Welcome!

Welcome to the virtual home of the Green Exchange, the country's largest sustainable business community. Green Exchange is the hub of the green economy in the Midwest, and your resource when you're looking for information and referrals to help incorporate sustainable practices into your personal and professional lives.
  • PHOTO: Experience the 8,000 SF organic sky garden where tenants and visitors can meet, mix and mingle!
  • PHOTO: Greenhouse Loft is the country's premier sustainable event venue.
  • PHOTO: GreenChoice Bank, the first LEED Platinum community bank in the Midwest.
  • PHOTO: Experience the 8,000 SF organic sky garden where tenants and visitors can meet, mix and mingle!
  • PHOTO: Committed, an eco-friendly wedding show, at the Greenhouse loft was a huge success!

  • PHOTO: Coyote Logistics named the 2011 #1 Top Workplace by the Chicago Tribune.
  • PHOTO: Green escalator that uses 30% less energy than a traditional escalator.

THE COMMUNITY
  • Smithereen is the leader in Integrated and Low Environmental Impact Pest Management, also referred to as Green Pest Management. Our service comprises three basic components: INSPECTION, PROBLEM SOLVING and COMMUNICATION. Smithereen offers extensive and effective Green, Low Environmental Impact programs designed to control a wide variety of structural pests. Exclusion, Behavior Modifications and Sanitary Assessments along with green formulations as natural repellents and baits are included in the program.

    Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED®)
    Smithereen, “Your Partner for a Healthy Environment”, can partner with you to complete your pest control eligibility requirements for LEED® certification. Smithereen employees have demonstrated a thorough understanding of green building practices and principles by pursuing and receiving LEED® Professional Accreditation. Smithereen is an active member of the U.S. Green Building Council and local chapters.

    Smithereen’s Green Shield Certified Service
    Smithereen continues to lead the industry as a provider of Green Shield Certified Service. Smithereen’s Green Shield Certified Service means smarter, more effective pest control without unnecessary pesticide use. Smithereen certified professionals solve the underlying cause of pest problems, providing lasting control. For 123 years Smithereen has been serving the Chicagoland area, including portions of Wisconsin and Indiana. Smithereen also has a location serving the Kansas City area.

    To learn more, please visit www.smithereen.com
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  • 2 Point Perspective specializes in modern, eco-friendly architecture as well as interior and furniture design services for residential and commercial clients.  Founders, Lisa and Ron Elkins are LEED accredited architects with more than a decade of experience in Chicago, San Francisco and London.  2 Point Perspective includes the design of Chicago’s vegan restaurant Balanced Kitchen on their resume, as well as many residential properties including a zero-net energy home in the city’s Oak Park neighborhood.  They will also count numerous offices and retail showrooms within Green Exchange as part of their portfolio.  You can view more of their work at www.2pointperspective.com.  Learn More
  • IPaintMyMind is a nonprofit arts organization whose mission is to make art accessible to everyone.

    Through our digital arts magazine, funding art projects, and our arts services & programs, we connect the public with great emerging art. IPMM isn’t just an arts curator, website, gallery, or community organization: we’re all of those things.

    We work to provide the virtual and physical spaces that enable public art awareness, education, and patronage. Our curation reflects a global worldview, an appreciation of all mediums, and an emphasis on affordable artwork. 

    Learn about our hallmark arts program, Shared Walls™ by clicking here.
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  • PM Environmental, Inc. is a full-service environmental and engineering consulting firm with offices throughout the United States. Services include Environmental Site Assessments, Property Condition Assessments, Brownfield Redevelopment, Environmental Compliance Audits, Building Facilities Services, Underground Storage Tank Management, and more. PM Environmental’s sister company, EFA, is a sustainability consulting group with a focus on energy efficiency in buildings. Our service lines include; energy auditing, building commissioning, LEED consulting, and Building Shell Testing. EFA works with business owners and property managers to managers to help reduce operational costs and identify cost effective energy efficiency strategies. Visit our websites at www.pmenv.com and www.efanow.com
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  • Ale Syndicate Brewers is the newest addition to the Green Exchange campus. Founded by brothers Jesse Edwin Evans and Samuel Evans, the brewery aims to make beers that are uniquely Chicago. The Ale Syndicate team is leasing temporary space in the main building while they build out the brewery space next door (just west on Diversey). 
     
