Presentations From Past Events

Transportation Forum - Wednesday, July 31, 2019

Bike Share Programs Across Kane, McHenry and Kendall Counties
Kane - Ryan Peterson, Transportation Planner/Bicycle Pedestrian Coordinator, Kane County
McHenry - Jaki Berggren, Executive Director, McHenry County Convention & Visitors Bureau

CMAP OnTo 2050 Regional Transportation Priorities
Lindsay Bayley, Senior Planner, Chicago Metropolitan Agency for Planning (CMAP)

Chicago Metro Bicycle and Walkable Community Initiatives
Maggie Melin, Advocacy Manager, Active Transportation Alliance

Waste Reduction Forum - Thursday, May 23, 2019

Kane County recycling initiatives
Jennifer Jarland, Kane County Recycling Program Coordinator

Curbside residential food scrap composting for municipalities
Jennifer Nelson, Zero Waste Program Manager, Seven Generations Ahead

Northern Illinois Food Bank waste reduction and food recovery work
Chad Steward, Food Sourcing Retail and Strategy Specialist

Green Infrastructure Forum - Wednesday, March 20, 2019

 Natural Areas Assurance Program
Dan Lobbes, Director of Land Protection & Kane County Director, The Conservation Foundation

 Oak Ecosystem Recovery Plan
M. Ross Alexander, PhD, Oak Ecosystem Recovery Program Coordinator, Morton Arboretum

 Case Studies in the Fox Valley Region
Tom Price, Principal Civil Engineer & Hydrologist, Conservation Design Forum

 Case Study: Montgomery, IL
Christopher J. Ott, P.E., CPII, Senior Project Engineer I, Engineering Enterprises, Inc.

Solar Energy Forum - Friday, February 8, 2019

Start of the Illinois Solar Journey
Mark Burger, Solar Consultant, Seven Generations Ahead

Community Solar Clearinghouse Solution: Initial Assessment Review
Mark Pruitt, Principal, Illinois Community Choice Aggregation Network

An Opportunity to “Solarize Chicagoland”
Christina Uzzo, Environmental Outreach Coordinator, Citizen’s Utility Board

Property Assessed Clean Energy (PACE) and Kane Energy Efficiency Program (KEEP)
Mark Van Kerkhoff, Kane County Development and Community Services

Illinois Solar For All
Delmar Gillus, Chief Operating Officer, Elevate Energy

Energy Forum - Wednesday, June 21, 2017

Communities Harnessing the Sun: Becoming Solar Ready Through SolSmart
Zach Greene, Project Manager, The SolSmart Foundation

The Future Energy Jobs Act (FEJA) Primer
Mark Pruitt, Principal, Illinois Community Choice Aggregation Network

NREL Assistance to Communities Moving Toward a Renewable Energy Future
Elizabeth Doris, Principal Laboratory Program Manager: State, Local, and Tribal Program, National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL)

Case Study: Elgin's New 1.2 Megawatt Solar Project
Ken Buckman, CEO, Rainy Investments

GreenTown Fox Valley Presentations - Thursday, April 27, 2017

GreenTown Fox Valley Mayor's Breakfast resource packet

Event presentations

Event photos

Food and Waste Forum - Wednesday, February 8, 2017

Kane County Local Agriculture and the Developing Kane County Food Hub Project
Matthew Tansley, Land Use Planner, Kane County

The Illinois Food Scrap Coalition and Regional/Statewide Composting Policy and Projects
Jen Nelson, Zero Waste Program Manager, Seven Generations Ahead

Healthy and Local Food Initiatives: Great Illinois Apple Crunch, Harvest of the Month and Illinois Farm to School Network
Diane Chapeta, Illinois Farm to School Network Coordinator, Seven Generations Ahead
Lydia Mills, Illinois Farm to School Network State Lead, Seven Generations Ahead

Transportation Forum - Wednesday, December 7, 2016

Setting the Stage: National Mobility Priorities and Trends
Tim Frisbie, Shared-Use Mobility Center

Case Studies: Creating a Bicycle and Pedestrian Friendly Community in the Fox Valley
Heather Schady, Active Transportation Alliance

What's New With Wayfinding in Kane and Kendall Counties
Patrick Knapp, Kane County Department of Transportation

The Expansion of Bike Sharing in the Region
Eric Gallt, City of Aurora

Economic Development Forum - Friday, October 7, 2016

Event Overview

Sustainable Economic Development Success stories to Lead the Fox Valley Region
Cecilia Govrik, Kane County
Chris Toth, Kane County

A Plan for Current and Future Generations
Mark Vankerkhoff, Kane County Development and Community Services

The Fox River Corridor Plan: Increasing Access to the Fox River, Improving Water Quality and Enhancing Downtowns
Brian Daly, Chicago Metropolitan Agency for Planning

Implementing the Fox River Corridor Plan in Algonquin
Ben Masion, Village of Algonquin
Katie Parkhurst, Village of Algonquin

Sustainability Grants for Private and Public Interests

Many foundations, organizations and governmental departments fund efforts to create healthy, sustainable communities. Below are just a few to get you started. For a basic overview and more information on how to apply for grants, visit this site

America in Bloom Grants
For gardening and beautification projects

Captain Planet Foundation Grants
For schools and nonprofits looking to engage youth in environmental stewardship

Climate Resilience and Urban Opportunity
For helping communities reflect the needs of low-income people through regional climate-resilience planning, policy development and implementation.

Environmental Education Association of Illinois
An aggregate page of grants available for a variety of environmental education projects in the state

EPA Environmental Education Grants
For the creation or broadening of Environmental Education efforts

HUD Section 108 Loan Guarantee Program
For physical development projects such as housing rehabilitation and public facility improvement to increase their resilience against natural disasters.

The Home Depot Foundation: Community Impact Grants
For the support of nonprofit organizations and public service agencies that are looking to improve the physical health of their communities.

Kresge Foundation Environmental Grants
Intended for civic leaders to address urban sustainability, climate change resilience, and sustainable water management (Description of Foundation Goals) (Grants currently available)

Partnership for Sustainable Communities
An aggregate of community sustainability grants with links to the DOT, EPA, and HUD

Patagonia Grants
For small nonprofits looking to fund actions toward long-term environmental change

Wells Fargo Environmental Grant Program
For projects “addressing local environmental priorities in our communities and providing support that fosters innovation to help accelerate a 'green' economy”