Friday, October 20th

Last updateTue, 21 Mar 2017 2pm

Breakout Sessions

--------------------------- SESSION ONE ---------------------------

REDUCE
--------------------------- 10:45 - 12:00 ---------------------------

 

Speaker

Organization

Presentation Title

Brief Description of Presentation

Rm.
102

Anna Markowski

CNT Energy

Models for Community Engagement

Models for Engaging Communities in Energy Efficiency
Join a panel of community organizers and outreach staff from CNT Energy’s Energy Impact Illinois program. Energy Impact Illinois is one of the most successful energy efficiency programs in the country, completing over 3,000 retrofits on Chicago area homes in the last year. Energy Impact Illinois’ success came from an on the ground
community based strategy that engaged homeowners and made the science of energy efficiency visual. However, the strategy and tactics that proved most successful were not always obvious, and the programs ability to adapt played crucial role in its eventual success. The panel will discuss their learnings from the last three years and solicit input and perspectives from all participants for building future models in their communities.

Ben Handy

89th & Ridgeland Block Club 

Models for Community Engagement

Pamela Brookstein

CNT Energy

Models for Community Engagement

Vito Greco

CNT Energy

Models for Community Engagement

 

REINVENT
--------------------------- 10:45 - 12:00 ---------------------------

 

Speaker

Organization

Presentation Title

Brief Description of Presentation

Rm.
101

Tim Heppner

Ecotelligent Design

Change begins at Home

How building green can change you and your community.

Susan Ask

Ginko Gardens/Anamilia Project

The energy on our plates: embodied energy and climate change

Food gives us energy, but it takes energy to produce and transport it. This presentation will explore the energy costs of food and how re-inventing the food system can save energy, reduce greenhouse gas emissions, build community—and taste good.

William Pool

Loud Grade Produce Squad

Biodiesel - why? how? owwwww!

This presentation explains the process of making WVO biodiesel, why it's important to make it, and offers some practical ways you can get involved.

Ana Garcia Doyle

Green Community Connections

Renewable Energy: Powering Homes, Powering Communities

This presentation will start with the stripped-down definitions of two very powerful words: “renew” and “energy.” It will describe what renewable energy is, and briefly share a residential geothermal energy case study. It will address how the term “renewable energy” applies not just to the realm of our energy economy, but also to the realm of our social capital (communities). We will then discuss opportunities each of has for making a difference in the renewable energy sector.

Mac Robinet

Interfaith Green Network

The Story of Solar Panels on a Garage Roof

For several years, Mac Robinet has researched the technology and the pros and cons of residential solar electric panels (photovoltaic). He decided that he had to install a solar electric system, even a small one, because it was good for the environment and a good investment. However, it was not until a friend gave him the name of a trusted solar panels installer that he took action. In Mac's presentation he will share the start to finish process of selling the plan to his wife, reaching a compromise, selecting a location, selecting a system, installation, cost, rebates and tax credits, payback time, return on investment, carbon dioxide avoided, system life, guarantees, and the fun of real-time monitoring of electric power produced by the solar panels.

The cost of solar panel has never been lower. Now may be the time for you to consider a solar electric system to produce some of your own electric power.

 

TRANSFORM
--------------------------- 10:45 - 12:00 ---------------------------

 

Speaker

Organization 

Panel on Fracking 

Brief Description of Presentation 

Rm.
100

Dylan Amlin

IIRON Student Network, Chicagoland Against Fracking, and the Chicago Youth Climate Coalition.

Fracking for natural gas has become a heavily debated issue across the United States and Illinois as industry leaders highlight the benefits thepractice holds and health and environmental groups question its safety.Leaders in the gas industry tout the benefits of natural gas over other energysources, such as coal, for its ability to burn cleaner. The increase in thenatural gas industry has also had a positive role in economic growth. Despitesome of the benefits of fracking, some public health officials, environmentalistsand scientists are not convinced that it is worth the potential risks. Manygroups are concerned over the lack of long-term research into the effects thechemicals used in hydraulic fracking have on the people and environmentaround it, as well as some grey areas in industry regulation.The panel will provide three different viewpoints on fracking.

