Going Green and Saving Money

10 Simple Things

10 Simple Things is a product of the Wicker Park Bucktown Chamber's Green Committee. It is a list of actions, ranging from simple, low-cost tasks to big ticket investments with long term pay-offs. Review the list and choose ten action items that work for your business! Chamber members can earn “WPBGreen” designation to promote their efforts.

How to earn your WPB Green status:

• Choose your action items from the “10 Simple Things” checklist
• Decide which action items work for your business
• Contact the WPB Chamber of Commerce to let us know what steps you're taking
• Do it! Put your “10 Simple Things” into action!

Watch the WGN Exclusive on the WPB Chamber's green programs, featuring a discussion with Executive Director Adam Burck.
For more information about 10 Simple Things action items or if you have any questions, please contact us

Small Business Energy Savings Program

This program, through ComEd and People’s Gas, gives small businesses expert advice, high-level reports that recommend energy-saving improvements specific to their business, and rebates on energy improvement investments. There are program freebies too, such as compact fluorescent lamps, faucet aerators, and pre-rinse sprayers!

Check out the fact sheet for more information on the benefits of the program.

Two local businesses, Subterranean and Janik's Cafe, as well as the Wicker Park Bucktown Chamber office, have all participated in SBES during the pilot stage as well as in March 2012. Both business owners and the Chamber can speak to the flexibility and value of the program.  

Go To Green offers personalized assistance with the Small Business Energy Savings Program. To sign up for your free energy assessment through Go To Green, click here.

LED Exit Signs in Wicker Park-Bucktown

Local businesses can reduce costs and go green by upgrading exit signs with super low-wattage LEDs for only $39 per sign. 

SSA #33 is offering a special $10 per-sign incentive for 250 signs in the community. Combined with ComEd small business incentives, local businesses will pay only $39 a sign, presenting a one-year payback in energy savings.

LEDs last for ten years without needing replacement. Sign up in one click and check off one of your 10 Simple Things! For more information, call (773) 505-3817 or email caitlin@gotogreenprojects.com.

Green Business Resources Fair 2012

The Green Business Resources Fair provided small business owners with the knowledge, services and resources to green their practices and spaces while saving money. Over 30 + Chicagoland businesses and organizations offered information and presentations on sustainability to Chamber members and the community, including:

2 Point Perspective
1030 W. Chicago Ave., Suite 300
Chicago, IL 60642
P: (312) 268-1822
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Provide green architectural and interior design services that lead to elegant, modern buildings and interiors.

Bartlett Tree Experts
1960 Old Willow Road
Northbrook, IL 60062
P: (847) 559-9424
Provides quality care and good value to owners and managers of landscape trees and shrubs.

Betancourt Realty
2041 W. Division St.
Chicago, IL 60622
P: (773) 342-7211
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Committed to green real estate, energy efficiency, conservation and alternative energy options.

Bright Beat
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Project management and sustainability consulting firm.

Chicago Center for Green Technology
445 N. Sacramento Blvd.
Chicago, IL 60612
P: (312) 746-9642
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Serves as the most comprehensive green design educational resource in the Midwest.

Chicago Conservation Corps
30 N. LaSalle Blvd., 6th Floor
Chicago, IL 60602
P: (312) 743-9283
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A network of volunteers dedicated to conserving Chicago's natural resources.

Christy Webber Landscapes
2900 W. Ferdinand St.
Chicago, IL 60612
P: (773) 533-0477
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A full-service landscape provider offering design, construction and maintenance programs to residential, commercial and municipal clients throughout Chicago.

Clean City Innovations
1954 First St., Suite 111
Highland Park, IL 60035
P: (773) 398-5210
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The Midwest distributor of SoSafe's highly innovative and shockingly effective line of green graffiti removers and commercial strength green cleaners.

1937 N. Winchester Ave.
Chicago, IL 60622
P: (312) 550-5577
F: (312) 264-4445
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Sustainable landscape firm specializing in rooftop gardens, green roofs, rainwater harvesting and natural landscapes.

9901 S. Torrence Ave.
Chicago, IL 60617
P: (773) 734-9873
F: (773) 734-9874
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Safely recycles spent fluorescent lamps and all universal waste, electronic waste and hazardous waste.

Foresight Design Initiative
4518 N. Damen Ave.
Chicago, IL 60625
P: (773) 271-1990
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Offeres information, connections and leadership necessary to create a socially responsible competitive advantage.

2943 W. Diversey Ave.
Chicago, IL 60647
P: (773) 505-3817
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Performs energy and water saving facility upgrades and LEED project management for existing buildings.

Green Chicago Restaurant Coalition
445 W. Erie St., Suite 209
Chicago, IL 60654
P: (312) 715-7361
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Serving the environmentally responsible food service community and the conscientious consumer.

Green Exchange
2545 W. Diversey Ave.
Chicago, IL 60647
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Sustainable business community dedicated to advancing sustainability and true green economy.

Green Wheels
Carey Chickerned

Horigan Urban Forest Products
8110 Monticello Ave.
Skokie, IL 60076
P: (847) 568-1340
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Supplier of reclaimed urban lumber from the Chicago Area Urban Forest.

Icon Modern
1556 Cavell Ave.
Highland Park, IL 60035
P: (312) 560-2067
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Designs and manufactures sustainable furniture using reclaimed urban lumber, wood from deconstructed houses and other recycled materials.

I-GO Car Sharing
2125 W. North Ave.
Chicago, IL 60647
P: (773) 278-4446
F: (773) 278-3840
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Chicago's only local, non-profit car sharing company.

PC Rebuilders & Recyclers
3053 N. Knox
Chicago, IL 60641
P: (773) 545-7575
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Refurbishes retired equipment, making it available for schools, other not-for-profits, and commercial use.

ReBuilding Exchange
Meegan Czop
P: (773) 252-2234

Chicago's non-profit building material reuse center. 

Reynolds Power
1286 N. Milwaukee Ave., Suite 200
Chicago, IL 60622
P: (312) 386-5943
F: (312) 635-2929
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A broker licensed in the State of Illinois to sell electricity and natural gas usually at considerable savings.

Secure Eco Shred
4455 N. Elston
Chicago, IL 60630
P: (773) 685-0100
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Provides onsite document shredding and recycling.

Smart Energy Design Assistance Center
1 St. Mary's Road
Champaign, IL 61820
P: (800) 214-7954
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Provides advice and analysis enabling building facilities in the State of Illinois to increase profitability through efficient use of energy resources.

The Plastic Bag Solution
2048 W. Chicago Ave.
Chicago, IL 60622
P: (708) 965-3862
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Provides 100% compostable bags to restaurants and retailers eliminating the need to purchase plastic bags.

Upward Ground
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Specializes in greening urban spaces with site specific solutions to dead space.

Windfree Energy Co.
1440 N. Ashland Ave.
Chicago, IL 60622
P: (312) 943-1500
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Renewable energy products and services.

WPB SSA #33 Clean, Green & Safe Committee
1414 N. Ashland Ave.
Chicago, IL 60622
P: (773) 384-2672
F: (773) 384-7525
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The first ever Green Business Resources Fair was made possible by several generous sponsors:


Alderman Scott Waguespack

GreenChoice Bank

ReBuilding Exchange

Green Dolphin Street

Green Wheels

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