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TerraScreen Lush Interior Living Walls


If you've been to a green trade show or exhibit, you may have noticed a few green wall providers.  One to keep in mind, just in case you're thinking about incorporating a lush living wall or vertical garden, is TerraScreen.  The TerraScreen Interior Greenwall System was designed by Planterra to hold large 6" plants and can be maintained by your average interior landscape contractor.  The system requires about 18" of space from the wall and a catch basin, but can be supported with drip irrigation and a tank, too.  It's comprised of modular panels made with powder-coated, galvanized steel wire and these panels can be lined up to really liven up a place.  Make sure to check these images below … having one of these, I think, is a pretty good way to make a statement about the way you do things. 

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EcoClad Modern Green Exterior Cladding


It looks like Joel Klippert, a true Benjamin Franklin of green products innovation, has developed another great green material.  Building on his success with PaperStone and EcoTop, his company now offers EcoClad, a beautiful exterior cladding sure to please architects bent on sustainable design.

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New Post-Consumer Recycled Glass Mosaic Tile Just Like Wallpaper


Trend USA just launched an interesting new glass tile collection that I'm sure will be a favorite among the design savvy. The Wallpaper Collection* is available in 64 patterns; our ecologically inclined readers will notice that 26 patterns are the FEEL recycled glass mosaic, which is made from 80% post-consumer recycled glass bottles. The entire collection is broken up into four themes, Academic, Euphoric, Natural, and Classic – depending on your style, there's certain to be a pattern that's right for your project.

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Pacific Garden Mission Combines Benefits of Green Roofing, Solar Thermal

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The Pacific Garden Mission has been a steadfast anchor in the Chicago community since 1877.  The Mission has served as a safe-haven for homeless men and women, offering nourishment for both body and soul.  Today, the Mission continues it's work in a newly constructed 156,000 square foot facility.  It was designed by Tigerman McCurry Architects to obtain LEED Silver certification and includes 100 solar-thermal panels, green roof with native vegetation, low flow water fixtures, locally sourced materials, and recycled construction waste.  The solar panels were donated by the City of Chicago's Renewable Energy Program, which all together, over $245,000 in clean energy grants were donated by the City of Chicago.

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Modern EcoDEEP Haus Now Complete!


If you know us, you know we like to introduce cutting edge projects, even in the rendering stage.  But we also like to follow up on completion, too, and there's nothing better than seeing a finished project.  Take for instance this 1940s Cape Cod home in St. Paul that was converted into a modern, green home.  We mentioned it back in April of last year and now look at it.  It's ultra stylish and so green!  EcoDEEP is using the home as their offices, too, so potential clients get to see and experience first-hand what a green home feels like.  

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Rancho Verde Takes Platinum for Innovative Brownfield Redevelopment


One of Chicago’s biggest names in landscaping now lays claim to one of the greenest locations in the city.  Christy Webber Landscapes, along with the City of Chicago and GreenWorks, came together to develop an area in a struggling neighborhood.  After decades of abuse as an auto impound, landfill, and iron-works, the polluted site had been declared a brownfield.  Subsequently, in 2003 the City of Chicago proposed an initiative to reclaim the site, and a short three years later, the 12.5 acre piece of land was clean and fully operational.  Called "Rancho Verde," in honor of the mostly Hispanic workforce that makes up the landscaping industry, the former brownfield is now the headquarters for Christy Webber Landscapes.  Rancho Verde features a one-story office building, warehouse, and a shop-yard big enough to hold dozens of trucks that keep Chicago looking healthy all year round. 

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