Tuesday, June 3, 2014

CCLF Green Building Resources for June

Building for Sustainability
June 2014
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Welcome to our June 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: CCLF Events, Grants & RFPs, Events, Resources, Trainings & Workshops and Conferences.
CCLF's Project Readiness Workshop
Tuesday, June 10, 8:45 a.m.-5:00 p.m., 29 E Madison #1700
CCLF's signature workshop, the Project Readiness 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.
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Woodard & Curran Foundation Grants
Up to $10,000; applications due Sunday, June 15
The Woodard & Curran Foundation is a public nonprofit organization dedicated to making grants that empower local and global solutions for a healthier world. In November 2014, the Foundation will award at least two grants (maximum value of $10,000 per grant) for projects that demonstrate "environmental stewardship through community involvement" by promoting a clean and sustainable environment. Applicants must be 501(c)(3) organizations. Apply here.
Small Business Plan Competition
Applications due at 5:00 p.m. on Monday, June 23
The Chicago City Treasurer's Office has launched its annual Business Plan Competition. The competition is open to start-up and existing small businesses throughout the city. Ten finalists will be selected to submit their business plans for prizes of $7,500, $5,000 and $2,500. On June 12, there will be a workshop from 6:30-8:30 p.m. at the Harold Washington Library Center concerning the competition - register here. Find the competition's submission portal here.
Local Technical Assistance
Applications due at 12:00 p.m. on Thursday, June 26
Planning assistance and grants for local projects across metropolitan Chicago are now available through the RTA Community Planning Program and CMAP Local Technical Assistance Program at www.rtachicago.com/applications. Applications are due at noon on Thursday, June 26, 2014. An informational session will be held at CMAP (233 S. Wacker Drive, Suite 800, Chicago) on Tuesday, June 3 at 9:00 a.m. To RSVP, contact Dan Olson (dolson@cmap.illinois.gov or 312-386-8760).
Surdna Foundation Sustainable Environments Grants
Rolling deadline for letters of inquiry
The Surdna Foundation is accepting letters of inquiry for its Sustainable Environments Program. They seek create just and sustainable communities in four ways: through sustainable transportation networks & equitable development patterns, energy efficiency in the built environment, urban water management and regional food supply. The full guidelines are here.
First Tuesdays Gardener's Forum: Permaculture
Tuesday, June 3, 7:00-9:00 p.m., 114 N Aberdeen St
Hosted by CivicLab, this form features permaculture designer and founder of the Earth Forest Project, Matthew Stephens. Permaculture emphasizes the importance of gardening and growing food organically. It is practiced and taught in many countries, and draws from many different approaches to provide people with the energy, food, and resources needed for a thriving community. Learn more and register here.
The Regional Convening
Monday, June 16, 8:30 a.m.-4:00 p.m., University of Illinois at Chicago
In conjunction with an emerging national conversation on fair housing, community development, and access to opportunity, this convening aims to explore common ground among fair housing and community development organizations on policies and priorities that will improve regional equity and expand housing choices. Learn more about this free event and register here.
When to Use LEED Multifamily & Midrise
Wednesday, June 4, 12:00-1:00 p.m., webinar
Attend this free webinar by the Alliance for Environmental Sustainability to understand how LEED residential construction leads to healthier and safe buildings for the welfare of the community and occupants; know the difference between the different rating system options in Residential VS New Construction; articulate the Market Value of LEED multi family housing and decipher some minor difference and opportunities in LEED V4 VS 2008 for Homes. Register here.
Green Initiatives at the Neighborhood Scale
Wednesday, June 18, 2:00 p.m., webinar
Through this free webinar, learn about the new ideas Enterprise Green Communities is exploring around deploying green initiatives at the neighborhood scale to lower the cost of building healthy and affordable housing, sustain residence affordability and promote resiliency. The speakers will discuss important infrastructure and programmatic elements that they feel will lead to successful neighborhood-scale green and affordable housing communities. Register here.
Retrofit Chicago
Save money and visualize energy usage across the city
Mayor Rahm Emanuel has identified energy efficiency as a priority for strengthening Chicago- helping Chicago to be the most affordable, competitive, attractive, livable and sustainable city of the 21st century. Through Retrofit Chicago, residential, commercial and municipal buildings can receive help to improve their energy efficiency to save money and reduce greenhouse gas emissions. Additionally, the City unveiled a new interactive map tool to help Chicagoans visualize energy usage across the city. By going to cityofchicago.org/energymap, Chicagoans can enter their address and see how their energy usage compares against other blocks in the neighborhood.
Advanced RTU Control Strategies
On-demand webinar on how to improve efficacy of RTUs
In the past 10 years, the average gas efficiency of RTUs has moved from 80 percent to just 82 percent and the cooling efficiency of the refrigeration circuits has improved slightly. Learn how to improve the efficiency of existing and new RTUs during this on-demand webinar. Recent DOE research is discussed, products are reviewed, new fan controls are explained and code requirements and standards are summarized. Find more information here.
Trainings & Workshops TrainingConferences
CIC's Foundations of Property Management courses
Dates include: June 19, June 30-July 3 or July 17
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 one of Community Investment Corporation's Foundations of Property Management courses, with upcoming dates in June and July. The cost is $50 and preregistration is required. Learn more here.
Green Tech U Summer Classes Open
Free classes held at the Chicago Center for Green Technology
Green Tech U has released its summer schedule of free courses - view the full version here. Topics in June include Hidden Value in Vacant and Abandoned Buildings, Composting Inside and Out and Permaculture in the City, though this is just a sampling of the many classes presented by local experts.
GoodWork Chicago
June 10-12, Various locations across Loop
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. The conference is hosted by Goodcity Chicago. Register here.
2014 AIA Convention
June 26-28, McCormick Place, 2301 S Lake Shore Dr
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.
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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