Schedule & Registration

A schedule of all GTU seminars is below and in chronological order. All events are free, open to the public, and held at 445 N. Sacramento Blvd unless otherwise noted. Advance registration is required for all Green Tech U seminars. 
CCGT is excited to announce that we have partnered with several other educational organizations! You will now see seminars in our listings offered through the Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum, Rebuilding Exchange, and Lurie Garden. These classes may have a fee and registration is handled through that organization. Please see the class listing for details. Be sure to sign in on their sign-in sheet to earn credit towards your GTU Certificate!

The Chicago Center for Green Technology has been proudly providing education on a range of sustainable topics for the residents of Chicago for 8 years through the Green Tech U (GTU) program.
Over the past two years, funding for GTU has been limited and we are therefore evaluating the future of the program. Unfortunately, we will not be able to offer a full third trimester of classes this year. However, we have scheduled seminars for the month of September. For those of you who are pursuing GTU Certificates, we recommend taking advantage of these classes!

Green Tech U September seminars are OPEN for your registration! Click on a seminar title to get started. 


Certificate Track Key:
SS Sustainable Sites, BS Building Science, UE Urban Environment, ES Energy Systems, 
CS Conservation Science, LIL Low-Impact Living, GB Green Business

Upcoming events

    • Thursday, September 04, 2014
    • 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
    • 445 N. Sacramento Blvd.
    • 47

    GTU Certificate Tracks: UECSLIL

    Speaker: Naaman Gambill, Garfield Park Conservatory Alliance

    Audience: General


    Interested about honey bees and beekeeping? Get the basics from Naaman Gambill head beekeeper at Garfield Park Conservatory Alliance. You'll learn what to prepare for and what to expect as a beginning beekeeper. Other topics that will be covered include: honey bee biology, hive types, hive construction, beekeeping gear, and more! Come and enjoy and discuss the amazing honey bee!









    • Saturday, September 06, 2014
    • 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
    • 445 N. Sacramento Blvd.
    • 46

    GTU Certificate Tracks: BS, ESLIL

    Speaker: Chris Turley, Turley Architects

    Audience: General


    When a new but inexperienced homeowner buys an old historic home she encounters a building that is breathtakingly beautiful, brilliant … and intimidating. Unworldly, she innocently embarks on an unexpected journey that takes her to a long neglected place. A passion is stirred and through the dirt and sweat she soon realizes that this is the one - she is alive and awake for the first time and wants to spend the rest of her life living within the space it creates. She is warned of its history of torment, yet she cares not: she yields her earlier design and green ideas to its history and to its soul and, in the end, finds the right sustainability solutions to quell its esthetic disharmony, its hellacious energy demands, and its demonic unhealthfulness.
    (Translation: Learn how to find the right “green” that balances your home’s design with your goals and technical / code requirements. Create a home you love and one that performs in a way you will love too.)









    • Tuesday, September 09, 2014
    • 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
    • 445 N. Sacramento Blvd.
    • 47

    GTU Certificate Tracks: SSUECS

    Speaker: Mary Carroll, Midwest Water Reclamation District 

    Audience: General


    The Metropolitan Water Reclamation District of Greater Chicago is one of the most important government agencies for our region. MWRD is responsible for stormwater management, combined sewer overflows (CSO's), the Tunnel and Reservoir Plan (TARP), the biosolids program, water reclamation plants, and sidestream elevated pool aeration stations (SEPA). MWRD celebrates its 125th anniversary this year! Learn more about this fascinating organization; how it impacts Chicago, the lake, and the region, and learn what changes are coming up by the end of 2015.







    • Wednesday, September 10, 2014
    • 6:00 PM - 7:00 PM
    • 2430 N. Cannon Drive, Chicago

    GTU Certificate Tracks: LIL

    SPEAKER: Notebaert Staff

    Location: Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum - 2430 N. Cannon Drive, Chicago

    Fee: $15/members, $20/non-members

    Registration: Visit naturemuseum.org or call 773-755-5122. Pre-registration required. 

    Audience: General


    Make your own natural (and effective!) green cleaning kit in this hands-on workshop. Test simple recipes against commercial products and learn why green cleaning is better for your health, the environment and your wallet!

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    • Thursday, September 11, 2014
    • 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
    • 445 N. Sacramento Blvd.
    • 46

    GTU Certificate Tracks: BSESGB

    SPEAKER: Matt Huffman, LEED AP, Murphy & Miller, Inc.

