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.

  • 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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  • 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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  • Ale Syndicate Brewers was founded by brothers Jesse Edwin Evans and Samuel Evans and aims to make beers that are uniquely Chicago. In July 2014, the brewery started production in the space directly west of the Green Exchange main campus. 
    The space was an old train station for the town of Maplewood, which was annexed by the city in the 1800's. It now houses a 20 barrel system (producing around 40 kegs of beer at a time), 6 fermenters and also provides an incubator space to other start up breweries. Ale Syndicate hopes to open a tap room where visitors can grab a pint and watch the brewers at work sometime in 2015. 
    "We're excited to be part of 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." 
    Learn more about Ale Syndicate by visiting their website: 

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  • 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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  • 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
  • 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.

    Connect with me on Linkedin
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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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  • Founded in 1998, Domicile Consulting is a dedicated inspection and building performance firm that provides home inspection, energy audit and leak, moisture and mold inspection services.

    We help Chicago area homebuyers, owners and associations gain the fullest possible understanding of the systems and components inside and outside their building based on an objective, fair and accurate assessment of its condition. This knowledge enables our clients to make informed, confident decisions, resulting in substantial savings on renegotiated contract prices, repair credits and the ability to optimize their property to its highest level of performance and energy use.

    The key to Domicile’s service is our team’s extensive knowledge, training and experience, which we use to deliver the industry’s most comprehensive and usable inspection reports. Compare our reports to the competitions', and you’ll see why Domicile Consulting is the preferred choice for nearly 3000 individuals and groups each year.

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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

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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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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 has been named one of the Top 10 'Small but Mighty' B Corporations in the world.

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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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  • 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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North Branch Works/ IMEC Energy Efficiency Forum

North Branch Works will be holding an Energy Efficiency Forum on April 14, 2015 for businesses who want to learn more about energy efficiency resources (rebate programs, city programs, etc.), so that they can take advantage of them and save money on their energy bill!

What: Hear from representatives from ComEd, People's Gas, and Chicago's new solar energy program about resources available for your business/property and how to save money on your energy bill. NBW's new member, Franklin Energy will be presenting for the Peoples Gas and North Shore Gas Natural Gas Savings Program. 

Optional tour of the Green Exchange at the end of the meeting! 
The Green Exchange building is an iconic four-story 272,000 SF former factory (Copper Lamps) that was converted according to Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Platinum standards incorporating a wide array of efficient and aesthetically pleasing green building features and benefits. Ninety-five percent of the original building structure has been rehabilitated and maintained to preserve its charm as a historic landmark.

When: Tuesday, April 14, 2015 >> 8:30 AM - 10AM

Where: Green Exchange
2545 W Diversey Ave – 2nd floor conference room


Wedding Recyclery

Join Greenhouse Loft and the Chicago Green Wedding Alliance for the 3rd Annual Recylery Event.

Buy gently used wedding goods - anything from decor, signage, gowns, and more!

Sunday, April 19th - Loft on Lake 


Climate Cycle Ride/Stride to Recharge

Join Climate Cycle for the 7th Annual Ride/Stride to Recharge on Saturday, May 16, 2015. 

Since 2009, people like you have helped raise over $450,000 - which has resulted in the funding of 15 solar panel arrays across 13 schools, in addition to 52 other schools based sustainability projects, such as pedal-powered classrooms, solar backpack kits, urban agriculture projects, and composting. 

Equally important, since 2010 over 25,000 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. 

DATE:  Saturday, May 16, 2015

9:30 am - Participant check in /Day-of registration 
(registration is $60 on the day of the event) 
10:30 am - Ride starts (cycling) 
10:45 am - Stride starts (walking) 
11:30 - 2:30 pm - Return to DuSable Harbor and enjoy the Celebration! 


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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