Green new and events from the State of Illinois

Charcoal Tastes Better, but Propane Is Greener

photo by bucklava, via flickr

photo by bucklava, via flickr

This study is a summer bummer.

It’s almost Memorial Day, and grilling season. But British research published in Elsevier’s Environmental Impact Assessment Review concludes that propane has a carbon footprint that’s three times smaller than that of charcoal. Read More »

Fill ‘er up Truckers, Breath Easy Breathers

Semi-Truck #3

Courtesy, Federal Highway Administration.

The recent 2009 State of the Air report from the American Lung Association has garnered some reaction from biodiesel boosters.

They boast that switching big rigs to biodiesel could help make for better breathing in years to come.

And various state lung associations are backing them up. Beep beep beep —  like a big rig backing up to a loading ramp. Read More »

Kraft Distribution Center Tagged As LEED-CI Gold Facility

The U.S Green Building Council (USGBC) is a non-profit “community of leaders working to make green buildings available to everyone within a generation.”  Kraft Foods has constructed an 800,000 square-foot distribution center in Morris, IL (near Chicago), which the USGBC has recognized “for its advanced environmental design.” The construction of the distribution center was managed and developed by ProLogis.  The building improvements that were done under the “USGBC’s LEED Gold Certification program for Commercial Interiors, make the 800,000-square-foot Chicago-area distribution center Kraft’s first distribution center to receive LEED certification and the largest facility of its kind in the world to achieve LEED-CI Gold Certification.” Some of the environmental design elements include energy efficient lighting; an HVAC system that not only improves air quality but also reduces power consumption by 40%; material made from wood that was harvested from Forest Stewardship Council certified forests; the use of recycled and local materials; and finally almost 100% of construction wastes were diverted to recycling centers.

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