    Audience: Professional


    This course will cover the fundamentals of benchmarking with the Portfolio Manager tool from ENERGY STAR. Matt Huffmann of Murphy & Miller, Inc. will demonstrate all of the steps required to track building energy and water usage. He will give tips for troubleshooting and special emphasis will be placed on the 2014 Chicago Energy Benchmarking Ordinance.


    Bring your wifi enabled laptop to follow along with Matt!




    • Sunday, September 14, 2014
    • 2:30 PM - 4:30 PM
    • 1740 W Webster Ave, Chicago, IL

    GTU Certificate Tracks: LIL

    SPEAKER: Adam Clark, Pedal to the People

    Location: Rebuilding Exchange - 1740 W. Webster Ave. Chicago

    Fee: $21.99

    Registration: Visit http://www.eventbrite.com/o/rebuilding-exchange-1571113344. Pre-registration required. 

    Audience: General


    Bring your bike!!
    Learn to identify parts of your bicycle and walk through the simple adjustments of maintenance and repair.
    Identify what causes a flat tire and walk through the steps to fix it. Break down bicycle jargon! See how handy you can be with a simple multi-tool. Come ready with questions. Tools provided.
    Adam Clark, Certified Bicycle Mechanic. Imagineer behind Pedal to the People, the on-site cycle service professionals.www.pedaltothepeople.com


    • Tuesday, September 16, 2014
    • 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
    • 445 N. Sacramento Blvd.
    • 47

    GTU Certificate Tracks: BSESLIL

    SPEAKER: Jason La Fleur and Lindsey Elton, Eco Achievers

    Audience: General


    The Miles Per Gallon for Existing Homes (MPGEH) Home Energy & Health Assessment provides a way to quickly understand where energy is being wasted in your home. This knowledge can help you increase your home’s efficiency and save you money. This interactive workshop will walk you through this scoring for your own home. 

    **A week before the session, each attendee will be sent a worksheet to fill out prior to class and bring completed that evening!





    • Thursday, September 18, 2014
    • 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
    • 445 N. Sacramento Blvd.
    • 46

    GTU Certificate Tracks: SSBSLILGB

    SPEAKER: Presented by American Institute of Architects, Chicago

    Audience: General


    Interested in renovating or remodeling your home, but don’t know where to begin? AIA Chicago’s “Working with a Green Architect” session brings together residential architecture specialists and the general public to talk about choosing an architect, navigating zoning and permit regulations and avoiding costly surprises. Following the session, attendees will have an opportunity to participate in a 15-minute one-on-one consultation with an architect. Homeowners are encouraged to bring along photos, plans or drawings of their homes.




    • Saturday, September 20, 2014
    • 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
    • 445 N. Sacramento Blvd.
    • 47

    GTU Certificate Tracks: SSBSUEESCSLILGB

    SPEAKER: Michael Iversen, University of Illinois at Chicago

    Audience: General

    This seminar is required for people seeking a Green Tech U certificate.


    Part I of a two-part series, is based on the conceptualization of urbanized areas as complex dynamical ecosystems, which are being stressed from the convergence of urbanization, fossil-fuel energy consumption, and climate change. Using an ecosystem-based approach, design is re-interpreted as the intentional shaping of energy, material, information and monetary flows that act as inputs and outputs of an urbanized ecosystem. The inventory and analysis of these system flows may then serve as the basis for informed design decisions and policymaking. 



    • Tuesday, September 23, 2014
    • 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
    • Columbia College Chicago - 623 S. Wabash Ave. #109
    • 45

    GTU Certificate Tracks: BSUEESLIL

    Speaker: Tim Heppner, Ecotelligent Design

    Location: Columbia College Chicago, 623 S. Wabash Ave, Chicago IL 60605, Room 109

    Fee: FREE

    Audience: General


    Net Zero homes are built to high standards with the goals of reducing emissions, high efficiency, and creating more energy than they use. While this makes sense in a mild, sunny climate; in a colder climate like Chicago, can Net Zero be achieved? Tim Heppner of Ecotelligent Design takes a look at what is involved in creating a Net Zero home and what specific considerations there are for designing one in Chicago.






    • Thursday, September 25, 2014
    • 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
    • 445 N. Sacramento Blvd.
    • 47

    GTU Certificate Tracks: BSLILGB

    Speaker: Carla Bruni, Neighborhood Housing Services of Chicago

    Audience: General


    While saving and reusing existing buildings is almost always the greenest option, there are options beyond a quick and dirty demolition for entire homes and interior renovations. Join preservation and sustainability consultant Carla Bruni to learn about the differences between demolition and deconstruction, why we should care about saving the materials used to build older homes, and the financial benefits of deconstruction and visiting your local salvage warehouse for your DIY projects instead of the local big box store.




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