action Plan a reality.” She concluded by stating, “we have a great road map and some great projects moving ahead,” and reiterated her desire and one of the main goals of the CCAP to get the private sector to collaborate in going forward. “We’d like to engage with the Chicago business community to see help us implement our Plan.” ≠

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