TM04 - Re-envisioning of Historic Manufacturing District

Monday, November 12 from 8:00 AM to 12:00 PM | Tour Meet Desk « Back

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Chicago’s Union Stockyards were once the largest meatpacking district in the world, covering a half square mile. Local manufacturers are taking over the once thriving area and returning it to its production glory days. Visit Testa Produce, the first food service facility to achieve LEED Platinum. With a green roof, solar panels, recycled materials, and Chicago’s first freestanding wind turbine, Testa Produce is an example of minimizing utility expenses and carbon footprint. Located in the former Peer Foods meatpacking plant, The Plant, a closed-loop facility, is a community of small food businesses, including farms, kombucha and beer brewers, bakeries, cheese distributors, coffee roasters, and many others. The facility has many sustainable features, such as aquaponic growing systems, stormwater for farm use, and a water reclamation wetland. Attendees will also visit Method, a certified B Corp, focused on responsible production of home cleaning and personal hygiene products. Their factory, Soapbox, is LEED Platinum and includes a green roof, farmed by Gotham Greens to produce 500 tons of fresh produce annually. Three large solar tracking trees are in the parking lot and follow the sun. This session takes place in a working food facility, receiving a tour of our facility’s warehouse. Closed-toed, rubber-soled shoes are required, no jewelry allowed.

Learning Objectives:

Assess strategies to achieve LEED Platinum in manufacturing and food production spaces.

Explain closed energy and waste loops.

Explore building reuse in historic districts and disenfranchised neighborhoods, community engagement, and how businesses can give back to society.

Discover innovative and new green technologies, the upkeep and maintenance of them, and how they can contribute to local building codes.

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Event Type: Tour > Session