City of Chicago restarts Waste to Profit Network
The City of Chicago has issued a grant to
the United States Business Council for Sustainable Development
(US BCSD) for the re-launch of the Chicago Waste to Profit (WTP)
Network, a by-product synergy project in which wastes and under-valued
resources at one facility are matched with users at another,
resulting in cost savings for the participating businesses while
diverting waste from landfills, reducing energy use and CO2 emissions
and helping create and retain jobs.
The highly successful network was started in 2006 by the Chicago
Manufacturing Center and the US BCSD in partnership with the
City of Chicago Department of Environment, the Illinois Department
of Commerce and Economic Opportunity and the Environmental Protection
Agency (EPA) Region 5.
When the network was launched in 2006 it had the objective of
identifying and facilitating waste exchanges that would result
in cost savings to participating businesses. The US BCSD has
expanded upon the former model by proposing integration of an
innovative private sector financing model for viable energy-saving
synergies and collaboration beyond waste reduction and reuse
to include a broad spectrum of sustainability-related issues
that directly impact the Chicago Climate Change Action Plan.
The US BCSD intends to create a forum for this collaboration
that will meet both in person and on-line, which will link the
Chicago Network to other US BCSD BPS projects throughout the
United States and world.
The WTP Network addresses Chicago’s sustainability needs by working
together with Chicago area companies, institutions and City of
Chicago departments to identify and implement by-product synergies
that reduce waste and greenhouse gas emissions and deliver economic
“The re-launch of the Waste to Profit Network will allow Chicago
and the region to improve upon our waste diversion strategies,
reduce green house gas emissions, and just as importantly maintain
jobs during these rough economic times,” said Karen Weigert,
Chicago chief sustainability office. “We can’t ignore the many
success stories that have taken place as a result of the Network.
The foundation is in place and we must continue to build on those
accomplishments and explore ways to improve the process.”