    The space where the brewery will go was actually an old train station for the town of Maplewood, which was annexed by the city in the 1800's. When finished, the brewery will house a 30 barrel system (producing around 60 kegs of beer at a time) and a tap room where visitors can grab a pint and watch the brewers at work! 
     
    "We're excited to be the newest addition to the Green Exchange and Logan Square", said Samuel Evans. "We're eager to create a community space that will not only serve innovative and unique brews, but also a place for neighbors to enjoy local music and culture." 
     
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  • Greenhouse Loft is the country's premier sustainable event venue. From weddings and social gatherings to meetings and corporate events, Greenhouse Loft seeks to redefine what an event venue can be.

    Greenhouse Loft is a space where guests come to share ideas and experiences in a beautiful, sustainable environment that is unlike anything in the country.

    Greenhouse Loft is the latest project from the folks behind West Loop Studio. For photos and more, visit

    www.greenhouseloft.com
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  • Harnessing the combined powers of traditional and new media, we create marketing strategies that deliver. At Pivotal we embrace what's known and what's next. Because it's not either/or. Traditional media is not dying. It’s evolving. And while it's true that brands that do not evolve will die, any marketer who does not embrace the bedrock principles of smart, time-tested, brand-building, classically-modeled methods will also be left on the side of the digital road. That is the Pivotal difference.

    Pivotal is a certified Women Business Enterprise and B Corporation. In fact, Pivotal was just named one of the Top 10 'Small but Mighty' B Corporations in the world. @PivotalChicago

    www.pivotalchicago.com
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  • Purple Asparagus is a non-profit that educates children, families, and the community about eating that’s good for the body and the planet. Nutrition education programs are at the heart of our work. We offer practical and engaging programs so children and their families can learn about healthy eating.

    We encourage children to taste fruits and vegetables that they might otherwise never consider and to engage in interactive cooking lessons to spark their interest in imagining, tasting, and creating healthy meals.

    Purple Asparagus’ flagship program – Delicious, Nutritious Adventures – provides interactive and fun nutrition education classes in elementary schools. Students taste new foods and learn where they come from, how they benefit their bodies, and how to make simple and healthy meals using them. Written recipes go home to parents so families can cook these at home.

    Purple Asparagus also offers Good Eating for Families classes to help parents bring healthy foods into their diets with recipes, tastings, and cooking demonstrations. During the summer, our Family Fun at Farmers’ Markets activities engage families in hands-on cooking projects using unfamiliar but healthy foods.

    For more info, please visit www.purpleasparagus.com

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  • GreenChoice Bank is dedicated to providing a better choice for consumers and businesses. Our relationship-driven approach is built on a foundation of core values designed to enhance the environmental, social and financial well-being of our communities and planet.  GreenChoice Bank is the first community bank of its kind in the Midwest, and one of the only in the country, that is implementing these values across all areas of its business – from our Green Exchange location’s anticipated LEED Platinum certification to our back office to products that reward clients for making more sustainable choices.  GreenChoice Bank is the right choice for those looking to make a values-based decision about their banking services and how their deposits are deployed back into the community.  To learn more, visit us at www.GreenChoiceBank.com


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  • Ergawealth Advisors is an independent and unbiased provider of wealth management services to individuals and their families. Our true 360° wealth management approach delivers a holistic and consultative goal based and result driven process aimed at reaching our clients’ financial and non-financial aspirations.
     
    Our mission is to help ensure that all areas of our clients’ personal finances are aligned and consistent with their life’s goals. We emphasize forging strong personal relationships with our clients as we provide proactive and ongoing guidance on the four cornerstones of personal wealth management; Organize, Plan, Protect, and Invest.
     
    As our clients’ wealth manager, we become their personal Chief Financial Officer (CFO) - someone who works with them collaboratively to determine, implement, and monitor their customized financial strategies through all their life stages; from wealth accumulation to wealth distribution.
     
