WBEZ | Testa Produce http://www.wbez.org/tags/testa-produce Latest from WBEZ Chicago Public Radio en Governor's trade mission to Mexico focuses on water technology http://www.wbez.org/blogs/chris-bentley/2013-04/governors-trade-mission-mexico-focuses-water-technology-106553 <p><div class="image-insert-image "><img alt="" class="image-original_image" src="http://www.wbez.org/system/files/styles/original_image/llo/insert-images/quinn-testa-cesar.jpg" title="Gov. Pat Quinn, left, with Peter Testa and Cesar Dovalina, founders of Testa Produce and Cristina Foods, respectively. (WBEZ/Chris Bentley)" /></div><p>Against the backdrop of some 154 solar panels and Chicago&rsquo;s first freestanding (and only utility-scale) wind turbine, Gov. Pat Quinn drank in the green roof atop Testa Produce, a south side wholesaler of fruits and vegetables that is the first LEED Platinum facility of its kind in the nation.</p><p>The $24 million refrigerated food distribution center was the site of Quinn&rsquo;s debriefing of sorts from a trade trip he just took to Mexico &mdash; the first time an Illinois governor had made such a visit in 13 years. Water technology, he said, would be a key industry for both nations as they grapple with economic and environmental challenges.</p><p>With 1.6 million Mexican-Americans in the state, Quinn said, Illinois has a special relationship with its second largest trade partner (Canada is first). And in parched Mexico City, water technology is a growth industry. Dwindling resources have driven Mexico City to <a href="http://www.propublica.org/article/message-from-mexico-u.s.-is-polluting-water-it-may-someday-need-to-drink">drill more than one mile into the Earth for clean water</a>, an unprecedented depth typically considered too expensive to tap in the U.S. The country recently committed $2.8 billion to a Water Sustainability Program, promoting conservation as a way to slow the disappearance of aquifers that in some cases have already dropped hundreds of feet.</p><p>The governor met with Mexico City Mayor Miguel Mancera, two Mexican governors and representatives of the Mexican National Water Commission (CONAGUA). He brought reps from a Wood Dale, Ill.-based company. In-Pipe Technology is one of 100 wastewater companies that Quinn said stand to benefit from a growing demand for water technology south of the border. In-Pipe recently signed a contract with Mexico City for a pilot waste treatment program there.</p><p>In Mexico Quinn also found Lake Michigan a new sister in Michoac√°n state&rsquo;s Lake P√°tzcuaro, a small lake about 200 miles from the capital that is populated by indigenous groups and egrets, and does not drain to the sea.</p></p> Tue, 09 Apr 2013 05:00:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/blogs/chris-bentley/2013-04/governors-trade-mission-mexico-focuses-water-technology-106553 No quixotic effort here: A wind turbine on the South Side http://www.wbez.org/blog/lee-bey/2011-09-28/no-quixotic-effort-here-wind-turbine-south-side-92432 <img typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/blog/photo/2011-September/2011-09-28/bey.jpg" alt="" /><p><p style="text-align: center;"><img alt="" src="http://llnw.wbez.org/blog/insert-image/2011-September/2011-09-25/untitled shoot-002.jpg" style="width: 501px; height: 416px;" title=""></p><p>My kids teased me in 2005 for going to Holland and not photographing the windmills. They had a point. But the streets, architecture and canals of urban Amsterdam captured my attention.</p><p>So I made up for it and it only took me six years. A few days ago, I took them to see a kind of a wind mill--and one that is a lot closer to home: the wind turbine at the Testa Produce facility at 46th and Racine. The complex is a feast of renewable energy and green technology, including solar panels, vegitated green roofs, and that iconic 20-story (when a blade is at twelve o'clock) wind turbine. The 750-kilowatt turbine generates 30 percent of the building's power. The facility and the turbine made their debut last May.</p><p>And seeing that bad boy spin is an impressive sight.</p><p>The Testa turbine isn't the only one in town. The Illinois Institute of Technology this year erected an 8 kilowatt wind turbine on its campus near 31st and the Metra Rock Island train tracks. Here's a video of the university's unveiling, but the best part comes at the 11:30 mark when the ribbon gets cut and the turbine starts whirling.</p><p style="text-align: center;"><iframe allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="315" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/b2X9WDt7yVg" width="420"></iframe></p></p> Wed, 28 Sep 2011 11:00:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/blog/lee-bey/2011-09-28/no-quixotic-effort-here-wind-turbine-south-side-92432