Tuesday, September 2, 2014

Community Development Resources for September 2014

Building for Sustainability
Building for Sustainability: CCLF's Monthly Resource

September 2014
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Welcome to the September issue of Building for Sustainability!
Each month, Chicago Community Loan Fund (CCLF) brings you resources for community development, good design and sustainability. Click here to find: Grants & RFPs, Events, Resources,Trainings & Workshops and Conferences.
Last chance to register! CCLF's Building for Sustainability Workshop
September 11-12, 8:45 am-5:00 pm, Chicago Center for Green Technology, 445 S. Sacramento Ave.
This two-day workshop provides an overview of sustainable design and resources to help you develop healthy and efficient buildings. Don't miss this opportunity to network with other practitioners and tour local projects, including a new multifamily project and an in-process, single family gut rehab. Scholarships are available for nonprofits and students. Breakfast and lunch will be included each day. Contact CCLF's workshop coordinator for more information. Register for the workshop today!
Chicago Green Office Challenge
Beginning September 2014
Join CCLF and hundreds of other offices throughout the city and participate in The Chicago Green Office Challenge. The competition is designed to help Chicago businesses and employees improve sustainability in the workplace and beyond. Join the Challenge to reduce energy, materials, and water consumption - and encourage your colleagues and peers to do the same. See here for more information or to register.
Grants and RFPs grants
Chicago Neighborhood Development Awards
Applications Due September 11
The Chicago Neighborhood Development Awards (CNDA), established in 1995, recognize outstanding achievement in community development in five different categories, covering both nonprofits and for-profits in the Chicago area. Applications are now being accepted for the CNDA and for the Richard H. Driehaus Awards for Architectural Excellence in Community Design. The awards ceremony will take place on February 17, 2015.
11th Annual Inspiring Efficiency Awards
Applications due by September 12
The Midwest Energy Efficiency Alliance is currently accepting applications for their 11th Annual Inspiring Efficiency Awards. Each year, they recognize Midwest leaders who deliver groundbreaking advancements in energy efficiency in five categories: Leadership, Education, Impact, Innovation and Marketing. More information regarding the categories and the application process can be found here.
Public Sector Energy Efficiency Program
November 1 Deadline
The Metropolitan Mayors Caucus released a Request for Proposals for the 2014-15 Public Sector Energy Efficiency Program, which provides funding and technical assistance to help local governments update and retrofit public facilities. The final deadline for proposals is November 1.
Events Events
USGBC Site Tour of Harper Court
September 10, 5:00-7:00 pm, 53rd Street and Lake Park Ave.
Opened in Fall 2013, The Harper Court Redevelopment is notable for its sustainability performance. The project is certified LEED Gold-Neighborhood Development rated. It is now pursuing LEED Core & Shell, New Construction and Commercial Interiors certifications. This program and site tour will explain the key design elements that achieved a high performance structure while balancing the need for flexibility to accommodate multi-function spaces and multiple end users. Learn more and register here.
UIC Urban Forum
September 18, 8:00 am-5:00 pm, 725 W. Roosevelt Rd.
The 2014 UIC Urban Forum will engage policymakers, researchers, public intellectuals and citizens in a dynamic discussion and debate about the broad issues surrounding the role neighborhoods can and do play in building strong, livable urban regions. Register for the forum here.
Creating a Culture of School Sustainability: A Design Challenge
September 20, 8:00 am-5:00 pm, 606 E. Grove St., Champaign, IL
The James D. MacConnell Symposium Series, presented by CannonDesign and CEFPI, invites participants to Booker T. Washington STEM Academy. Participants will explore how a sustainable ecology develops and becomes ingrained in a school's learning environment and is, in essence, a part of the school's culture. Register here for this symposium.
