NEWS articles

Researchers expand Chicago River environmental study

UIC researchers are expanding a study that looks at whether the Chicago River and other local waterways make boaters, kayakers and fishermen sick. Wanted: 3,000 more volunteers.

over 6 years ago | Alex Parker

MWRD faces $42 million recycling dilemma

If the MWRD chooses to open its new biosolids recycling plant, it will cost taxpayers $42 million more than expected. But abandoning the plant will also cost millions.

over 6 years ago | Marian Wang

A green city skeptic

Environmental historian Harold Platt levels some pointed questions at Mayor Daley and his efforts to make Chicago America's greenest city.

over 6 years ago | Marian Wang

CPS snags money to cut bus emissions

The Chicago Public Schools will receive funds from the EPA's Midwest Clean Diesel Initiative, a regional collaboration between government, industry and environmental groups to improve air quality in the Midwest.

over 6 years ago | Marian Wang

City, state looking to boost composting

A bill to be introduced in the state Senate this week would allow commercial composting of organic waste. Backers say the move would help farmers and reduce the amount of garbage sent to landfills.

over 6 years ago | Alex Parker

City reaches 'critical mass' of green vehicles

Chicago officials are pushing for more hybrid vehicles for city workers. They just rolled out the city's first hybrid medium-duty truck, and plan to purchase more as technology improves

over 6 years ago | Marian Wang

Minority neighborhoods ignored by Zipcar, I-GO

Chicago’s car-sharing companies concentrate business in white and mixed race neighborhoods and not poor, mostly-black neighborhoods with the highest percentages of no-car households.

over 6 years ago | Marian Wang

Loyola students go to D.C. to ask for a greener nation

A group of 40 Loyola students takes a road trip to Washington, D.C., to join other young environmental activists in demanding green jobs and clean energy policies from the nation’s leadership.

almost 7 years ago | Marian Wang

MWRD approves disinfection tests

The district will spend $75,000 on a pilot program to evaluate disinfecting wastewater with ultraviolet rays. The process can be more effective at eliminating bacteria than the agency's existing method.

almost 7 years ago | Marian Wang

MWRD hoping for hearty slice of stimulus pie

The district has compiled a hefty shopping list totaling $380 million for the stimulus package currently being debated in the U.S. Senate.

almost 7 years ago | Jennifer Slosar

Can Midwestern ingenuity fix economy, environment?

Henry Henderson, director of the Midwest Program at the Natural Resources Defense Council, says it can. He's pushing businesses and regulators to collaborate on environmentally friendly ways to spur economic growth.

almost 7 years ago | Jennifer Slosar

Loyola expands green campus initiative

Marshall Eames is the university's first sustainability director, keeping tabs on dozens of efforts across campus to save energy and help the environment.

almost 7 years ago | Peter Sachs

Solar trash can experiment takes off in West Ridge

West Ridge is getting "cleaner and greener" public trash compactors. The solar-powered trash cans handle more garage than traditional cans and will be installed in the area in the spring.

almost 7 years ago | Roxane Assaf

MWRD wraps up contracts with unions

Most employees at the district will receive a 3.5 percent wage hike. The move comes at a time when private-sector employers are instituting widespread wage freezes and layoffs.

almost 7 years ago | Jennifer Slosar

Blacks in Green founder blends environmental stewardship, business smarts

Naomi Davis seeks to cultivate green jobs and build self-sufficiency in black communities. She's pushing to redevelop a former Underground Railroad stop on the South Side.

almost 7 years ago | Jennifer Slosar