Evanston Walgreen's steals Oak Park's energy crown

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By Dan Haley

Editor and Publisher

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.

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John Butch Murtagh from Oak Park, Illinois  

Posted: June 10th, 2013 9:09 PM

There is an great message for OPV in this innovation. How many products or services does the village government produce that has a downstream profit opportunity? What comes to my mind is IT, if we made a major upgrade to our systems, sustainability, etc. How do you make money? By creating a large enough capacity to sell to communities that do not have to money to make an investment in 21st Century technology. For instance; there are many metropolitan areas that create excess capacity to sell energy, computer capacity, DPW resources, etc. Of course, you need to lead the pack on your skills and excess capacity. If you are too late you are a buyer not a seller!

Sarah Corbin from Oak Park  

Posted: June 10th, 2013 5:37 PM

Maybe we'll get known as having the Walgreen's that sells the higher end craft beer. Yep, sushi and salad has been replaced by Dogfish Head and Revolution Brewing selections. Please don't misunderstand - I'm' not complaining. I purchased some Dogfish Head. I'd never bought the sushi.

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