Monday, May 5, 2014

Building for Sustainability Resources for May

Building for Sustainability
May 2014
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Welcome to our May 2014 issue of Building for Sustainability!
Each month, the Chicago Community Loan Fund (CCLF) brings you resources for community development, good design and sustainability. Browse the newsletter or click on any section that interests you: Grants & RFPs, Events, Resources, Trainings & Workshops and Conferences.
CCLF Events
Project Readiness Workshops in Joliet and Chicago
Joliet: Wednesday, May 7, 8:45 a.m.-5:00 p.m.
Chicago: Tuesday, June 10, 8:45 a.m.-5:00 p.m.
CCLF's signature workshop, the day-long Project Readiness Workshop, is being offered twice in the upcoming months: once at our office, and once in Joliet. The workshop serves as an in-depth introduction to affordable housing development, with topics ranging from building organizational capacity to financing. Scholarships may be available for students and nonprofits. Learn more and register here.
CIC Foundations of Property Management Training
May 27, 9:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m., 29 E Madison St., Suite 1700
Being a landlord and property manager requires specific knowledge and training, even for people experienced in other areas of real estate. Learn the basics from experts in the field at Community Investment Corporation's Foundations of Property Management course, hosted by CCLF on May 27. Topics will include routine and preventative maintenance, marketing and tenant selection and housing choice vouchers. Learn more and find the registration link here.
Grants and RFPsgrants
HUD Capacity Building (Section 4) Grants
Applications due May 7
Grant funds, made available through the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development's Section 4 grant program, will support and improve the capacity and production of community housing development organizations (CHDOs) and community development corporations (CDCs). Read more here, including the Chicago RFP.
Building Industry Training and Education Program
Applications due May 9
The Energy and Recycling Office at the Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity (DCEO) administers the Building Industry Training and Education (BITE) Program to encourage capacity building, training and education on cost-effective energy efficiency measures. During 2014-15, BITE will fund projects that provide statewide, regional or sector-based capacity building. Learn more on this page or by downloading the RFA.
Illinois CMP Grants
Grants up to $150,000; applications due May 30
The Illinois Coastal Management Program is pleased to announce that they will once again be accepting application for Illinois Coastal Grants! Applications will be accepted for environmental education and outreach projects and sustainable coastal planning projects. Read the details here.
Grants for Grassroots Environmental Campaigns
Grants up to $12,000; applications due August 31
Patagonia's Environmental Grants Program provides grants to support small, grassroots, activist organizations with provocative direct-action agendas, working on multi-pronged campaigns to preserve and protect our environment. Funding is limited to certain countries, including the United States, and to 501(c)(3) organizations. Read more at Patagonia's website.
Sustainability in the Built Environment
May 6, 1:30-5:00 p.m., 425 S. Wabash Avenue
AIA recently published the Sustainability Leadership Opportunity Scan, which highlights both core competencies and emerging trends. This panel discussion will explore components of the study and take a critical look at how key issues such as code changes, benchmarking ordinances, resilience in design and the shifting criteria for design awards are taking hold nationally and locally. Learn more and register. The cost is $20 or $10 for AIA members. AIA and IACET credit available.
Tour of the LEED Platinum Harmony House for Cats
May 7, 2:00-5:00 p.m., Harmony House for Cats, 2914 N Elston Ave
Join the USGBC-Illinois Chapter Chicago Branch for a tour and educational presentation of the LEED Platinum Harmony House for Cats. This unique program will begin with a slide presentation and building tour led by the project engineer, followed by a question-and-answer session. Tour participants will then have an opportunity to walk through the 7,100-square-foot building at their own pace, chat with Harmony House staff and volunteers, and even enter one of the main cat rooms. Register here.
AUA Spring Gathering
May 14, 6:00-9:00 p.m., Arturo Velasquez Institute, 2800 S Western Ave
The Advocates for Urban Agriculture (AUA) Spring Gathering will explore how to grow viable urban farming businesses with a panel and discussion about incubator farm projects across the city. There will also be a potluck and a community slideshow. Learn more here.
USGBC-IL Limelight
May 15, 6:00-10:00 p.m., Museum of Broadcast Communications, 360 N State
Limelight is a fundraiser hosted by US Green Building Council-Illinois Chapter that celebrates leaders in sustainability across Illinois with the presentation of the 2014 Emerald Awards. Share a fun and exciting evening with Chapter Members, friends, sponsors and many other professionals from the sustainability industry. Enjoy drinks, hors d'oeuvres, a raffle, dancing and networking. Buy your ticket here.
MPC Roundtable - Smart Systems, Resilient Regions
May 20, 12:00-1:30 p.m., Metropolitan Planning Council, 140 S Dearborn #1400
This Metropolitan Planning Council (MPC) Roundtable will highlight leading governance and technology practices that can help our region and others achieve greater infrastructure resilience and ensure that our businesses stay up and running during critical moments. The panel of experts will discuss challenges and solutions to working together to respond to hazards and improve the resiliency of energy and transportation systems in our region. Registration is $30, or $15 for MPC donors, and includes lunch.
