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Forest Park Condo Shows how to Go Green

The Grove, photo by yooperann on Flickr “There’s no issue involved in solar or sustainability that can’t be addressed with a little bit of diplomacy. You just have to be patient and love people,” said David Gulyas.  He should know, as he’s helped oversee numerous sustainability projects at The Residences at the Grove, a condominium […]

Bringing Solar Power to Suburban Chicago...

Solar energy is becoming increasingly popular for residential customers. But what do you do if you want to get your energy from solar, but you live in a multi-unit building or can’t put solar panels on your roof for other reasons? That’s where community solar comes in. A subscriber to a community solar project directly […]

Fox Valley Sustainability Network hits t...

After its final 2018 event in November focusing on the Greenest Region Compact, the Fox Valley Sustainability Network is building momentum with more events planned for 2019. The first forum in early February focused on solar energy and the Future Energy Jobs Act and engaged participants across every sector including developers, municipalities, energy providers, and […]

Solar, renewable energy forum features m...

SGA and the Fox Valley Sustainability Network hosted a Solar and Renewable Energy Forum at Waubonsee Community College in Aurora on Jan. 18. Among the topics that various speakers covered were financing options for community solar projects in Illinois, the different kinds of solar projects on the horizon, the Future Energy Jobs Act and municipal […]

PlanItGreen carving a solar path to comm...

PlanItGreen convened its annual Institutional Leaders Forum on Dec. 5 to highlight efforts by organizations that promote sustainability and help put the brakes on climate-related impacts. And while it is customary for River Forest Village President Cathy Adduci and Oak Park Mayor Anan Abu-Taleb to attend the forum, they were in the city preparing to […]

PlanItGreen’s mission to educate organiz

Since being selected for the U.S. Department of Energy’s Solar in Your Community Challenge earlier this year, the PlanItGreen solar team met with leaders of local organizations to help them better understand “the whole concept of solar,” says Gary Cuneen of Seven Generations Ahead, which is spearheading PIG’s solar initiative. The most recent presentation was held for the Communityworks […]

Why solar? Why now?

Since 1990, global surface temperatures have warmed at a rate of about 0.15°C per decade according to the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), within the range of model projections of about 0.10 to 0.35°C per decade. The U.S. is seeing more extreme weather, including flooding, droughts and wildfires, which cost taxpayers billions of dollars […]

PlanItGreen team visits renewable energy...

At the invitation of the Institute For Sustainable Communities, PlanItGreen team members who are involved in energy issues attended a “Turning Energy Data Into Action” workshop at the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) in Golden, Colo.  The April 3-4 workshop was part of the Solar In Your Community initiative of the U.S. Department of Energy SunShot Program. […]