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 Columbia College Chicago, 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!
Click to download the September 2014 GTU Brochure (updated 09/10/14) Semester At A Glance - Sept. 2014

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

    • Tuesday, September 16, 2014
    • 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
    • 445 N. Sacramento Blvd.
    • 40

    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.
    • 37

    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.
    • 34

    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
    • 32

    This seminar is offered in partnership with Columbia College Chicago!

    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.
    • 36

    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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