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!
Click to download the Summer 2014 GTU Catalog (updated 6/4/14) and Semester-At-A-Glance.

The seminars for the 2014 Green Tech U Summer Semester 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, July 24, 2014
    • 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
    • 445 N. Sacramento Blvd.
    • 24

    GTU Certificate Tracks: SS, BS, GB

    SPEAKER: Lisa Elkins, 2 Point Perspective

    Audience: Professional


    With tens of thousands of businesses operating in Chicago, keeping Chicagoans informed about their green building options is critical. Join LEED accredited architect Lisa Elkins of 2 Point Perspective as she uses a variety of entertaining case studies to showcase how businesses have used different approaches to make green architecture a powerful asset for their company. The lecture will cover a variety of options for greening existing spaces and buildings as well as new spaces and buildings! The basics of LEED for New Construction and LEED for Existing Buildings will be covered in the process.
    Business owners who are interested in making the leap into green as well as anyone looking to learn more about eco-friendly commercial architecture will enjoy this presentation.



    • Saturday, July 26, 2014
    • 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
    • 445 N. Sacramento
    • 9
    GTU Certificate Tracks: SSBSUEESCSLILGB
    SPEAKER: Michael Iversen, University of Illinois at Chicago
    Audience: General
    This class is recommended for people seeking a Green Tech U Certificate.

    Part II of a two-part series, presents a methodology, Urbanized Ecosystems™ (UrbEcoSys™), which models specific urbanized areas as complex, dynamical ecosystems, based on scoping, inventorying, and assessing its critical variables and relationships as represented by the flux and cyclic processes of energy, materials, costs, and information. Such an approach is scalable and transferable to neighborhoods, communities and regional applications. A proof-of-concept application will be featured as a case study. 

    • Tuesday, July 29, 2014
    • 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
    • 445 N. Sacramento Blvd.
    • 37

    GTU Certificate Tracks: LILGB

    SPEAKER: Susan Lincke, PhD, University of Wisconsin-Parkside

    Audience: General


    Do you know what your greenhouse gas (GHG) footprint is? Are you looking for bigger ways to leave a smaller mark, rather than simply changing light bulbs? World Energy Outlook estimates that the average American has a GHG footprint of 20 tons. You can estimate your personal footprint by considering your home’s annual electricity and gas usage, your car’s annual mileage, your diet type, and the number and distance of flights you take per year among other factors. This presentation offers a spreadsheet where you can calculate your annual GHG emissions, and then learn how to reduce it. We will review major contributors to GHG production: energy, agriculture, transportation, and focus our attention on the aspects that generate the greatest GHGs. The presenter will discuss methods and results she has used, and the audience can contribute their ideas and results as well.




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    • Thursday, July 31, 2014
    • 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
    • 445 N. Sacramento Blvd.
    • 42

    GTU Certificate Tracks: BSLILGB

    SPEAKER: Jason La Fleur, Eco Achievers & Michael Hobbs, PahRoo Appraisals & Consultancy

    Audience: General


    If you create green buildings, or live in one, and have had trouble getting the value of your asset recognized, this is the program for you. Come learn how appraisers can evaluate green buildings, and learn tools you can use to maximize the value of your green property.




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    • Saturday, August 02, 2014
    • 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
    • 445 N. Sacramento Blvd.
    • 37

    GTU Certificate Tracks: SSBSUECS

    SPEAKER: Loren Johnson, Judson University

    Audience: Professional


    This seminar spans a two year process through the development of a novel theory of architectural design; Ecosystem dynamics form models for how human structures may develop mutually beneficial interactions with native organisms. This theory was design-tested on a fragile site, bridging the gap between restoration and conservation. The result is a structural and behavioral impetus for increased biodiversity and bio-resiliency across species. Join Loren Johnson as he examines this architectural case study.





    • Tuesday, August 05, 2014
    • 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
    • 445 N. Sacramento Blvd.
    • 24

    GTU Certificate Tracks: LILGB

    SPEAKER: Jason LaFleur, Eco Achievers

    Audience: General


    What is the future of sustainability, and how can you find a role in this exciting field? Learn about career paths in renewable energy, energy auditing, and green building. Certification and accreditation such as BPI, HERS, LEED, CSBA and others will be discussed.


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    • Saturday, August 09, 2014
    • 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
    • 445 N. Sacramento Blvd.
    • 43

    GTU Certificate Tracks: UE, LIL

    SPEAKER: Rick Moskovitz, A-Plus Pest Control, Inc./Plus Natural Solutions Worldwide, Inc.

    Audience: General


    Bed Bugs and Ants are two pests that really affect cities and can cause all kinds of problems. Join Rick Moskovitz of A-Plus Pest Control to learn how to prevent them as well as how to deal with them if you have them. Rick will address what attracts the pests , how they get in, pest indicators, problems associated with harsh chemicals, natural methods, as well as techniques and strategies he has found to be tried and true.



    • Sunday, August 10, 2014
    • 8:00 AM - 9:30 AM
    • 201 East Randolph Street, Chicago

    GTU Certificate Tracks: SSUECSLIL

    SPEAKER: TBA

    Location: Lurie Garden - 201 East Randolph Street, Chicago

    Fee: Free

    Registration: Visit http://luriegarden.eventbrite.com/ Space is limited. Pre-registration required.

    Audience: General


    New to birding? Want to know where to start? Learn the basics of what and how you need to get started and what to look for when you're outside. Take this new information and put it to work in the Lurie Garden. Discover the different species that visit our garden and be well on your way to discovering the beauty and interest in your own garden or park. Binoculars and bird books will be available as a resource for the workshop. .





    • Tuesday, August 12, 2014
    • 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
    • 445 N. Sacramento Blvd.
    • 36

    GTU Certificate Tracks: LIL

    Speaker: Adrian Ruddock, Mother B Green Cleaning & Home Services

    Audience: General


    If you're somewhere in between a DIYer and a couch potato this seminar is for you. Learn what is really in the products we buy to clean our homes with and how to choose the right ones to keep toxic chemicals out of our homes, our bodies and our planet. Find out what seemingly unlikely materials you can make cleaners with, including organic vodka.









    • Thursday, August 14, 2014
    • 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
    • 445 N. Sacramento Blvd.
    • 30

    GTU Certificate Tracks: UELIL

    Speaker: Tim Heppner, Ecotelligent Design

    Audience: General


    How can you enjoy the fruits and vegetables from your summer garden all year round? Tim Heppner takes us through homesteading 101: preserving. He will show multiple methods that are used to preserve foods such as canning, dehydration, fermentation and more. He will outline each method’s pros and cons, discuss how long food will last while stored each way, and describe what foods are best for each method. Being ever interested in energy usage, Tim will also take a deeper look into how much energy each method will use and what will be your greenest option!




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