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forumFVSN Energy Forum

The Fox Valley Sustainability Network will explore opportunities for solar energy development in our region on June 21st

With the advent of the recently passed Illinois Future Energy Jobs Act, communities across Illinois are positioning themselves to develop and procure renewable energy.

This forum will feature presentations from:

Liz Doris, Senior Program Manager, National Renewable Energy Laboratory
Learn about NREL's technical assistance model for moving communities toward 100% renewable energy and a new Chicago region collaboration that will equip community teams with resources and planning support to implement community solar projects and road maps toward 100% renewable energy procurement.

Mark Pruitt, Principal, The Power Bureau
Hear an overview of the Future Energy Jobs Act and new developments regarding logistics and programs for low-income solar access, community and rooftop solar.

Zach Greene, Program Manager, SolSmart
Get more information about the FREE technical assistance that SolSmart can provide to Fox Valley communities to help them become more "solar ready."

Waubonsee Community College, Sugar Grove Campus
Academic & Professional Center, Room 110D
Wednesday, June 20, 2017
1:00pm - 3:00pm

This event is FREE and open to everyone. However, there is a limited seat capacity. Please RSVP to Taylee Pardi at tpardi@a5inc.com or 312-706-2532. Visit www.foxvalleysustainabilitynetwork.com for updates.
recycleRecycling Extravaganza

Kane County will hosts its annual recycling event on July 8th

Kane County is once again hosting an annual recycling extravaganza event that includes free document shredding on Saturday, July 8th, 2017 from 8am - 12 noon, at 540 S Randall Road in St. Charles. Please see the EVENT POSTER for more details, and please read below information to make the most of your event experience! 

Tips for optimal event experience
  1. Please arrive between the hours of 8am and 11:45am for optimal service. Please do not arrive early, as it creates a pile up before we even begin. Thank you.
  2. It is recommended that you approach on the North-bound side of Randall, coming up from 38 towards 64, so that you can easily turn right, into the event at the Kane County Traffic Court building. If you approach on the South-bound side of Randall, you may have difficulty turning left into the event site across the oncoming traffic, and the lineup creates a traffic flow problem on Randall. 
  3. Please check out this MAP of the event to see the order in which things will be unloaded so that you can pack your car accordingly. This helps us to serve you more efficiently.
  4. Stop into Colonial Café for brunch after recycling! You will receive a discount coupon as you go through the event that you can use right away!
  • TVs and Computer Monitors have a recycling fee paid directly to the non-profit recycler ($25 for screens under 21" - measured diagonally across the screen, or $35 for screens 21" and over), payable by the resident with cash or card.
  • Latex Paint has a recycling fee per container ($3.50/gal), payable by the resident with cash or check.
Please review the event list for a complete inventory of items acceptable for recycling and those that are not.

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.

Registration is now open for Healthy Communities Workshops sponsored by the IL Chapter of the American Planning Association

The American Planning Association - Illinois Chapter is working to integrate health into planning for the built environment. Two, half-day workshops are being offered to advance this work at the community level by identifying barriers, connecting potential partners and providing technical assistance. 

Chicago Metropolitan Agency for Planning (CMAP)
233 South Wacker Drive, 8th Floor
Thursday, July 27th, 1:00-5:00

Epiphany Farms Restaurant
220 E. Front Street
Tuesday, July 25th, 1:00-5:00

Who should attend?

Anyone working on community-based strategies for improving health (including physical activity and active transportation, open space initiatives, food access and healthy food, zoning and land use). The workshop is designed for planners, architects, engineers, public health practitioners, health care providers, elected officials, community organization representatives, and advocates who are ready to start or advance this work in their community. 

Cost: $15

To encourage partnerships and collaboration, bring one partner from another department or organization in your community for FREE (you must register together).

Fee waivers will be considered for public agencies and non-profit organizations on a case-by-case basis. 

Questions? Email Courtney Kashima, AICP at pastpres@ilapa.org

cmapCMAP Forum: Economic Opportunity

Chicago Metropolitan Agency for Planning continues its Alternative Futures Forum Series with a look at economic mobility

The opportunity to move up the economic ladder has been a cornerstone of the American Dream, yet research shows that less than 50 percent of Millennials will make more money than their parents.  Unequal access to education, employment, and critical resources is preventing some individuals from realizing their full potential - and, ultimately, limiting the region's growth and competitiveness.  How can metropolitan Chicago adapt to ensure that the American Dream is obtainable here, and that our economy is thriving between now and 2050?  Register today to join us for this Alternative Futures forum.
This forum is co-sponsored by Cook County, the South Suburban Mayors and Managers Association, Southwest Conference of Mayors, and Will County Governmental League.
Wednesday, July 19, 2017
Check-in begins at 3:30 p.m., program is from 4:00 to 5:30 p.m.

Homewood-Flossmoor Auditorium
2010 N. Chestnut Rd., 
Homewood, IL 60430

Alden Loury, Director of Research and Evaluation, Metropolitan Planning Council
Dr. Lazaro Lopez, Chair, Illinois Community College Board
Marie Trzupek Lynch, CEO and President, Skills for Chicagoland's Future
Bhash Mazumder, Senior Economist and Research Adviser and Director, Chicago Census Research Data Center, Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago

Visit the event page to learn more and to register for this event. 

auroraDowntown Aurora Master Plan

The City of Aurora and CMAP to host public open house for downtown master planning effort

The City of Aurora will hold a public open house for its new Downtown Master Plan from 4:00 to 7:00 p.m., on Thursday, June 22, in the Meyer Ballroom of the Paramount Theatre (8 E. Galena Blvd., Aurora).  New Aurora Mayor Richard Irvin will give opening remarks at the meeting. The plan is supported by the CMAP Local Technical Assistance (LTA) program. 

The public will have several opportunities to participate in the planning process. The City of Aurora, in partnership with CMAP, will embark on a series of outreach meetings with City leadership, business representatives, and the community to solicit and incorporate local input to the planning process. We also invite your participation through various social media outlets.

Contact Lindsay Bayley (lbayley@cmap.illlinois.gov) with questions.

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

Kane County Planning Cooperative, 719 S. Batavia Ave., Geneva, IL 60134
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