Waste Management Symposium
September 24, 8:00 am-2:00 pm, CMAP, 223 S. Wacker Dr., Suite 800
The Delta Institute will host "Transforming Waste in Chicagoland" on September 24. The event will bring together municipal representatives, policymakers, nonprofit partners, and waste industry representatives for a symposium on waste management challenges and best practices in the Chicagoland region. RSVP for the free symposium at transformwaste@delta-institute.org.
Resources Resources
Emerging Nonprofit Certificate of Training
Sept 11, 18 and 25, 100 N. LaSalle St., Suite 600
The Law Project is seeking nonprofit founders who are interested in or are in the process of forming a new nonprofit organization for its new Emerging Nonprofit Certificate of Training program. Sessions will focus on funding, developing a budget, setting up a 501(c)(3) legal status and other important nonprofit skills. Participants will be granted an application fee waiver for TLP's application for pro bono legal assistance for eligible nonprofits. More information about this program can be found here. Register here!
September 17, 12:00-1:00 pm CST
National Housing Trust is offering a free webinar that will provide an overview of key utility regulatory processes for advancing energy efficiency in affordable multifamily housing. Participants will hear from experienced advocates Charlie Harak of the National Consumer Law Center and Jennifer Gremmert of Energy Outreach Colorado. Register for the webinar here.
Interactive Map of Cook County Housing Stock
With assistance from web data visualization experts at Datamade, the Institute for Housing Studies at DePaul University has taken parcel-level data from its Clearinghouse and created an interactive map that allows users to explore the diverse neighborhood housing patterns in the City of Chicago and suburban Cook County, Illinois.
Novogradic Rent & Income Limit Calculator: Update
Novogradac & Company LLP has released an updated version of the Rent & Income Limit Calculator© featuring the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development's (HUD's) 2014 HOME income limits and rent limits, which are effective on May 1, 2014. In addition to the 2014 HOME rent and income limits, Novogradac's Rent & Income Limit Calculator © will calculate IRC Section 42(i)(3)(A) low-income housing tax credit (LIHTC) rent and income limits for every county and for every metropolitan statistical area (MSA) in the United States.
Chicago Power Deal Calculator
Citizens Utility Board is offering a free power deal calculator to help residents decide whether Integrys or ComEd should be their electricity supplier. Visit the Chicago Power Deal Calculator to determine where you'll get more savings on your electricity bill.
Tag the Furniture
Free furniture for Nonprofits
Tag the Furniture is a sustainability consulting firm that is offering nonprofit clients access to free office furniture (the nonprofit is responsible for the moving costs). Their goal is to keep used furniture out of landfills, and instead send it to nonprofits. More information about this opportunity can be found here.
Training & Workshops TrainingConferences
Understanding LEED v4 for Homes Webinar
Every Wednesday starting September 3, 4:30-6:00 pm
By the summer of 2015, LEED for Homes version 4 (V4) will be in full swing. The Alliance for Environmental Sustainability has teamed up with the LEED for Homes lead reviewer and chief rating systems expert Jay Hall to offer an 8 week webinar series. Register here to learn how the system changed and how it applies to single/multi family, low/mid/high rise, new and rehabbed homes and residential buildings, apartments, developments and dorms.
Successful Development of Vacant Homes: Project Feasibility and Analysis
September 8, 8:00-10:00 am & September 9, 6:00-8:00 pm at CRN, 140 S. Dearborn, Suite 1420
Join the Chicago Rehab Network this month for Successful Development of Vacant Homes: Project Feasibility and Analysis. As the new Cook County Land Bank Authority comes online, there will be opportunities for individuals, municipalities, churches, and nonprofit organizations large and small to take advantage of the CCLBA's unique tax-clearing abilities to bring vacant and abandoned buildings back into productive use in communities all over Cook County. This special entry-level training will help orient prospective developers toward the strengths and risks of this exciting opportunity. Register here!
