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Sustainabilty: News, Resources and Grants

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Sustainable Cities News & Updates

December 1, 2008 This resource is provided by the Office of Lt. Governor Pat Quinn to Illinois elected officials, municipalities, counties, organizations, and individuals interested in pursuing sustainability in their communities. For more information on sustainability resources, please visit the Lt. Governor's website, www.GreenSolutions.il.gov, or contact one of our offices: in Springfield at 217-782-3734 or in Chicago at 312-814-5220. * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * *

1. Public Forums on Sustainable School Siting – Dec. 2 & 3 in Lombard and Springfield
2. Rain Barrels for Sale – Dec. 2 & 6 in Cook County
3. Forum on Reconnecting Neighborhoods – Dec. 5 in Chicago
4. Training Session on Invasive Species – Dec. 8 in Lincolnshire
5. Funding Available for Sustainable Skylines Initiative – Dec. 17 deadline
6. EPA Environmental Education Grants – Dec. 18 deadline
7. Fiskars' Project Orange Thumb to Support Garden Programs – Feb. 17 deadline
8. Drop Off Unused Prescription Drugs at Chicago Police Stations
9. Green Communities Sustainability Training Grants
10. Opt Out and Stop the Delivery of Unsolicited Telephone Books
11. U.S. EPA Office of Water Releases Climate Change Strategy
12. U.S. EPA Announces New Urban Heat Island Resources
13. U.S. EPA's Clean Energy and Environmental Strategies for State & Local Officials * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * *

1. Public Forums on Sustainable School Siting – Dec. 2 & 3 in Lombard and Springfield Date: Tuesday, December 2, 2008
Time: 7:00-8:30pm, networking from 8:30-9:00pm
Location: DuPage Regional Office of Education's Professional Development Center, 1519 S. Grace St., Lombard Date: Wednesday, December 3, 2008
Time: 7:00-8:30pm, networking from 8:30-9:00pm
Location: Lincoln Library, 326 S. 7th St., Springfield Illinois was recently awarded a grant from the National Trust for Historic Preservation and the U.S. EPA to examine the issue of school siting policies in Illinois. The Healthy Schools Campaign, Lt. Governor's Office, and a number of other partners are examining why school location is important to communities, how school location affects transportation choices for parents and children, and how renovating an existing building may be just as green – if not more green – than building new. On December 2 & 3, two public forums about school siting issues will be held in Lombard and Springfield respectively. If you plan to attend, consider putting your comments in writing as well as sharing them orally at the forum. A report on school siting will be written this winter, and public comments will be considered when writing the report. For more information, contact Jonathon.Zirkle@Illinois.gov. To learn more, visit: http://www.standingupforillinois.org/uploads/Flyer%20for%20School%20Siting%20Forums.pdf * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * *

2. Rain Barrels for Sale – Dec. 2 & 6 in Cook County Last days: December 2 and December 6, 2008 Rain barrels save money, conserve water, and are good for the environment. The Metropolitan Water Reclamation District is selling rain barrels to any resident of Cook County (limit 2) for the bargain price of $40 each. See www.mwrd.org/barrel/barrel.aspx. If you want to impress your family with a large gift, act fast! The last two days to pick up these nifty gifts are on December 2 and December 6. You can order rain barrels online at the District's Web site and pick them up at any one of these wastewater treatment plants: Stickney, Calumet, and North Side. If you'd rather wait until spring to pick up your barrel, you can buy one now and obtain a coupon to slip into a card or envelope. Rain barrels are 55-gallon plastic drums that had been previously used to transport fruit juices, vegetable oils, pickles, etc. They've been outfitted with a spigot, overflow valve, mesh screen on top to prevent mosquitoes from laying eggs, and a lid that allows rainwater to flow in from a downspout. Attached to any downspout, these barrels collect rainwater off your roof that can then be used for watering your garden or lawn or washing your car. Using rainwater for these purposes reduces the amount of drinking water you pay for - and it reduces stormwater that drains into the sewer systems in many of our communities, thus decreasing the amount of mingled stormwater and sewage we pay to treat. * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * *

