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August 2017
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Kane County Compost Bin Sale

Compost bins to be sold at one-day event hosted by Kane County Recycles and U of I Master Gardeners 

Soil Saver Compost Bins will be $50 each at this one-day event being hosted by Kane County Recycles and the University of Illinois Extension Master Gardeners. 
Location: Univ. of Illinois Extension, 535 S. Randall Road, St. Charles, IL 60174
Date: Tuesday, Sept. 19, 2017
Time: 10 a.m. - 2 p.m.
Cost: $50 each. (Retail price is $90-$100, regular price at UIE is $65)
"Our intent is to help as many people as possible to recycle food scraps and landscape waste at home," said Jennifer Jarland, Kane County Recycling Program Coordinator. "Backyard composting keeps food scraps out of the landfill, thereby reducing methane release from landfills, and converts the scraps into a nutrient-rich soil amendment, which can be applied to your garden beds to help your veggies and flowers flourish."
Kane County Recycles will be selling the Soil Saver bins at the low-cost price of $50 on Sept. 19, and there will be Master Gardeners available to talk to attendees and share "how-to" advice. 

The University of Illinois Extension is located at 535 S. Randall Rd, St. Charles. The brick building is on the east side of Randall Road, just north of Route 38 and south of Route 64, in front of the Kane County Fairgrounds. If you are traveling northbound, there is a left-hand turn lane into the lot.
Please go to: www.countyofkane.org/recycling for more information, or contact Jennifer Jarland, Kane County's Recycling Program Coordinator at recycle@countyofkane.org or 630-208-3841 with any questions. 

APA Illinois Conference 

Annual state planning conference to feature training workshops, full spectrum of sessions and a distinguished keynote

The 2017 State Conference of the Illinois Chapter of the American Planning Association is just around the corner offering a host of learning opportunities for planning practitioners. In addition to an array of Preliminary Program session topics and training activities, the conference will feature 8 mobile workshops to experience Naperville and the surrounding suburbs. Engage with local businesses, residents, and organizations. Go from the beauty of a meadow to a gritty concrete plant. Attendees can also join in one or more social events at popular venues in Naperville to network with fellow colleagues. 

John Norquist will give the honorary keynote address. As the former Mayor of Milwaukee and President & CEO of the Congress for the New Urbanism, John has long been an advocate for walkable urban developments and equitable urban design. He is the author of The Wealth of Cities, and has taught courses in urban policy and urban planning at the University of Chicago, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee School of Architecture and Urban Planning, and at Marquette University.

The conference will run September 15-17, with most program activities to be held at the Hotel Indigo. For complete details and to register, visit the conference webpage
Smart Growth in the Midwest

Webinar features an overview of planning policies and practice in Midwestern states

Is "Smart Growth" a relevant term in the Midwest? How has the concept influenced planning and development in the America's heartland, and how do current practices compare to notions of smart growth as established by the American Planning Association and the experience of planners in other parts of the country? This webinar will explore these questions through the lens of consultant planners working in rural and urban communities across Illinois, Iowa, Minnesota and Wisconsin.

In this Smart Growth Network webinar, Jason Valerius, chair of the Planning Community of Practice at MSA Professional Services in Madison, Wis., and co-author of Becoming an Urban Planner: A Guide to Careers in Planning and Urban Design, and his colleagues will describe what they see in their work across the Midwest and reflect on the impact of state-led funding and legislation to encourage "smart" local planning. Eligible for 1.5 AICP CM Credits.

The webinar will be held on August 31 from 12:00 - 1:30pm CDT.

To register, visit the the event page here

solarSolar Plan Review Course

Course instructs on how to evaluate and complete permit applications for solar installation plans

  • Have you seen an increase in photovoltaic (PV) systems?
  • Do you need to become more familiar with solar plans and what sets them apart from other components of residential and commercial structures?
  • Would you like to know more about what aspects of a PV system need the most focus, either due to safety concerns or common installation errors? 
The Illinois Fire Inspectors Association is sponsoring an interactive course designed to provide a practical process for consistent plan review, with an emphasis on how to catch the most frequent installation errors. Taught by a national expert in solar plan review, the course will walk you through the review of a complete permit plan application. 

After completing this course, you will be able to evaluate a complete solar permit package to ensure it is compliant with building, fire, and electrical codes. The course costs $95, which includes lunch, breaks and materials. 

Date: Tuesday, September 12, 2017 
Time: 8:30 AM - 4:00 PM
Location: Medinah Shriners Banquet Hall, 550 N. Shriners Dr., Addision, IL

Registration and additional program information can be found here. Please contact the IFIA with any questions at 224-387-3340. 

Kane County Planning Cooperative
Matt Tansley, Land Use Planner - (630) 232-3493 
tansleymatthew@co.kane.il.us or kcplancoop@co.kane.il.us

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