    Our office at the Green Exchange (LEED Platinum Certified Standards) is representative of our commitment to reducing our impact on the environment. In addition, we utilize technology to improve operational efficiencies, reduce the use of paper (paperless office), and diminish our carbon footprint by offering our clients online meetings.
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  • Coyote Logistics is the fastest-growing privately owned logistics and transportation company in the country.  Coyote Logistics was launched to bring a better experience to the transportation industry. Its unique operating model, supported by a proprietary technology platform and a growing team of energetic, highly-trained logistics experts, allows it to efficiently aggregate the capacity of an increasingly dense network of transportation partners and match that capacity with the shipping needs of its customer base. Coyote delivers the inherent cost advantages and flexibility of a non-asset based model without compromising on visibility, control, or reliability.

    In addition to striving to provide optimal service and support domestic transportation and supply chain operations throughout North America, Coyote strives for efficiency and sustainability. The company specializes in fleet backhaul, which utilizes client’s trucks to transport loads on return trips reducing the number of trucks transporting half or empty loads, to reduce emissions and overall carbon footprint. Coyote is continuously looking for Green solutions and look forward to our move to the Green Exchange in the Spring of 2011.  For more information, please visit www.coyote.com
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  • Climate Cycle, a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, was founded in 2008 out of a concern that today’s youth lacked the tools necessary to respond to global warming or benefit from the emerging green economy. Today, Climate Cycle leads the charge in catalyzing environmental education in the classroom and in our communities by developing young leaders in sustainability.

    Climate Cycle’s mission is inspiring students to green our world

    To date, 1,200 Chicagoland K-12 students have participated in our annual Ride to Recharge, an event in downtown Chicago that, like our Dunes to Downtown Ride, raises money for green schools projects. Since 2009, over $360,000 has been raised through this event. Through these efforts, 13 solar panel arrays across 11 schools have been funded, in addition to a medley of 40 other schools based sustainability projects. 

    Equally important, since 2010 over 15,000 Chicago students have been reached through Climate Cycle’s school presentations, which teach students about climate science and sustainability, and what they can do to help address our shared environmental challenges.

    To learn more, please visit climatecycle.org
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  • Rainforest is an early childhood learning center training tomorrow's global citizens.  With an environmental arts based curriculum, Rainforest focuses on the child's creative spirit using specialty materials like mosaics, ceramics, and pottery.  It's non-traditional approach to early childhood education has received notice and acclaim from some of the city's most prominent private and public elementary programs, who are now educating Rainforest graduates.  Rainforest cares for children as young as six weeks and as old as six years. It is a full day program that is open Monday thru Friday, year round.

    Green Exchange is the second location for Rainforest, and we are excited to partner with them as they expand.  Anyone interested in seeing what Rainforest is all about is invited to visit their location here at 2545 W. Diversey, Chicago IL 60647 or by contacting them at 773-384-4466 or rainforestdiversey@gmail.com

    For more information: www.rainforestlearningcenter.com 

    or www.facebook.com/rainforesttwo

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  • Spartan Surfaces is a sales and consulting group specializing in commercial flooring. At Spartan, we pride ourselves in taking a human-centered approach to finding the right product for each and every application.  People are at the center of everything we do.  At every step of the selection process, we put ourselves in the shoes of the people involved - from the architect to the designer, manufacturer to installer, owner’s representative to end user.  We start with you - your priorities, goals and challenges - and end by evaluating our work based on your success.

    Spartan is a team of great people dedicated to great products, great families, great friendships, and great happiness.  Check out our website to learn more about the Spartan team and our comprehensive product offering at midwest.spartansurfaces.com 


    Michael J. Blasek , LEED AP (Managing Partner of Spartan Surfaces | Midwest) is the former Chairman and founding member of the Illinois chapter of the USGBC.  He has served on the Regional Heartland Council and is on many of the USGBC corresponding committees.

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  • GREEN ENERGY IMPROVEMENT is an energy efficiency home performance business founded in March 2010 to serve homeowners in the Chicago area. The company specializes in consulting and contracting services that improve residential comfort and lower energy bills by providing education, comprehensive energy audits, air sealing, insulation, HVAC, water heater and window replacement. Offices are located in Chicago and Oak Park, Illinois to accommodate customers from Chicago to Ottawa.

    Our building analysts and envelope professionals are trained and certified by the Building Performance Institute. We guarantee our technicians will install the appropriate materials, products and equipment that will increase comfort and lower energy bills by using diagnostic equipment including blower door and infrared camera before and after an energy efficiency retrofit service.

