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September a Milestone Month for Illinois Home Performance

September a Milestone Month for Illinois Home Performance

Illinois Home Performance has had an exciting month and the program is pleased to announce that it has reached the following milestones: * MEEA, on behalf of DCEO, is seeking applications for training providers for its Building Science Training Series (BSTS) classes in program year 2012-13. Courses in this year’s BSTS will educate Illinois [Continue]

Using ACEEE’s 2012 Scorecard to Look Towards the Future

Using ACEEE’s 2012 Scorecard to Look Towards the Future

ACEEE released its 2012 State Energy Efficiency Scorecard where it grades states based on a variety of factors, including policies that have been put in place and funds that have been spent on energy efficiency. Midwestern highlights in the report, include: - 7 Midwestern states moved up in rankings- (Michigan, Illinois, Ohio, Kentucky, Missouri, [Continue]

Illinois Peer Exchange Highlights Success of EE Programs

Illinois’ Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity (DCEO) held its Fall 2012 Peer Exchange Tuesday and Wednesday at the Starved Rock Lodge in Utica, IL. The event consisted of updates and highlights of the myriad diverse energy programs running in the state of Illinois, combined with plenty of networking opportunities. David Baker, Energy [Continue]

Joliet couple first in county to get energy conservation certification

Joliet couple first in county to get energy conservation certification

The following post was written by Julie Johnson with Journatic News Service.  The original publishing of the story can be read here.  Georgene Jaback and Bob Woods, of Joliet, are the first homeowners in Will County to earn an Energy Star Silver Certificate for energy efficiency improvements to their homes. Jaback and Woods were inspired [Continue]

Behavior Change: The Most Difficult Barrier to Overcome to Save Energy

Americans seem to agree that saving energy is important but then don’t always do their part to make it happen. In a recent poll funded by the Joyce Center and conducted by the Associated Press-National Organization for Research at the University of Chicago Center (NORC), most of the people polled understand how they can effectively [Continue]

MEEA Top Tier in Chicago Green Office Challenge

MEEA Top Tier in Chicago Green Office Challenge

MEEA was recognized for achieving the 1st tier of the Chicago Green Office Challenge and was given an award for our achievements in greening our new office by implementing sustainable office practices.  Mayor Rahm Emanuel and Karen Weigert, the Chief Sustainability Officer at the City of Chicago, distributed the awards and acknowledged all the [Continue]

How industry could become the next efficiency frontier

How industry could become the next efficiency frontier

The following is an original post  by Drew Kerr, and was originally posted on the Midwest Energy News website. Drew Kerr is a Minneapolis-based freelance reporter. He can be reached at drewbkerr@gmail.com. Homeowners have been buttoning up their windows and doors. Businesses are installing LED lights. But what role should manufacturers play in [Continue]

MEEA Presents at Chicago Green Drinks

Foresight Sustainable Business Alliance, in partnership with MEEA and other members of the Sustainable Impact Chicago- Business Group, present Green Drinks Business Edition “The State of Sustainable Business in Chicago”. With a down economy, rising energy costs, major governmental reorganization, and quickly evolving consumer attitudes, the [Continue]

Illinois Home Performance Added to Northern Illinois MLS

Illinois Home Performance Added to Northern Illinois MLS

Midwest Real Estate Data (MRED), the Chicagoland multiple listing service (MLS), has added additional green design, disclosure, and data verification to its connectMLS™ system.  Following on the heels of MRED’s overwhelmingly successful integration of Walk Score®, the “green” expansion further enhances the ability of [Continue]

Report: Tough building codes save homeowners thousands

Report: Tough building codes save homeowners thousands

The following was written by Dan Haugen and originally posted on Midwest Energy News’s blog Highwire Last week we reported on efforts in Illinois to implement a new building code that would be the most energy-efficient in the Midwest. The state’s homebuilders association opposes the changes, in part because it says the rules will add [Continue]

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