Monthly Archives: June 2016

June 29th, 2016

Gabriel will be closed July 4, 2016


In observance of Independence Day, Gabriel will be closed on Monday, July 4th, 2016.

June 15th, 2016

MWRD launches phosphorus recovery system

MWRD’s Stickney Water Reclamation Plant officially launched its phosphorus and nitrogen recovery system in late May.  These excess nutrients can cause algae to grow and bloom in waterways, leading to ‘dead zones’ where aquatic life cannot survive.  Chicago’s rivers lead to the Mississippi River and contribute to this hypoxia in the Gulf of Mexico.

MWRD’s new phosphorus reclamation system will serve a dual purpose: removing harmful nutrients from the Mississippi River waterways and creating fertilizer that can be used on farms.

“What we have is the world’s largest nutrient recovery facility,” said Phillip Abrary, the co-founder, president and chief executive of Ostara, which installed this treatment system at MWRD’s facility. “What it does is essentially recovers the phosphorous and the nitrogen in the wastewater at the Stickney plant and coverts that into a high-grade, slow-release fertilizer that can be used for all sorts of agricultural applications.”

MWRD’s Stickney WRP is the largest water reclamation plant in the world, treating up to 1.44 billion gallons of water each day.  More stringent state and federal regulations compelled MWRD to invest in this new treatment system to remove nutrients prior to discharging into the Chicago River.

In the video below from WTTW’s “Chicago Tonight”, Ostara’s Chief Technology Officer explains how the phosphorus recovery system works at the MWRD Stickney plant:

More information about this nutrient reclamation program can be found on WTTW’s website and on Water World’s website.

June 8th, 2016

Join IREM and USGBC Illinois for an Energy Data Workshop


Join the Institute of Real Estate Management (IREM), Chicago Chapter, and U.S Green Building Council (USGBC), Illinois Chapter, for a free workshop about utilizing energy data more effectively.

Wednesday, June 22, 2016

8:30am – 2:30pm (lunch is provided)

Roosevelt University, Chicago, IL



  • Why access to energy data is important
  • How to obtain whole-building energy data to benchmark energy use
  • How to access interval data from a property’s utility meter
  • Private metering options, and how to choose an energy monitoring system
  • Basic and advanced energy analysis methods—from simple tracking to anomaly detection


  • Property managers of all experience levels and property types
  • Maintenance staff and building engineers
  • Facility managers and their teams
  • Energy and building technology consultants
  • Other solutions providers working in energy efficiency

Registration and additional information can be found on the IREM website: www.iremchicago.org/energydata

June 2nd, 2016

EPA Awards Chicago $400,000 Brownfields Grant

EPA announced the City of Chicago has been awarded $400,000 toepa_logo2 assess contamination from hazardous substances and petroleum products on brownfield sites in the Pilsen and Little Village neighborhoods.  This grant will be used to inventory sites, conduct six Phase I Environmental Site Assessments and Phase II Environmental Site Investigations, and prepare three cleanup plans.

A brownfield is a property, the expansion, redevelopment, or reuse of which may be complicated by the presence or potential presence of a hazardous substance, pollutant, or contaminant.

More information about the Brownfields Grant program can be found on the EPA’s website.  Specific information about the Chicago grant is available from the City of Chicago (312-744-3639).