Cost Effective Roof Solutions: Panelized Roof Systems Webinar
September 17, 12:00 pm CST
The WoodWorks Wood Product Council is offering a free webinar on all-wood and hybrid panelized roof systems. Learn why panelized roof systems are so cost-effective and how they are efficiently designed and installed. Topics will include solutions for structural loading, fire protection, durability, energy efficiency and constructability in addition to project examples. More information on this webinar and the link to registration can be found here.
Community Development + Empowerment Series
Beginning September 17-18, Chicago Rehab Network, 140 S. Dearborn, Suite 1420
The Chicago Rehab Network's much-anticipated Empowerment Series is now open for registration. Now in its 18th year, this award-winning training covers the fundamentals of housing development and management in a community development context. Workshop participants will learn technical development skills, discuss strategies for community empowerment and reinvestment, and forge lasting bonds with a cohort of emerging community development leaders.
Archeworks Sustainable Urban Design Certificate Program
Beginning September 30, 625 North Kingsbury St.
Archeworks is a Chicago-based multidisciplinary design educator dedicated to advancing design in the public interest and inspiring collaborative action to shape sustainable, equitable and healthy communities. They are offering a Postgraduate Certificate in Sustainable Urban Design, beginning in September and ending in May. More information about the certificate program can be found here.
Resilient Chicago: Climate Planning for the Future
September 30, 9:00 am-4:00 pm, 233 South Wacker Dr., Suite 800
The Illinois-Indiana Sea Grant, Illinois State Climatologist Office, and Midwest Regional Climate Center, in partnership with CMAP, will host "Resilient Chicago: Climate Planning for the Future" on September 30 from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. at the Chicago Metropolitan Agency for Planning offices. Registration is free and closes on the 16th, so go ahead and register today!
Conferences Conferences
North American Passive House Conference
September 10-14, Bay Area, CA
Registration is open for the 9th Annual North American Passive House Conference. Each year the Passive House Institute US (PHIUS) brings together leading national and international passive builders, policy makers, energy consultants, architects, academics, energy media members and consumers for the largest passive building event on the continent, which will be held in the Bay Area this year.
EcoDistricts Summit
September 24-26, Washington D.C.
The 6th Annual EcoDistricts Summit will take place in the District of Columbia. It will use D.C. as an example to explore district-scale sustainable development. Register for the summit here.
Save the Date: BUILDING Chicago/Greening the Heartland Conference
September 29-October 1, Holiday Inn Chicago Plaza
a major conference and trade expo serving architects, engineers, contractors, property owners, real estate developers, government officials and community organizations in the Midwest. The inaugural event in 2013 featured more than 70 accredited education courses and 40 exhibitors, and drew more than 600 attendees, including top-tier management from well-known companies and facilities.
Housing Action Illinois' Housing Matters! Conference
October 2-3, Bloomington, IL
Each year, affordable housing practitioners and advocates come together at Housing Action Illinois' Housing Matters! Conference, taking place this year October 2-3 in Bloomington, to network and obtain the latest training and information on affordable housing issues. There will be 18 workshop sessions in 5 different tracks. Register now!
Register Now: Greenbuild International Conference and Expo
October 22-24, Morial Convention Center, New Orleans, LA
USGBC is hosting the Greenbuild International Conference and Expo in New Orleans. The 3 day event brings together industry leaders, experts and frontline professionals dedicated to sustainable building in their everyday work. Click here for more information on the conference.
Save the Date: NASCO Institute 2014
November 7-9, Ann Arbor, MI
Save the date for the NASCO Institute's "Co-ops for Life: Owning our Future." Participants will share ideas, learn new skills and look at issues affecting the cooperative movement worldwide. The annual NASCO Institute is an opportunity to network with hundreds of cooperative leaders and employers, to caucus about pressing issues, and to work on building an inclusive and accessible cooperative movement. Contact Rek at rek@nasco.coop for more information.
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Map of Cook County Housing Stock
Rent & Income Limit Calculator
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Tag the Furniture
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Community Development + Empowerment Series
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