News and Events Involving Environmental Law, Published by Chicago Environmental Attorney Dave Scriven-Young
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  • Smart Home at Chicago’s Museum of Science and Industry

    Posted by on January 2, 2011
    Over the weekend, my family visited the Smart Home at Chicago's Museum of Science and Industry.  The Smart Home is almost twice as energy efficient as an ENERGY STAR home.  It features alternative energy sources via a wind turbine and photovoltaic film (the newest in solar energy technology) on the roof, and is designed around five eco-principles: smart design, material efficiency, energy...
  • Illinois ENERGY STAR® Appliance Rebate Program–Friday, September 24th

    Posted by on September 23, 2010
    On Friday September 24th, Illinois residents can receive a 15% off instant discount at the point of sale, up to $250, on an ENERGY STAR qualified model for washers, dishwashers, freezers, or refrigerators.  This program is sponsored by the Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity and the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009. Note that this is an appliance repla...
  • Illinois Legislature Passes Bills To Encourage Solar Energy Use

    Posted by on June 8, 2010
    The Illinois General Assembly recently passed two bills, now awaiting signature by Governor Quinn, that encourage the use of solar energy in Illinois: HB6202 amends the Illinois Power Agency Act to provide annual targets to move towards the 6% solar requirement in the State's renewable portfolio standard, which was signed into law in 2007 and required that utilities in Illinois produce...
  • BlueStar Energy to Offer 100% Renewable Energy at Discounted Rate

    Posted by on May 7, 2010
    Most people know about ComEd, but not many people are aware that there are other ways to purchase electricity for residences and businesses. BlueStar Energy recently announced that it is offering consumers a 12-month agreement at an estimated 11% discount off ComEd’s new electricity rate increase.  It will offer 100% Renewable American Energy at an estimated 5% discount off ComEd’s...
  • Illinois to Receive Money from Federal Government for Energy Efficiency and Cleanup Measures

    Posted by on April 29, 2010
    On April 22nd, the Chicago Tribune published two stories concerning cash from the federal government going to environmental improvements within the State of Illinois. The first story reported that "the U.S. Department of Energy awarded $25 million to the Chicago Metropolitan Agency for Planning. It'll put the money into a program called the Chicago Region Retrofit Ramp-up Program, which a...
  • City of Naperville Releases Draft Environmental Sustainability Plan

    Posted by on April 2, 2010
    The City of Naperville, Illinois recently released its Draft Environmental Sustainability Plan, the purpose of which is to "establish a long-term vision for environmental sustainability in Naperville, a guide for the city's actions related to environmental leadership and initiatives over the next ten years." The draft plan focuses on five specific areas: (1) leadership and education, (2) re...
  • Chicago Ranks Fifth in Number of Energy Star-Labeled Buildings

    Posted by on March 26, 2010
    According to the U.S. EPA, Chicago ranked fifth on a list of U.S. metropolitan areas with the largest number of energy-efficient buildings that earned EPA’s Energy Star in 2009.  Chicago now has 134 Energy Star-labeled buildings, up from 125 last year when it was sixth on the list.  Almost 60 million square feet of floor space in the Chicago area is in Energy Star-labeled buildings. ...

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