Growing Home 12th Annual Benefit Dinner and Auction
May 20, 5:30-9:30 p.m., Salvage One, 1840 W Hubbard St
Growing Home, Inc. is hosting their annual benefit, including a silent auction, music and dinner made with Growing Home's USDA-certified organic produce. Growing Home's mission is to operate, promote and demonstrate the use of organic agriculture as a vehicle for job training, employment and community development. Register for the event here.
Progress on the GO TO 2040 Comprehensive Plan
May 29, 12:00-1:30 p.m., Metropolitan Planning Council, 140 S Dearborn #1400
Join the Metropolitan Planning Council (MPC) for a roundtable on May 29 where CMAP Executive Director Randy Blankenhorn will discuss GO TO 2040's implementation progress and highlights from the update before the formal public comment period begins in June. Regional leaders will provide input on the role partners play in implementing GO TO 2040 recommendations. Learn more and register on MPC's website. The cost is $30 or $15 for MPC donors.
Transit Future
CNT and Active Transportation Alliance launch vision for Chicago region
The Center for Neighborhood Technology (CNT) and the Active Transportation Alliance worked together to launch Transit Future, a campaign to secure Cook County's largest investment in new public transit infrastructure since 1947. The site "is a vision of a more livable, economically competitive, and environmentally sustainable region built on a public transportation system that works for everyone." It includes a specific vision and map of how Chicagoland transit could look.
The Law Project: GE Capital and Seyfarth Shaw LLP Brief Services Legal Clinic
A Clinic for Nonprofit Organizations and Small Businesses
Get contracts reviewed, legal issues identified and your questions answered. The Clinic is free, but you must register to attend. Sessions will be held on May 15 from 1:30- 2:45 or 3:00-4:15 at a downtown location. Registration must be received by The Law Project by COB May 12. For registration information or questions call or email Jody Adler at (312) 939-3638,
Trainings & Workshops TrainingConferences
Summer Crops Seed Starting Workshop
May 3, 10:00 a.m., The Plant, 1400 West 46th Street
Get ready for summer by starting your own tomato, pepper and cucumber seeds! Plant Chicago's Seed Starting workshop will cover the basics of seed starting for summer season crops. Participants will learn how to save money and get the satisfaction of growing your organic garden from the ground up. Register here. Note that The Plant is also hosting a Container Garden workshop on May 17.
Houses That Work Workshop
May 7, 8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m., 519 W. Algonquin Road, Arlington Heights, IL
In this session, participants will learn how the many complex changes in home design, building materials, mechanical systems, appliances, consumer lifestyles and expectations over the last 30 years make every builder's, supplier's and trade contractor's job more complex and demanding. This segment outlines the basic building science physics of air, heat and moisture flow that every builder should know so they can understand why some buildings work and others don't. Learn more and register. The cost is $140.
Southside Builders Association Green Building Panel
May 7, 11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m., The Parthenon, 314 S Halsted
This panel discussion will feature topics including: cost-benefit analysis for green building, LEED certification, green roofs, spray foam insulation and renewable energy sources. Register here. The cost, including lunch, is $35 for non-members. 2014 dues, which include 4 lunch meetings, cost $125.
CSH Supportive Housing Academy
May 12-16, The University Conference Center, 525 S. State
The CSH Supportive Housing Academy provides an intensive training on creating new supportive housing projects by encompassing financing, development partnerships, policy, and service design. The Academy condenses the key components of the six-month CSH Supportive Housing Institute into five days of training. Academy participants will also be offered follow-up technical assistance. Learn more and register.
GreenTown Chicago
May 21-22, UIC Student Center East, 750 S. Halsted
GreenTown will be held Thursday, May 22, with pre-conference events on Wednesday, May 21. GreenTown brings together the public sector and the private sector to connect the dots, to inspire and to work together to remake communities. Tracks include Transportation, Natural Resources and Ecosystems, Neighborhood and Community Planning, Energy, Healthy Communities and Sustainability Potpourri. Register here - discounts are available for students, teachers and nonprofits.
GoodWork Chicago
June 10-12, Chicago IL
GoodWorkChicago exists to bring together nonprofit leaders, social entrepreneurs, philanthropists and civically-minded business persons who are working to make a difference in our neighborhoods, cities and world. Sign up tor receive updates! The conference is hosted by Goodcity Chicago, whose mission is to identify and then support high potential community-based entrepreneurs whose goals are to create or enhance neighborhood and faith-based programs that promote self-sufficiency, hope and a sense of purpose in the lives of individuals in under-resourced communities.
Save the Date: 2014 AIA Convention
June 26-28, McCormick Place, Chicago
Connect with the world's brightest architects, designers, innovators, provocateurs and thought leaders. All in one place at one time, in the heart of America's architectural epicenter - Chicago - at the American Institute for Architects convention. Find more information here, including how to register and the class schedule.
Save the Date: Soil in the City Conference
June 29-July 2, Crowne Plaza Hotel, 160 E. Huron St.
The theme of the Soil in the City Conference is "restoring our available urban land and optimizing local resources, while protecting environmental and human health and enhancing socio-cultural dialogue." The conference will focus on urban gardening, green infrastructure, and greening brownfields. Register here!
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