Activities

Activities

Chicago Green Office Challenge Participant

G/BA is a proud participant in the annual Chicago Green Office Challenge (CGOC). Through the CGOC, companies earn points by making their office environments more sustainable. The CGOC encourages friendly competition among commercial offices and buildings. Goals of participation include:

  • Reducing energy, water, and waste
  • Creating innovative sustainability solutions in the office environment
  • Challenging other companies to increase their sustainability efforts
  • Demonstrating environmental leadership
  • Gaining recognition, earning rewards, and having fun while promoting and implementing sustainability practices

 

G/BA’s Earth Day Celebration

G/BA has celebrated Earth Day with a series of fun events.

  • A potluck luncheon – green themed, with a presentation by Engineers for a Sustainable World – Northwestern University Chapter
  • A reclaim/reuse competition –  staff competed with creations made from reclaimed materials
  • A sustainable Happy Hour. G/BA staff enjoyed sampling sustainable beer and wine, and learned what features (ingredients, processing, etc) allow these beverages to be labeled "sustainable."

 

Individual Sustainability Activities

G/BA Chairman (Illinois) Dan Doyle is a member of the Board of Directors of the International Institute for Sustainable Laboratories (I2SL), successor to the federal Laboratories for the 21st Century (Labs21) program. In his work with I2SL, Dan has periodically taught the introductory workshop on sustainable lab design. Some of the concepts incorporated in this presentation were developed as part of another assignment through I2SL: Dan and I2SL were asked to develop a tenant design guide for tenants moving into Singapore's Clean Tech Park, billed as the greenest and most sustainable R&D park on Earth.  Through grant funding from the University of Hawaii, Dan and I2SL are compiling a compendium describing energy efficiency and sustainability programs at ten of the world's leading universities, which will soon be available on the I2SL website.

G/BA's founder, Dave Grumman, and engineers Joel Freeman and Eric Rosenberg are currently involved with the City of Evanston's Utilities Commission. Dave and Joel have each served as Chairman of the Commission. The Commission addresses issues related to electrical and natural systems reliability; energy benchmarking policy for the city; energy procurement for city buildings and municipal power aggregation; renewable energy considerations; water consumption and conservation in city buildings; policies for stormwater management; and capital improvements for the city's water and sewer infrastructure.