By Dan Haley
Oak Park's days of having the Walgreen's store – Oak Park and Madison -- that company execs are most likely to tout for its environmental innovation seem about done. The New York Times reported Wednesday that Walgreen's is constructing a new store in Evanston that will make Oak Park's energy-efficient store look like an energy guzzler by comparison.
Being built out of the rubble of a previously demolished Walgreen's on the same site, the new store is intended to be "net zero energy." That means that with its geothermal energy and 800 rooftop solar panels and two 35-foot wind turbines that the Evanston store will produce more electricity than it consumes.
And drug store execs, who used to take field trips to the Oak Park store for show-and-tell, are now touting Evanston's proximity – 15 miles – to the corporate headquarters in Deerfield as another advantage.
Oak Park's green fame was fleeting.