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2012 Green Awards: Said Al-Hallaj

« CASSIE GREEN ELISE ZELECHOWSKI » AGE: 44 COFOUNDER AND CEO: AllCell Technologies (website) BUSINESS: Renewable energy This former Illinois Institute of Technology prof always believed rechargeable lithium-ion batteries had potential—if only they stopped catching fire. So he set out to design a safer and lighter alternative. Now versions of his model are being used … Read more

2012 Green Awards: Brian Levin

« ELISE ZELECHOWSKI DEBORAH SAWYER » AGE: 29 FOUNDING PARTNER: Carbon Day Automotive (website) BUSINESS: Transportation Four years ago, Levin was just another commercial real-estate broker taking a hit in the economic downturn. That’s when he embarked on a new venture: electric vehicle charging stations. With the increased production of electric vehicles on the horizon, Levin … Read more

2012 Green Awards: Cassie Green

  SAID AL-HALLAJ » AGE: 34 FOUNDER AND OWNER: Green Grocer (website) BUSINESS: Neighborhood grocery When the aptly named Green moved to West Town in 2006, she was struck by the absence of a quality neighborhood grocery. One year later, she was drafting a business plan for a store that would stock regional produce and … Read more

2012 Green Awards: Elise Zelechowski

« SAID AL-HALLAJ BRIAN LEVIN » AGE: 33 FOUNDER: ReBuilding Exchange (website) BUSINESS: Building materials Even before the economy slowed, Zelechowski noticed two problems plaguing her native Chicago: the abundance of construction and demolition waste (from buildings that had fallen into foreclosure and disrepair) and a lack of jobs (for the hard to employ). Her … Read more

2012 Green Awards: Deborah Sawyer

« BRIAN LEVIN   AGE: 55 PRESIDENT AND CEO: Environmental Design International (website) BUSINESS: Green engineering In 1991, this environmental scientist set out to help developers transform contaminated city lots into usable land. In 2009, Sawyer landed a career-making project when Exelon enlisted her firm, Environmental Design International, to engineer the nation’s largest urban solar … Read more