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  1. 1. In this issue we celebrate Earth-day with a bunch of activities todo this coming month and a lookat how you can take opportuni-ties that perhaps you neverthought of. For example, thearticle about Great WesternFlooring Company is a good casestudy on how to provide yourbusiness with on site renewableenergy, reduce first cost invest-ment and reap the benefits longterm.We present Go Green Baby, anew business located at 2835Show Pl Dr in Naperville and welook at car idling, what is thatdoing, really? Take a look ...IN THIS ISSUEFrom the Editor...Under the federal MACRS, busi-nesses may recover investmentsin certain property through depre-ciation deductions. The MACRSestablishes a set of class lives forvarious types of property, rangingfrom three to 50 years, over whichthe property may be depreciated.A number of renewable energytechnologies are classified asfive-year property (26 USC § 168(e)(3)(B)(vi)) under the MACRS,which refers to 26 USC § 48(a)(3)(A), often known as the energyinvestment tax credit or ITC todefine eligible property. Such prop-erty currently includes: a variety of solar-electric andsolar-thermal technologies fuel cells and microturbines geothermal electric direct-use geothermal and geo-thermal heat pumps small wind (100 kW or less) combined heat and power (CHP)The provision which defines ITCtechnologies as eligible also addsthe general term "wind" as aneligible technology, extending thefive-year schedule to large windfacilities as well.The 5-year schedule for mosttypes of solar, geothermal, andwind property has been in placesince 1986. The federalEnergyPolicy Act of 2005 (EPAct 2005)classified fuel cells, microturbinesand solar hybrid lighting technolo-gies as five-year property as wellby adding them to § 48(a)(3)(A).This section was further ex-panded in October 2008 by theaddition of geothermal heatpumps, combined heat andpower, and small wind under TheEnergy Improvement and Exten-sion Act of 2008.The federal Economic StimulusAct of 2008, enacted in February2008, included a 50% first-yearbonus depreciation (26 USC §168(k)) provision for eligible re-newable-energy systems ac-quired and placed in service in2008. The allowance for bonusdepreciation has since been ex-tended and modified severaltimes since the original enact-ment, most recently in January2013 by the American TaxpayerRelief Act of 2012 (H.R. 8, Sec.331). This legislation extendedthe placed in service deadline for50% first-year bonus depreciationby one year, from December 31,2012 to December 31, 2013.MARK YOURCALENDAR: Apr 10, Wednesday: 7:30PMNaperville for Clean Energy andConservation Apr 22, Monday: Glen EllynEarth Day Symposium Apr 27, Saturday: NapervilleArbor Day Sale May 5, Sunday: Green Earth FairVOLUME 2, ISSUE 2CO-EDITORS JODI TRENDLER KELLY ANDERECKGreen Market PressNAPERVILLE FOR CLEAN ENERGY AND CONSERVATIONGreat Western Floor-ing, An Case Study forALL Naperville...2Current Green Activity 3Book Review 5GREEN MARKET ATHOME, A Look atEveryday...6GREEN BUSINESS TOVISIT8INSIDE THIS ISSUE:http://ncec.us/Modified Accelerated Cost-Recovery System (MACRS)Just a few images from the first Earth day , April 22, 1970. The left image, a “Teach-In”providing information about the event and the right image, a snap shot of Senator GaylordNelson’s Earth Day Newsletter. BTW- “Let it Be” was #3 on Billboard chart that year, WOWEarth Day HonoredIn honor of Earth Day on April22, the City’s resident newsletterhas also “gone green” for themonth of April to highlight differ-ent initiatives. The newsletter,which is included in monthlyutility bill mailings and also avail-able at:www.naperville.il.us/connected.aspxdiscusses the City’s efforts toprotect parkway ash trees fromthe Emerald Ash Borer (EAB)beetle, recycling initiatives andthe update to the GreenhouseGas Inventory thanks to theunique partnership between theCity, NCEC and Indian PrairieSchool District 204.In addition to the above, laterthis spring, the City will launchePortal – an optional secureCont. on page 11