3. Forum on Reconnecting Neighborhoods – Dec. 5 in Chicago Date: December 5, 2008
Time: 8:00 am - 10:30 am
Location: Hotel Allegro, 171 W. Randolph St., Walnut Room, Chicago, Ill. The Metropolitan Planning Council welcomes you to hear more about the final recommendations Reconnecting Neighborhoods has made for communities – from new rail stations to the introduction of streetcars to Chicago – at the breakfast forum Building Successful Mixed-Income Communities: Reconnecting Neighborhoods. As the economy draws nationwide attention to the importance of investing in infrastructure and jobs, local efforts to meet these needs continue to advance. Reconnecting individuals and neighborhoods to Chicago's social, cultural and economic fabric has been a key goal of the Chicago Housing Authority's (CHA) multi-billion dollar investment in the Plan for Transformation. The forum will explore how these local recommendations can both benefit from and contribute to national efforts to improve transit and infrastructure reinvestment, and neighborhood revitalization. This event is free, but space is limited. Seats will be allocated on a first come, first served basis. To RSVP, please visit http://www.metroplanning.org/register.asp?objectID=4647 or call Angie Leyva at (312) 863-6017. * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * *

4. Training Session on Invasive Species – Dec. 8 in Lincolnshire Date: December 8, 2008
Time: 9:00am – 11:00am
Location: Lincolnshire Village Hall, One Olde Half Day Road, Lincolnshire, IL
Cost: Free You are invited to a training session for the early detection and rapid response to invasive species. This workshop is appropriate for anyone who works or enjoys recreational activities in the outdoors along roadways, rivers, streams, or any corridor. This program will provide direction to organizations and communities in how to organize volunteers and others to assist in identification of invasive species. Program attendees will gain an increased understanding of invasive species impacts, their modes of invasion, and control measures to limit their spread. RSVP to Lydia Scott, 847-883-8600, lscott@villagelincolnshire.il.us * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * *

5. Funding Available for Sustainable Skylines Initiative – Dec. 17 deadline Applications are due December 17, 2008. EPA has announced $250,000 in grant funds for up to five U.S. communities interested in working on an initiative to integrate transportation, energy, land use, and air quality planning. The Sustainable Skylines Initiative (SSI) will provide a framework that, when implemented in a city or region, can achieve measurable emissions reductions within three years. SSI was piloted in Dallas, Texas, and Kansas City, and EPA now plans to expand the effort nationally. EPA is looking for areas willing to commit the time and staff resources necessary for a successful program. The premise of this initiative is that supplemental funding could come from the various stakeholders and initiative partners. The full Request for Applications is available at: http://www.epa.gov/air/grants/08-08.pdf (PDF, 23 pp, 152K). For more information on the funding announcement or on the SSI, contact Yvonne W. Johnson at (919) 541-3921 or Johnson.yvonnew@epa.gov. Visit the SSI website at: http://www.epa.gov/sustainableskylines/index.html. * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * *

6. EPA Environmental Education Grants – Dec. 18 deadline Applications are due by December 18, 2008. This document solicits grant proposals to support environmental education projects that promote environmental stewardship and help develop knowledgeable and responsible students, teachers, and citizens. This grant program provides financial support for innovative projects that design, demonstrate, or disseminate environmental education practices, methods, or techniques as described in this notice. (Solicitation Notice for 2009 CFDA 66.951) http://www.epa.gov/enviroed/pdf/solicitationnotice2009.pdf * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * *

7. Fiskars' Project Orange Thumb to Support Garden Programs – Feb. 17 deadline Applications are due February 17, 2009. Launched in 2003, Fiskars' Project Orange Thumb has awarded more than 100 community groups, schools, churches, and other organizations more than $300,000 in total grants for their garden programs. This year, the program will award 20 grants within the United States and Canada. Each will receive up to $1,500 in Fiskars garden tools and up to $800 in gardening-related materials (i.e. green goods). Four grant recipients will also be awarded within Australia. Each of these recipients will receive up to $1,000 in Fiskars Tools and up to $1,000 in gardening-related materials. Gardens and/or gardening projects geared toward community involvement, neighborhood beautification, sustainable agriculture, and/or horticultural education are eligible. Community garden groups, as well as schools, youth groups, community centers, camps, clubs, and treatment facilities are all encouraged to apply. Only group applications will be considered; single individuals are not eligible for a Project Orange Thumb grant. For complete program information and application, visit the project's Web site: http://projectorangethumb.com * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * *

