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!
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!
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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
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.
Christy Webber Landscapes
2900 W. Ferdinand St.
Chicago, IL 60612
P: (773) 533-0477
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
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
Sustainable landscape firm specializing in rooftop gardens, green roofs, rainwater harvesting and natural landscapes.
Foresight Design Initiative
4518 N. Damen Ave.
Chicago, IL 60625
P: (773) 271-1990
Offeres information, connections and leadership necessary to create a socially responsible competitive advantage.
Green Chicago Restaurant Coalition
445 W. Erie St., Suite 209
Chicago, IL 60654
P: (312) 715-7361
Serving the environmentally responsible food service community and the conscientious consumer.
1556 Cavell Ave.
Highland Park, IL 60035
P: (312) 560-2067
Designs and manufactures sustainable furniture using reclaimed urban lumber, wood from deconstructed houses and other recycled materials.
P: (773) 252-2234
1286 N. Milwaukee Ave., Suite 200
Chicago, IL 60622
P: (312) 386-5943
F: (312) 635-2929
A broker licensed in the State of Illinois to sell electricity and natural gas usually at considerable savings.
Smart Energy Design Assistance Center
1 St. Mary's Road
Champaign, IL 61820
P: (800) 214-7954
Provides advice and analysis enabling building facilities in the State of Illinois to increase profitability through efficient use of energy resources.
The first ever Green Business Resources Fair was made possible by several generous sponsors:
Green Dolphin Street