  2. 2. VOLUME 2, ISSUE 2PAGE 2The roof mounted PV system, designed by FitzGeraldAssociates Architects and engineered by Advanced DataTechnologies, Inc., of Naperville is expected to produce180MW hours annually, saving GWF an average of $2200per month and equivalent to the energy used by a reported42 typically sized U.S. households in the area. The PVsystem permitted by the City of Naperville should give theretailer some credibility when discussing who is a leader inthe city when taking a position on sustainable practice.“Our new solar plant now gives us the ability to further re-duce our carbon footprint. We are proud to be on the fore-front of the alternative energy initiative,” said Steve Chirico,Owner and President of Great Western Flooring. Naper-ville-based WCP Solar was contracted to install the systemthat began at the end of March and completed in May2012.I asked if anyone was really looking, listening or learningfrom this project. I hope so, because you can see greatopportunity for all businesses in Naperville to reduce theircapital investment in renewable energy, gain credibility asa “Green” business, provide the municipal electric utilitywith much needed electricity during peak operating hours(daytime) and reduce their company’s overhead by reduc-ing electric consumption (bills are lowered). This shouldmake the business case but if it does not, take for exampleEcoGym located at 1265 South Naper Blvd. at which, thisauthor completed a 10kW PV system. In this businessmodel, the owner’s entire business strategy from his clien-tele to his overhead are all based on the Green Marketsstakeholders including custom-ers, shareholders and govern-ment.Great Western Flooring Companybegan in 1984 as a family-owned and-operated business, serving Chicago’sWestern Suburbs. Nearly 30 yearslater, with locations in Naperville, St.Charles and Oswego, GWF is stilldevoted to the A.R.T. of Flooring:efficient service with Accountability,Reliability and Trust – their promisesto you. For additional information on“Great Western Flooring Goes Solar”,contact Steve Chirico or visit:www.greatwesternflooring.com.Great Western Flooring Company (GWF), a flooring com-pany located just north of Ogden and Washington has re-cently installed (2011-12) a solar photovoltaic system andsought monies available to them through state and federalprograms that not only reduce first cost, but provide the citywith long-term reduced electrical load requirements for theretail company. Moreover, it illustrates and educates thecommunity at large about the tangible benefits of “On-Site”renewable energy. But who is really looking, listening orlearning?Considered one of the largest rooftop-mounted solar sys-tems in the State at 150kW, the approximately $800,000photovoltaic (PV) system is partially funded by a$246,000.00 grant through the state’s Department of Com-merce and Economic Opportunity provided in 2011 and areported Federal grant of approximately $300,000.00. Inaddition to tax incentives, the owner hopes to reduce his firstcost investment to nearly $300,000.00. Like the businessguru that utilizes all of his options to have a greater impacton his market and position his company for his future cus-tomers with what they demand, Steve Chirico is investingnow.Utilizing this strategy of tax and financial incentives, theowner and design team was able to provide a turnkey solu-tion at a lower cost (in some cases, i.e. non-profit organiza-tions and various commercial buildings, no cost). Typically,an owner or operator through tax incentives, grants, andrebates including but, not limited to the Federal Energy Pol-icy Act (EPAct), IRS, Title 24’s Modified Accelerated CostRecovery System (MACRS) and state programs, includingthe Illinois Department of Commerce & Economic Opportu-nity’s clean energy grant programs can see a reduction infirst cost. In addition, operating or overhead expenses an-nually will be reduced as well, leading to higher net reve-nues long term that can be used to invest in other renewableprojects or other investment opportunities.Great Western Flooring, An Case Study for ALL Naperville Businessesby Kelly Andereck, LEED AP, Principal A Solar StudioCommissioning Ceremony atop Great Western FlooringPutting solar panels on a typical commercial roof costs, on average, lessthan half of what it did just two years ago, in part because a “MooresLaw”-like innovation cycle that is unfolding in photovoltaic technology,not to mention, illegal Chinese dumping practice. The price collapse isgreat for consumers and utility companies, and it raises the prospect thatAmerican energy costs might someday reverse course (down below 50%dependence on foreign oil for the first time since 2005 when dependenceon foreign oil was above 60%)), a turn of events that would do wondersfor the nations productivity. It has been said that declining energy priceswould also help raise U.S. competitiveness in the sense that they wouldboost consumers standard of living while increasing a companys abilityto succeed globally.
