Graphene advances ...

OK, Green Tech Chicago readers, this has gotten frustrating … I’ve attended a couple of events that I thought would provide some great interviews, but I came away with scarcely a Vine to show for it. I’ve been intending on getting more material up in here, but I’ve just not been able to get the... Read more »

"You Cannot Buy Clean Air"

When we were down at the Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum for the Green Metropolis Fair event a couple of weeks ago, we had a chance to sit down with Kelly Nichols, an organizer for Moms Clean Air Force Illinois. This is an environmental group which is advocating for full implementation of the Clean Air Act... Read more »

A day at the fair ...

A couple of weeks back, the NLR Worms team was exhibiting at another of the Green Metropolis Fair events, this one being their “Holiday Market”, which was being held up at the Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum. These “Fairs” are always a bit of guesswork for the exhibitors, as they change so much with the mix... Read more »

Perfect Day?

Hey, Green Tech Chicago readers … this is going to be a bit of a divergence as I’m taking up the “Blogapalooza” challenge this evening which asks all Chicago Now bloggers “Write what your perfect day would be like, either in reality or fantasy” … and, frankly, I’m not sure how close I’m going to... Read more »

Energy from your clothes, energy from your walls ...

As I’ve noted here before, I am still “on the fence” about just passing along stuff to you that’s been sitting in my browser’s tabs, because if you’re interested in this stuff, you’re probably reading the same feeds as I see, so it has the potential of being “ho-hum, read that last month!” and you... Read more »

Honey from home ...

This week, Back of the Yards based “Urban Vermiculture” pioneers Nature’s Little Recyclers* hosted “An Evening With The Worms” to celebrate their successful Seed Chicago Kickstarter fundraiser. Representatives from a wide swath of Chicago’s green tech, urban farming, sustainability, and start-up communities were involved, and despite the somewhat chilly temperatures, a fine outdoor party was... Read more »

Posting about composting ...

I had the opportunity over the weekend to attend the Green Metropolis Fair, which was being held at Lake View High School up at Irving Park and Ashland on the city’s north side. I was somewhat surprised at the format of this, with tables running down the halls on two floors and food concessions in... Read more »

"Closing the loop."

Last week I was down at the Nature’s Little Recyclers’ worm factory in the Back-of-the-Yards neighborhood to shoot some video for a promotion they’re doing, and hung around to go on a delivery they were making of several bags of their “Caviar Compost” vermicast to their most recent farming partner, Pleasant Farms. This is a... Read more »

A bit from Techweek ...

I was out of town most of last week with my family on a bit of a vacation, so missed most of Techweek, but managed to get back home in time for hanging out down at the Merchandise Mart on Friday. We’d gotten press credentials for Green Tech Chicago early on, and had been contacted... Read more »

A Love Letter to Techweek Chicago

Dear Techweek Chicago, It is not often I fall in love with an event, but your attractions have required me to attend each year. Our relationship is still new, only our fourth year in Chicago. I know you have gone off and seeing other cities, sharing your delights far beyond Chicago. I know New York,... Read more »