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Chicago 2175: Creating the Change

Thursday, August 13, 2009 · 8:30 AM

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Schedule and lecturers
1. Mike Repkin
2. Blake Davis
3. Dave Hampton
4. Emily Lake
5. Nicholas Petty
6. Brian Lutey
7. Paula O’ Connell

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Urban Habitat Chicago presented its first conference, Chicago 2175: Creating the Change from August 13-15, 2009, at the campus of Northside College Preparatory High School.

This event featured lectures on 6 diverse but interrelated topics, ranging from composting, urban agriculture, and vertical gardens to better buildings and healthy interiors. Attendees had hands-on training in installing Ozinga Filtercrete, a pervious concrete product, and received certification to install the material. Over 30 people became certified as a result of this event!

Other event highlights included all hands on deck to pour a section of the accessible pathways at the in-progress Joy Garden using Ozinga’s permeable concrete; hands-on training in vermicomposting and other composting techniques, solar cooking, and solar water distillation.

See photos from the event here.

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This conference was organized into 3 days: 1 indoor lecture session day and 2 outdoor hands-on training days.

Day 1 | Wednesday, August 13, 2009

Indoor Lecture Sessions

Featured a multidisciplinary group of speakers on a range of topics which addressed the most pressing environmental, social justice, and economic challenges of our day, and offered creative and effective solutions.

  • 8:30 am
    Registration and Coffee
  • 9:00 am
    Welcome and Introduction

  • 9:45-10:30 am
    Composting Regulations and Techniques
    Blake Davis, College of Architecture, Illinois Institute of Technology
    Audio clip (MPEG audio, 83.8 MB)

  • 12:15 pm
    Lunch Break

  • 4:25-4:30 pm
    Closing remarks

Day 2 | Friday, August 14, 2009

Pervious Concrete Installation Training and Certification

presented by Ozinga
9:00am to 4:00pm

Skills to help make our cities permeable, cooler, and ultimately more livable.

Day 3 | Saturday, August 15, 2009

Outdoor Hands-on Workshops

Presented by UHC staff, interns, and students of Northside Preparatory High School
12:00 noon - 4:30 pm

Solar cooker construction, solar distillation of water, composting techniques, SDGG (solar dried ground garbage) creation, and demonstration tour of Joy Garden


Northside College Preparatory High School
5501 N. Kedzie, Chicago, IL 60625 (map)

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Special thanks to all attendees, UHC interns, student interns, volunteers, and to Northside College Preparatory High School for hosting the event.

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