  3. 3. GREEN MARKET PRESS PAGE 3April 22, 2013Glen Ellyn Earth Day SymposiumThe Resiliency Institute will be exhibit-ing at this event. Come out and sayhi!Join us this Earth Day for an eveningof information and inspiration. Severallocal environmental organizations willexplain their roles in greening ourcommunity and share ideas on howyou can help in these efforts.April 27, 2013Naperville Arbor Day SaleNaperville Public Works will onceagain host its annual Arbor Day TreeSale. Residents can select from hun-dreds of trees of many varieties atfantastic savings to beautify theiryards and help the environment.Trees purchased at the sale must beremoved by noon. Public Works em-ployees will be on hand to help youload trees into your vehicle. Sincethese trees are container grown theyare much easier to transport thantrees that are dug and wrapped inburlap.The Resiliency Institute will be here toprovide information about edible treesand bushes appropriate for planting insuburban yards.SIGN UP TO WIN AN EDIBLE TREE!May 5, 2013 Green Earth FairCome to the organic farm on Sundayafternoon, May 5th, for the 10th an-nual Green Earth Fair! This educa-tional and fun event will include speak-ers, exhibits, music, food, kids’ activi-ties, tours, and demonstrations. It willbe a celebration of Spring, Earth Day,and organic food, combined withlearning more about how you can livegreen!The Green Earth Institute is lookingfor volunteers to assist with thefair. Visit the Resiliency Instituteweb site at:http://www.theresiliencyinstitute.net/events/category/calendar/ to get moredetails.The Resiliency Institute will be exhibit-ing and offering edible plants andtrees for sale.June 8, 2013 Aurora Green FestIt’s time for a new wave of sustainablebusiness development to providegoods, services, and jobs to eco-conscious consumers in our localcommunities.We are connecting families with locallyowned businesses. Let’s turn ourgreen dreams into reality and build asustainable future together!Presented by Aurora Green Lights inaffiliation with The Conservation Foun-dation.Share ideas and connect with eco-conscious consumers and businesspartners!Earth Care & Conservation:Urban organic gardening & eco-friendlylandscaping, waste management & recy-cling solutionsWind, Water, & Sun:Renewable, energy efficient solutions forhomes and businessesSocial Entrepreneurs:Bringing new sustainable jobs to underserved urban populationsGreen Transportation:Bikes, boats, trains, planes & automo-bilesLocally Made Products:Art, music, jewelry, fashion, food, bodycareConnect with local families seekinghealthy local options!Healthy Homes:Green cleaning solutions, products, andservicesHealthy Food:Organic farms, community-supportedagriculture (CSA), local food co-ops andrestaurantsHealthy People:Solutions for fitness, health care, nutri-tion, massage, body & skin careHealthy Businesses:USGBC LEED developers and othergreen business educatorsFor more information on theseevents and much more visit theResiliency Institute of NapervilleThe Resiliency Institute is transformingthe suburbs into resilient permaculturecommunities rich in social capital. Resil-ient communities are prepared for eco-Current Green Activitynomic, social and environmental change.They communicate and thrive throughrobust and reliable human, environ-mental, and community systems. Whatmakes them resilient and reliable is themyriad of resources that are intentionallydesigned into the communities basedupon permaculture principals of care forpeople, care for the earth, and fair share.http://www.theresiliencyinstitute.net/events/category/calendar/
  4. 4. GREEN MARKET PRESS PAGE 4When: Wednesday May 14, 2013Time: 7:30PMWhere: Naperville Municipal CenterLocation: 400 South Eagle, NapervilleAgenda Roll Call Old Business Greenhouse Gas Initiative Project with HighSchool Student Proposed Newsletter Article contribu-tion May 5 Green Earth Fair Table (see page 3, this Newsletter) NICOR New EE Program Educational Outreach Eco Film Fest (Updates) Partnering with NICOR for NewEE Program Rollout Civic Leadership Outreach (Updates) Renewable Energy Grant Steering Committee Report Create Fall Goals City Council Outreach Business Outreach (Updates) Review Chamber of CommerceMembership and Involvement New BusinessWHAT IS YOUR AGENDA?NCEC MEETING AGENDA SCOPE CREEPKelly Andereck, Principal at A Solar StudioProject success can be measured by deliver-ing the required product on time, on budgetand at the client’s expectation. For many con-struction projects, especially in today’s com-petitive marketplace, completing on time andon budget is challenging, to say the least.“Scope creep” is a term used in the construc-tion industry to define the inevitable tendencyof projects to expand beyond their original in-tent and is often described as a cause for con-struction projects experiencing cost andschedule overruns along with client fatigue andpointed anger. It is therefore critical, that inthe planning stages of any construction pro-ject, owners, designers, and contractors eachhave a vested interest in defining the full pro-ject scope and developing an accurate budget.Never the less, as the project progresses,scope creep can go unnoticed, gradually workits way into a project’s scope as expectationsevolve resulting in significant negative impacts.It is highly recommended that “Green” or envi-ronmentally conscious desires and expecta-tions be discussed early and often throughoutthe planning and design phases. At the timeof contractor bid and award, client and archi-tect must set ground rules as to advice andexperience. During construction and beforeinspections, clients MUST take an active role,involving all stakeholders as well.Architect?He doesnt know what he is talkingabout, No Problem, we know whatwe are doing.TRUST ME,No added cost. Do we have the job?
