February 26, 4:30-6:00 p.m., CCLF, 29 E Madison,
For our first SBWG meeting of 2014, we will
welcome Chris Hammerel of Chase Mechanical Servicesand Steve Heiser from Mitsubishi Electric USAfor an
overview of minisplit heat pumps. Learn why many builders and remodelers have
switched over to minisplits, an electricity-based HVAC source.
Please email firstname.lastname@example.org
or call (312) 252-0442 to RSVP.
Grants for Small Farm Sustainability
Proposals due February 15
The FruitGuys Community Fund,
established in 2012 as a non-profit project of Community Initiatives, is pleased
to announce funding to support sustainability projects for small to mid-size
farms through grants in the amount of $2,500-$5,000. Preference will be given to
applicants within 150 miles of San Francisco, Philadelphia or Chicago. Projects
to be considered should help farms and orchards operate more sustainably, both
environmentally and economically, as well as strengthen community outreach. Read
the Heartland: Call for Education Proposals
The Graham Foundation is accepting
applications for grants from organizations that wish to assist with the
production and presentation of significant programs about architecture and the
designed environment in order to promote dialogue, raise awareness, and develop
new and wider audiences. Learn more and apply here.
Emerald Award Nominations
Nominations due March
Emerald Awards recognize outstanding individuals, organizations, corporations,
projects and technologies implemented across Illinois which advance both
buildings and communities to become more sustainable, prosperous and
healthy. Emerald Awardees can include, but are not limited to, architects,
engineers, contractors, developers, design teams, schools, governmental,
non-profit organizations and beyond. Read more here.
for EBie Awards Open
Submissions due March 20; finalists announced April
The EBies, national awards sponsored
by the Urban Green Council, recognize
improved environmental performance in existing buildings among building
operators, facilities managers, owners, engineers, retro-commissioning agents
and other professionals who conceived and implemented the work. Focus areas
include energy, water, operations, materials use, lighting, portfolio-wide
improvements and tenant engagement. Read more about the rules for the EBies here.
Public Interest Architecture
8, 9:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m., SAIC, 112 S Michigan Ave
AIA Chicago's Community Interface
Committee in welcoming the four authors of Wisdom from the Field: Public
Interest Architecture in Practice, which was published in the summer of
2013. Following lunch, a panel of Chicago practitioners will explain how their
firms carry out public interest design. Learn more and register for this free
Shared Waters: Chicago, Gary,
Milwaukee & St. Louis
18, 6:00 p.m., Chicago Architecture Foundation, 224 S Michigan
experts from Chicago, Gary, Milwaukee and St. Louis will discuss complex water
challenges and innovations in these metropolises. This series of discussions on
water is organized by the Chicago Expander program at Archeworks and Joshua Stein, in
collaboration with Skidmore, Owings & Merrill LLP and the Chicago
Architecture Foundation. Register here.
February 20, 6:30-8:30 p.m., CivicLab, 114 N Aberdeen
CivicLab is hosting this workshop in
which you'll learn everything from the basics to how to start your own indoor
hydroponic garden, as well as get a chance to create a DIY hydroponic planter.
The class is $75 including planter materials or $25 for the class only. Read
more and register here.
Neighborhood Development Awards
February 20, 2:30-6:00 p.m., Chicago Hilton &
Towers, 720 S Michigan Ave
20th Annual Chicago Neighborhood Development Awards
will be held February 20. The awards recognize outstanding achievement in
neighborhood real estate development and community building. The event will also
feature a forum on the future of neighborhood development. RSVP by February 13; tickets are $65
in advance or $75 at the door.
The Case for
the Calumet National Heritage Area
February 25, 5:30 p.m., APA, 205 N Michigan Ave,
The American Planning Association (APA)
hosts a free lecture series on Tuesdays at their
Chicago office. On February 25, join Drs. Mark Bouman, from the Field Museum,
and William Peterman, professor emeritus at Chicago State University, to discuss
the Calumet Region of Indiana and Illinois at the southern end of Lake Michigan.
Salvagers' Ball at the
7:00-10:00 p.m., Lagunitas Brewery, Pilsen
Rebuilding Exchange is hosting the
2014 Salvagers' Ball, a 5-year anniversary celebration and fundraiser, at the
new Lagunitas Brewery in Pilsen. Featured restaurants include The Peasantry, Hot
Chocolate, Honey Butter Fried Chicken, Rosie's West Town Deli and End Grain. The
event will also feature a silent auction. Learn more and purchase tickets here.
Suggest a Divvy
will be considered by the Divvy Siting Team
winter may currently seem neverending, eventually Divvy bikes will be back on
the streets. You know where a Divvy bike-sharing station would benefit you;
suggest new locations here.
Building the Optimal
live webinar: February 5, 1:00-2:30 p.m.
free webinar, presented by Steve Romme of eFree Advisors, LLC, will focus on
meeting your customers' lifestyle desires while using every available dollar to
generate the greatest savings. Note that there is an option to pay $89 to take a
quiz for credit. Read more here.
Cook County: Planning for
your voice heard regarding community and economic
Cook County Bureau of Economic Development
(BED) is embarking on a dual-track comprehensive planning process that will
guide funding requests, investments, and partnerships over the next five years
around community development, affordable housing and economic development. Learn
more here. Join the conversation about
Planning for Progress and shape your community by taking this interactive online survey. A workshop
will be held on February 11 in Arlington Heights to obtain more feedback; find
Winter 2013 Issue of
Sustainable Chicago Released
free e-zine features stories about local green
Sustainable Chicago is an electronic
magazine, published quarterly by Index Publishing Corporation, that
focuses on green building in Chicagoland. Read the
latest issue of Sustainable Chicago here; features include
"future-proofing" your office and intelligent grown in
Winter/Spring 2014 Schedule Announced
workshops sponsored by the Chicago Center for Green
10, 9:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m., 2121 S Union St
how spray foam insulation helps create more energy efficient buildings and how
you can use this modern material in your commercial and residential designs.
Attendees will gain two AIA learning credits. Please RSVP to Craig Triplett at
email@example.com by February 7. Read more
Your Own Food with CivicLab
sessions, March 5-April 9, CivicLab, 114 N Aberdeen
register for these six workshops as a series or individually. Sessions include:
Started: Seeds and Soil," "Evaluating a
Garden Site," "Creating a Garden Plan,"
"The Nitty Gritty on Dirt," "Plant Physiology Basics" and "Weeds: How to Control Them." Learn more here.
Energy Efficiency for Your
2:30-4:30 p.m., Rebuilding Exchange, 1740 W Webster
free session will include tips on do-it-yourself energy and water saving
measures and outline a typical retrofit project. CNT Energy offers technical assistance
on identifying the most cost-effective efficiency measures, applying for rebates
from the utilities and assistance throughout the construction process. Learn
about the basics of building science, and find out how to save energy, water and
money through available incentives and home improvement projects. Register
2014 RESNET Building
24-26, Atlanta, GA
RESNET, or Residential Energy Services
Network, is a recognized national standards-making body for building energy
efficiency rating and certification systems. The RESNET Building Performance
Conference offers strategic options to the business challenges and provides a
venue for usable solutions in an evolving industry. The 2014 conference theme is
"Power of Performance". Learn more and register here.
Next Month: Good Food Festival
UIC Forum, 725 W Roosevelt Road
Now in its tenth year, the Good Food Festival sits right in the
center of the Good Food Movement, connecting all the players and laying the
groundwork for a healthier tomorrow. Farmers, businesses and organizations
interested in showcasing their work in the exhibit hall can apply here. Buy tickets for the conference