    GREEN ENERGY IMPROVEMENT is a division of  CARNEGIE CREDIT CORPORATION, a woman-owned and family operated company since 1966 that is dedicated to providing education, service, support and financing for energy efficiency retrofits.
    Our team offers over 100 years combined experience in providing solutions for lowering utility bills and improving your comfort, safety and the durability of your home with low cost, energy efficient products, equipment and services.

    For learn more, please visit www.greenenergyimprovement.com
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  • IWE is the leading provider of dual language workforce development services in Illinois. We add value to organizations by delivering results-driven, customized training services in a responsive, professional manner. IWE can help you eliminate gaps in your employee pipeline by helping to recruit and train new hires, and IWE can help you boost your bottom line by training your current employees or new hires. We provide training in all industries, including manufacturing, health care, construction, small business, service, non-profit and green technologies, and we use experienced trainers, effective training materials, and adult education methods to ensure that the training meets your business objectives.  IWE delivers training services including needs assessment, training deployment, and grant writing to underwrite the cost of training for our clients.

    Fore more information: www.iwetraining.com
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  • Shades of Green Building Services is a green cleaning building services contractor operating throughout the Illinois/Indiana/Wisconsin region. We offer a wide variety of services, including: Janitorial maintenance, carpet shampooing, floor restoration, window washing, construction clean up and day porters; all green seal certified and environmentally friendly. Specializing in servicing commercial properties, educational facilities, condominium associations and multifamily housing, Shades Of Green is a member of the U.S. Green Building Council, with more than 20 years management experience behind us, and a solid client roster that includes Class A properties and LEED buildings up to 250,000 square feet and beyond.  Learn More
  • Newgrange Development LLC is a Building Design, Construction, and General Contracting Company with a focus on sustainable developments. We are passionate about sustainable design, quality construction, and environmental responsibility. With our in-house team of LEED AP’s and Construction Professionals, we offer design, construction, and general contracting services for your home or building project. Our goal is maximize value for our clients and the environment through effective, efficient, and resourceful buildings.  From single family homes and multi-family buildings - to commercial construction, we’re here to retrofit existing buildings and build high performing new ones. To learn more visit us at newgrangedevelopment.com
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  • ZeroLandfill Chicago is a volunteer-run organization that diverts expired materials samples from the landfill and makes them available for free to local artists, educators and community members. Each spring and fall, ZeroLandfill Chicago hosts an event where we invite local architecture/design libraries and showrooms to drop off expired materials samples including but not limited to: carpet, paint, laminate, vinyl, rubber, fabric, tile, binders glass, wood, sample books, and more. We organize a volunteer-based “harvest” where community members can gather these free materials and get creative! 
     
    Anyone can join the ZeroLandfill™ Chicago effort.  We’re looking for architecture/design libraries and showrooms to contribute expired materials samples; volunteers to sort and distribute the samples; artists, educators, students, or community members to use the samples; and sponsors to make this a successful event.  
     
    Email info@zlfchicago.net, and let us know how you’d like to get involved.

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NEWS

New Documentary About Tenant Steve Ewert

We really have some amazing people in our community! Steve Ewert, co-owner of the Greenhouse Loft, is the subject of an incredible documentary being produced. 

"Hitchhiking to the Edge of Sanity," is the story about how two young Kansas kids - one, a popular and successful writer; the other, a sensitive and introverted photographer - barely survived an adventurous hitchhiking trip across the Sahara Desert in 1971.

Writer Dick Russell had become disillusioned with his job at Sports Illustrated and asked his photographer friend Steve Ewert to accompany him on a trip to Europe in 1970. But before Ewert left, he became engaged to his girlfriend. The plan was to find Kansans in Europe and then sell the articles about them to a Kansas newspaper. While in Europe, they had all sorts of odd and interesting experiences, including meeting famed photographer Henri Cartier-Bresson and writer James Jones ("From Here To Eternity"), hanging out with anarchist Dutch weed purveyors, attending French President Charles De Gaulle's memorial service at Notre Dame, tracking down Jean-Paul Satre in Paris and rubbing elbows with diplomats in Belgium. 