  5. 5. GREEN MARKET PRESS PAGE 5will find posted on their site includeNCEC meetings,Green Drinksevents, Fox ValleyElectric Auto Asso-ciation meetings, aswell as a myriad ofother fun, localgatherings that areof particular inter-est to “green”minded people.There is no fee to join the group, andmost Meetups are free of charge as well.Log in to the Meetup site and JOIN US!www.meetup.com/Naperville-area-sustainability-groupNaperville Area Sustainability Group isa local Meetup groupestablished to act asa local connectingplace for green peo-ple, groups, events,and activities. Setup in June of 2010,the group now hasover 300 members,and is growing everyday. Meetups youI love this story and may have been a littletoo close to the story as it has developed tobe a fair critic but, “give me a break”. Itshould go without saying that after readingthis book, David Gottfried, a colleague andfriend of mine who is a former developer, aguy who once symbolized the typical devel-oper’s attitude that had been so destructive toour natural systems, has quite possibly had agreater beneficial impact on the environmentthan anyone alive.This is the story of how Gottfried and a fewof his colleagues and friends initiated thetransformation of the one of the largest in-dustries on earth; the building industry, anindustry that has a greater impact on theenvironment than any other human activity.As a result of the authors efforts, you cannotpick up an architecture or construction tradejournal that does not have an article about"Green Building", the USGBC or itsLEED© program for rating a buildings"greenness". Hundreds of local, state andfederal agencies now require their buildingsto qualify for LEED© certification. Im-provements in the building industry, as aresult, are contributing to this nations energyindependence and will only increase its im-pact.This all came about through an awakening onEvery month people across the globe who are interested in environmentalissues meet up at informal sessions known as GreenDrinks. GreenDrinks -Naperville, which was founded in February 2010, is just one of 750+ ofthese chapters worldwide. Its a lively mixture of people from business,NGOs, academia, our community and government. Come along and youllbe made welcome-TEETOTALERS TOO. Its a great way of catching upwith people you know and also for making new contacts. Everyone invitessomeone else along, so theres always a different crowd, making GreenDrinks an organic, ever expanding network. These events are very casual,and food and drink are on your own. There is a $5,00 to participate. Weare a green social networking event in every sense - self-organizing andorganically-growing - so spread the word and see you at the next Green-Drinks - Naperville! We meet the last Wednesday of most months, be sureto check the webpage for location: www.greendrinks.org/il/naperville .Meetup With Naperville Area Sustainability GroupBOOK REVIEWGreen Drinks — Napervillethe part of the author. A similar awakening isoccurring in a lot of us. Consumers in everystate are realizing, as David did, that wecannot continue our present pattern of con-sumption and destruction. Many of us, wholove nature and consider ourselves"environmentalists" are realizing to our hor-ror that our own individual impact on theenvironment has been anything but benign.Davids story chronicles his epiphany, theresultant depression, his desperate attempt tochange the status quo utilizing passion andskills developed in his "greed" years, andultimately, his very own personal transfor-mation and renewed sense of hope. It is astory that many of us at NCEC can relate to.Naperville Area Sustainability Group
  6. 6. bustion of fuel in our engines is incomplete. Incompletecombustion causes our vehicles to create more tail-pipepollution than when our vehicles are traveling at normalspeeds. Believe it or not, idling for just 20 minutes gen-erates the same amount of hazardous emissions as driv-ing nearly 320 miles!So, it is safe to say vehicle emissions are not a goodthing. I would like to take that assumption a step furtherand say vehicle emissions are not a good thing aroundschools. A Respiratory Health Specialist from EdwardHospital spoke on the topic of vehicular emissions andthis is a summary of what she said:Consistent exposure to vehicle emissions can cause adecrease in lung function, most commonly seen in eld-erly adults and children. As children grow, their lungsand lung function grow