Mayor Emanuel Jumpstarts the Electric Vehicle Industry
These five initiatives fit into one broad strategy that addresses every aspect of electronic vehicles, from their conception and design to their construction to, ultimately, their presence on our streets. In line with Goals #11 and 12 of the Mayor's roadmap, Sustainable Chicago 2015, this strategy will lead to Chicago becoming the electric-vehicle epicenter for Illinois, the Midwest and beyond.
Chicago's 31st Harbor named world's greenest
The Chicago Park District won the International Superyacht Society (ISS) Fabien Cousteau Blue Award for Chicago's 31st St. Harbor, the world's most energy efficient and green marina. "The 31st St. Harbor is a forward-thinking, world class facility that was built with sustainability in mind," said Chicago Park District General Superintendent and CEO Michael Kelly.
Notable achievements of the project include:
- 3/4-acre green space, including a 63,300-square foot accessible green roof.
- A geothermal heating system helps achieve a 33% energy use reduction.
- Native plantings and enhanced habit for fish
Read more and view a video about the 31st Harbor by clicking [here].
CTA launches Bus Rapid Transit service, the "Jeffery Jump"
The Jeffery Jump is a new CTA bus service designed to provide a faster, more convenient travel experience. The Jeffery Jump will test elements of Bus Rapid Transit (BRT), which is being studied for other streets in Chicago. The CTA is working in partnership with the Chicago Department of Transportation to deliver the service improvements, which include:
- Dedicated Bus Lanes: Jump corridors will be striped and signed for dedicated bus lanes.
- Fewer Stops: Average �-mile Jump station spacing will increase travel speeds.
- Transit Signal Priority: Traffic signals will be upgraded to test an early or extended green light, so the bus can get through the intersection more quickly.
- Queue Jumps: Bypass lanes will allow a Jump bus to advance through an intersection with a unique traffic signal to move buses ahead of general traffic.
Read more about the Jeffery Jump and BRT by clicking [here].
PROGRAMS & OPPORTUNITIES
CDOT Needs Your Help to Locate Bike Share Stations
Launching in 2013, bike share will be a new way to get around
Chicago. It is an affordable, self-service personal transit system that allows bikes to be picked up from one location and ridden to any other location in the system. Commuters, residents, and tourists don't need to own a bike to make bicycling a part of their trip!
Help make Chicago the most bike friendly city in the country, Goal
#8 of Sustainable Chicago 2015! Please help CDOT choose the best locations for bike share stations.Visit chicagobikes.org/bikeshare today to suggest locations.
Bonus Rebates From Peoples Gas
Peoples Gas, a Retrofit Chicago Residential Partnership partner, is
offering eligible customers special bonus rebates when they upgrade to qualifying, energy-saving equipment. Equipment includes furnaces, boilers, boiler reset controls, and water heaters. Complete a project and submit your completed application by December 31, 2012 to be eligible for a 50-100% bonus over standard rebates. Call 855-9-IMPACT or go to the Retrofit Chicago website to learn more about this and other programs.
Mayor Emanuel Plan Will Help Retrofit One- to Four-Unit Buildings
New energy grants approved by City Council will support the retrofitting of single-family homes and small, multi-unit buildings.
Developed as a recommendation of the Mayor's Innovation Delivery Team, the grants will help pay for air sealing, roof insulation, and new heating equipment for properties located in eligible Tax Increment Financing (TIF) districts across the City.
"Reduced energy costs are good for homeowners, for the economy and for the environment," Mayor Emanuel said. "The more efficient our buildings become, the more we all stand to benefit."
The grants will be provided through the Department of Housing and Economic Development's Tax Increment Financing-Neighborhood Improvement Program (TIF-NIP), which helps income-qualified owners repair one- to four-unit properties that are located in
25 eligible TIF districts citywide.
For more information about the TIF-NIP program, call (312) 744-5799 or click [here].
There is Still Time to get Money Back on your Sustainable Backyard Purchases!
Now is the time to send in your receipts and rebate forms to get up to 50% back on purchases of trees (up to $100 rebate), native plants (up to $60 rebate), compost bins (up to $50 rebate), and rain barrels (up to $40 rebate). The Chicago Sustainable Backyards Program will return in 2013, but send in your receipts now so you can take advantage of rebates again next year! Submit your recepits by Dec 31, 2012 to receive your 2012 rebate. Rebate forms, educational resources, and program info are available at www.cityofchicago.org/rainbarrel. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org or 773.321.2674 with questions.
12/4- IGO 10th Anniversary Gala
5:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.
Chicago Cultural Center
77 E. Randolph
Join IGO as they celebrate the first decade of Chicago's only local, non-profit carshare, at the 10th Anniversary Gala!
Event highlights include:
- Food, drinks, prizes, and entertainment
- Participation by civic leaders, including Governor Pat Quinn (invited)
- Presentation of IGO's new Leadership Awards recognizing those who have helped make carsharing such a success
- A look at the future of carsharing and sustainable transportation
Help us continue making it possible to live well without owning a car. For more information, or to purchase tickets, please visit www.igocars.org/igo10
12/15- Southeast Environmental Task Force Holiday Open House
6:30 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.
13300 S Baltimore Ave Chicago IL, 60633
Southeast Environmental Task Force Holiday Open House
and Potluck -- Open to members and all supporters. Come mingle and meet SETF's Board of Directors. Contact
email@example.com | 773-646-0436
Take action in your community by volunteering. Learn more at www.chicagoconservationcorps.org
Volunteer Workday at North Park Village Nature Center
12/5, 9am - 12pm
all Bob for more information: 312.744.5472
Dunning Read Conservation Area Workday
12/8, 9am - 12pm
4200 N. Oak Park Ave.
Register to volunteer by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org
Jarvis Bird Sanctuary Volunteer Restoration Day
12/15, 9am - 12pm
Addison East of Lakeshore Dr
For more information contact 773-327-5053
Powderhorn Prairie Restoration
12/16, 9am - 12pm
13800 S. Brainard
For information contact Alice Brandon email@example.com (312) 356-9990
Working Bikes Collaborative Volunteer Mechanic Class
2434 S. Western Ave
Come along and learn about bicycle maintenance! Every Tuesday evening at 2434 S. Western Ave.
GREEN TECH U
Sign up for a free seminar and learn about green building, design, landscaping, and more at Green Tech U, a program of
Chicago Center for Green Technology. Novices and professionals alike are welcome.
12/6 Energy Efficiency for Nonprofit Organizations
6pm - 8pm, 445 N. Sacramento Blvd.
12/8 Enlightened Spaces in Commercial Places, 10am - 12pm, 445 N. Sacramento Blvd.
12/8 Building Community People Spots & Bike Corrals, 1pm - 3pm, 445 N. Sacramento Blvd.
For full course listings, descriptions and registration information, visit the Chicago Center for Green Technology's website.