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August 31, 2009

Methane from Landfills

Methane is one of the most potent greenhouse gases: It's 20 to 25 times more powerful in trapping heat in the atmosphere than carbon dioxide. Although there...
August 31, 2009

Challenging Office Buildings to Go Green

Chicago's central business district, the Loop, is the city's economic engine. But all those skyscrapers are a climate-change engine, too: Commercial buildings account for 39 percent...
August 31, 2009

Still for Sale: Highways and Bridges

In April, when Chicago tried--but failed--to lease Midway Airport to private investors, the obituaries for public-private partnerships--PPPs--began appearing. Weak economic conditions and the bankruptcy of...
July 31, 2009

Six Routes to a Toll Road

When the Philadelphia and Lancaster Turnpike opened in 1794, it was the first major toll road in the United States. It also was the first thoroughfare...
June 30, 2009

The Superbarrel Solution

As an engineer with the Metropolitan Water Reclamation District of Greater Chicago, John Chang is always on the lookout for ways to save water. Recently,...
June 30, 2009

Power to the People

For generations, Americans have consumed electricity in more or less the same manner. Energy flowed one way, from the power plant to the household. Consumers...
May 31, 2009

Recycling Recession

Recycling programs may be local in nature, but they're tied intrinsically to the global economy. That's never been clearer than in the past several months....
August 31, 2008

Dues Blues

The housing slump is taking a toll on homeowner associations.
May 22, 2008

Richmond Scores With Regional 911 Recruiting

In recent years, securing adequate staffing for emergency services has become increasingly challenging -- some would even argue it's approaching a national crisis.