along with them and substancesin the air they breathe can decrease the potential theirlungs may achieve. In fact, pound for pound of bodyweight, children breathe 50% more air than adults (e.g.breath at a faster rate). Not to mention, childrensbreathing zones are lower to the ground where exhausttends to accumulate.Let me reiterate this point she made because emissionsare heavier than air and have the tendency to spill outonto the ground around our cars. Childrens breathingzones are not only closer to the ground than adults, butsome of our schools "fresh" air intake vents are in closeproximity to where buses and vehicles line up during thedrop-off and pickup procedure. Contact with harmfulpollutants and particulate matter can be present both nearthe street and inside the schools classrooms.Have you ever noticed those little black rectangles undereach classroom window? These are vents for the class-room heating units. In the cold winter months the heat-ing units within each classroom control how much out-side air is brought into the classroom. Plus, IL state lawrequires these units to pull in at least 10% of outside airat all times. So, the next time you pull up to the schoolin the front circle, take a look at these vents. Notice howthey are low to the ground and not too far from the mainpick-up line?Please recall a few things I mentioned: Emissions tend to accumulate lower to the ground Emissions are 30-100% greater in concentrationnear roadways Idling emissions are far more polluting than emis-sions at speedCont. on page 11VOLUME 2, ISSUE 2PAGE 6“What’s the Big Deal Idling”I asked myself this very question a couple of years ago. Thetopic of vehicular idling kept surfacing as a concern and Idid not think it was a big deal or at least certainly not a pri-ority. But, with the intent on putting the issue to rest, I be-gan researching "what is the big deal?" I found several is-sues that should concern you as much as they do me.First, lets speak frankly about how cars use fuel. Our mod-ern vehicles have fuel-injected, four-cycle, internal combus-tion engines, or in other words, they burn it. The result ofburning this fuel is what causes tailpipe emissions. Thegood news is, since the invention of the automobile thetypes of fuel and the way in which our vehicles burn thisfuel has improved drastically from an environmental healthperspective. There is no longer lead or sulfur in our gasoline& the catalytic converters have been invented and is manda-tory on vehicles in order to help filter out some of the nastystuff. But, I do have some bad news...According to the U.S. EPA, the personal automobile is thesingle largest polluter. Motor vehicles are responsible forabout half of the toxic air pollutant emissions in the UnitedStates. Plus, beginning in the late 1980s, Americans begandriving more vans, SUVs, and pickup trucks as personalvehicles. By the year 2000, these "light-duty trucks" ac-counted for about half of the new passenger car sales. Thesebigger vehicles typically consume more gasoline per mileand many of them pollute three to five times more thancars.But what about when our cars are idling? The most impor-tant thing to understand is when our vehicles idle the com-GREEN MARKET AT HOME, A Look at Everyday LifeContributed by Stephanie Hastings, Loyal Joe Founder & CEO
  7. 7. GREEN MARKET PRESSAdvertising Price List& Advertisement SpecialsTake advantage of our membership of nearly 400 and use this opportunity to sell your companyand/or product. With prices as low as $15.00 per month you can afford to have a yearlyadvertisement selling your commitment to a Green Marketplace. Our members are a diverse groupof city officials, homeowners, teachers and students, young professionals, small and largebusinesses. Help us transform Naperville into the Greenest of Marketplaces.Advertising price list and advertisement specials Green Market Press Vol. 2, valid from January 2013Advertising Prices 20132/1 Panorama pagePRICE: $300 -/4cClassic: 17.0 In. x 8.0 In.1/1 pagePRICE: $175 -/4cClassic: 10.5 In. x 8.0 In.2*1/2 pagePRICE: $150 -/4cClassic: 17.0 In. x 4.5 In.1/2 pagePRICE: $100 -/4cClassic:Horizontal: 8.5 In. x 4.25 In.Vertical: 4.25 In. x 10.5 In.1/3 pagePRICE: $75 -/4cClassic:Horizontal: 8.5 In. x 3.66 In.1/4 pagePRICE: $50 -/4cClassic:Horizontal: 8.5 In. x 4.25 In.Vertical: 4.25 In. x 10.5 In.1/6 pagePRICE: $25 -/4cClassic: 8.5 In. x 4.25 In.1/12 pagePRICE: $15 -/4cClassic: 8.5 In. x 4.25 In.
