The 2008 Green Awards

The 2008 Green Awards

Sarah Coffey
Apr 7, 2008

The April issue of Chicago Magazine honors a few of Chicago's green innovators: people that have helped us to address our environmental impact on this city and the larger world. Play the video above for a glimpse of their accomplishments, and click below to see the honorees:

Jill Salisbury - designer and founder of el: Environmental Language - is leading the green furniture movement here in Chicago. Last year, AT:Chicago interviewed her and learned a lot about what to look for in green design.

Bil Becker - CEO of Aerotecture International - invented a quiet, propeller-free wind turbine that's safe for birds.

Doug Farr - architect and designer of the platinum LEED certified Center for Green Technology - is designing Illinois' first zero net energy home in Ravenswood. Unlike other local green homes, it will be 100% off the grid, using no net withdrawal from Chicago's power systems.

Naomi Davis - attorney and founder of Blacks in Green - is working to convert underserved land on Chicago's South Side into a mixed-income eco development.

Florian Pfahler - owner of Hannah's Bretzel eco cafes - is reducing waste in carry out food by using local ingredients and replacing disposable utensils and cups with biodegradable alternatives.

The preview shown above is from "Before Spring," a film featuring interviews with these five luminaries. Look for it at the Chicago Green Festival at Navy Pier on May 17th.

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