8. Drop Off Unused Prescription Drugs at Chicago Police Stations Mayor Richard M. Daley along with the Chicago Department of Environment and the Chicago Police Department launched a program that addresses the disposal of expired or unused prescription drugs by offering permanent prescription drop box locations at select Chicago Police Department Area Centers. Chicago is the first big city to offer permanent drop-off locations. Expired and unused pharmaceuticals can be disposed of in drop boxes at the five Chicago Police Department Area Centers. By using the police facilities as a drop-off location, the controlled substances will be deposited safely and kept under observation by law enforcement until they are destroyed. The centers are located at: * Area 1 - 5101 S. Wentworth Ave.
* Area 2 - 727 E. 111th St.
* Area 3 - 2452 W. Belmont Ave.
* Area 4 - 3151 W. Harrison St.
* Area 5 - 5555 W. Grand Ave. For more information, please visit: http://egov.cityofchicago.org/webportal/COCWebPortal/COC_EDITORIAL/PharmaceuticalDisposal.pdf * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * *

9. Green Communities Sustainability Training Grants Green Communities offers Sustainability Training Grants up to $5,000 for affordable housing developers to maximize the health, economic and environmental benefits of green development throughout the project's life cycle. This grant program provides an opportunity to transfer the design knowledge that informed the Green Communities planning and construction process to the residents, as well as operations and management staff. Funding is available to cover the design and distribution of an operations and maintenance manual and the development as well as the implementation of a training curriculum that supports long-term operations and maintenance. For more information, visit: http://www.greencommunitiesonline.org/tools/funding/grants/sustainability/index.asp. * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * *

10. Opt Out and Stop the Delivery of Unsolicited Telephone Books Yellowpagesgoesgreen.com is helping municipalities and local governments around the country establish ordinances to mandate Yellow Pages and White Pages only be delivered to home and offices that ask for them. Municipalities and local government that provide trash services are extremely concerned about the landfill cost and why they have to absorb the cost of handling the telephone directories. http://www.yellowpagesgoesgreen.org/ * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * *

11. U.S. EPA Office of Water Releases Climate Change Strategy This fall, Assistant Administrator of the EPA Ben Grumbles announced the release of the National Water Program Strategy: Response to Climate Change. This report explores the likely impacts of climate change on our nation's water resources and our clean water and safe drinking water programs. The report also describes 40 actions that will be taken by the National Water Program to adapt to climate change. The full report can be downloaded here: http://www.epa.gov/ow/climatechange/docs/TO5_DRAFT_CCR_Revised_10-16.pdf * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * *

12. U.S. EPA Announces New Urban Heat Island Resources EPA has reorganized and updated its Heat Island Effect website (http://www.epa.gov/heatisland), which provides comprehensive information on the urban heat island effect, its impacts, and strategies for communities to reduce urban temperatures. Key resources include: - new compendium of mitigation strategies (see below),
- database of community actions to reduce heat islands,
- calendar of events, and
- regularly scheduled webcasts. EPA's new publication, "Reducing Urban Heat Islands: A Compendium of Strategies," describes the causes and impacts of summertime urban heat islands and describes strategies for lowering temperatures in U.S. communities. Topics covered in currently available chapters include: - urban heat island basics,
- trees and vegetation,
- green roofs,
- cool roofs, and
- descriptions of a wide variety of community heat island reduction activities in the United States. * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * *

13. U.S. EPA's Clean Energy and Environmental Strategies for State & Local Officials State and local officials interested in additional information about developing and implementing cost-effective clean energy and environmental strategies that help further environmental and clean energy goals and achieve public health and economic benefits may visit: http://epa.gov/cleanenergy/energy-programs/state-and-local/index.html * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * *

Subscription Information If you no longer wish to receive Sustainable Cities updates from the Lt. Governor's Office, or wish to add a colleague to this list, please reply to this email or call (312) 814-4083. For more information about Lt. Governor Pat Quinn's sustainability initiatives and the Illinois Green Governments Coordinating Council, please visit www.GreenSolutions.il.gov.

Kate Tomford
Senior Policy Advisor
Office of Lt. Governor Pat Quinn
100 W. Randolph, Suite 15-200
Chicago, IL 60601
(312) 814-4083 phone
(312) 814-4862 fax
kate.tomford@illinois.gov
www.GreenSolutions.il.gov





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