  8. 8. VOLUME 2, ISSUE 2PAGE 8$15 = YOUR ADHERE!NCEC is a 501c3 non-profit organi-zation. Your sponsorship helps uscontinue and develop our environ-mental educational programmingwhich benefits our residents, busi-nesses, community and our future!GREEN BUSINESS DIRECTORY
  9. 9. VOLUME 2, ISSUE 2PAGE 9GREEN BUSINESS TO VISITRobert considered starting their own business, thechance to create good job opportunities for persons withdisabilities was, really, the deciding factor. “A retailenvironment is the perfect choice as it offers opportuni-ties for a variety of tasks to be completed before, duringand after regular business hours,” says Heidi. Everydecision Heidi made throughout the process of startingthe business took into account the individuals she in-tends to employ: “from shopping bags to the size of thecomputer monitor to the layout of the store.” Heidi andRobert hope other area business owners interested inemploying individuals with special needs will come tosee what they are doing to create successful work oppor-tunities for ALL of their employees.Go Green, Baby! carries a wide variety of items frombaby bottles and clothing to toys to everything familiesneed to pack the no-throw-away lunch. Don’t miss thebath and body products and leave plenty of time to readtheir greeting cards “with an attitude.” And with everypurchase helping to support employment opportunitiesfor individuals with disabilities, you can’t go wrongshopping here!Go Green, Baby! is Naperville’s premier gift bou-tique specializing in non-toxic, organic and Earth friendlygifts, toys and essentials for raising a happy, healthy fam-ily. Go Green, Baby! is owned and operated by Heidi Ber-tino-Daum, a Naperville resident and mom of two girls (2years and 6 years old) and special education teacher.So why did this seasoned special education teacher decideto open a store? Heidi believes Go Green, Baby! meets tworeal needs in our community. “First, it offers a place forlocal parents, grandparents and caregivers to buy Earthfriendly non-toxic gifts and essentials for babies and youngchildren. But we are not just for babies; we have great giftitems for adults as well!” Heidi and her husband Roberthave a personal commitment to eco-friendly and safe prod-ucts in their home and they both agree, sometimes it can bedifficult to meet that commitment.Second, and probably most near and dear to Heidi, is thatthis store extends her life-long commitment to providingemployment opportunities to adults with special needs. “Idevoted the past 12 years to working as a special educationteacher in the Naperville School District. I was inspired bythe hard work and dedication of my students, who weredetermined to learn the skills they needed to be employed asadults.” Unfortunately, Heidi found that when graduationday came, many of her students, and other adults with dis-abilities, were not finding meaningful, supportive employ-ment opportunities within our community. When Heidi and
  10. 10. NCEC, founded in 2007 became an official 501c3not-for-profit organization August 2008. Westrive to educate, demonstrate and develop meansto help ourselves and community move toward amore sustainable and carbon-free way of living inorder to protect our planet and ensure a healthy sustainable life for future generations.3835 Caine CourtNaperville, IL 60564Naperville for CleanEnergy and Conservation1/9: Meeting Room A2/13: Meeting Room A3/13: Meeting Room B&C4/10: Meeting Room A5/8: Meeting Room A6/12: Meeting Room AOur meetings are alwaysopen to the public, andwe hope you can join us.Meetings are at 7:30 PM,generally on the secondWednesday of the monthat the Naperville Munici-pal Center located at 400South Eagle in Down-town Naperville.Upcoming NCEC .….Phone: 312-523-4347Fax: 630-983-6124ncec.email@yahoo.comhttp://ncec.us/Yes, I want to make a taxdeductible donation TODAYto help develop aCLEAN FUTUREFor myself, my community,and our children!DONATETwo (2) man / one (1) day installation of a 10kW Solar Photovoltaic Array atop EcoGym at 1265 South Naper Blvd. De-signed by Kelly Andereck of A Solar Studio. The renewable energy system serves the tenant space only and is in addi-tion to the gym’s high efficiency lighting, control system and gym equipment that generates it’s own electricity. Yelloliteof Ohio was the installer/contractor, Frank Electric of Downers Grove was the Electrical contractor and the City of Naper-ville is the beneficiary of free, clean, renewable electricity.7/10: Meeting Room B&C8/14: Meeting Room A9/11: Meeting Room A10/9: Meeting Room A11/13: Meeting Room A12/11: Meeting Room A2013 Meeting DatesNext Quarter:We are looking for your inputAnd much more as we continue to help ourcommunity develop the means by whichwe can grow as a sustainable communityCONTACT:Kelly Andereck at:A_design@earthlink.net