 

Sarah Wochos

Environmental Law and Policy Center

Tom Wolf

Illinois Chamber of Commerce

 

 

--------------------------- SESSION TWO ---------------------------

REDUCE
--------------------------- 1:00 – 2:15 ---------------------------

 

Speaker

Organization

Presentation Title

Brief Description of Presentation

Rm.
102

Colleen McGinnis

Delta Institute

Using friendly competition to change behavior and reduce energy use

Though technological solutions are often effective at achieving energy efficiency, the costs associated with new technology are not always feasible. Through the Chicago Green Office Challenge and the Chicago Neighborhood Energy Challenge, Delta Institute has been helping those who cannot make costly changes improve the efficiency of their energy use by changing their behavior. These friendly competitions allow individuals with a wide range of available resources to take action to make their offices and communities more sustainable.

Emily Burns

Historic Chicago Bungalow Association

HCBA’s EnergySavers Program

The presentation will focus on how targeted marketing efforts and partnerships with community organizations have helped us complete over 700 subsidized retrofits for seniors and other hard to reach groups.

Jim Heffron and Zoe Bottger

Peoples Gas

Peoples Gas Natural Gas Savings Program

The presentation will be discussing the various energy efficiency programs offered by the Peoples Gas Natural Gas Savings Program. In addition, they will share how direct community engagement can help improve energy savings throughout the city.

Michelle Ackmann

Com Ed

Smart Ideas for Your Home

You’ve Got the Power to Save We’ve Got the Ideas to Help. ComEd’s Energy efficiency programs for residential customers.

Rajiv Ravulapati

Citizens Utilitly Board

CUB Energy Saver (CES)

CUBEnergySaver.com is an online energy-advisory tool dedicated to lowering consumers' energy usage, saving money, and rewarding people's energy efficient actions. This presentation will highlight the main attributes of CES and how to navigate the website.

 

REINVENT
--------------------------- 1:00 – 2:15 ---------------------------

 

Speaker

Organization

Presentation Title

Brief Description of Presentation

Rm.
101

Amy Kurt

Clean Line Energy

Unlocking US Wind Potential

Enhancing the grid as a means to boosting our homegrown wind energy resources

Kacie Peters

Renewable Energy Alternative

Shining a Light on Solar: How Solar Works and How it Can Work For You

Have you considered clean energy for your home, business, or non-profit? This solar 101 session will explain the basics of solar electric systems (photovoltaics). The presentation will also cover current incentives and grants for any size project. Kacie Peters of Renewable Energy Alternatives will explain what to expect when you explore solar energy.

Sarah Wochos

Environmental Law and Policy Center

Illinois Solar Policy

The policy landscape for solar (and other renewables) in Illinois: the RPS, net metering, interconnection and municipal aggregation

Michael Berkshire

Chicago Housing and Economic Development

Chicago and Community Solar

We will be sharing information about Chicago Solar Express, a streamlined and progressive permitting, zoning and interconnection process established for residents and developers seeking to place solar installations on residential and commercial projects.

 

TRANSFORM
--------------------------- 1:00 - 2:15 
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Speaker

  Organization

Presentation Title

Brief Description of Presentation

Rm.
100

Gary Cuneen

Seven Generations Ahead

PlanItGreen: Community Sustainability Report Cards Leveraging Change

This session will focus on the Community Sustainability Report Card for Oak Park and River Forest – part of the PlanItGreen initiative – and how it is being used to measure progress against sustainability goals and leverage change.  

Emily Plagman

Chicago Metropolitan Planning Agency

Energy Impact Illinois

Learn more about how Energy Impact Illinois implemented energy efficiency retrofit work throughout Chicago communities.

Henrietta Saunders

Faith in Place

The Power of a United Group of Diverse People of Faith

We tell our congregations that the scale of our environmental problems is larger than just us, however, and that we need to address these problems on the appropriate scale. This means advocacy. The power of a united group of diverse people of faith, coming outside their own four walls of worship, to stand together on the common land that unites them all, for a common cause for that land - that is the power that can take on deep pocketed corporations. That is the power that can shift our consciousness. That is the power that can alter our laws and regulations to protect the interest of future generations. That is the power that can cause justice.

Lynn Englum

World Wildlife Fund

Busting the Common Myths of Solar

In the last 5 years the price of solar has plummeted. Even with the decline, 97% of Americans overestimate the cost of solar. While cost is the most misunderstood aspect of solar, it certainly isn’t the only mistaken element. This presentation will be discussing the 7 most common myths about solar and why folks should consider putting solar on their roof.