Dismayed by the morass of the Vietnam War, Russell was particularly interested in revolutionary politics. The pair attempted to do a story on Black Panther Eldridge Cleaver who was living in exile in Algiers. This would've been a great companion to the piece on the Dutch anarchists, but the Panthers wanted the princely sum of $500 to participate. 

After bumping into LSD guru Timothy Leary and writing about a Kansan in the oil business in Algeria, they took off to hitchhike across the great desert to Ghana. In between dodging the Algerian military and digging the van out of the sand, they came quite close to perishing on several occasions and the stress resulted in Ewert having a breakdown once they arrived in Ghana. They were not in Kansas anymore.

NEWS

Coyote Logistics Featured on Chicago Creative Spaces

Buzz. Energy. The Danger Zone on Diversey. These are just some of the words used by employees to describe what it’s like to work at Coyote Logistics. The adrenaline-inducing environment creates a lasting impression on anyone who walks through the door.

Coyote is more than just a high energy space. It’s a culture of performance – no matter what. It’s an organization that values results and leaves no room for excuses.

Teamwork is ingrained in the Coyote family. Many of the employees are former college athletes. The office is adorned with college pennant flags and areas of the office are named after different college conferences. “We look for people that have really thrived in team environments. When you look around our space you will see that we do all sorts of things to encourage that,” says CEO Jeff Silver.

Whether it’s playing a game of pool, meeting in a collaborative space, or hanging out in the Coyote Den, there are plenty of ways for employees to come together and collaborate.”If you have a great space, take care of your people, and a great business model, then together, those things create magic,” says Chief People Officer Marianne Silver.

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Ale Syndicate is Brewing!

In late July, Ale Syndicate finally begin brewing at their space next door to the main Green Exchange campus. Their first brew was Levee, which will be replacing Van de Velde for the rest of the summer. Next came Seven Flowers, an amazingly juicy, aromatic double IPA. It's the third iteration of this beer, which was first brewed last summer at Atlas, in collaboration with the brewpub and a Welsh brewer called Celt Experience. They also brewed du Sable, the first of their existing beers to be brought in house. Last, Ale Syndicate partnered with Chef Laura Piper from One North Kitchen on a particularly ambitious brew that blends Thai, Belgian and American flavors. The beers brewed in Chicago should be starting to appear in the next few weeks!

But that's only a portion of the beer that's brewing away - the patience and hard work of Arcade Brewery have finally paid off and they are thrilled to finally be in production and ready to deliver their amazing beers to the Chicago area. Arcade is brewing at Ale Syndicate under what is called an alternating-proprietorship. You can check out this video to learn more about the partnership. Arcade's first beer will be a scotch ale named William Wallace Wrestle Fest. The beer is part of Arcade's Public Brew series where the brewery asks their community to name the beer and design the label. The next release will be their Grapefruit IPA followed by Mega Milk Stout and Armbar (Amber Wheat Ale) in the weeks to follow.
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Gx Earns LEED Platinum Certification

We are proud to announce that the Green Exchange has been LEED Platinum Certified, established by the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) and verified by the Green Building Certification Institute (GBCI). The building is located in the Logan Square neighborhood of Chicago and owned by Baum Development. The building's 272,000 sustainable square feet is home to businesses that share the same eco-friendly view. We are also excited to announce that we are the proud recipient of the 2013 Outstanding For-Profit Neighborhood Real Estate Project for evolving their historical building into a revitalized, successful business center.
 
USBGC's LEED green building certification system is the foremost program for the design, construction, and operation of green buildings. LEED certification of Green Exchange was based on a number of green design and construction features that positively impact the project itself and its broader community. Green Exchange achieved this outstanding certification for energy use, lighting, water, and material use, as well as incorporating a variety of other sustainable strategies. By using less energy and water, LEED-certified buildings save money for families, businesses, and taxpayers; reduce greenhouse gas emissions; and contribute to a healthier environment for residents, workers, and the larger community. 

"It is such a high honor to be recognized by the USGBC and to become LEED-certified," says David Baum, co-developer of the building and president of Baum Development. "We are creating a collaboration - a platform that allows individuals and businesses to 'exchange their green ideas' and learn from one another in a positive way."
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