  11. 11. online website that will let City utility customers view their electricenergy usage over time and provide energy management tips.Check back at www.naperville.il.us/smartgrid.aspx in the comingweeks for more information.Did you know that six minutes of idling at school drop offand pick up wastes 1 gallon of gas per week per car anddumps 19 lbs. of CO2 into our air? According to the Ameri-can Society of Mechanical Engineers (Florida Section) re-starting a V6 vehicle consumes approximately the sameamount of fuel as idling for five seconds. So, even though Iadmit idling is a necessary evil, Im convinced we should alldo each other a favor and try to cut our engines whenever wecan. It will not only improve the air quality in and around ourschool for the students and teachers, but it will also save us alittle coin. And these days, keeping our kids healthy and sav-ing money is a big deal.If you would like to comment on this article or wouldlike to see what Stephanie is doing now, visit “LoyalJoe” at www.loyaljoe.com or visit the USEPA websiteat http://www.epa.gov/ and use the search engine forwebsites and white papers on car emissions and otherenvironmentally related topics.Vehicle emissions consist of the follow-ing air pollutants:Carbon Monoxide is a poisonous, colorless, odorless, andtasteless gas. Carbon monoxide is harmful when breathedbecause it displaces oxygen in the blood and deprives theheart, brain, and other vital organs of oxygen.Oxides of Nitrogen contribute to the formation of ground-level ozone and fine particle pollution. NO2 is linked with anumber of adverse effects on the respiratory system. Cur-rent scientific evidence links short-term NO2 exposures,ranging from 30 minutes to 24 hours, with adverse respira-tory effects including airway inflammation in healthy peopleand increased respiratory symptoms in people with asthma.According to the Centers for Disease Control and Preven-tion 9.4% of all US children have asthma, which is up from4% in 1980. Asthma symptoms increase as a result of carexhaust. Asthma is the most common chronic illness inchildren and the cause of most school absences. NO2 ex-posure concentrations near roadways are of particular con-cern for susceptible individuals, including people withasthma, children, and the elderly. In fact, near-roadway(within about 50 meters) concentrations of NO2 have beenmeasured to be approximately 30 to 100% higher than con-centrations away from roadways.VOC: Volatile organic compounds include a variety ofchemicals, some of which may have short- and long-termadverse health effects and include benzene, toluene, xy-lene, and formaldehyde. Subsequent reaction in sunlightcreates smog and other forms of air pollution.Cont. from page 1 Cont. from page 6Illinois Solar Energy AssociationSolar Drinks (April 17, 2013)The ISEA Solar Drinks was held at Emmett’s AleHouse in Downers Grove in March. Nearly 30 peo-ple were given a presentation by Kelly Andereck,Principal of A Solar Studio and Michael Hobbs,President of PahRoo Appraisal & Consultancy. Thediscussion about current projects and real-estateprovided great information about solar installationsin Naperville and Chicago along with a New ap-praisal document you must become familiar with.The AI Form 820.04, “Residential Green and EnergyEfficient Addendum” is essential to have your ap-praiser document in order to successfully makemoney on your house sale and your “Green” up-grades. Remember, it is great to be Green butsmart to get value from Green.April’s presentation will be Joe Morrissey, VP of In-ternational and BIPV Sales, Atlantis Energy Sys-tems, Inc., a Solar photovoltaic Sunslate manufac-turer and full integrator. This presentation is a mustsee if youre interested in replacing your typical roofshingles with Photovoltaic panels. AES Sunslateslook like your typical slate roof and produce up to22Watts per shingle (see page 8).Sign-up and location of the presentation: “BuildingIntegrated Photovoltaics in Curtain Walls and as aRoofing Material”, is provided at the ISEA websiteat: http://illinoissolar.org/Solar_eventsA fee of $10.00 is required for members and $15.00for non-members to attend.

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