Initial outline of the new green space around ICA GreenRise
On July 24, 2013 ICA GreenRise hosted an open house to introduce the Bioshaft® and the new street scape project in the Uptown community. Friends, neighbors, and community members came out to learn more about the projects and how they will help GreenRise address storm water runoff and provide habitats for plant pollinators and migrators.
GreenRise's partner on these sustainability initiatives Domenico D'Alessandro presented his vision for creating an urban oasis that included the vertical structure of the Bioshaft®, the landscaping of the sidewalk on Sheridan, and a park that would be built on top of the parking lot directly across the street from the building.
Liam Hennagan, a professor at DePaul University and some of his students are partnering with ICA GreenRise and Domenico on the project and have already started the research phase to understand how much mycelium would be optimal in the decomposition of wastewater from two toilets in the building. The building staff is excited to see the vision of new and innovative ideas leading toward a more sustainable building coming to fruition!